April 24th 2014


49 Cadets and adult volunteers from Sea Cadet Corps units around the East Midlands will have the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Michael of Kent GCVO at an event later this week.

A £1 million renovation project to re-house Nottinghamshire’s only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) and Royal Marines Reserve units (RMR) is now complete, and a rededication parade to mark the move will take place on Saturday 26 April at Foresters House in Toton, Nottingham.

42 Cadets and seven adult volunteers from Sea Cadet units in Burton on Trent, Chesterfield, Derby, Long Eaton, Mansfield, Newark and Nottingham will join Reservists from the RNR and RMR in the parade. The rededication parade will take place in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, in his role as Honorary Rear Admiral and Commodore-in-Chief Maritime Reserves.

The parade will take approximately two hours to complete and will include music from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and marching platoons from the RNR, RMR and local Sea Cadet units.

HRH will inspect the parade and be joined by Rear Admiral Hockley, Flag Officer Reserves, and Commodore Jameson, Commander Maritime Reserves. The Royal Navy’s Chaplain of the Fleet, The Reverend Brown, will also lead a service of re-dedication to mark the formal arrival of the RNR and RMR in the new unit.

Lieutenant Commander Paul Clay, District Officer for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Sea Cadet Corps, said: “The Sea Cadets have had a very proud liaison with HMS Sherwood and the Ships Company over many years. This partnership has forged strong links between the young people, young adults and adult life; promoting effective leadership, teamwork and life skills that the Royal Navy Reserve and Sea Cadets have to offer. The rededication parade will galvanise the ethos of the Royal Navy through Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Sea Cadets are privileged to be part of that.”

The £1 million project to renovate Foresters House has taken nine months to complete and includes a new two-storey building being developed to the rear of the site as well as internal renovation works to the current building to bring the facility up-to-date.

The Ministry of Defence has committed to growing the Reserve forces and the £1 million is part of a wider investment which will see £1.8 billion put into our Reserves over ten years, to give them better equipment and fully integrated training with our Regular forces.

In recent years, Reservists from Nottingham and the East Midlands have played an essential part in operations, serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Gulf, and at home during the London Olympics. Now the investment in the newly refurbished training facilities will help in HMS Sherwood’s efforts to sign-up nearly 70 new local recruits over the next three years.

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates, at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has overseen the redevelopment project. He said: “The project has been challenging due to the nature of the works needed, but we ran on-time throughout and have had the full support of all units involved. We are delighted that both the RNR and RMR units now have a range of new training facilities at Foresters House in Nottingham that they will be able to use for years to come.”