South West Region

2467 in Jersey

2467 in  Jersey
This year was the 10th year that the Squadron has made use of the exceptional Squadron facilities in Jersey. We had 10 cadets from 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron, the Commanding Officer was joined by staff, new and old, to support him, and we joined forces with 1446 (Clevedon) Squadron, supported by Fg Off Christopher Callaghan, CI Matthew Gardiner and one of their cadets, Cdt Sgt Marsh. Our week was plagued by rain for the first half, luckily the island was bathed in beautiful sunshine for the second half but this weather did not deter our young adventurers in their quest to have fun! Cadets participated in Surf School, chocolate making - where some fantastic chocolates were made for their mums and CI Milliner - almost Thorntons would be proud to sell them!   We had a session at Aqua Splash, a huge aquatic complex in St. Helier.  Sqn Ldr Radford pleased the film buffs with the  cadets going to the  cinema to see Mission Impossible 2. There was lots of excitement amongst them who walked into the auditorium with arms laden with fizzy pop and popcorn.  After juggling about the pre-planned activities the cadets took part in sea kayaking at St. Brelades bay. From Thursday, when the sun began to shine, everyone cheered up because Jersey is always nicer in sunshine!  Making the most of the good weather, we went to Beauport Bay where cadets could relax and swim thoroughly entertained by CI Reis falling over the rocks like some adaptation of the Royal Ballet!  One cadet mentioned “Sir, I’ve never seen anyone fall so gracefully and survive.”  Here we will forget Cadet Taylors reference to “Dugongs”! Friday was a  lovely day as cadets tried their hand at coasteering around Greve de Lecq and, another surprise, abseiling at the Second World War coastal artillery ‘Battery Lothringen’ built by the Germans during their occupation.  The day was to finish at the lighthouse at La Corbiére with fish & chips. Saturday saw cadets going paddle boarding and on Sunday everyone, staff  included, undertook high ropes and king swing courses.  Sunday finished at St. Ouens beach swimming and relaxing.  The last day cadets visited St. Helier for souvenirs and lunch before attending the Bouley Bay Hill Climb which is organised by the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Climb. It was then off to the airport for our journey home via Guernsey airport.
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