Lt Cdr Ian Turner RN and Tom Barton
The Paviors have added to our long-standing and greatly valued military connections with a new affiliation to the Sutton Sea Cadets. Part of the UK’s largest maritime youth charity, the Sutton unit was recommended by the London Headquarters as particularly deserving of our support. Working with young men and women between the ages of 10 and 18, the unit provides an excellent grounding in social skills and responsibility, while teaching the cadets about both traditional and modern seafaring.
Although flourishing in numbers of cadets and with a strong group of instructors, the unit struggles financially to provide training in a relatively deprived area and operates in a building which is in need of significant work to bring it up to current standards. After initial inspections by John May and John Freestone, a small group of Paviors attended the unit’s annual award evening at which Past Master Tom Barton presented the unit with a Paviors shield to commemorate the start of our affiliation.
The unit’s CO is Lieutenant Commander Ian Turner and he will be attending the Spring Livery Dinner when Liverymen are encouraged to discuss with him practical ways in which help can be provided to the unit.