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Affiliation Ceremony at Ugbrooke House, Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:36 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 20 February 2013

L to R - Peter Di Giuseppe - Chairman of Governors -Teign School, Lady Clarissa Clifford of Chudleigh, Councillor Richard Keeling - Chairman of Chudleigh Town council & Viv Game  Principal of Teign School

L to R - Peter Di Giuseppe - Chairman of Governors -Teign School, Lady Clarissa Clifford of Chudleigh, Councillor Richard Keeling - Chairman of Chudleigh Town council & Viv Game Principal of Teign School

On Monday the 28th of June, Lord and Lady Clifford of Chudleigh hosted an afternoon tea for 34 invited guests to witness the signing of formal affiliation documents between TS Canonteign Sea Cadets, Teignmouth Community College and Teign School.

On Monday the 28th of June, Lord and Lady Clifford of Chudleigh hosted an afternoon tea for 34 invited guests to witness the signing of formal affiliation documents between TS Canonteign Teign Valley Unit 609 of the Sea Cadets and two of the largest secondary schools within Teignbridge district, Teignmouth Community College and Teign School.

The documents were signed by Councillor Sylvia Russell, the Units longstanding President, the principal of Teignmouth Community College, Tony Gray and the Principal of Teign School Viv Game, presentation pens sets were presented to all three, the document, in part read as follows;

to work in partnership by supporting and promoting each others aims, policies, educational training programs, and community projects for the general benefit of Children & Young people

(sic) of the respective catchment area of the school.

Teignmouth Community College will be referred to as AJAX and Teign School as AGAMEMNON and will host Cadet training evenings, a number of community projects will be developed for the benefit of the local community, including a training ground and educational centre at Trusham in the Teign Valley.

The Chairman of Teignbridge District Council, Councilor Steven Purser, made a number of presentations of signed limited edition prints of a passing out parade at HMS Raliegh, the Royal Navys central training establishment, to long time supporters of the Unit including representatives of the Royal Naval Association, Royal Air Force association, and Rear-Admiral Ric Cheadle the President of Devon Royal British Legion.

The Mayor of Newton Abbot Councillor Carol Bunday, Councillor David Cox Deputy Mayor of Teignmouth and Councillor Richard Keeling Chairman of Chudleigh Town Council also attended.

TS Canonteign, like all other Sea Cadet Units is not funded by the MOD but is an independent chartable Unit supported locally by individual sponsorship, fundraising and donations, working closely with local business to provide the training and educational opportunities offered by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets.

The Unit maintains a close link to local naval history through its connections to the Pellew family known as the Exmouths; Pellew was a famous naval hero and contemporary of Nelson, known for his humanity in saving life as well as carrying out many famous naval engagements through out the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars,.

In 1816 he attacked the Algerian capital freeing many Christian slaves after a fierce bombardment and speeding the decline of the Barbary states pirates honored through out Europe he was elevated to Viscount, but could not choose the name Teignmouth where he lived for over 21 years in what is now the home of Teignmouth Town Council, Bitton House, so became Viscount Exmouth of Canonteign, named after his country estate in the Teign Valley and which is today home to the popular tourist and wedding venue Canonteign Falls.

The present Viscount, Paul, is the Charities Patron, his sister the Hon. Elizabeth dErlanger, High Sherriff of Devon, is, along with Lady Clarissa Clifford, the Units Vice-presidents.

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