Joining Up - A Thread For Parents/Guardians

WreckerL

War Hero
Never thought I'd ever say it, but wise words from Sumo.


Caveat being no spelling mistakes so I reckon M'sieur Le Cut'n'Paste has been visiting ;) :)
 

Sumo

War Hero
Never thought I'd ever say it, but wise words from Sumo.


Caveat being no spelling mistakes so I reckon M'sieur Le Cut'n'Paste has been visiting ;):)
when my head is screwed on the right way up, not often, I can string one or two words together without mistakes:p
 

toonstep

Midshipman
Hi ,. Our lad almost through week.4 and really enjoying it,.seems to help cracking his kit in the first few days.

Can someone tell me after his hss hopefully passd out on the Friday and leaves HMS Raleigh, when is he expected at RNAS Culdrose ?

We are going to go down and stay for a few days around the Friday and were wondering whether to stay until the Sunday night / Monday if he is about.
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
He may start at his next establishment on the Monday, or he may find himself on holdover at Raleigh for a little while. Either way, he’ll be off for the weekend.
 

toonstep

Midshipman
He may start at his next establishment on the Monday, or he may find himself on holdover at Raleigh for a little while. Either way, he’ll be off for the weekend.
so not much point in coming back to thew North East, what do people normally do? stay down?
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
A lot of families make a weekend of it, especially if they’ve traveled a long way, there’s plenty to do down here and it’s a particularly beautiful part of the world.
 

toonstep

Midshipman
A lot of families make a weekend of it, especially if they’ve traveled a long way, there’s plenty to do down here and it’s a particularly beautiful part of the world.
cheers , we've booked a cottage for the week leading up to pass out. To look around, any recommendations?
We have 5 year old boy, teenage daughter and a Grandmother with us.

Going to try and extend it through the weekend to the Monday
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
You have the National Marine Aquarium at the Barbican which is worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. The whole Barbican/Plymouth Hoe area is lovely on a nice day, with pleny of places to eat & drink, an outdoor swimming pool and a couple of kids play areas at West Hoe. There's a ferry that runs from the Barbican to Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall, and from Cawsand (a pretty little village on the Rame Peninsula with a nice little beach) to Royal William Yard (an old RN victualling yard now stocked with bars/restaurants). There's shopping in the city centre if that's your thing, although I personally think Exeter is a better place for that sort of thing. And while the Hoe and Barbican are pretty, Plymouth city centre is a bit ugly to be frank.

Outside of Plymouth, in both Devon & Cornwall, there's a number of good beaches, both quiet places with just sea/sand/ice cream shack and busier places like Paignton. And of course Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, which are beautiful places with a wide choice of good country pubs to stop at.

If you're down for a week and don't mind travelling a bit further afield there's any number of pretty little towns and villages to visit, from Dartmouth & Salcombe in South Devon to Looe, Polperro & Fowey in South East Cornwall or Newquay and Padstow to the North.

There's a couple of theme parks (Woodlands near Dartmouth and Crealy near Exeter spring to mind), or Paignton zoo & Living Coasts in Torquay.

Depending on where your cottage is, pretty much everywhere I've listed above will be within 1 - 1 1/2 hours by car at most.*


*depending on holiday traffic. Grockles drive slowly.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Grockles drive slowly.
So do Tractors?

But agree, I've been on holiday here for over 30 years.
If into fishing day trips out into the sound, done that once, good day out, but no need to repeat.
also grockle boats trips around the harbour.
Famous Plymouth Gin distillery on the Barbican.
Get onto the internet and Google the area, lots to do that may even entertain your children's age span.
West Hoe has a park with crazy golf if that's your thing.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Unemployable more like ;)
Deck chair attendant, tuff job but someone has to do it, Christmas tree seller later in the year.
When I tried to put tuff job it auto corrected to tiff job, may be my spell checker is not thick afteral?
 

MrsKernow

Newbie
Hello all, this is a great thread. I'm a newbie parent. My son has passed him recruitment test and then interview today. He is looking at joining as a mine warfare specialist. Just have the medical and PJFT to go. Any experience on Mine WS. The smaller crew appealed him!

AFCO told him if he passes medical then fitness test should be a week after and then should get a start date after Christmas. Dos this sound right? Also where will his medical and fitness test be please?

We're have no forces background in the family, so all new to us. We live in Falmouth in Cornwall,so Raleigh is great for us!

I'm very proud of him, but naturally apprehensive, and just hope he enjoys the basic and hisNavy life!!
 

Proudnan

Newbie
My granddaughter passed her PRNC today, I'm bursting with pride. Raleigh early January. I've been reading everything R.N for months, found this forum today and just love it. Lots of questions answered.
 

Cab

Newbie
My granddaughter passed her PRNC today, I'm bursting with pride. Raleigh early January. I've been reading everything R.N for months, found this forum today and just love it. Lots of questions answered.
My son also passed his PRNC yesterday (Collingwood) He's now off to Raleigh in January.
I'm used to being a Navy wife (his dad has been in the RN for 27 years so far) but being a Navy Mum is all new!
 

Sumo

War Hero
My son also passed his PRNC yesterday (Collingwood) He's now off to Raleigh in January.
I'm used to being a Navy wife (his dad has been in the RN for 27 years so far) but being a Navy Mum is all new!
Not really just more washing to do???:):):)
 
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