RNR IN LEEDS

dubaipusser

Lantern Swinger
webbed_buttocks said:
Anyone seen this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_Division

Ceres Division on Wikipedia

Looks rather informative doesn't it! 8O

It does indeed look impressive but, regrettably is inaccurate in at least one detail - "The decision to change the name to Ceres Division came from the previous HMS Ceres Reserve Training Centre based in Wetherby. Closed in 1994 along with HMS Hallam and many other RNR Units this left Yorkshire without a Royal Navy presence."

The last HMS CERES was in Yeadon (North Leeds) near to Leeds Bradford Airport and not in Wetherby.

Wetherby was where the WW11 base (now the Young Offenders prison) was located.

The Yeadon base was a not very impressive wooden hut with 2 portacabins to the rear and, latterly, a 4 portacabin classroom set-up at the end of the car-park - though the 'prize' was the former ROC bunker complete with Ops Room and humming machinery that made the place feel distinclty more military.

When we closed down the hut went to the cadets (not sure if it was Sea Cadets or ATC) and the bunker was supposed to have been taken on by the police as a Crisis Response Cell for the airport but I was told later that someone had omitted to keep the power switched on and by the time anyone came to look at it nature (in the form of water) had taken a bit of a serious grip. I would love to know if this was a gen dit or whether the bunker is still alive and well - I have many happy memories of the old HMS CERES.
 
trehorn said:
Most people within the RNR community have come into contact with Ceres Division (HMS Sherwood) at some time or another and will know that a weekend with Ceres is usually one that you dont forget in a hurry.
However there are people out there (believe it or not) who haven't heard of Ceres Division. A travesty i know but i'm afraid its true.

So for those of you who haven't heard of Ceres, both inside and outside the RNR, let me take this opportunity to enlighten you. And before you ask yes this is a blatent atempt to use this formum to recruit people but its not as such by the RNR but by members of Ceres who wish to spead the love.

Ceres Division is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and is the newest, and possibly the smallest Royal Navy shore establishment in the UK. With just 35 officers and ratings on their books Ceres manage to muster on average over half that number every Thursday evening. As a Tender unit to HMS Sherwood it is the duty of Ceres Division to represent the Royal Navy throughout Yorkshire. Opened in 2005 the unit is perfectly situated at Carlton Lodge, Carlton Barracks, less than a mile from Leeds train station.

Anyone interested in coming to Ceres should contact us at;
CARR LODGE,
CARLTON BARRACKS,
CARLTON GATE.
LEEDS
LS7 1HE.
Tel: 01904 668688.
email: [email protected]

Please be aware Ceres is only manned from 19.30-2130 on Thursday evenings.

Am hoping to go to Uni in Leeds in Sep 07, so would certainly think of attending yr drills nights to keep my hand in. However I am neither GSSR nor logs but I guess you would do NGT now on a drill night and branch training at weekends? That is what our branch does. I would still go home to my parent unit or whichever region requires instructors for our branch weekends. Do you think that might be possible?
 

trehorn

War Hero
I dont think that would be a problem. drill nights are - like you say mainly NGT. Most of us tend to do admin and prepare for our weekends on a drill night. Our branch training is undertaken 99% at weekends. The new entries are given NE instruction.
The POM from Sherwood attends about once a month for WHT or baton training.
 
trehorn said:
I dont think that would be a problem. drill nights are - like you say mainly NGT. Most of us tend to do admin and prepare for our weekends on a drill night. Our branch training is undertaken 99% at weekends. The new entries are given NE instruction.
The POM from Sherwood attends about once a month for WHT or baton training.

Thanks I shall look into that from about the end of this year when I start making plans! I will need the money if I am to be a student!
 

Tomahawk

Lantern Swinger
FrogPrince said:
Hi !

Am I right to think that Ceres is now located in the old LUOTC building ?

FP

She's in Carlton Barracks, at the far end. Don't know if its the old LUOTC building or not.
 

FrogPrince

Midshipman
"Ceres Division provides ratings for the Above-Water Force Protection (AWFP), Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Logistics (LOGS) specialisations as well as training for junior Officers."

AWFP sounds genuinely nautical and even warry - I have images of RNR scudding over the waves armed to the teeth transporting bootnecks to visit the Somali Sea Fishing Club. Interesting mobilisation opportunities ? Or is the reality marigolds and mops ?

FP
 

Tomahawk

Lantern Swinger
FrogPrince said:
"Ceres Division provides ratings for the Above-Water Force Protection (AWFP), Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Logistics (LOGS) specialisations as well as training for junior Officers."

AWFP sounds genuinely nautical and even warry - I have images of RNR scudding over the waves armed to the teeth transporting bootnecks to visit the Somali Sea Fishing Club. Interesting mobilisation opportunities ? Or is the reality marigolds and mops ?

FP

AWFP is the meat and bones of the RNR. It's the most common specialisation in it. And plenty of mobilisation opportunities. If you want any more info, PM me.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
FrogPrince said:
"Ceres Division provides ratings for the Above-Water Force Protection (AWFP), Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Logistics (LOGS) specialisations as well as training for junior Officers."

AWFP sounds genuinely nautical and even warry - I have images of RNR scudding over the waves armed to the teeth transporting bootnecks to visit the Somali Sea Fishing Club. Interesting mobilisation opportunities ? Or is the reality marigolds and mops ?

FP

You missed off "chipping hammer" and "paintbrush" :)
 

trehorn

War Hero
FrogPrince said:
"Ceres Division provides ratings for the Above-Water Force Protection (AWFP), Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Logistics (LOGS) specialisations as well as training for junior Officers."

AWFP sounds genuinely nautical and even warry - I have images of RNR scudding over the waves armed to the teeth transporting bootnecks to visit the Somali Sea Fishing Club. Interesting mobilisation opportunities ? Or is the reality marigolds and mops ?

FP
The warseares branch as we are known as this week is generally the busier of the reserve branches, certainly for JR's/SR's. The in unit training package is quite restricted, even more so at CERES i'm afraid. The weekends seem to be very few and far between at the moment too but when they do happen they are generally very good with useful training being provided. Mobilisation experiences can vary quite drastically. I thoroughly enjoyed mine but i know of others who have very different opinions. It's all down to your team and how you conduct yourselves in my view. If you make the effort then you should get the rewards.
 
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FrogPrince

Midshipman
Mmmm... interesting. Might call in this Thursday.

Many thanks, chaps.

FP

P.S. Can one commission into the warseares branch ?
P.P.S. Is your 'centre of gravity' for trade training up at HMS Calliope ? Obviously, you'll not be off to the South Coast every weekend.
 
FrogPrince
The SeaRes branch is a ratings only branch, with 4 x Lts, 1 x Lt Cdr and 1 x Cdr "drafted in" for 2 year appointments to administer the branch, with the sterling assistance of the WO (Traning), WO (Operations), CPO (trng), CPO (Ops) and the in-unit SRs and LHs. Plently of Ratings have commissioned, and they will be the ideal candidates to be "drafted in" in the future.

There is a certain level of training that is conducted "in-unit" on drill nights, though, understandably there is a limit to what can be done in a 2 hour slot.

The units are grouped up into regions, and utalise the combined levels of regional expertise to provide weekend training that is more in-depth and includes range time.

In line with RNR policy, actual career training is delivered by the RN Lead schools alongside our Regular counterparts, normally in 2-week courses.

Unlike the TA or Crab equivelent, Units are not branch-specific and contain a smattering of all RNR branches


hope that helps
 
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