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Glittering Trafalgar night celebration

October 2016

On Sunday 23rd October Ocean Kave wedding venue in Westward Ho! celebrated the completion of its sea cadet hospitality training course is true style, welcoming naval dignitaries from the UK and Holland for a Trafalgar day evening celebration.  Guests including The High Sheriff Mrs. Gilbert, Deputy Left Tennant, Mayors of Bideford and Northam, DO. Lt.Cdr Carol Rashleigh and Mrs. Viviane Foster the National President of the Merchant Navy Association were in attendance as well as distinguished decorated naval dignitaries from Holland. 

The evening started with a firework salute from Lundy Island and Ocean Kave, under the supervision of Ocean Kave’s head Chef Darren Rogers, Head Chef Georgia Cumbers from Ilfracombe Sea Cadets with assistance from sous chef Cadet Tristan Luker and Chef de partie Adam Cleave both prepared the delicious 4-course meal from Bideford Sea Cadets. 

Front of House was headed up by Maître d Cadet Mathew Cleave under the watchful eye of Ocean Kave head of service Laura Deemer.

8 Sea Cadets from the TS Revenge Unit in Bideford and 2 cadets from the Ilfracombe Sea Cadets   have taken part in an intensive hospitality apprentice scheme created in partnership with Ocean Kave and the Bideford Sea Cadets, the program has enabled cadets to build upon the knowledge they have developed through the Sea Cadets and gain exposure in Kitchen and Front of House duties learning new skills and gaining invaluable experience that will stand them in good stead for future employment opportunities.

The Alan Smith shield of Excellence was won by Cadet Mathew Cleave , this was in recognition for constantly going above and beyond  in all areas of the course.

The modules focussed on customer service, logistics, catering and communication.   All cadets applied for the opportunity and were given intensive on the job training under the guidance of the Ocean Kave team. 

Kathy Murdoch Managing Director of Ocean Kave said “I am passionate about creating opportunities and empowering young people, working with PO Michael Clarke to create this wonderful opportunity for the Sea Cadets has been rewarding on so many levels, the cadets were exceptional and thoroughly deserved the recognition they received on the evening, we hope this apprenticeship course has opened many doors for these talented young people, the Ocean Kave team are already working on next years scheme and we look forward to making next years course just as memorable ”