The Sea Cadets received a healthy boost to their funds when they took receipt of a cheque for £727, which was the amount raised at last October’s Quilliam Lecture.
The lecture is held in Arbory Parish Church on Trafalgar Day, October 21, to celebrate the parish’s unique association with the battle.
Captain John Quilliam, who assisted in steering the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar became an MHK, built Balcony House in Castletown and married Margaret Stevenson of Balladoole, near Castletown and was buried in the Stevenson family vault in Arbory parish church yard.
Every year the parish school celebrates Trafalgar Day with a service in the church and the lectures – with a naval theme – are for the wider community to mark the occasion and began in 2010.
Initially proceeds from lectures went towards the cost of a new stained glass window of Quilliam, to go in the church, but last October Manx National Heritage trustees donated £15,000 from a bequest left by former parish resident Donny Collister meaning the church reached the target amount for the window.
Pictured is Commodore Richard Baum Naval Regional Commander for North of England and Isle of Man presenting the cheque to Junior Cadet Charlie Coleman, 10.
Picture: John Maddrell JM131209 (235)