The Talk of Wells - Comdr Tom Herman RN OBE

Each autumn/winter we hold a series of fascinating talks in aid of a local charity. This year's Talk of Wells is in aid of the Wells Sea Cadets Corps, The corps was formed 2 years ago and is proving to be popular with the local kids. The organisation aims to give young people experiences that will help them grow into the people they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, the cadets learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of themselves. They offer a range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating to rock climbing, camping, and music. At Wells-next-the-Sea the cadets are also able to gain different qualifications that they can take with them once they leave! Their main priority is to make sure that Sea Cadets is a safe environment young people can go to, to be themselves. They have recently been given a permanent home at the Alderman Peel High School which has given them a proper base where they can use the school facilities and store their growing amounts of kit, uniform, kayaks, etc..

On Monday, 4 November we will have a talk and slideshow from Commander Tom Herman, who commanded Starboard Crew of the Polaris missile carrying submarine HMS RENOWN. He joined the Royal Navy in 1974 from school. After training, including a Degree in Systems and Management, he joined the submarine service in 1979. His early submarine career included appointments to the diesel submarines HMS ONSLAUGHT and HMS PORPOISE and nuclear submarines HMS SWIFTSURE and HMS SCEPTRE. He completed the submarine long navigation course in 1984 and was subsequently the first Navigating Officer of HMS TIRELESS. Success in the Submarine Command Course, known as the Perisher, led to his appointment to command the diesel submarine HMS OPOSSUM in 1979. Two happy years were spent in operations from the Arctic Circle to the Falkland Islands. It was after this that he took command of HMS Renown. Coming ashore in 1994 he was appointed as Commander SM of the First Submarine Squadron in Faslane and oversaw the introduction into service of the Vanguard Class Trident submarines. He will talk to us of the 'Nuclear Deterrent'.

So, join us on specific Mondays through the Autumn and Winter when a special menu of two courses and a glass of wine will be served for £23.50. We will donate £5.00 to the fund for every person eating. Come and enjoy talks from the men and women who will talk with passion about their lives and adventures.