Unit improvements in bid for royal approval

Hove and Adur Sea Cadets on parade
Hove and Adur Sea Cadets on parade

SEA cadets based at Shoreham Port are looking forward to improved facilities as a number of development plans get underway at Lizard Boating Station.

The Hove and Adur Sea Cadets unit is installing a converted container with shower and toilet facilities, building a viewing platform from the top of an existing container and attaching a boat “garage” to the south end of the existing storage to allow for work on their boats and canoes.

Commander Ian Wright, chairman of the unit management committee, said: “This is an important step forward for Hove and Adur Sea Cadets.

“We hope the developments will lead to Royal Yachting Association approval, which in turn should help attract new members from the Sussex area.

“We are extremely grateful to Shoreham Port for their advice and recommendations in the planning stages of our development.”

The cadets’ TS King Alfred Unit is named in memory of the thousands of Royal Navy officers who were trained during the Second World War at HMS King Alfred in Hove.

The unit was formed in 1942 as part of Warship Week, when the first parades were held in the basement of a church in Davigdor Road, Hove.

At first, the unit met in various halls in Hove but moved to HMS Sussex, the Royal Naval Reserve Sea Training Centre, when it was opened in 1968 at Maxwell Wharf in Shoreham Harbour.

When that closed in 1999, the headquarters moved to a number of locations but since 2001, the unit has been based at the Cadet Drill Hall, in Marmion Road, Hove.

In 2006, the Hove and Adur Sea Cadets opened the Lizard Boating Station, on the site of the wartime training establishment of the same name. The station is near Maxwell Wharf, at the bottom of Boundary Road, in Portslade,

Since then, the Lizard has been used for many Sea Cadet boating and sailing events, and it is now recognised as one of the leading boat-work units in the south.

Tony Parker, director of engineering at Shoreham Port, said: “It always amazes me how much excellent community work takes place around the harbour, and the port is keen to support and encourage voluntary activities of this sort whenever we can.”

There are 400 community-based Sea Cadet units across the UK, all members of the Sea Cadet Corps and governed by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets.

There are currently about 10 instructors and 35 cadets in the TS King Alfred Unit. Members come from Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham, Hove and Portslade.

The Young Juniors, aged 10 to 12 years old, parade on Tuesdays from 6.45pm to 8.30pm, and the Senior Cadets, aged from 12 to 18 years old, parade on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45 pm to 9.05pm. Visit www.sea-cadets.org/hoveadur for more information about the unit.