Cadets get new home and seek new recruits
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 October 2016
Exmouth's sea cadets are looking to expand the group, following the grand opening of their new £670,000 home.
The organisation, which is aiming to expand its numbers from the current 47 members to around 60, hopes its new headquarters, at Camperdown Terrace, will benefit the town, after the building’s official opening by retired Royal Navy officer Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE DL.
Neil Gregory, Exmouth Sea Cadet’s commanding officer and acting sub-lieutenant, said: “Building the facility has been challenging.
“We have had a few problems along the way with regulations and unstable grounds, but now that it is complete, it gives Exmouth a bright future. I would personally like to thank our chairman, Tony Griffin, and his committee for all their hard work in making this new building possible.
“In terms of the cadets, it will allow us to build on our strong position in the community.
“It will also help our work with Exmouth Art Club and Exmouth Gig Club.”
Exmouth’s deputy mayor, Jeff Trail, and Admiral Stanhope’s wife, Lady Janet Stanhope, attended the opening, which included a guided tour around the premises, a cadets’ colours ceremony and a beautiful cake in the shape of the new building, made by one of the cadets’ parents, Heather Smith, which was cut by Admiral and Lady Stanhope.
Mr Gregory praised the headquarters, which are part of Exmouth’s regeneration plan. It replaces the group’s former home, now demolished, that had been in existence since 1949.
He said: “It was a very successful day. The admiral was very pleased with the facilities. It was very well supported and the cadets put on a good show.”
East Devon District Council gave a grant of £200,000 to help finance the project. Deputy leader Cllr Andrew Moulding said the building was a positive statement for the town.
He said: “A great deal of hard work has gone into this worthwhile project and, on behalf of the council, I would like to wish the sea cadets every success with their wonderful, modern facility.
“It promises an exciting and positive future for the young people who will be using it. The building will undoubtedly be of enormous benefit to Exmouth and the town’s community in the years to come.”