Work begins on a new building for Exmouth Sea Cadets

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 January 2016

Tony Griffin, chairman of the management committee at Exmouth Sea Cadets is pictured on the site at Camperdown where the new HQ will be built. Ref exe 1113-02-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

Tony Griffin, chairman of the management committee at Exmouth Sea Cadets is pictured on the site at Camperdown where the new HQ will be built. Ref exe 1113-02-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

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Work has begun on a new building for Exmouth Sea Cadets, which will secure a ‘bright future’ for its young members,

Exmouth Sea Cadets has been granted a half-century-lease by East Devon District Council (EDDC) as part of plans to regenerate the area.

In November 2014, EDDC backed plans to move the charity from its current dilapidated building, which it has occupied since the 1950s.

Once work is completed by Devon Contractors in July, the Exmouth Sea Cadets will move to their new two-storey HQ in Camperdown Terrace.

Tony Griffin, management committee chairman, said his group had been helping Exmouth’s young people since 1949.

He said: “I predict a bright future for the sea cadets now that work has begun on our new building.

“The development will allow us to expand the activities for the youngsters, and the ground floor will be open for the community to hire.

“We cater to children from all walks of life from 10-18. Some of our kids have gone on to have careers in the Royal Marines or Royal Navy. Our cadets train with the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall.

“We teach them important life skills, discipline and team work – without what we do for them, some of them would end up on the street.”

In just 18 months, Exmouth Sea Cadets has raised more than £550,000.

A grant of £150,000 has come from EDDC, and the National Lottery has donated £70,000 to the project.

Tony thanked the people of Exmouth for their generosity, but revealed the group still needed another £50,000 to achieve its goal.

If you would like to donate to the Exmouth Sea Cadets, email Tony at agriffin@btinternet.com


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