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Sheppey Sea Cadets awarded £15,000 toward new headquarters

Published Friday 12 March, 2021
Last updated on Friday 12 March, 2021

Sheppey Sea Cadets have been granted £15,000 from Swale Borough Council’s special project fund to go towards the costs of their headquarters at Barton’s Point.

The cadets are planning a new state of the art headquarters that is suitable for their evening and weekend training courses, with an additional second floor for sleeping accommodation.

The cadet’s current headquarters were formally used as part of the Royal Navy Rifle Range that is now Barton’s Point Coastal Park.

Purchased from the Navy in 1954, the single-skinned buildings were flooded and submerged in two feet of mud.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community, said:

“We are pleased to be able to support the Sheppey Sea Cadets with a £15,000 grant from our special projects fund.

“The local charity gives young people the opportunity to become confident, resilient young people ready for the world beyond school, with many going on to a career at sea, serving in the army and working in public service.

“The old headquarters has been long overdue an upgrade. The area is at risk of flooding, so a new building that is water tight will give the cadet’s and other visiting community groups a safe and warm base to do their training.

“Community groups and youth organisations that work with disadvantaged children will also be able to hire the new building.

“Supporting the charity with their plans to create a state of the art headquarters will also help us work towards our commitment for a carbon neutral borough by 2030.”

Andy Wilmore, vice chairman at Sheppey Sea Cadets, said:

“We are really pleased to receive this funding from Swale Borough Council.

“We have a lot of fundraising to do to reach our target of £3/4 million for our plan to build two new state of the art buildings with accommodation, full kitchen and canteen, hall for parades, boat house, changing facilities and classrooms for training.

“We have also received £20,000 funding from the postcode lottery and anticipate a further £40,000 from a local landfill operator to go towards these beginning stages of making our dream a reality for the kids that visit us."