A small but highly motivated sea cadet unit, based at Shoreham Port, are soon to embark on a number of development plans at their Lizard Boating Station near Maxwell Wharf. The Hove and Adur Sea Cadets will improve their site by 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.
The Hove and Adur Sea 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.
In 2006 the Hove and Adur Sea Cadets opened their Lizard Boating Station on the site of the war time training establishment of that name on Shoreham Port not far from Maxwell Wharf. 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 commented “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.”
CDR Ian Wright, Chairman Unit Management Committee for Hove and Adur Sea Cadets added “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 tradition of community based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
If you would like to find out more about Hove and Adur Sea Cadets please visit the following website www.sea-cadets.org/hoveadur.