Fancy life on the Ocean wave?

May 30 2017

SEA cadets in Thornbury have launched a campaign to enrol more members into the youth organisation.

SEA cadets in Thornbury have launched a campaign to enrol more members into the youth organisation.

The town’s unit has been running for more than 20 years but its leaders said not many local children or parents were aware of its existence.

Although small they said it was an active unit, meeting twice a week at its centre - TS Battleaxe - behind the Castle School sixth form site in Gloucester Road.

Junior cadets, for those aged between ten and 12, meet on Thursday evenings, while older cadets aged 12-18 have sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. All run from 7pm-9pm.

The unit offers a host of activities, some of which are water-based such as sailing, kayaking and powerboating, but others include camping, abseiling and, for older cadets, the chance to go to flight school.

Cadets can also learn first aid, join the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, develop a range of new skills and make new friends.

The unit leaders said a number of the water-based events took place at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in the summer.

The cadets also have roles to play at local events such as the annual Remembrance Day parades in November.

Anyone interested in joining can email oic@thornburyseacadets.co.uk or visit www.sea-cadets.org/thornbury/ if unable to drop into the unit on its meeting nights.