The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally, old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

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.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.


We are TS Battleaxe

thornbury sea cadets



Thornbury unit has been serving the local community for over 20 years and continues to offer great training provided by our experienced team of uniformed and civilian volunteers, in a wide range of skills helping young people become responsible adults.

The unit is small but very active and likes to ensure we are constantly kept busy.

The unit is located behind the Castle School Sixth form Centre hidden from the road. Although we don't have any local water within Thornbury, we travel to Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in the summer to go rowing and kayaking.  At weekends we tend to travel to various locations to fit in sailing, paddling, powerboating and anything else we can!

Naturally, we enjoy all of the benefits on offer to cadets (and volunteers) of being part of the wider SCC. These benefits include District (local), Area and National courses and competitions which range from First Aid and Drill to being part of the crew of our tall ship, TS Royalist. We also have our specific role to play at local events such as the annual Remembrance Parades every November. We also offer our cadets some other unusual experiences such as hat great naval tradition, the Trafalgar Night Dinner and occasional visits to HM ships and shore bases such as HMS Heron (air base) and HMS Gloucester.

We welcome prospective cadets and volunteers as well as ex-cadets on any parade night and members of the public at our open days.



Some Of The Things We Do

Our cadets get up to literally hundreds of different things every year. Some are water based but also there are opportunities to go camping, abseiling and for older cadets there is also the chance to go to flight school.










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