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.

Salisbury Sea Cadet Unit

The Location of the Salisbury Sea Cadet Unit is on the Banks of the River Avon upstream from The Wiltshire College. The Old Unit was constructed in 1969 largely from the remains of the pre-war Harnham School. In the past the cadet unit has opened its doors to local groups such as The Local Royal Navy Association for its meetings and a Local Driving Instructors Group. We have also hosted young bands so that they may have somewhere to practice. The Old building was tired and old and in much need of replacement, with a sinking roof a lot of weight being forced onto the old structure which for the last 5 years was supported by steel stanchions, it was no longer a viable option to keep repairing. So now it is completed we hope that the new building may help us to continue to work with the young people of the Salisbury District for many more years to come.
The new building has helped to enhance the Churchill Gardens and with a larger main deck area it will attract other community groups who require more space such as fitness & dance groups. We have already taken bookings for the hire of the Unit. It also has 6 greatly improved class rooms and galley kitchen but most of all it is modern and more pleasing to the eye. We now have pride in saying that we have one of the most modern Cadet Units in the Country, therefore allowing us to run courses at weekends for Cadets from all over the South and also the UK. This will truly help to put Salisbury and South Wiltshire on the Youth Training map.


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