Join Thornbury Sea Cadets for the Time of Your Life!

Join Thornbury Sea Cadets for the Time of Your Life!

If you love getting out on the water and are aged between 10 and 18, join Thornbury Sea Cadets for the time of your life.

Race sailing dinghies on UK lakes, powerboat down rivers, go offshore, achieve a BTEC or undertake your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – whatever you choose, there is a world of exciting challenges at Thornbury Sea Cadets.

SLt (SCC) Rob Umfreville RNR, the Commanding Officer at the unit, said: “We welcome all young people to pop by the unit when we’re open and get stuck into some of the exciting activities like sailing, kayaking and powerboating that we offer.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know other young people in the area and you will make some great friends, learn new skills that will give you a great head start in life and will really boost your confidence.”

Thornbury Unit (also known as TS Battleaxe), which is part of national charity Sea Cadets, gives young people a new perspective. We broaden horizons and create possibilities. Working across the UK with 14,000 young people between 10 and 18, we help them see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure and a Royal Navy ethos. Our aim is to help more young people to see the future that they want – and make that future happen.  

The unit is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1845 until 2100, and meets at the Cadet Centre behind Castle School on Gloucester Road in Thornbury. Visit: www.sea-cadets.org/Thornbury or www.facebook.com/ThornburySeaCadets/ to find out how you can join our team.

 
Share Your Professional Skills With Thornbury Sea Cadets

Share Your Professional Skills With Thornbury Sea Cadets

Thornbury Sea Cadets needs volunteers with practical business experience to help with the management of the unit.

Thornbury Sea Cadets has lots of roles to match your profession, such as helping manage finances and budgets, fundraising for the unit, organising events, writing press releases for local media and building corporate relationships with local businesses. There are a number of different roles available to match your skills, interests and time commitment.

The unit’s Commanding Officer, SLt (SCC) Rob Umfreville RNR, said: “We need adults to share their professional skills and experience in the Sea Cadet unit to help us thrive in the local community. You can help give the unit direction, identifying what it needs to make it an enjoyable experience for young people.

“We are an independent charity that relies on volunteers in the local community to help make a positive different to the lives of so many young people in your area.”

Volunteers are supported by a network of other volunteers and employees. As a new volunteer, you will receive an induction and will be given training and support to make you feel comfortable in your role. We are always there to provide ongoing help and support.

The unit is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1845 until 2100, and meets at the Cadet Centre behind Castle School on Gloucester Road in Thornbury. Visit: www.sea-cadets.org/Thornbury or www.facebook.com/ThornburySeaCadets/ to find out how you can join our team.

 
Remembrance Day in Thornbury

Remembrance Day in Thornbury

Thornbury Unit were out on Parade for Remembrance Day with the Colour Party and a Squad of Cadets. The Parade was led by the Air Training Corps Band and Thornbury Unit proudly led the other Cadet forces, Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies in the march past. The salute was taken by the Mayor of Thornbury. 

 
Trafalgar Day Parade

Trafalgar Day Parade

Thornbury Unit was out on parade in Lydney, Gloucester to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar fought by Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805. The Royal Navy celebrates this famous battle every year and the Sea Cadets join in with parades around the country. 

 
Onboard TS Royalist

Onboard TS Royalist

Cadets had the opportunity to get onboard the new TS Royalist, the Sea Cadet's Tall Ship, when she was alongside in Bristol. It was great to see inside the new ship and everyone is looking forward to the opportunity to get onboard and go to sea on one of the offshore courses!

 
Testing Out the New RS Quest

Testing Out the New RS Quest

With the weather forecast looking windy, it was away with the canoes and out onto the water in the new RS Quest, the new addition to the Sea Cadet sailing fleet. The Cadets had a great time learning to sail in the windy conditions and picked up some sailing qualifications along the way!

 
BCU 2 Star Award Success

BCU 2 Star Award Success

Some of the Cadets have been working hard all weekend finishing off their BCU 2 Star Award. To gain the award, Cadets have to master skills in both canoes and kayaks. Its a difficult award to achieve and requires many weeks of hard work to get the skills up to the level required. All Cadets successfully achieved their BCU 2 Star Award!

 
HMS Severn Tour

HMS Severn Tour

Several Cadets from Thornbury Unit were invited onboard HMS Severn when she was alongside in the local area. The Ship's Company gave them a tour of the Ship and talked about the different departments onboard. There was even time for a cup fo tea in the Wardroom! Thanks to the Ship's Company of HMS Severn for a great day!

 
Surf and Turf Weekend!

Surf and Turf Weekend!

Making the most of the sunny weather in Wales, Thornbury Cadets have been out and about on the water and in the hills. Training on the water on Saturday in canoes and kayaks as well as doing some rowing. Followed by some navigation practice on Sunday with a walk up Sugar Loaf Mountain. All topped off with a well deserved celebratory ice cream!

 
First Aid Training

First Aid Training

First aid is something that all Cadets have to learn as part of their training. Its an essential skill to have both within the Sea Cadets but also in day to day life. Cadets were busy training all weekend in areas such as casualty care, bleeding, shock, choking and CPR. All Cadets successfully gained their Basic First Aid qualification.

 
Summer parade night training

Summer parade night training

During the summer, with exams and long evenings what better way to relax and let off some steam than heading out on the water? Well we think we've got the answer. Thoughout the summer we head off to the canal and take part in some rowing. Not only does it help teach new skills, have fun on the water we're also toning up our muscles in preperation for new adventures such as the canoe expedition planned for the jubaliee weekend.

With the summer now in full swing its not too late to find out more, if your interesting in taking to the water for a bit of rowing, power boating or kayaking get in touch and find out more about the kind of 'serious fun' we're getting on with. You never know you might enjoy it!

 
Thornbury Sea Cadets take to the water

Thornbury Sea Cadets take to the water

What better to do than on probably one of the warmest weekends this year but head to the water. This weekend 21 cadets from Gloucester and Thornbury joined forces and headed to Torfaen for a weekend of Sailing, Kayaking, Rowing, Powerboating and getting very wet!

The cadets all had an oppertunity to try their hands at these things with some of the juniors gaining thier paddle power certificates.

 
Rear Admiral Lloyd visits unit

Rear Admiral Lloyd visits unit

At the end of every month Thornbury Sea Cadets likes to invite a guest to visit the unit to see what we do. This month was a little different when Rear Admiral Lloyd RN visited the unit following stories from the staff in his office about what their children were getting up to at the weekends.

The Rear Admiral who is based at Abbeywood in Filton arrived at the unit to a show of Colours and a guard run by the Cadets (aged 12 to 18). After inspecting the ships company and finding out what they enjoyed about being part of the unit he was given a tour by Ordinary Cadet Miles to find out more of what we do from those that do it. Following a quick break the Rear Admiral took part in a class in which the cadets were practising their seamanship skills in splicing rope – a technique used to join a single rope or two together by weaving the strands, producing a join much stronger than if it were tied.

At the end of the evening the junior cadets (aged 10 to 12) ran evening colours when the ensign is lowered, Rear Admiral Lloyd then presented cadets with badges they had earnt as part of their training in the previous month including piping badges, seamanship and chart work awards and two promotions to Able Cadet. He then continued to thank the unit and generously give a Chief Strategic Systems Executive badge to mark the occasion.

 
For all the latest news

For all the latest news

For an update as to what we've been doing lately have a look at our other website: www.ThornburySeaCadets.co.uk or check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ThornburySeaCadets

 
New Unit website

New Unit website

Welcome to our new look website. It has been redesigned as part of the Sea Cadets image refresh and we hope you enjoy navigating it. Take a look and round and see what you think!

 

 

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