Join Thornbury Sea Cadets for the Time of Your...

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: or to find out how you can join our team.

Share Your Professional Skills With Thornbury...

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: or to find out how you can join our team.

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

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

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!

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