Newquay Cadets can now enjoy a newly refurbished Joint Cadet Centre after it was officially re-opened this October.
The centre on Crantock Street, Newquay, was closed from December 2012 while Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) funded and facilitated its refurbishment.
On October 2 it was officially re-opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE.
He commented: “I would like to thanks the Wessex RFCA for this fantastic building. It is warm, dry, cosy and it has got the modern training and teaching facilities needed for a great Cadet Centre.
“I hope that this means we can encourage more young people in Newquay to get involved with the Cadets – a fantastic youth organisation.”
Colonel Bolitho was accompanied by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadets – Army Cadet Colour Serjeant Jack Mackin and Air Training Corps Cadet Sergeant James Healey.
Other guests included Wing Commander Philip Lamb the RAF St Mawgan Station Commander; Group Captain Mike Trace Chairman of the Cornwall RFCA; Flight Sergeant D Boswell OC Regiment Flight RAF, and Councillor Geoff Brown.
A special plaque was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant to commemorate the occasion.
17-year-old Newquay Air Cadet, Louisa Billingham, said: “The new Cadet centre is great, definitely better than it was before. It’s warmer and has a more modern look inside and outside.
“I have been a Cadet in Newquay for three and a half years and what I like the most is that we are all like one big family.”
Mark Hickson, the Works Officer at Wessex RFCA who project managed the revamp, said: “It’s fantastic that Wessex RFCA are able to facilitate projects such as this one.
“Joining the Cadets is such a great opportunity for young people and we wanted to modernise the centre so it really met their needs.
“I feel we achieved that goal and I hope that local Army and Air Cadets enjoy training in their new centre.”
Improvements to the centre include a newly tarmacked driveway, new and improved kitchen and bathroom facilities, large modern spaces for Cadet activities, new offices, better windows and lockable gates to make the space more secure for young Cadets.
The Newquay Air Training Corps Commander,Flight Lieutenant Emma Allkins, commented: “This centre meets all the standards needed for a great Cadet Unit.
“Both Cadet Service Units are always looking for young people to join one of these fantastic youth organisations, whether it be as an Air Training Corps Cadet or an Army Cadet.”
If you are interested in joining the Cadet Forces as a Cadet or an Adult Instructor, please visit www.wessex-rfca.org.uk/cadets.