20 April 2018
Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Dover and the surrounding area joined Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Major, The Viscount De L’Isle and The Chief Executive of South East Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley, together with other local and military dignitaries at the official opening of their new Joint Cadet Centre at Dover, on Thursday 19 April 2018....
New joint cadet centre for the dover army cadet and royal air force air cadet units
Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Dover and the surrounding area joined Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Major The Viscount De L’Isle and the Chief Executive of South East Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association, Colonel (Retired) Patrick Crowley, together with other local and military dignitaries at the official opening of their new Joint Cadet Centre at Dover, on Thursday 19 April 2018.
The new Joint Centre is now home to approximately 80 Cadets and also the B Company Headquarters of Kent Army Cadet Force and replaces the previous Army Cadet Force Detachment accommodation at the old Army Reserves Centre situated on this London Road, site, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets site in Albert Road and the Company Headquarters in Church Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. Both of the latter sites are being sold off for development, where none of the previous accommodation properly met the accommodation scales required for today’s Cadet Units. This new facility is based on the current MOD Cadet designs for these Centres and has resulted in the internal renovation of the existing Reserves Centre buildings and includes a large Drill Hall, classrooms, kitchenette, toilets, the existing indoor small bore target rifle range, and, administrative offices for the adult personnel and store rooms, where each of the three units have separate accommodation but with some sharing of the communal assets.
Dover has had a long history associated with the Armed Forces and under the direction of the Army 2020 Basing Review, involving the move out of the area by the Reserves and the Army Recruiting Organisation, thereby vacating the Army Reserves Centre, the site has proved to be an ideal location to operate as a more permanent base for the local Army and Air Cadet Forces, which are military sponsored cadet organisations and for the Units concerned to be based at the same place, under the auspices of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. These projects benefit the taxpayer, by having a facility that is now in full use throughout the week, together with some weekends.
South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and the Ministry of Defence (Army and Royal Air Force Air Cadet Headquarters) have worked closely together to develop this location for the Cadets and within a very short space of time, South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association were able to secure suitable funding to enable this Dover site to be retained and be redeveloped into the Cadet accommodation required, sharing the costs between the Association and the Ministry of Defence, in order to re-house the Cadets.
Commenting on the new building, Colonel Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association said, “We are delighted to be able to provide these Cadets and their Adult Instructors with a much needed new base with modern facilities. The new facility also allows us to maintain our strong military connections in the area whilst allowing the local youth community to enjoy the opportunities, challenges, skills and qualifications the Cadet Movement offers.”
Both the Air Cadets and Army Cadets parade on a Tuesday and Thursday night from 1900-2100, we’re always looking for young people and adults to join us and take the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and earn qualifications in the process.
Lieutenant Breeshea Robinson, Detachment Commander, Dover Army Cadet Force said:
“We are very lucky at Dover to have such a great detachment building now run jointly with the Air Cadets - it’s a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. It feels like the building has a new lease of life! I’m very proud of my cadets and staff and we were honoured to have the Lord Lieutenant and other dignitaries in attendance”.
WO Matt Dando, Officer in Charge, Dover Squadron said:
“The opening of the joint cadet centre by the Lord Lieutenant marks the beginning of a new era for Dover Squadron. With better facilities it offers more opportunities for the cadets and allows for combined activities with Dover Detachment ACF”.
For further information about joining Kent Army Cadet Force, contact (Tel No: 01622 750328 & Email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or, for the Kent Air Cadets, contact (Tel No: 01622 754188 & Email: email@example.com). We particularly welcome enquiries from adult members of the public who may be interested in the challenge of becoming uniformed adult instructors, aged from 18-50 years old.