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Project information


To build a new HQ on a site where we currently have no toilet facilities, no winter training facilities just wooden sheds. This will give the local community a place where young people can earn new qualifications, become team leaders, gain confidence at the same time as gaining life long skills.

February 2017 - December 2017


  • Need


    This project is in a rural part of the Norfolk Broads with local sport/learning and youth clubs facilities rapidly disappearing. Travelling to areas where courses might be held proves difficult due to lack of transport and the financial means of many local people. Jobs are few and far between especially for our young people. They have problems getting the life experiences and qualifications to take them forward due to being a rural community. This new facility would offer many opportunities.


    With this new HQ we will be able to offer more young people the chance to gain, not only sporting qualifications in relation to waterbourne activities, but skills that they will be able to take on to future employment e.g. BTEC and Duke of Edinburgh. We will also be able to offer adult RYA and BCU qualifications to young and old alike. This will lead to more chances of obtaining jobs whether local or nationwide for our young people and also encourage a more healthy lifestyle.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give young people a place to go, which is run professionally, to encourage personal development


    » Become an RYA, British Rowing & BCU centre, enabling canoeing, kayaking, sailing, power boat and rowing activities and qualifications to be run
    » Get more of our volunteer staff qualified in land based activities to include physical activities such as Expedition Training and Climbing Walls.
    » Encourage our young people to develop and pass on their skills by leadership courses including BTEC and D of E Awards.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase of cadets to 100 within the first year and to increase volunteer staff numbers. Also involving other units within East Anglia (approx 500 cadets).

    Aim 2

    Develop a local community facility which will be used by local clubs and organisations.


    » Within the the new building will be training rooms, kitchen, showers and disabled faclities. This building will be available for hire.
    » The cadets will have open evenings to promote the unit facilities and training programmes. Local business, councillors and schools will be invited.
    » Letters will be sent out to local organisations describing our facilities and promoting the qualifications and activiites we will be able to offer.

    What success will look like

    To make our facility available to other organisations, which will include young and old alike so creating a working programe of users.

    Aim 3

    To create a centre that will improve the visual effect of the quay side of Beccles Broads area.


    » By building a visually improved building that will be eco friendly in heating and electricity and local community friendly.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the finished building and the public relations that will be developed from the overall appearance of this new facility

  • Impact


    To further establish the Sea Cadets in the community of Beccles. More young people becoming cadets will fulfil the need for a larger, improved facility for 10 to 18yrs olds. Helping them gain confidence and give them a foothold to future careers within local companies and organisations. The unit will be proactive in approaching all local outlets for careers opportunities. Giving a new facilitiy for general public use in relation to other organisations who have already approached us.


    Long term sustainability. We are already an established organisation for 40 yrs and all the necessary Trustees/committee, staff and procedures are firmly in place. The unit is completely self funding and again have an established income. A business plan has been developed along with a reserve policy and costing plan for the next 3 years. The major risk is financial and with the above we have addressed this issue.


    A project manager has already been sorted and they will report the process of the new build. All procedures are in place for the running of our unit and we will produce a 12 monthly report as to how we are progressing in our objectives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,000 NEW H.Q. To build and equip new premises

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    SIR JOHN FISHER FOUNDATION £50,000 Guaranteed
    BECCLES HELPING HANDS £10,000 Guaranteed
    YOUTH OPPORTUNITY FUND £4,000 Guaranteed
    MARINE SOCIETY AND SEA CADETS £10,000 Guaranteed
    OUR OWN RAISING £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Beccles is a rural Norfolk Broads Town. The new building will be near to the popular tourist area of Beccles Quay. The area around Beccles including Lowestoft and Yarmouth is very much a rural area lacking in many facilities especially for young people. To get to Norwich is an hours bus ride and at this present time we only have a very limited service for trains to London. The summer trade of tourism is not enough to keep people in permenant jobs and so incomes are low.


    Not only will young people benefit but with the knowledge they gain and use of the Norfolk Broads they will help keep this area alive. This is very much a waterbourne activitiy area and local pleasure craft owners will be encouraged to gain qualifications much needed for health and safety issues relating to boating. To have a well used facility will encourage more volunteers and community events.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are an established Cadet Force in Beccles, linked to a National organisation and many recent government reports have rated the Corps highly in achievement relating to the facilities and activities we offer young people. We know we can progress with new facilities and have all the necessary backing to do this. We offer a great organisation to young people and have a good working relationship with the local community we just need this building to continue this good work as lacking space.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jason Taylor

    Chaireperson. Leads the Unit Management Team, which is made up of 11 members. All the members are Trustees and are totally committed to this venture

    Joe Meadows

    Commanding Officer. Joe has a great deal of experience, spanning over 30 decades. Recently receiving a Sun Military Award for Inspiring Others.

    Uniformed Volunteers

    All of the uniformed staff are committed to creating a safe training environment for our young people, by gaining qualifications and experience.

Site for new building

Site for new building


1 weeks off shore training on Royalist