Major refurbishment for Lynn Sea Cadets

TS Vancouver King�"s Lynn, announce renovation work to the roof of the Hq on South Quay.'Lt Cdr Tony Norris (front left), Julian Kirk (front right), Petty Officer Sean Moore (centre back), Petty Officer Aubrey Slack (back right), they are pictured with other unit members. ANL-161001-154814009

TS Vancouver King�"s Lynn, announce renovation work to the roof of the Hq on South Quay.'Lt Cdr Tony Norris (front left), Julian Kirk (front right), Petty Officer Sean Moore (centre back), Petty Officer Aubrey Slack (back right), they are pictured with other unit members. ANL-161001-154814009

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The Training Ship Vancouver - the home of King’s Lynn Sea Cadets - is undergoing a major £12,500 refurbishment.

Work has already started on the 18th century listed building, which had been used as a builder’s merchant, a granary, a possible sail loft and even a salt store, in years gone by.

Lynn Sea Cadets chairman Julian Kirk said: “Previous management wanted to sell the building for redevelopment, but uniform staff and myself opposed the sale.

“We started a fundraising campaign to have the necessary maintenance work done allowing us to stay in our wonderful old listed building, which has so much history.

“I’d like thank Dr Paul Richards for his support through all of this.

“He has helped us with fundraising activities and also allowed us to be involved with the Hanseatic Festival.

“The King’s Lynn Rotary Club has also made a sizeable donation to our funds.

“We’re hoping that once the work is finished that it will be a lot more comfortable for everyone.”

“We are still looking for volunteers to help with internal carpentry and decorating and would welcome donations of paint and materials.”

Gable brickwork, roof, flat roof, drainage, carpentry and general brickwork is currently being carried out by Lynn-based building company Chas D Allflatt Ltd and is expected to take several weeks to complete.

The Sea Cadet Corps has one of the longest histories of any youth organisation in the country.

It was formed around 1856 by sailors returning from the Crimean War and the Lynn unit was officially recognised in 1938.

Their first meeting place was in the old Fire Station, behind the Corn Exchange. When St Nicholas school closed in 1939, the sea cadets moved into that building.

In 1948, Lynn Sea Cadets’ present home came up for sale and was bought by the committee with fund raising and a loan from from sea cadet headquarters

The Training Ship Vancouver is named after Captain George Vancouver.

Lea Sea Cadets meet on a Tuesday and Friday evening between 6.45pm and 7.15pm and boys or girls can join either the junior section (10 to 12-year-olds) or the senior section (12 to 18-year-olds).

Adults are also required to help at committee level or as instructors.

Anyone interested in helping or joining the Lynn Sea Cadets should contact: norristandl@aol.com or kingslynnseacadets.org.uk