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City cadets celebrate moving to new home

By Kelly Wickham
kelly.wickham@sussexpost.co.uk

 

City cadets have celebrated after moving into their new home.

 

461 Chichester Squadron Air Cadets have moved premises from the Old City Gaol at East Row to the Keep.

 

Otherwise known as the Roussillon Barracks, this historic building was built in the 1870s and was the home of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

 

In the 1960s, the Royal Military Police took over the site until 2005, when the area was granted permission for housing.

 

The Keep has been beautifully refurbished to accommodate the Air and Army Cadets and will be used as a centre of learning across Sussex Wing.

 

Officer in command, Flying Officer Mark Sonsthagen, said: “The move of 461 (Chichester) Sqn ATC to our exciting new premises at the Joint Cadet Centre in The Keep is going to open many more opportunities for developing the skills of our cadets.

 

“The additional training space will make delivery of aerospace training, STEM activities, DofE preparation, first aid training, band practices as well as air-rifle target shooting a much easier prospect and allow us to deliver these on a more regular basis.

 

“I look forward to meeting all our new neighbours and working together with the community of Roussillon Park to support the outstanding young people of Chichester in becoming the bright future of the city.”

 

It was formally opened by the RAFAC Sussex Wing Commander Helene Gould.

 

The 461 Squadron will be recruiting in January, 2020.

 

Visit the website for further details: 461aircadets.org.uk

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