Cadets suffer as search for HQ goes on

PUBLISHED: 10:55 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

NUMBERS at a troubled army cadet platoon are dwindling because its base is too remote for youngsters to reach. The Worle group had part of

NUMBERS at a troubled army cadet platoon are dwindling because its base is too remote for youngsters to reach.The Worle group had part of its former base in Midhaven Rise, Worle, destroyed by a fire started by vandals in 2005. The building had to be demolished completely last December when it was targeted by yobs again.At one point the cadets were forced to parade in the car park at the nearby Old Manor pub. Later they were forced to use an underpass under the Queen's Way. The group was then offered Wick St Lawrence Village Hall, off Ebdon Road, as a place to meet.But Sergeant Major Paul Ziegler, who leads the group, says although they are grateful for the help many youngsters simply cannot find a way of getting there.He said: "When it is dark youngsters cannot cycle there. It is a long way to walk and many parents won't allow their children to go along the country roads."The numbers in the group have now dropped from 30 to 20."The village hall has got us through the winter but it is not really what we want."It may seem picky but we really need to be in the Worle area."The group has been offered a metal container which could be used as a base on a piece of land.Sgt Major Ziegler says he hopes to look into buying another one from money raised through fund-raising initiatives and talk to landowners about letting the cadets use their grounds.

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