The 68th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps was commemorated on Sunday 1st February as Cadets, Staff and Civilian Committee members from 1936 Squadron attended a service of thanksgiving marking the this special occasion.
The service took place at St Thomas’ Church, Aslockton, in Nottinghamshire, and was lead by 1936 (Newton) Squadron’s Padre, the Revd Karl Przywala. The service was the first official ATC event for Revd Przywala, who recently took up the appointment of Padre at the Squadron. As well as his role as Padre to members of 1936 Squadron, Revd Przywala is the Vicar of the Cranmer Group of Parishes, an area which encompasses Newton.
The Banner in Church – CPL Tamara Swales, SGT Matthew Lifford, and CPL Alistair Hemmings have the honor of carrying the Squadron Banner
Parents of Cadets, their friends and families, joined the congregation at St Thomas’ for a special service at which members of 1936 Squadron played a leading part. Prayers were said by CFS Andy Foster (17), SGT Matthew Lifford (16), and CPL Tamara Swales (15). A reading was also given by CPL Alistair Hemmings (15). Following the service a reception was held, giving the opportunity for Cadets and staff to speak to local people about the Air Training Corps.
The day ended with a parade by the Squadron through the village of Aslockton, with the Squadron Banner proudly leading. The parade was commanded by SGT (ATC) Sarah Hughes, this being her first time assuming this very important role. As snow fell, and with parents and local people looking on, the salute was taken en-route by the Officer Commanding 1936 Squadron, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, the Squadron Padre, Revd Karl Przywala, and the Chairman of 1936 Squadron’s Civilian Committee, Mrs Janet Greasley.
1936 Squadron prepares to parade through Main Street, Aslockton
Speaking about the event, the Squadron Training Officer, SGT (ATC) Robin Hayman, said: “The parade was a truly memorable occasion, it was good to see so many of our Cadet’s and their families in attendance, especially considering the cold weather. ATC Sunday is an important occasion in the Air Cadet calendar, and it is only fitting that 1936 Squadron be a part of it.”
By Flt Lt Jodi Hudson
Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron