Cadets and staff from 1936 (Newton) Squadron held a Parade and attended a Service of Thanksgiving in the Village of Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, as part of the annual ATC Sunday celebrations. ATC Sunday is the event that commemorates the formation of the Air Training Corps, this year marking 69 years since its establishment on 5th February 1941.
Members of 1936 (Newton) Squadron were joined by parents and guests of Cadets, as well as an impressive number of local people at the Service of Thanksgiving which took place at St Thomas’s Church and was lead by the Squadron Padre – The Rev Karl Przywala.
The Squadron began by marching through the Village of Aslockton, with the Squadron Banner leading, to the Church where Cadets formed a guard of honour to receive guests as they arrived at the Service. The privilege of carrying the Squadron Banner was given to CWO Daniel Finch, with SGT Tamara Swales, CPL Martin Pitt and CPL Guyle Wilson providing the Escort to the Colour. Commanding the Parade for the first time at this type of event was ATC SGT John Greasley, who performed this important role to the highest standard.
The Squadron fell in, ready to march off to the Church
The Service of Thanksgiving was well attended, leaving room for standing only. At the beginning of the Service, the Squadron Banner was received at the Alter, signalling the beginning of 1936 (Newton) Squadron’s ATC Sunday celebration.
The Squadron Padre, The Rev Karl Przywala, provided a lively and highly interesting Service, the theme of which was centred on issues faced by young people. Readings were given by CWO Daniel Finch and CPL Tom Dodge, as well as Prayers lead by CDT Daniel Bell, CDT Callum Cambell, and CDT Jamie Brown.
Following the Service of Thanksgiving, a Reception was held in the new St Thomas’s Church Hall. This provided those attending with an opportunity to discuss 1936 (Newton) Squadron and the wider Air Training Corps. Many people commented on the excellent turnout by the Squadron and the credit our Cadets are to the Organisation. One local resident described the Cadets of 1936 Squadron as being “shining examples” of positive young people”.
To end the ATC Sunday celebration, the Squadron marched again through the Village of Aslockton, with the salute being taken en-route by the Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron – Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, the Squadron Padre – The Rev Karl Przywala, and the Squadron Chairman – Mrs Janet Greasley.
Speaking before dismissing Cadets and staff at the end of the Parade, the Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron expressed his sincere thanks to those present for making the day as successful as it had been. He said: “ATC Sunday is celebrated throughout the Air Training Corps and it is important that we take time to remember the foundations of the Air Cadet Organisation”.
Flt Lt Hudson ended by reminding Cadets of the long and illustrious history of the Air Training Corps, of which Cadets of today have every reason to be very proud of.
By CI Sean Swales
1936 (Newton) Squadron MCO