Two members of long serving staff have retired from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps.
Civilian Instructor John Hallam and Civilian Instructor Jane Ebinger have both decided that it is time to stand down from the squadron and pursue other interests.
Civilian Instructor John Hallam joined 1188 sqn in 2007. He joined the Air Training Corps in Leicester as a cadet when a teenager.
He rose through the ranks and became an officer and commanded a squadron before retiring from the corps. He then rejoined as a civilian instructor.
He joined to help with the aeronautical subjects but got involved with taking cadets flying, shooting, to air shows, county shows and week-end camps.
He helped to build the air rifle range at the squadron and he enjoyed the squadron social events with his other half, Sue.
He enjoyed teaching navigation and the NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) syllabus. He was also the health and safety officer for the squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Clive Williams said “John will be greatly missed by staff and cadets alike. “
Civilian Instructor Jane Ebinger joined the squadron in 2003, she initially joined as a member of the civilian committee and later became the Chair and Treasurer of the committee. She regularly attended parade nights and attended many camps as female cover, she slept in tents on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, helped organise dining in nights and other socials. She sold raffle tickets and raised funds. She became a civilian instructor and continued to work hard on the squadron. The first Dining she helped to organise is something we will never forget. It was in February and it snowed. Group Capt Cross and the Wing Commander arrived but many of the top table could not make it, some cadets had to walk the last mile through the falling snow, they changed into dance dresses for the meal. There was never a dull moment when she was on the squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Clive Williams said” She will be greatly missed. She was constant that helped the Sqn keep going while the new staff settled in.”
Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson thanked both the staff for their long service with the squadron and presented them with glass tumblers engraved with the squadron’s logo.
Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)