NEWS

OCTOBER 12TH 2017

Redevelopment works complete in Hinckley

Hinckley Cadet Centre

Hinckley Cadet Centre

Excited youngsters in Hinckley are moving into their brand new Cadet Centre.

The new building on Brunel Road will be used by both Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) and 198 (Hinckley) Squadron (Sqn) RAF Air Cadets.

The centre includes modern classrooms, a kitchen, a radio room, overhead projectors, training hall, a new firing range to practice shooting on and storage spaces to house equipment used during cadet activities.

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “Work started on site in late 2016 and I am delighted that the project is now complete on time.

“It’s now a great thrill to see the cadets move in and experience for the first time what will be the base for so many youngsters in Hinckley for a number of years.”

The first ATC parade in the new building

The first ATC parade in the new building

Flight Lieutenant Chris Parry from 198 Squadron, said: “It is very exciting times for Hinckley’s Royal Air Force Air Cadets and I can say with confidence that we are really taking off.

“We now have a building fit for purpose allowing us to expand the knowledge and develop the confidence of our cadets and staff through these.

“Even on our first parade night in the new building (Monday 2 October) we had had new cadets and staff coming through the door so I am really looking forward to the future.”

Colonel Mick Coleman, Commandant of LNR ACF, said: “It’s an amazing building and one that I’m sure the Army Cadets and adult volunteers will embrace.

“The new Cadet Centre is set to provide a hub for young people right in the heart of the Hinckley.

Air Cadets get familiar with the new classrooms

Air Cadets get familiar with the new classrooms

“The ACF has always had a strong showing in the town and we look forward to that continuing for many years thanks to this new building.”

Hinckley Army Cadets detachment parade on Tuesdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. For more information visithttps://armycadets.com/county/leicestershire-northamptonshire-and-rutland-acf/about-our-county/b-squadron/

Hinckley Royal Air Force Air Cadets Squadron parade Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30pm to 9:30 pm both nights throughout the year. Telephone 01455 619375 or via email at oc.198@aircadets.org;

“It’s now a great thrill to see the cadets move in and experience for the first time what will be the base for so many youngsters in Hinckley for a number of years.”