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October 1st 2015

1890 (Dronfield) Squadron have a new home

The Air Training Corp’s (ATC) 1890 (Dronfield) Squadron have a new training centre on Hartington Road, Dronfield and hope to attract new recruits to join them.

The Cadets’ new training centre was officially opened on 30 September by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, the Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation, and was an opportunity for guests to see a series of Cadet award presentations, and to witness the unveiling of a plaque formally opening the new building.

Works commenced on site in January 2015, since which time the Cadets have been training at the Coal Aston Village Hall and at the 331 (Chesterfield) Squadron headquarters on Monday and Wednesday evenings with all of their kit being stored in a container in Chesterfield.

Flight Lieutenant Steve Broomhead RAF VR (T), Officer Commanding, at 1890 (Dronfield) Squadron, said: “It is our hope that this new building will attract more young people from Dronfield to join our Squadron. We now have a wider range of modern facilities to offer both our Cadets and new young people who would like to join us. As an Air Cadet there are lots of opportunities to experience flying, gliding, and being able to gain new qualifications.”

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has project managed the development of the new training facility.

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “The opening event was a great success, and we are pleased with the feedback we have received from both Cadets and adult volunteers who will be using the new facilities on a weekly basis. We have overcome a few challenges weather wise during the building project, but I am delighted the project has been completed both on time and on budget.”

1890 (Dronfield) Squadron train on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7:30pm and 9:30pm on Hartington Road.  If you are aged between 12 and 20-years-old and would like to join Dronfield Squadron, contact 1890@aircadets.org

To learn more about the ATC visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

“The opening event was a great success, and we are pleased with the feedback we have received from both Cadets and adult volunteers who will be using the new facilities on a weekly basis."