September 23rd 2015

New Cadet Centre to open in Dronfield

A new Cadet training centre is set to be officially opened in Dronfield on 30 September by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR.

The opening event will showcase the new building to a number of local dignitaries, Cadets’ parents and other guests. During the event visitors will have the chance to see the new facilities the building has to offer as well as a series of Cadet and award presentations, a formal plaque opening and hear an opening address from VIP guest Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, the Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation.

The new building will be used by the Air Training Corps (ATC) 1890 (Dronfield) Squadron and has been constructed on the same site as the Cadets’ former wooden training hut that was originally built in the 1950s.

Works commenced on site eight months ago, 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.

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: “We are delighted with the new training facilities, and know the Cadets’ will enjoy using the new building for years to come. We have faced some poor weather conditions since we started working on site in January this year, but we are pleased that the project has completed on time as planned.”

Steve Broomhead, Officer Commanding, at 1890 (Dronfield) Squadron, said: “We now have what must be one of the finest Air Cadet buildings in the UK, with the room and technology to teach both effectively and efficiently. We have space to store of training equipment and more importantly, we now have room to expand. We hope that the new building will attract new Cadets’ and adult volunteers to come and join us in Dronfield, so if anyone is interested in finding out more I would encourage them to visit us on a training evening to learn about what the ATC could potentially offer them.”

1890 (Dronfield) Squadron train on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Hartington Road.

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“We are delighted with the new training facilities, and know the Cadets’ will enjoy using the new building for years to come."