NEWS

JULY 30TH 2018

Wellingborough land transfer is complete

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A piece of land originally owned by Wellingborough Council has been formally handed over to East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) who will now manage the upkeep of the site and the Cadet Centre built on it going forward.

An official signing ceremony took place last week (Thursday 26 July) to transfer the deeds of the land based at Spring Gardens on which the cadet centre used by both 378 Mannock Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) and Wellingborough Army Cadet Force (ACF) is based.

It was agreed by the council’s resources committee that 2018 was an appropriate time for the transfer to take place as it both commemorates the end of World War One and the 100th anniversary of the death of Major Edward (Mick) Mannock VC.

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Air Cadets at the event

Simon Worsley, East Midlands RFCA’s Deputy Chief Executive attended the event and signed the new deeds on behalf of the Association. He said: “I was delighted to be able to attend such an important occasion and be asked to publically demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the land and cadet centre housed on it for years to come.

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Army Cadets at the centre

“The land has a restrictive covenant that limits its use to cadet training which is fantastic news for the local community as it assures everyone that the provision of youth activity in the town delivered via both the ATC and ACF is secure. There are a lot of opportunities to be gained for both cadets and adult volunteers with these youth organisations and I would encourage anyone looking for a new challenge to get involved.”

The Leader of Wellingborough Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths, said: “The handover ceremony was a huge success. It was a fitting tribute with this year being the centenary of the end of World War One and also the death of Major Edward (Mick) Mannock VC, who died in action 100 years to the day.

“It was great that everyone involved came together for the event. It was also an opportunity to talk to the cadets about what they do and hear individual aspirations of some of the young people for their future careers. A local baking historian, Ria Jefferies, added to the occasion with tea and also served cakes from that era”.

Find out more about joining the ATC in Wellingborough here. 

To volunteer in your spare time with the ACF click here for more information.

 

 

“I was delighted to be able to attend such an important occasion and be asked to publically demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the land and cadet centre housed on it for years to come."