• Squadron Band

    The Squadron Maintains a very active pipe band. If you have a talent for music, or you would like to try something new, then why not try the band?

  • Flying

    If you want to learn to fly, then the air cadets is the best place to start. Not only do we train you in avation studies, and get you flying but you can also go on flying scholarships that count towards a private pilots licence.

  • Gliding

    Have you ever wanted to try one of the simplest forms of flying? The Air Cadets sends hundreds of young people gliding every year, and with a Gliding Scholarship you can fly solo at in a glider at the age of 16! Even before you can drive!

The Civilian Comimittee

If you don't think you can quite make the committment to being adult staff, there's always the Civilian Committee (CC). This is a group of people that usually have current or previous links with the ATC (although it's not necessary to know anything about the organisation), such as parents, former staff members, parents of ex-cadets, or even people with no connection to the Air Training Corps.

Each and every Squadron has its own associated Civilian Committee. There is a minimum of 5 members to any "Civ Com", and there must be a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary as well as the CO (ex-officio members).

The CC is responsible for overseeing the initial unit formation and direction. The committee also manage finances (in particular fund raising) but do not have any executive authority. The RAF budget includes "public funds" for the ATC, that's money from taxes allocated by the government.
This pays for things like Flying and Shooting. However, Squadrons are required to support whatever other activities they do themselves, by raising "non-public" funds. We put this towards the cost of running our own minibus, purchasing training equipment for our cadets.
This is where the CC comes in. Meetings are held once every 2 months, usually on a parade night. The committee then decide how the "non-public funds" is spent. This may be in the form of helping a cadet go on an activity they wouldn't normally be able to afford or it could be a request for funding from squadron staff to purchase new equipment. As the name suggests, they are responsible for the welfare of a unit, and although they have no say over the day-to-day running of the unit (that's done by the Squadron Commander and other staff).

If you want to know more about what your son or daughter gets up to twice weekly and most weekends, and you've got a few hours every 2 months to spare, contact us to find out more.

When do you meet?

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 1900-2130 hours, and there's nearly always something going on at a weekend to get involved in. We're open every Tuesday and Thursday of the year, excluding Bank Holidays, and we also have a break around Christmas time, but we're open throughout the rest of the year, including over school holidays.

To see the rest of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) click here.

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