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Milland celebrates ATC Sunday

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Sunday 2 February saw 1927 (Petersfield) Squadron ATC on parade at Milland Village Memorial Hall once again, this time to celebrate ATC Sunday in partnership with Milland Evangelical Church. This annual service is held by squadrons around the country on the Sunday closest to 5 February, the date on which King George VI inaugurated the Air Training Corps in 1941.

Following an inspection by Squadron OC, Flying Officer Daniel Croft, the cadets enjoyed a varied service. Content ranged from information about the history and structure of ATC (who would have believed that girls weren't actually admitted until the late 1980s?) to a skit in which a couple of typical teenagers interviewed OC Croft about what ATC might have to offer them. A fascinating blog from two Staff Cadet NCOs currently involved in voluntary work in Ethiopia demonstrated the application and value of the life skills which ATC had helped them to develop. Experience at camps and on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions prepared them well for washing their hair in a bucket, finding unexpected content in meals, dealing with each other's peccadilloes and generally improvising when things don't go quite according to plan.

The address was given by Squadron Chaplain John Robins, who emphasised the special value of all those involved with 1927 Squadron, including the cadets, the staff, members of the civilian committee and the community of Milland Evangelical Church who all work together and serve each other. Drawing together the content of the service, he explained that God is always with us in all that we do.

As is becoming the custom, the morning ended with tea and sticky buns.

For more information about 1927 Petersfield ATC Squadron please contact 01730 268525, leaving a message on the answer phone if the office is closed.