Help cadets to stay marching the right way

Could you help the cadets keep on course?
Could you help the cadets keep on course?

Calder Valley Air Training Corps needs new leaders to keep the squadron marching in the right direction.

The Air Cadets, who meet for parade night on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.45pm to 9.15pm at their head quarters on Stony Lane, Charlestown, are also looking for new members.

The ATC’s civilian committee is currently short of members and having been without a chairman since the previous incumbent resigned last year is in need of fresh blood and new ideas.

Alison Butterworth, press liaison officer at the ATC, said: “The committee is half made up of parents and they have enough on their plates with getting their children to cadets, never mind trying to run it themselves.

“Without officials we can’t run the Cadets. We have 30 cadets and the ATC does some incredible enrichment things for the young people and quite a lot for the community.

“The situation is, I don’t think they would let it fold. Someone would have to come from South and West Yorkshire Wing to do the officiating, but we would prefer that it was someone local that could build up their role and be an integral part of things.”

Alison said, ideally, the chairman would be someone with experience of being on a committee, who had a bit of time on their hands and wanted to do something constructive. Committee members ensure the squadron maintains direction , assist the commanding officer and help to raise funds.

The ATC is always looking for new Cadets and anyone between 13 to 17-years-old is welcome to join. Uniforms are provided and Cadets will learn to be self motivated and responsible, and will build confidence whilst taking part in activities such as rifle shooting , flying , gliding , wall climbing and mountain biking.

Anyone interested in finding out more about 2447 (Calder Valley) Squadron ATC can phone 01422 845921 on parade nights (Mondays and Thursdays). Alternatively, you can visit