South West Region

Alton celebrates ATC Sunday

Sunday 9 February saw 1927 (Alton) Detached Flight ATC on parade at The Butts School to celebrate ATC Sunday in partnership with The Butts 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.

The smartly-presented cadets turned out in full force to support the event. Following the presentation of the banner, the service commenced with the well-known hymn 'How Great Thou Art'. Content included a thoughtful talk from Cadet Sergeant Humphrey, who described what ATC meant to her personally and also to the wider cadet community, and a couple who attend The Butts Church talked about a recent trip they had made to Kenya with a medical support team. The service also included the enrolment of four new cadets - the Detached Flight is growing rapidly!

The address was given by Squadron Chaplain, Rev Clive Anderson, Pastor of The Butts Church, who talked about the apostle Paul's use of Roman soldier and gladiator imagery. He explained how each piece of armour can represent a personal characteristic - for example the belt representing truth and the shoes representing peace.

The morning concluded with the presentation of Awards, celebrating a range of achievements by Cadets throughout the year. Certificates were also awarded in thanks to those Cadets who were involved in fundraising for The Royal Air Forces Association Wings appeal.

For more information about 1927 (Alton) Detached Flight, please contact 01420 543021 leaving a message on the answer phone if the office is closed. Alternatively, recruitment enquiries can made via email to
For more information about The Butts Church please call 01420 87869 or email
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