Air cadets in Sheffield have been given go-ahead for a new cadet centre to replace one of the oldest cadet buildings in Yorkshire and the Humber.
RFCA surveyor Anne Elder, pictured left, is working with commanding officer of 370 (North Sheffield) Squadron Paul Stringer to develop plans to replace its 1940s hut which stands in the grounds of Southey Green School.
Lack of facilities
Some 30 cadets and 13 adult volunteers parade at the squadron but the hut lacks heating and other basic facilities and during the winter Paul and his team even have to use a dehumidifier to reduce the damp in the building.
“A new building is much needed and will make a huge difference to the cadets’ experience,” said Paul.
“The squadron serves a deprived part of Sheffield and makes a big difference to the lives of many young people in the area. That is why we are delighted to have been given the go-ahead for a new centre and will be working very closely with the RFCA to make sure it offers us everything we need.”
Meeting cadets’ needs
Anne is the RFCA’s surveyor for the southern half of the Yorkshire and Humber region and has been working up a series of options for the Air Cadets hierarchy to consider.
“Our job is to manage the project from start to finish working in close collaboration with the RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC) to deliver a building that meets their needs,” she said.
“We are working with them to come up with a solution that is cost-effective, has longevity and will enable the Squadron to offer its cadets the opportunities and activities they want to do, not just now but into the future.
Time for a new base
“I aim to upgrade two cadets premises each year, either by way of a refurbishment or a new build; this year was very much the turn of 370 Squadron,” said Dave Espie, Wing Executive Officer for the RAFAC South and West Yorkshire Wing.
“The cadet building has been extended and repaired many times during its lifetime, including a major refurbishment after it suffered a fire many years ago. However, now its days are very much numbered and we’re looking forward to offering the cadets a fantastic new base that’s warm, modern and meets every possible need.”