Nailsea air training corp chief honoured

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 10:36

A commanding officer of Nailsea air cadets has been honoured by the Lord Leiutenant of the county for his services to youth.

Flight Lieutenant John Radford who runs 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron has received the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset certificate of meritorious service for his contribution to the squadron and the youth of Somerset.

Mr Radford who lives in Clevedon has served as the CO at Nailsea for more than eight years and has taken the squadron to an enrolled strength of nearly 40 cadets.

He has organised expeditions to Poland and annual adventure training camps on the Island of Jersey.

Mr Radford will now manage the move in early 2013 into the new joint cadet unit at Greenfield Crescent which they hope a VIP will officially open.

The squadron had been located in old, worn out buildings on the edge of the playing field site for more than 40 years which it has shared with Nailsea Army Cadet Force since its HQ at Whitesfield Road burned down in 2009.

The costs of the new building which are hundreds of thousands of  pounds are coming from a capital projects fund and fundraising by the ATC.

The 'dilapidated buildings which are not fit for purpose' and contaminated with asbestos are being replaced with a modern, single-storey, red brick accommodation slightly further to the east of the old headquarters.

The playing field which has a tree-lined boundary is behind a former local authority housing estate and is also home to Nailsea Athletic Football Club.

North Somerset MP Liam Fox, the Royal British Legion and the sports and business community of Nailsea had been fundraising for the army cadets in a bid to help them find a new base.

Alongside Mr Radford's role within the air cadets he runs an event management company JR Event Services based at Portishead.

Lady Gass presented the award at the Bishop's Palace in Wells this month which was attended by this month by invited guests from both the ATC, family and friends.

2467 (Nailsea) Squadron parades on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9.15pm at the Golden Valley Primary School.

Youth people aged between 13 and 16 are welcome to join. 

For more information contact the squadron on 0752 545 4901 or email oc.2467@aircadets.org.

The former HQ of the army cadets, playground and garages at Whitesfield Road is currently being redevelopment to provide affordable housing by a housing association.

      

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