A spectacular launch of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons event to support the ATC.
The air training corps is a national organisation helping young people to develop life skills in a safe and structured environment. They promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force. Providing training which will be useful in the services and civilian life, they encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Above all, the trainees have fun!
2018 marks the centenary of the formation of the RAF and in recognition of this the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons will be make a financial award to no less than fifteen Derbyshire ATC units. It is hoped that this will help the ATC continue their good work.
The Grange in Derby will be hosting the event on the 11th of October when Squadron Leaders and Trainees will collect their awards.
The guest of honour will be Sq Ldr Johnny Johnson, the only remaining British member of 617 squadron’s Dambuster raids. We are all immensely looking forward to meeting him and hearing some of his life stories.
Today ( September 9th ), the BBMF agreed to do a flyover for us at the Crich Stand and at 2:15pm exactly the only flying Lancaster bomber in the UK not only flew over but performed a circuit for us. Members of Derbyshire Freemasons came to watch, along with staff and trainees of the ATC. This was a day which we all remember!