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2056 Sqn, Cadet Training Centre
Blackhill Lane
WA16 9DB


Parade Nights

Tuesday & Thursday
1845 until 2130

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2056 (Knutsford) Squadron
Air Training Corps

Parade Times

Tuesday & Thursday

1845 until 2130

  Welcome to 2056 (Knutsford) Squadron

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). Better known as the 'Air Cadets', we're a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 (school year 8) and 20 years.

We're sponsored by the Royal Air Force and through the partnersip with the RAF we can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that you would simply not get outside of the ACO. We hope to challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do!



2056 (Knutsford) Squadron is one of many squadrons that make up Greater Manchester Wing, part of the national youth organisation, the Air Training Corps. Our Commanding Officer, together with his staff team are waiting to welcome new recruits to the squadron. If you want to join, check out the Join Us page and send us a message. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

 Aims of the ACO

  •   Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
  •   Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
  •   Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship


 Future Activities

Poppy collection
26 - 27 October
Poppy collection for the Royal British Legion; 1000 - 1600 each day, with morning and afternoon shifts.
Poppy collection
02 - 03 November
Poppy collection for the Royal British Legion; 1000 - 1600 each day, with morning and afternoon shifts.
Training Ship "Royalist" Air Cadet Voyage
02 - 08 November
TS Royalist, the Sea Cadets flagship, is a training brig that takes twenty-four cadets to sea on six-day voyages. A unique opportunity for cadets to sail a traditional square rigger, experiencing all areas of sailing the ship from - climbing aloft & sail setting to deck scrubbing & peeling dinners potatoes. Activities on board include working with ropes and fenders on the deck as the vessel leaves and enters harbour, duties on the bridge steering, navigating the ship and keeping lookout watches. As well conducting domestic duties. Throughout the week they will receive a wide range of theoretical and practical lessons on a variety of topics; the weather, safety equipment, buoys and knots. Those cadets who wish, are granted the challenge of going aloft to prepare sails for setting and then stowage on completion of sailing. Broader experience, including visits to places of interest and leisure facilities ashore may take place when the programme permits. When conditions are favourable, they may travel in the shipís sea boat and, subject to individual ability, they may participate in swimming in the sea. The Air Cadets will work alongside the Sea Cadets in watches building their teamwork and leadership skills throughout the voyage. There are 12 Sea Cadets and 12 Air Cadets places per voyage
Festival of Rememberance
08 November
Festival of Remberance - A festival commemorating those members of the armed forces who have fallen while in the service of the Monarch. Seating is below Concorde.
Poppy collection
09 November
Poppy collection for the Royal British Legion; 1000 - 1600 each day, with morning and afternoon shifts.
Remberance Day Parade
10 November
Knutsford Rememberance Day Parade. This year, the parade will assemble at Drury Lane at 8.45 am and march via King Street, Tatton Street, Canute Place and Princess Street to arrive at St Johnís Church in time for the service to commence at 9.30 am. Following the service, at approximately 10.30 am, the parade will reassemble on Church Hill and march to the Centennial War Memorial on Toft Road for a service at 10.45 am. Following this we will parade back to Drury Lane. Further wreath laying will be carried out at the Cenotaph, War Memorial Hospital and Parachute Regiment Memorial in Tatton Park to which all cadets are encouraged to attend; this will finish at 1330, although the council have invited us for refreshments at 1400 in the Council Offices, Toft Road, WA16 6TA.
Squadron Guest Night
22 November
Squadron Guest Night for cadets, parents, staff, Civilian Welfare Committee, and invited guests.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets


Squadron Messages

Training Programme

  Tuesday, 22 Oct
Intake flight - principles of flight. First class and upwards - fieldcraft and DofE


  Thursday, 24 Oct
Intake flight - drill and security. First class / leading - navigation. Senior/Master - MAS.


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