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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, Flight Lieutenant Dimmock, 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

Simulator Flying Towards Blue Wings
30 September
2056 Sqn have been allocated 4 places for PTT / Familiarisation Course at 631 VGS RAF Woodvale on Sunday 30th September 2018. This is a non flying course , but will set the cadets up for future continuation training and progression to Blue Wings etc.
North Region Concert Band Camp & RAF 100 Concert
19 - 26 October
1. Applications are invited from cadets and staff to attend the North Region Concert Band Camp, which is to be held at Holcombe Moor Training Camp, Greater Manchester from Friday 19 October 18 until Friday 26 October 18. 2. The camp has accommodation for up to 60 cadets and 10 staff, who will work together to train and rehearse the North Region Concert Band. 3. The band will be working hard to practice a programme of music to perform at the Gorton Monastery RAF 100 concert on the evening of Thursday 25 October and future engagements. Drum Majors and a Corps of drums will also be needed to support the Gorton Monastery concert. There will also be other activities available and trips out, with the possibility of shooting (subject to Staff and weapons/ammunition availability). 4. Cadets with some experience of performing in a Concert Band are invited to apply, other less experienced cadets and other instruments may be accepted subject to permission of the North Region Music Officer. Please see below for further details: * Concert Band o Piccolo o Flute o Clarinet o Saxophone o Cornet o Trumpet o French Horn o Tenor Horn o Trombone o Euphonium o Tuba o Bagpipes o Bell Lyre o Drum Major o Snare Drum (limited availability) o Bass Drum (limited availability)
DofE Bronze Assessed Expedition
27 - 28 October
DofE Bronze Assessed Expedition - preparation day Saturday 1Sep18
RAF in Concert Bridgewater Hall
31 October
Band of RAF College Cranwell performing at Bridgewater Hall. Part of the official RAF 100 events.
Guest Night at Cottons Hotel for Parents and Cadets
23 November
Formal squadron guest night combined with and organised by the Royal British Legion to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Cadet dress - boys uniform trousers, black shoes, white shirt and bow tie; girls suitable evening dress. Parents dinner jacket or suit and tie for men; ladies evening dress.
Birmingham International Tattoo on for 2 nights - we will aim for Saturday 24Nov18
24 November
The Birmingham Tattoo will take place at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, over the weekend of Saturday 24th November and Sunday 25th November 2017 and will see over 1,000 performers line up at Britain’s biggest indoor Tattoo. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air force, this year's performance will feature a performance from the Central Band of the Royal air force, The National Band of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets & 126 (Derby) Squadron Drill Display Team in addition to The Moscow Military Cadets Band from Russia, the Band of the Polish Border Guard, The Band of the Tirol Police from Austria, National Youth Marching Band and the Tattoo Massed Pipes & Drums. Complementing the music of the massed bands will be the thrills of the exciting displays including the RMRNC Inter-Service Field Gun Competition, featuring the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, which will prove how both sheer strength and agility are needed to control the heavy guns as they race each other. Also taking part will be the popular dog display teams who will demonstrate canine agility as they also race each other in the arena as well as the United Kingdom Disco Display Team. Over 120 standard bearers will represent the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association, The Federation of Birmingham Ex-Service Associations and other veterans associations. The Birmingham International Tattoo would not be complete without the ever-popular Spectacular Grand Finale featuring over 1,000 performers who will be joined by the Royal Air Force Cosford Queen’s Colour and Escort plus guest vocalists to perform the traditional Land of Hope and Glory and closing ceremony.

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