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Selwyn Times: March 21, 2017

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14 Tuesday March 21 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 21 2017 15 ews Celebrations for squadron Air Training ashion Corps anniversary with several functions this weekend. Christchurch secretary This starts with a meet and Neil Wech writes greet on Friday night, a combined wing parade with all four about the history of the organisation Christchurch-based units participating on Saturday, followed ahead of a series of by a formal dinner in the Air events celebrating its Force Museum of New Zealand 75th anniversary this on Saturday night. Gardening weekend Registrations for the weekend have been received from THE AIR Training Corps was throughout New Zealand and born out of World War 2, when Australia from ex-cadets. the need to supply pre-trained Among those attending will people for the air force, both be two early cadets from the pilots and maintenance grew. unit. James Sewell, who is 94 The war quickly taught that and lives in Feilding, is believed you could replace planes and to be the first cadet signed equipment, otoring but not trained into the unit on its formation. people. And so the ATC was first Elgar Dickson, 90 and living in formed in England (February 1 Christchurch, joined in early 1941) and grew rapidly worldwide. collection of early photographs from the No 17 Air Training and distinguished careers in the HISTORY RECALLED: Elgar and Shirley Dickson review a 1942. Both went on to serve long This was followed in New Zealand with recognition from War Corps unit, accompanied by cadets Jed Buchanan and Caitlyn Royal New Zealand Air Force. Cleall. ​ Registrations are still open for Cabinet authority for the NZ The role of cadet units in New with leadership, outdoor, first all events for the weekend and ATC on February 13, 1941. Zealand has changed since its aid activities. registration forms are available No 17 (City of Christchurch) initial wartime establishment. No 17 squadron has a proud on the squadron website. Squadron asty is one of the oldest Bites Today is supported by the history, having been recognised The wing parade will be held ATC units in New Zealand, New Zealand Defence Force as the most efficient ATC squadron in New Zealand 10 times cadet base at Wigram and the on the parade ground at the officially formed in 1942. It is and, by legislation, is a partnership between defence and the since 2000, and has numerous public are invited to this func- also one of the largest, regularly parading about 100 cadets, noncommissioned officers and Flying is still the major focus from their air force parent body. Visitors should be seated by community it operates in. awards for competitions and tion at no charge. officers. of the air cadet units together The unit is celebrating its 75 th 10.30am. Explosives found on property • By Andrew King A WOMAN cleaning out a deceased person’s estate in Prebbleton found explosive materials in a shed on Thursday. The property on Blakes Rd was owned by a registered explosives technician who died recently. While cleaning up the property the woman came across “blasting sticks”, police said. The property is close to a subdivision, but there was no danger to the public. “The material was well stored and the person that found it called police straight away,” he said. Defence force personnel were called in and removed the explosives. “It’s not every day you find things like this,” the police spokesman said. He said it was more common to find old mortar shells rather than well stored explosive material. Police and defence force personnel decide who is best placed to remove the material. oney