Trenchard Flight Remember

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Nov 9th 2016

Trenchard Flight at Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) at RAF Halton, have recently completed a Remembrance themed gardening project located behind the Chaplaincy centre within the RTS Site, and this week the garden was declared open by Officer Commanding RTS, Squadron Leader Louise Henton.

Trenchard Flight is the admin staff flight on the Squadron who together with Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training (SATTs), built the garden in their spare time.

The area had been neglected for years with people not making much use out of it, so Flight Sergeant Brian Hagan came up with an idea to transform the area to give recruits and their families space to utilise during graduations for photos, listening to their Basic Recruit Training Course stories, or somewhere to sit to soak up the atmosphere. Together with Mr Jim Webster from Bee’s Knee’s pest control, Brian formulated a plan to convert the area into a feature reminiscent of the RAF Roundel with a reflective area of Remembrance.

With funding from the Station welfare fund, the area was rejuvenated, and now features a large RAF Roundel encircled with placards describing the history of each intake at RTS. The seating areas were upgraded and the surrounding features invigorated with a large cross built and planted with poppies and various fauna for the Remembrance garden.

Cpl Mahayla Attis from Trenchard Flight, said: “This could not be achieved without the assistance of Mr Webster, Station Welfare fund, The RTS admin team and the airmen and airwomen from SATT’s whose hard work has made an idea come to fruition. Hopefully, both features and the garden itself will now become a more predominant attraction for all and their visitors.”

Squadron Leader Louise Henton
Squadron Leader Louise Henton
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