RAFĀ Cardington Camp

RAF Cardington Churches

However in 1951 a Civilian Social Club located near the main entrance was converted into a Church of England church as shown above and from this time all C. of E. services were held there. By 1953 this church even had stained glass windows which had been designed by L .A.C. Randall* one of the young men serving on the site at the time. It is not known what happened to these windows which by all accounts were quite impressive. Choir stalls were also added with room for visiting choirs to attend.

As expected church was compulsory for all RAF personnel and only on a few rare occasions were services suspended. It is recorded that services were cancelled between March & May 1938 due to an epidemic and once in Sept 1940 due to an air raid warning. The severe winter of 1947 coupled with a national fuel shortage limited Church services to one each Sunday as the camp almost ground to a halt for ten weeks.

The Church also took an active part in civilian life - local children attended Sunday School on the camp from 1937 to 1940 and from 1945 onwards (during the war years the children attended Sunday School at Cardington church for safety reasons). The church also supported Brownie, Guides and Scout Groups.

* If anyone knows what happened to L. A. C. Randall please get in touch.

There were at least two other churches on the camp in some years - a Catholic Church and an "Other Denomination" Church - can anyone confirm this and can they tell us where these buildings were.

IF YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF THIS CHURCH OR INDEED THE OTHER CHURCHES ON THE CAMP PLEASE GET IN TOUCH. IT IS KNOWN THAT MARRIAGES AND CHRISTENINGS TOOK PLACE AT RAF CARDINGTON SO PLEASE MAKE CONTACT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES WITH US.