A Snapshot of the Camp in 1949

Last year I was fortunate enough to find the first edition of “The Cardingtonian” a magazine produced back in 1949 for both servicemen and civilians who served at the station. The magazine includes a forward by the serving Station Commander Grp Captain J Bradbury DFC offering his congratulations to the staff who produced the publication. There are several articles on the clubs that servicemen could join and results and league tables of the various sports that teams had taken part in. What it does show is the array of facilities available on site – ranging from music, drama through to sport and woodwork.

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The first copy of "The Cardingtonian" - it is not known if any other editions were produced - can anyone comment?

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This article clearly demonstrates the opportunities available at the Station - no time to get bored!

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There was a strong tradition of good entertainment on the camp - without exception all of the people I have spoken to who worked there always speak of the good times they had at the dances and revues. So it is no surprise to read that the station had its own Drama Group.

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This article shows us how much men where paid in 1949 with most receiving pay rises - this is a perhaps a reflection that the country was beginning to recover from the austerity years of WW11. What a lovely way to launch the magazine with such good news!