IT WAS the 150th anniversary
of the dedication of St George's, at RAF Halton, the large training
establishment in Oxford diocese. The event was organised by the
Senior Chaplain, the Revd (Wing Commander) Tony Gilbert, and the
service was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury's episcopal
representative to the Armed Forces, Bishop Stephen Venner, and the
young servicemen were impressive in their serious attention.
The present church, which
seats more than 450 people, was built after the previous wooden
church burned down, but our picture does not show the collection of
stained-glass windows that portray so much of the station's
In 1997, the then Padre, the
Revd Richard Lee - now Padre to the Halton Aircraft Apprentice
Association - was unhappy with the plain glass windows at the back
of the church, and suggested that the former apprentices install
stained-glass windows to commemorate each Apprentice Entry.
They responded with
enthusiasm, and there were soon windows with Entry numbers and wing
colours, Entry badges, and "Entry activities, famous and infamous",
and many other themes depicting apprentices' time at Halton.
The church is well used by
the padres and trainees. "Wisdom training" is held there, and
several choirs use it, including the Military Wives.