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Attention to God

14 June 2013

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 life.

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.

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