The Reverend Paul MacCarty, age 79, has just retired after serving for 37 years as
Chaplain of 130 (Bournemouth) Squadron of the Air Cadets.
Paul says he has had an interest in aviation since he was five years old, and gained an Aviation Certificate (the fore-runner of the PPL) whilst a member of the Bournemouth Grammar School CCF. This was presented to him by Lord Brabazon of Tara, the holder of the first such certificate issued.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1952 as aircrew until, in 1958, he commenced a new career in promoting the British motor industry throughout Europe. He was ordained in 1975 and took-up a series of appointments in the Bournemouth area, including Christchurch Priory.
Paul was appointed as Chaplain to Bournemouth Squadron in June 1977, and has been a key member of staff ever since, with an active involvement in annual camps, adventure training and radio communications, in addition to his pastoral duties on the Squadron.
Paul was awarded a Commandant’s Commendation in recognition of his work, and he has also twice been awarded Lord Lieutenant’s Certificates.
A formal presentation was made to Paul by the Officer in Charge of 130 Squadron, Warrant Officer Jamie Green, and many former members of staff and cadets were in attendance to mark the special occasion.
“I have always been a great supporter of the Air Cadet Organisation, because it enables young people to achieve their full potential, and it has been my privilege and pleasure to provide them with support and encouragement over the past 37 years” said Paul.