In a previous letter to Cranwellian Association members, and on the web site following the 2017 reunion, I heralded the centenary in 2020 of the first graduation of cadets from the College. Since then, the Association Trustees have met to discuss how we might mark and celebrate this special event in our history. We have received two suggestions from the membership, first to establish a fund to support visits by officer cadets to other air force academies, the other to commission a statue of our founder Lord Trenchard.
The Commandant has informed us that visits to other similar establishments and regular sporting exchanges already exist and, thus, Trustees have concluded that the Trenchard statue is the most appropriate and long lasting commemoration for our centenary.
We have formed a project team led by Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville (91 Entry), whose task it will be to recommend a sculptor and provide detailed information on costings and timelines. It is envisaged that, subject to planning permission, the statue would likely be sited looking across the parade square towards College Hall; it would be bronze and some 7 feet tall installed on a plinth.
I will be writing in more detail to you seeking your support before long, but for now I hope you would agree that a statue of our founder is the appropriate way to celebrate the centenary of our world renowned College, and a project uniting Cranwellians of all eras.
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