National Volunteer Week

Between Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June 2020 the UK celebrates its volunteers. The Royal Air Force Air Cadets would not be able to run without the help of the thousands of Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers.

At 1082 (Brimington and District) Squadron we have 7 volunteers. Over the course of the week our staff will let you get to know them. Today is our Squadron Chaplain Reverend Daniel Cooke. Rev. Cooke has been with us since the end of 2016 and each month will lead a Padre’s Hour which can include debates on real world issues, as well as a variety of different topics. The Padre is here to also help provide some pastoral care to both the staff and cadets as well as provide support for regular parade nights and events. Rev. Cooke is a very much respected member of the staff team at 1082 Squadron.

Rev. Daniel Cooke pictured with the Commanding Officer Flt Lt Adam Fowler and Wing Chaplain Michael Bowman on his day of appointment.

Here is our Chaplain’s interview.

What is your job in real life?

I’m the local vicar. So I’m the rector technically of St Michael’s Parish Church.

How long have you been in the RAFAC?

2 or 3 years I can’t remember when I joined. It’s been 2 or 3 years I think.

What is your job in the RAFAC?

My job is I’m the padre to the local squadron. So I do sort of personal and social education, religious education and I get to do some interesting conversations with the cadets.

Rev. Cooke leading a session with some of our cadets.

Do you have any other interests outside of the RAFAC?

Yes plenty. I like doing wargaming, I like going fishing, walking, enjoying the Peak District and I enjoy going camping as well.

What is your favourite camp/cadet activity you have been on?

Probably watching the Air Cadets doing the outdoor cooking challenges. Some of the concoctions that they have made have been rather interesting to say the least.

How has life changed since COVID-19?

Well for starters my church building has closed for public worship so I’ve been doing a lot of online live streaming of services. And my children are at home currently because they are not in school hopefully going back in the near future. So that has been quite a big change.

What was your favourite subject at school?

RE. As a vicar it’s not a standard answer that you have to say RE but it genuinely was my favourite subject. Mainly because I found it easy but also interesting. And a second favourite would be chemistry because you get to burn things in chemistry.

What was you least favourite subject at school?

French. I can’t do foreign languages and I had to do French. I was terrible at it.

What song will always get you on the dance floor at an end of camp disco?

None. I don’t really do dancing.

Name 1 useless fact about yourself?

My middle name is Benedict with means blessed. There you go a useless fact for you.

Hope you enjoy those answers and hope you enjoy volunteering yourselves this week.

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