The McCombie Cadet Centre
Located at the West end of Woodside Road in Banchory sits the McCombie Cadet Centre, home to 2367 (Banchory) Squadron of the Air Training Corps and to the Banchory detachment of the 2nd Highlanders Army Cadet Force.
Opened in 2006 by HRH the Duke of Kent, this new combined cadet centre replaced the ATC's "Spooner Hut" at the same site, plus the ACF's small, converted garage down by the golf course, and offers superior, dedicated space for both organisations.
It is a single-story breeze-block construction that provides each of the 2 occupant units with private offices and stores, plus 3 shared lecture rooms, drill hall, kitchen, ablutions, range and car park.
About The Name
When the Air Training Corps was looking to set up a squadron in Banchory at the and of the 1960s, they need a place to build their new Spooner Hut. The McCombie family donated the area of land between the Upper and Lower Bellswood in Banchory to the Civilian Committee of 2367 Squadron. The North West corner of that land was sub-let to allow the building of the ATC hut which opened in 1961.
By the end of the century the wooden Spooner hut had reached the end of its life and a new Combined Cadet Centre was approved. The squadron offered to lease an enlarged area of land to the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for a peppercorn fee and the new centre was built immediately South of the old ATC hut.
In honour of the family who originally donated the land it was agreed to call it the McCombie Cadet Centre, with Miss Phyllis McCombie present as a VIP guest for the royal opening.
How To Find Us
The Cadet Centre does not have a post box so we are unable to receive any mail directly.
Mail for Banchory Air Cadets should be addressed to:
2367 (Banchory) Squadron
c/o HQ North East Scotland Wing ATC
Bridge of Don