Annual Awards presented and Annual Review

1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently held its annual Presentation Evening. The event consisted of the presentation of annual awards, and a review of the year by the Squadron Commander, Fg Off T Kightly.

The award winners pictures with Sqn Ldr Bower RAFAC

The awards were presented by former Officer Commanding Bedfordshire and Cambridge Wing, Squadron Leader P Bower RAFAC, and Neale-Wade Academy Assistant Principal, Mr Theo Boyce.

During the review of the year, the audience heard some statistics around the achievements of the Squadron in 2019. Particularly of interest were the Duke of Edinburgh Award Statistics:

Nine cadets completed the pre-DofE award in 2019 and have been presented with a blue badge to wear on their brassard. They are Corporal Gatty, and cadets Gowler, Freeland, Mayes, Furness, Sousa, Bradshaw, Palmby and Anders.

Seven cadets completed their Bronze DofE awards in 2019. They are Corporal Gatty and cadets Lamb, Brownlie, Murray, Eves, Martin and Manze.

Three cadets were presented their Silver award. They were corporals Lynch-Cotter, Allcock and Baxter.

Sergeant Liam Hill completed his Gold Award. He is currently awaiting his invitation to attend Buckingham Palace to be formally presented his award.

The annual awards as presented, are below

Gold DofE Pin BadgeSergeant Liam Hill
Darts CompetitionCadet Joshua Mayes
Table Tennis CompetitionSergeant Liam Hill
Sqn Cdrs Attendance CupCadet Theo Freeland
Jason Wing Shield for the Highest Examination ResultsSergeant Liam Hill
Keane Shield for Best New RecruitCadet Faith Anders
Best Overall ShotFlight Sergeant Jordan Mayes
Inter-flight Drill CompetitionB Flight
Most Improved ShotCorporal Isabel Stimson
George Cross Memorial Trophy for Citizenship and Work in the CommunitySergeant Liam Hill
The Readshaw Cup awarded the Sport Cadet of the YearSergeant Liam Hill
The Mayors Diamond Jubilee Trophy for Adventure TrainingCorporal Felicity Allcock
The David Turner Memorial Trophy for MusicSergeant Liam Hill
Inter-flight CompetitionB Flight
Caldwell Lodge Trophy for the Most Improved CadetCorporal Isabel Stimson
The Junior Challenge CupCadet George Martin
Bower Challenge Trophy for Best Cadet of the YearFlight Sergeant Lauren Thompson

Busy Remembrance Weekend for 1220

Remembrance weekend is a very busy time for 1220 and this year was no exception with cadets on duty Friday, Sunday and Monday.

On Friday 16 cadets joined the Army cadets and Royal marine cadets in a morning service at the Neale Wade Academy.

Sunday saw 1220 take part in 2 parades and 1 service. An 07:45 start at squadron for breakfast before marching into town to lead some 500 military, ex-military and civilians on the parade through the town to St Peter’s Church. It was then back to the war memorial for 11am and the 2 minutes silence followed by wreath laying. Cdt Amy Brownlie-Wood laid our wreath this year.

Having returned to squadron a small contingent made their way to Eastwood Cemetery where crosses were placed on the war graves there including one RAF.

Lunch back at squadron then the band along with small contingent of cadets headed for Chatteris where we lead their afternoon parade. Cadet Samuel Gowler laid our wreath.  

Monday and 14 cadets attended the Cromwell Community College for their Service of Remembrance.

Jordan goes for Gold

Cadet Flight Sergeant Jordan Mayes has recently completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award, culminating in a presentation ceremony at St James’ Palace in London.

Jordan said “I’m very proud to have been able to achieve this award on my 17th birthday, and I loved every second of it”

Jordan outside St James’ Palace

To complete his award, Jordan completed a Volunteering section, where he coached and mentor other cadets, a Physical Recreation section, where he cycled in and around March, and a Skill section, where he completed his Master Cadet studies in aviation.

Jordan also completed a four-day expedition in the Lake District and a 7-day residential fieldcraft camp in Shropshire.

Jordan said “My time at the palace was amazing. Being allowed into the Throne Room at St James Palace and having my award presented by Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood, as well as meeting Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex was a really memorable event!


1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corp recently held its Annual Review and Presentation of Awards at the Neale-Wade Academy. In the presence Wing Commander Dave McMillan, Officer Commanding Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing and the Mayor of March, Councillor Jan French, Flight Lieutenant Colin Arnold covered the activities and achievements of a Squadron already holding the title of best squadron in the Wing.

1220’s activity list in 2018 was impressive. Seven cadets completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, another 4 their silver and 4 achieved the coveted gold award. Fourteen cadets completed the Heartstart emergency first aid course with 11 others going on to do St John Youth First Aid.

Cadets grabbed every opportunity to go away on camp with 6 attending UK RAF Stations and 8 to the Nescliffe training area. On an aviation theme 4 cadets undertook air experience flying and 8 went on a day trip to RAF Coningsby.

Leadership and knowledge training were well represented. The squadron based training saw 24 cadets passing their classification exams with 3 cadets achieving the top level Instructor Cadet.

March are well known for their sporting prowess and cadets took part many of the sports that were available.

Target shooting was as popular as ever with shooting on squadron, at RAF Honington.  7 cadets gained marksman badges through the year

1220 continue to support our town and local area with attendance at all the major events and well as helping in the background such as bag packs, Christmas Lights, Festival of the Forties.

Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the awards. These were presented by Wing Commander McMillan and Councillor Jan French.

Main award winners were:

Gold Award Pin BadgesFS Joshua Mayes
FS Callum Manze
Hana Howsam
Liutaurus Puckorius
Most improved shot Cpl Sophie Reeve
Best Individual Shot – Inter Flight Competition Cdt Angelo Ahito
Best Overall Shot Cdt Angelo Ahito
Tabletennis Competition Cpl Liam Hill
Darts Competition Cdt Jason Sharman
Citizenship & Work in the community Cpl Liam Hill
Highest Attendance Cdt Angus Murray
Sports Cadet of the year Cpl Liam Hill
Adventure Training Cdt Isabel Stimson
Band Award Cpl Liam Hill
Best New Recruit Cdt Angus Murray
Most improved Cadet Sgt Lauren Thompson
Best Junior Cadet of the year Cdt Charlie Gatty
Best Cadet of the year Cpl Liam Hill