March Cadets complete Silver Expedition

Recently seven cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets completed the expedition section of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Their three-day expedition began near Castleton in the North York Moors, and took them through Westerdale and Farndale Moors.

Cadet Chris Howsam (15), said “The expedition was really worthwhile and I am pleased to have completed the expedition section.”

After camping in the valley, their second day took them past the disused mines in the area. They then took a route along the top of the moor where they camped in Rosedale.

The final day of their expedition took them across Wheeldale moor and finished in Goathland, the village where the ITV television series Heartbeat is set.


Pictured is the team at the end of the expedition. From left: Cadet Rebecca Stimson, Cadet Corporal Sophie Reeve, Cadet Corporal Liam Hill, Cadet Jason Sharman, Cadet Chris Howsam, Cadet Corporal Lauren Lynch-Cotter, Cadet Corporal Lauren Thompson


RAF100 Apprentice of the YearFormer 1220 cadet Lauren Arnold has been awarded the prestigious RAF100 Centenary Apprentice of Year. SAC Lauren Arnold (25) was presented with her trophy by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Steven Hillier. The event took place at the RAF Museum, Hendon, where winners and guests dined under the Lancaster bomber. There were 24 winners across all the trade groups in the RAF. Lauren spent almost 7 years at 1220 before joining the RAF in 2013.

She is a Logistics Driver currently based at RAF Coningsby and alongside being able to drive almost every vehicle the RAF operates she is currently responsible for ensuring that 3500 military and civilian personnel are provided with the required driver training courses and that currency on MT orders and licensing is maintained.

Lauren has also maintained contact with her cadet roots as a Service Instructor at March Squadron and assisting with cadet visits to Coningsby.


1220 (March) Squadron have been judged the best squadron in the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing for 2017!

Being awarded the Walker Trophy recognises the performance of the squadron in all aspects of the cadet experience and reaffirms that 1220 consistently provides and performs at the highest level in all areas.

This is the 6th time in 8 years that 1220 has been judged best in the Wing . The squadron will be presented with the trophy at the annual Wing Review in June.

Well done to all the cadets and staff who commit themselves week in, week out to make 1220 a squadron to be proud of.


On Sunday 12th November we took part in Remembrance Parades in both March and Chatteris. There were also local services at some of the town war graves.

1220 Parading in March

1220 Parading in March

The Civilian Committee provided hot breakfast and lunch to ensure we were fuelled for the busy day.
Everyone had prepared well and showed their respect for those who gave so much.
We will remember them..