GoldDofE GroupFive Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently completed a four day expedition in the Lake District as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award . They were joined by a member of 272 (Wisbech) Squadron to make up a team of six.  The expedition is one of five sections required to earn a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

While on expedition the team were self-sufficient, carrying everything they would need for the four days.  This included their clothes, tents, and cookers to cook their favourite exped menu of pasta and sausages.

Their route started at the youth hostel in Troutbeck, South Lakeland, Cumbria from where they journeyed north over a mountain called ‘High Street’ and descended to a wild camp among the fells at Boredale Hause.  Day 2 took them on a lower level route along the edge of Ullswater and day 3 took them over the Old Coach Road to Legburthwaite.  On the final day they walked along Thirlmere before ascending to Grisedale Tarn and finally descending to Patterdale in the afternoon sun.

The team worked well and managed to stay on the correct route throughout.  Their planned checkpoint timings were accurate which helped keep morale high despite their aches and pains.

Cpl Josh Pickersgill (16) said ‘I really enjoyed the adventure, living outdoors and the challenge of working with others.”


1220 Award Winners1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corp recently held its Annual Review and Presentation of Awards at the Neale-Wade Academy. In the presence of Wing Commander Tom James, a consultant in emergency medicine based at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and an ex 1220 cadet and retired Officer Commanding Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing, Squadron Leader Paul Bower OBE, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham covered the activities and achievements of a Squadron already holding the title of best squadron in the Wing.
Flight Lieutenant Burnham with help from the cadet NCO team showed what keeps 1220 at the top and as popular as ever.

Supported by the RAF cadets flew from RAF Cranwell and Wittering with 15 getting the opportunity in 2016 and one cadet gaining a flying scholarship to train up to solo standard.
Staying on the ground activities include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with 5 Bronze, 6 Silver and 1 Gold award completed in 2016. Safety first for cadets with 18 Heart start awards and 13 Youth first Aid. Target shooting both on squadron and at nearby RAF Stations saw 6 cadets gain marksman badges.
Fieldcraft and adventure training featured highly with 8 cadets spending a week at the Stanta training ground learning fieldcraft and others trekking and rock climbing in the mountains around Windermere. RAF Station visits featured heavily with 8 cadets spending a week experiencing life at RAF Stations across the country.
1220’s sporting prowess continued with cadets taking part in in athletics, cross county, football, rugby, hockey and netball. 5 cadets went on to represent the Wing and one the Region (and a gold medal) at their chosen sport. Recently 1220 has been involved in orienteering, where navigation skills and speed combine, as cadets try and locate markers in a forest as fast as possible.
Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the awards. These were presented by Wing Commander James.

Bower Challenge Trophy for best cadet Sergeant Callum Manze
Best junior cadet Corporal Lauren Thompson
Caldwell Lodge trophy for the most improved cadet Corporal Josh Pickersgill
Best new recruit Cadet Kieran Palmby
Mayors Diamond Jubilee trophy for adventure training Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt
George Cross Memorial trophy for community work Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt
Readshaw Cup for sport Cadet Liutaurus Puckorious
David Turner Memorial trophy for contribution to the band Sergeant Callum Manze
Best overall shot from all competitions and shoots Cadet Tony Pepper
Most improved shot Corporal Jordan Mayes
Jason Wing Shield for best exam results Cadet Natasha Parsons
Squadron Commander’s attendance cup Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold badge Sergeant Ewan MacRae