1220 (March) Squadron ATC celebrated another year of success when they held their annual presentation evening. Friends and family of squadron members were invited to spend the evening with the squadron to recap the year’s activities.
1220 award winners
The evening was held in St Peter’s Church and consisted of an overview of the year alongside a picture slideshow presented by the Officer Commanding 1220 Squadron ATC Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham. Many achievements were earned through the year and some of those highlighted were the number of Duke of Edinburgh awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level, Marksman Awards earned on three different rifle types, First Aid Awards, and Bandsmen badges earned.
Flt Lt Burnham also shares stories of some of the activities participated in while on various camps through the year. These were varied and included flying at RAFC Cranwell, sailing off the coast of Scotland, and climbing the Rock of Gibraltar.
Some of the trophies awarded to the Squadron during 2012 were on show and these included the Walker Trophy for the best squadron in Beds & Cambs Wing, the Nolan Cup held by Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Ogden for the best male cadet in Beds & Cambs Wing and the Brackenborough Bowl held by Cadet Warrant Officer Alexa Ferguson for the best female cadet in Beds & Cambs Wing.
After a short break came the part all of the cadets had been waiting and working for throughout the entire year: the annual presentation of trophies. These were presented by Officer Commanding Beds & Cambs Wing, Wing Commander Paul Bower,who was a former member of March Squadron. Some of the awards presented were: Best Senior Cadet – Corporal Chanel Ogden, Best Junior Cadet – Cadet Kyle McLean, Most improved Cadet – Sergeant Scott Goodall and Best new recruit – Cadet Joe Goodman
After the presentation of awards Wing Commander Bower addressed those present and congratulated the squadron on its achievements during the last year and also congratulated the evening’s award winners. He finished off by announcing that 1220 Squadron were to be awarded the Walker trophy for a third year running – a fantastic achievement.
Three air cadets and one staff member from 1220 (March) Squadron recently attended a Clansman radio operator’s course to learn how to use and set up the radio system commonly used in the Falklands War.
Cadet Sergeant Scott Goodall with other cadets from Central and East Region in front of their mast.
Cadets Adam Flack and Aline Johnson, Cadet Sergeant Scott Goodall and Civilian Instructor Mr Tim Kightly all went on the course held at RAF College Cranwell and came back experts at communications.
The course was spread over a weekend and taught the students to erect 5.4m masts and correctly operate the equipment. The course culminated in an exercise to practise using their newly acquired skills.
Cadet Adam Flack said, “I really enjoyed the course and feel confident about using these radios when we next go on camp”
Flight Sergeants Daniel Lowe and Steven Pugh with their certificates
Flight Sergeants Steven Pugh and Daniel Lowe from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets travelled down to London recently on to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards at St James’ Palace. Steven and Daniel both completed their awards at the end of 2011 and had to wait over a year for a date to visit the palace as 2012 was a busy year for the Royal Family.
There were hundreds of young people there, and they were all split into four groups. 2012 was the first year that one of the quarters was comprised entirely of air cadets, since so many had also achieved their award that year. In their quarter there were around 70 cadets, and they were all held in the Queen Anne room, where they waited with anticipation to talk to the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Both Steven and Daniel managed to speak briefly with Prince Philip, and were very happy and excited that they had. Finally the Duke moved on to speak with the next group of award holders, and the cadets returned to their seats to be presented their certificates. Special guest presenting them was Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.
Flight Sergeant Daniel Lowe said “I am really proud on achieving this award and was really pleased to get to visit St James palace and chat with the Duke of Edinburgh himself.”
All eligible cadets at 1220 Squadron are working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s award at either bronze, silver or gold level and Flight Sergeants Pugh and Lowe now join the few that have completed all three levels and help run the award for others.