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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!


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


gold award at St James'sSeveral Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron were recently invited to St James’s Palace in London, to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award certificates.

To complete their award they have to take part in various activities.  The cadets took on volunteering duties for a period of 12 months which included representing the Air Training Corps at various community events.

The physical section held them to improve their overall fitness and to do this most of the cadets learned how to play table tennis.  They all had to learn a new skill and this varied from studying Aeronautics, playing an instrument in a band and leaning Marksmanship skills.

There is a residential element which involves staying away from home for a period of ate lease 4 nights and taking part in a group activity.  A couple of the cadets travelled to Cyprus for this and spent time learning about Royal Air Force operations overseas.

Finally, all of them completed a 4 day expedition in the Lake District.  Totally self-sufficient they used their navigation and teamwork skills to complete this challenging part of the award.

At the palace, HRH the Earl of Wessex took time to speak with the successful candidates and then certificates were presented by Mr Mike Bannister who was the chief pilot on Concorde.  Mr Bannister gave an inspiring talk about is time on Concorde which the cadets and their parents enjoyed.  

Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt said of the day ‘It is an amazing achievement and going to the palace made all the hard work worth it. The day was very special and I was glad my dad was there to share it with me.’


Cadet FS Alex MacraeCadet Flight Sergeant Alexander MacRae, an Air Cadet with 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps was recently presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award certificate.  The presentation was made in a special ceremony at St James’s Palace.

To earn the award Alex completed five sections.  These included volunteering in the community, improving his physical fitness by playing Football and learning a new skill.

He also had to complete a Residential section for which he spent a week away from home on the training area at Wathgill, near Catterick.  The final section was a 4 day expedition coping with some extremely wet weather in the Lake District.

Before the presentation of certificates HRH the Duke of Edinburgh took time to chat with the award recipients and their guests. Alex was due to receive his award from Sir Chris Hoy, however, Sir Hoy’s wife went into premature labour the week before. The certificates were presented, in the end, by Major General John Crackett, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff.

On receiving the award Alex commented that “I had a great day, the palace was amazing and the presentation made all the work towards my award worthwhile!”


Seven air cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron recently took part in expedition in Bedfordshire. For three of the cadets who took part, this counts towards the expedition section of their award; the other four took this opportunity to improve their skills in preparation for their assessed expedition next year.

1220 cadets at the end of their expedition

1220 cadets at the end of their expedition

The route started at Great Brickhill in Bedfordshire and took them towards Woburn. They walked through the Woburn Abbey deer park and camped at Milton Bryan. On the second day they walked along part of the Greensand Ridge walk to finish near Flitwick.

The cadets found the Milton Bryan campsite particularly interesting because a building on the site was used as a radio station, which was used to broadcast false information and misleading propaganda into Nazi Germany during World War Two.

All seven cadets carried everything they would need for the two days, including their tents, cookers, food and spare clothes. They cooked and ate their own food, which consisted of breakfast, and a sausage, pasta and sauce concoction for evening meal.

Cadet Ross Tunley said “I thoroughly enjoyed my expedition and have achieved something I didn’t think I’d be able to do. Even though it was hard at times I found that the effort paid off at the end.”