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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


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.”


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.’


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Cadets - L-R Cpl Willox and Cadets Casson-Rennie (F), Brownlie and MaCrae

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Cadets – L-R Cpl Willox and Cadets Casson-Rennie (F), Brownlie and MaCrae

After months of preparation three groups of 1220 (March) Air Cadets have completed Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions this summer. Planning started in January when the teams met at the Squadron Headquarters in Gas Road, March to decide where they wanted to go and which routes they wanted to take.  The Silver team chose to go to the Yorkshire Dales and the Gold teams opted for the Lake District.

In their teams they planned their three day (for Silver) or four day (for Gold) routes and made decisions about what sites of interest they would like to visit while completing their journey. Training for the Gold teams was conducted in the Brecon Beacons at Easter.  They had mixed weather which involved walking in hill fog on Waun Fach, battling the wind on Sugar Loaf, and glorious sunshine on Pen Y Fan.

The Silver team went to Edale in the Peak District for their training on the first May bank holiday weekend.  They climbed Win and Lose hills on the first day, took a rainy walk near the Derwent Reservoir – where the Dambusters trained – and finished with a brighter walk from Edale to Castleton.

At the beginning of the Summer Holidays both teams had a final Expedition practise closer to home.  They walked from Whittlesey to March and made use of the Scout Campsite in Gaul Road.  During this weekend they were able to make final decisions about who was going to carry which bits of group equipment and what food they would want to cook and eat.

The Silver team consisted of Cadets Will Snow, Macauley Milnes, Brandon Casson-Rennie, Hope Bissett and Stacey Stimson.  The five headed north in July to complete their journey.  They started near Settle – famous for the Railway line – and finished in Kettlewell – famous for being the home of the WI Calendar Girls.  On route they visited Malham, and camped at the bottom of Gordale Scar which had an impressive waterfall.

Silver Duke of Edinbiurgh team - L-R - Cadets Casson-Rennie (B) Snow, Stimson, Hope and Milnes

Silver Duke of Edinbiurgh team – L-R – Cadets Casson-Rennie (B) Snow, Stimson, Hope and Milnes







The Gold teams’ expeditions took place over the August Bank holiday.  The Lake District provided beautiful views and in the main the weather was kind – not too hot and not too wet.

Sergeants Kyle McLean and Aleks Deaves joined Corporals Joe Goodman and Katie Mowatt to make one team.  They started from Windermere Youth hostel and finished at the Patterdale Hotel climbing High Street and visiting Aira Force waterfall on the way.

The second team was made up of Corporal Callum Willox and Cadets Calum Brownlie-Wood, Frasier Casson-Rennie and Ewan MacRae.  They started in the village of Kentmere and finished at Aira Force waterfall.  On the way they also climbed High Street and they spent a day walking the Helvelyn range from Dollywagon Pike to Whiteside.

Gold Due of Edinburgh Cadets - Sergeants Deaves, McLean and Cpls Goodman and Mowatt

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Cadets – Sergeants Deaves, McLean and Cpls Goodman and Mowatt

Both teams spent one of their evenings camping wild, high in the mountains.  They were rewarded with fabulous views when they woke in the morning and also the knowledge that the day would be a downhill one!

Flt Lt Kirsty Burnham, Commanding Officer at 1220 (March) Squadron, said “The expeditions that these Cadets took part in are a huge part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards. We try to do at least one expedition for each Duke of Edinburgh stage at least once a year at a reduced cost to any Cadets who take part. To have 8 of our Cadets take part in their Gold award is quite a record.”

Sergeant Aleks Deaves said “The 4 day expedition was hard work, especially as we live in the Fens where there are no hills or mountains. I did enjoy most of the 4 days, but I was also pleased when we arrived back at the Youth Hostel for our last evening in the Lakes to a hot shower and a cooked meal. The drive back to the Squadron in March made me realise just how flat the fens really are, compared to places like the Lakes. I would encourage anyone who is a Cadet to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards”

1220 (March) Squadron is holding an open evening on 9th September from 6:30pm. This is an opportunity for potential Cadets and their Parents to come along and find out more about RAF Air Cadets. Anyone from Year 9 is welcome to come along and speak to the Staff and other Cadets, to find out what RAF Air Cadets is all about. To find out more please visit: