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CADETS VISIT THE RAF MUSEUM, HENDON

1220 cadets by the Mosquito at Hendon

1220 cadets by the Mosquito at Hendon

A group of Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently took an educational visit to the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon.

The visit helped to bring to life some of the classroom learning the cadets have received, and to also help improve their aircraft recognition skills. At the start of the day the cadets were tasked to find the answers to some questions posed by the staff. This made the day challenging as they searched the exhibits to find the answers.

Of particular interest was the Air Cadet exhibition which is on display to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organisation.

Sergeant Ewan MacRae (17) said ‘it was a fun day out, the best bit was being able to sit in a cockpit and see the controls close up. The 4d cinema was really cool too.’

CADETS RECOGNISED BY LORD LIEUTENANT OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Cpl Casson-Rennie, Sgt Mowatt, Sir Hugh Durbery, Cpl Willox & Flt Sgt Mclean

Cadets from 1220 (March) Air Cadet were recognised in a ceremony by the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO CBE presented certificates of commendation at the ceremony, which was held at Hinchingbrooke School’s Performing Arts Centre in Huntingdon.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Kyle McLean (17), Cadet Sergeant Katie Mowatt (18), Cadet Corporal Frasier Casson-Rennie (17) & Cadet Corporal Callum Willox (17) were invited to the ceremony after successfully completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards in 2015. In total 7 Cadets completed their Gold awards, with three turning 18 years of age since completion, and subsequently “ageing out” of the Air Cadet Organisation.

To achieve their Gold award each cadet had to take part in a physical activity (Physical section), pursue a personal interest (Skill section), spend a minimum of 12 months volunteering (Volunteering section), complete a 4-day expedition (Expedition section) and join a 5 day residential experience (Residential section).

The recognition ceremony held on Saturday, 9th January, precedes the Cadets invitation to be awarded officially their award at St James’s Palace later this year. Other Gold award achievers from all over Cambridgeshire were present at the ceremony.

A  keynote speech was given by Miss Judy Scotney from Peterborough. Judy was the first girl in Peterborough to achieve her Gold Award in 1964, having already worked through her Bronze and Silver Awards. Her achievements were documented in a Pathe news item at the time entitled “Woman does man’s work”.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is available to all air cadets at the 1220 (March) Squadron. Please visit our website: www.1220atc.org.uk to find out more about becoming an Air Cadet, and for details of our upcoming open evening.

MARCH AIR CADETS SALUTE ROYAL VISITOR

L-R HRH Princess Royal, Cadet Stimson, Cpl Goodman and Cadet Casson-Rennie (B)

A group of 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets were given the honour of welcoming HRH Princess Royal to the Neale Wade Academy, when she visited to see the progress made by new Principal Jason Wing recently.

The Cadets, who all attend Neale Wade Academy, were selected to stand alongside March Army Cadet Force to form a Guard of Honour as Princess Anne arrived. Once inside the Academy Assembly Hall, four Air Cadets had been pre-selected to greet and talk to the Princess.

Cadet Flight Seargant Alexander Macrae (18), a 6th Form student at the Academy, was the most senior Air Cadet in attendance for the visit. Following the visit, FS Macrae said, “It was a huge honour for all of us to be invited to welcome Princess Anne to the Academy, what made it even more special was that she talked to each of us, and was really interested about our time within the Air Cadets.”

In previous years a number of Cadets have visited St James’s Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, presented, on occasions, by the Princess Royals Father, the Duke of Edinburgh. Cadet Brandon Casson-Rennie (15), who has just completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award said, “Princess Anne asked me what my biggest achievement is so far within Air Cadets, and I replied that it was achieving my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I also told her that I have started my silver award recently. I am definitely going to complete my silver award and then going all the way for the gold award.” 

Neale Wade Academy is the central feeder school for 1220 (March) Squadron, who are now recruiting for new Cadets. Meeting members of the Royal family is just one of the activities Cadets can get involved in by joining our Squadron. Anyone interested in joining can come along to our “Open Evening” on 11th February to find out more about us, and what we do.

For more information, please visit our website: www.1220atc.org.uk or our Facebook page: www.fb.com/1220AirCadets

 

MARCH AIR CADET TEACHES VORDERMAN A NEW TRICK

Goodman SelfieCorporal Joe Goodman from 1220 (March) Air Cadets found himself being the talk of twitter after he was asked by the Air Cadet organisations new Group Captain VR(T) – former Loose Woman Carol Vorderman – to snap a selfie when she was unsure how to.

Joe was attending the Air Cadet National Band championships at RAF Halton where he found himself being introduced to Group Captain Vorderman. Group Captain Vorderman was recently “flown in” as the new Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets – she becomes the first female honorary Group Captain Ambassador to the organisation.

Joe, who plays in the 1220 (March) Squadron band, qualified to attend at the Beds and Cambs Wing regional competition earlier in the year. The competitions include marching bands, percussion, ensemble, solo drum and solo bugle. Joe was also the star of ITV Anglia news earlier this year where he performed the Last Post as part of the Imperial War Museum’s 100th anniversary of World War I.

Other VIPs who attended included Air Commander Dawn McAfferty, who commented on twitter that the new Group Captain’s salute was “spot on!”

Corporal Goodman commented “Everyone at our Squadron knows that I love to take selfies, so I thought what better opportunity than to ask for one with our new Group Captain, and on her first official Air Cadet engagement. I did not expect it to be tweeted to over 300,000 people! It was an honour to meet her, and we hope that she may visit 1220 Squadron in her time with Air Cadets, as she was a student in Cambridge.”

Vorderman TweetGroup Captain VR(T) Vorderman tweeted, “Air Cadets like selfies too…. Hello @1206SqnATC and @1220AirCadets x” attaching the picture taken.

MARCH AIR CADETS HONOUR THE FALLEN

Last Monday, eleven cadets and two members of staff from 1220 (March) Squadron took part in television coverage by ITV Anglia commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One.

Cadet Corporal Joe Goodman playing the Last Post for the film crew.

Cadet Corporal Joe Goodman playing the Last Post for the film crew.

At the event, Cadet Corporal Joe Goodman (16) played the Last Post which was later shown on the ITV coverage of the event. Joe had been awarded Best Solo Bugler at the recent Wing Music Competition and responded to the event coordinator’s search for a bugler. Other cadets were also keen to take part and formed the background for the telecast.

The programme was a mix of pre-recorded and live parts interspersed with other elements from around the broadcast area. The programmed ended with Cpl Goodman playing the Last Post. After performing, he said “I was really nervous about playing on TV, but excited at the same time.”

Cadets and staff from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing with ITV Anglia presenter Jonathan Wills

Cadets and staff from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing with ITV Anglia presenter Jonathan Wills

The cadets were immensely proud to represent today’s youth in remembrance of the sacrifices made 100 years ago by service personnel around the world.