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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.’

Open Evening and Intake Night February 2015

1220 (March) Squadron will be holding an open evening on 11th February 2015 at the Squadron HQ for a brief presentation. Following this, there will be an intake night for potential new cadets on the 17th February.

Being a part of Air Cadets is much more than just wearing a uniform, it’s being part of a great team! We would be surprised if you weren’t a little bit interested after hearing that our Air Cadets enjoy a number of activities, including Duke of Edinburgh awards, watersports and flying as well as learning more about the RAF.

For further information on joining us here at 1220 (March) Squadron, email us 1220@aircadets.org.uk

Some of the activities you an get involved with in the Air Cadet Organisation.

Some of the activities you can get involved within the Air Cadet Organisation.

 

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.

MARCH AIR CADETS WALK THROUGH HISTORY OF FLIGHT

Taking a walk through history, cadets and staff from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets recently enjoyed a great day out visiting the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon, north London.

1220 cadets at the RAF Museum in Hendon

1220 cadets at the RAF Museum in Hendon

Numerous exhibits lent interest to a busy day, which included visiting hangars where cadets could get close up to aircraft. The cadets were able to see aircraft from early designs right up to present day, as well as learn about the advances in aviation through the history of those who flew them. They were able to walk under some amazing aircraft and being able to look straight up into them was a fantastic learning experience.

The cadets were able to learn about some of the trailblazing people who have been part of the journey of flight and the RAF, past and present. Points of interest included the Milestones of Flight and Battle of Britain displays as well as an exhibit on Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Service.

LAUREN RETIRES

Following seven years of service to the Air Training Corps, Lauren Arnold has retired from cadet life.

Laurn Arnold

Lauren Arnold

After joining 1220 (March) Squadron in early 2006, Lauren’s talent for sport soon became clear. Over the next 6 years Lauren gained medals at Squadron, Wing and Region level. After achieving top positions in athletics, cross country and swimming in 2008, she was consequently awarded the Wing Sports Cadet of the Year trophy.

Lauren also joined the squadron band, having never played an instrument before. Her chosen instrument was Trumpet. She eventually became the winner of the Wing Solo Bugle competition and in addition was part of the winning Fanfare team two years in a row, competing at Region level in both disciplines.

Lauren reached the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant and gained the highest classification – Staff Cadet – after passing numerous exams and many hours of project work. She attained all three BTEC qualifications available to those in the Air Training Corps: Aviation Studies, Public Services and Music, as well as all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Not satisfied with her achievements on the ground, Lauren completed a Gliding Scholarship at VGS Wethersfield. She also took the opportunity to fly solo to gain her silver wings.

All these achievements and skills were put to good use in her final years. Lauren mentored cadets new to the squadron, lead the trumpet section of the squadron band, and was the squadron’s first aid trainer.

Lauren was presented with a glass goblet on her last night in uniform as a cadet to thank her for her service. Lauren has returned to 1220 as a Civilian Instructor, passing on her skills and knowledge to younger cadets in the subjects she loved as a cadet.

Since Lauren has become a staff member at 1220 Squadron, her application to join the RAF has been successful and she will start her basic training at RAF Halton in June to become a driver in the Mechanical Transport section.