August has been a busy month with cadets at Annual Camp at RAF Halton, Gold and Silver expeditions in the Lake District, Drill and Cerimonial Camp at RAF Cranwell, IACE in the USA, camps in Gibralter and Cyprus and other activities – full details can be found on our facebook page at 241squadron Air Cadets – and September is going to be busier and our next recruit course starts in early October!
The Sqn has had a busy and successful month with 4 Cadet 100s being gained at the Interservice Target Rifle Meeting, a gruelling Gold and Silver practise expedition, cadets flying, at the Royal International Air Tattoo, the ACO 75th anniversary sports challenge, bag packs, marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and more – full details are on our Facebook page
June has been busy with the 75th anniversary muster at RAF Benson, a visit to RAF Lyneham, Armed Forces Day in Ilford, a recruit passout parade, a Gold Duke of Edinburghs Award at Buckingham Palace and a fieldcraft instructors course plus a lot more! Full details can be found our our Facebook page
May has been a hetic month with flying, DoE practise expeditions, Wing athletics, mountain walking in Snowdonia, parades at the Guidhall, St Pauls Cathederal, providing a carpet guard for our affiliated livery company, L81 and Air Rifle shooting and honouring Fg Off Ajvir Sandhu RAF (an ex CWO of 241) who was tragically killed in an accident. Full details can be found our our Facebook page.
April has seen cadets at competing in the Innes Sword, McGrath Trophy (won by 1 Section), assisting at the 98th anniversary of the RAF, taking part in an L81 shooting camp and a drill & band camp, and CWO Campbell passing out of the QAIC course. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.
March has seen cadets at Crowborough Training Camp for Fieldcraft and Recruit Training, CWO Campbell winning young person of the year for Redbridge, Jack Petchy Awards, Flying, Shooting and mountaineering in North Wales. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.
February has been busy with the 75th anniversary dinner, flying, the Inter Flight Shooting competition, a police experience couse and a JNCO training day. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.
January has seen the Sqn celebrate its 75th anniversary but we also were busy with First Aid assesments, Navigation training in Epping Forest, L81 shooting starting the 2016 season, L98 shooting and obstacle course training with 31 Sqn and 5 cadets attending the Region Cross Countr. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.
Sunday 17 January 2016 saw the Squadron mark the 75th anniversary of its formation in 1941 with a formal parade at the Squadron Headquaters.
A Guard of Honour met the principal guests – The Deputy Lieutenant for Redbridge Thomas Chan, The Mayor of Redbridge Barbara White, Assisitant Regional Commandant for London & South East Region Sqn Ldr Bob Hall, our affiliated Livery Company of Jojners and Ceilers and OC London Wing Wg Cmdr Colin Gale. We also welcomed the Wing Warrant Officer Ivor Thomas, an ex 241 Sqn cadet, and several other wing staff and Sqn Commanders, as well as a large contingent of parents, friends and ex cadets.
CWO Taylor Leonard gave a presentation on the history and ethos of the Squadron and then the 3 officers, 3 SNCOs and 112 cadets formed the parade and where inspected by the guests. A presentations was made by the DL to CWO Jameel Campbell of his Cadet Warrant and the news announced that CWO Campbell is the London Wing nominee for the Dacre Sword. The Livery Company made a generous donation to the Sqn funds and CIs Lucy Russelland Kris Kretovs recieved their certificate of appintment.
The OC Sqn, Sqn Ldr Godden then lead the Squadron in a march past of 3 Flights, Banner Party and the Sqn Band before all ranks and guests retired to the main hall for a buffet lunch provided by the Sqn Civilian Committee. Afterwards OC31 (Tower Hamlets) Sqn Flt Lt Rex Nicholls presented the Sqn with a engraved presentation crests marking the close assocation of the 2 Squadrons.
This was a day which the last 75 years was fittingly celebrated and we look forward to our 100th anniversary! The photos show the whole Sqn, Cadet 100s or 50s, the parade and the 31 Sqn presentation to 241. “One of Many – Second to None”
As 2015 draws to a close the Sqn looks back at a successful year which has seen cadets win the Elworthy Sword for a 7th time, the London Wing Field Day Competition, the LaSER Region Field Day Shooting section, The London and Middlesex Cadet Rifle Meeting and coming 2nd in the National Service Rifle Championships against the Army, Air and Sea Cadets.
The cadets achieved 7 Cadet 50s (surely a record in the ATC), 5 Cadet 100s, 4 Corps, 4 Region, 14 Wing & 9 Sqn Marksman awards, an International Air Cadet Exchange to Australia, 2 Flying Scholarships, 67 air experience flights on the Tutor and 11 on Sea King, an Air Cadet Leaderrship Course at RAF Cranwell, 3 Cadets in South Africa as part of the London Wing expedition, 2 cadets to Cyprus and 4 Cadets to Gibraltar camps, 27 Wing Blues for sports and 19 for Shooting, 2 Region Blues for sport, 6 Corps Blues for shooting. 8 cadets attended the Remberence Day ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
The Duke of Edinburghs scheme has also been to the fore with cadets gaining 8 Gold, 9 Silver, and 33 Bronze awards and expeditions in the Lake District. Cadets have also gained 7 band badges and seen the band go from strength to strength and 33 cadets gained a First Aid qualification. We have also seen 3 cadets on the first ever parachute course at Nevethavon. UK Camps and courses for cadets and staff also kept us very busy!
We also strengthened our links with our affiliated Company – the Joiners and Ceilers, and raised over £5000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.
None of this would have happened without the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff team who have worked long and hard to facilitate the achievements of our cadets. We also thank our friends in 31 Tower Hamlets Sqn, 1838 Elm Park Sqn and 2048 Dagenham Sqn for their help over the year and we look forward to working with them in 2016.
2016 is the Sqns and the ATCs 75th Anniversary and we look forward to celebrating this milestone in style.