The Squadron now has a fully operational Air Rifle Range in the main hall. The 4 Lane range and firing plinths were built by staff and cadets, and has now been approved by Headquarters Air Cadets. Training for the Cadets to operate Air Rifles will commence shortly, and this will undoubtedly become an asset for Shooting on the Sqn.
The Mountaineering Team deployed to the Lake District for their first training session of the ’05 season last weekend. The team split into two with half tackling Sacfell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and the others tackeling Napes Needle on Great Gable. Saturday evening saw a visit to the Rheghed Centre for a lecture by Simon Yates and an expedition on climbing Everest.
On Good Friday Cadets attended 614 VGS at Weathersfield in Essex to carry out glider flying training. All four cadets successfully passed their Gliding Induction Course on the Viking glider during the day. They will now be eligable for a Gliding Scholarship when they are 16.
Cdt Brad Davis
Cdt Ryan O’Grady
Cdt Olivia Cocker
Cdt Kourtney Shaw
In addition Flt Lt Godden also had several flights including a low level pass over the control caravan at 50 feet!
Corporal Andy Webb and Cadet Richard Hall have passed their Staff 2 Exam under the beady eye of Sqn Ldr Hale from London Wing HQ, and are now fully fledged Staff Cadets. They able to instruct and train other cadets on a wide variety of topics and to assist the staff in the running of the unit.
The new Wing Commander of London Wing, Wg Cmdr Sylvia Silver, visited 241 Squadron on Monday 31 Jan 05 to carry out the Annual Inspection. There she saw the Squadron on a typical parade night and meet some of the 127 cadets on parade. On Final Parade she presented FS Paul Fothergill with his Flying Scholarship Wings, in front of his father who was a cadet on the squadron some years ago! She also presented a BTEC First Diploma in the Public Services to Cdt Samuel O’Brien, and a Jack Petchey Award for £200 to Cdt Adelaide Glover who was the Best Cadet in her Flight for January.
The Wg Cmdr was undoubtedly impressed with what she saw, and certainly gained a good first impression!
Cadets attended Pirbright Ranges on Thursday 31 March to fire the L98 rifle on a 25m Barrack Range. 1800 rounds where dispatched, and congratulations to Sgt Cheah, Cdt Bhadresha and Cdt McGranaghan for achieving their Corps Marksman Badge, and Cdt Thomas on his Region Marksman.
No so many congratulations to Cpl Pisano who ordered the pizza on our return, as not all of us got three pieces!!!!
On Sunday 01 May the Sqn shooting Team participated in the annual Cadet Unit shoot at Bisley, organised by the London and Middlesex Rifle Association. Fired at distances of 300 and 500 yards the Sqn entered 4 Teams.
For the first time ever the Sqn won the overall Trophy for the winning team, the Best Shot, and came 3rd in the Individual Competition.
The Team was:
Coach CI Grant
Cdt Ben Filer also was the Best Shot, and FS Charles Barnes came 3rd in the individual competition.
This is an excellent result, having knocked the team from Glouscester Army Cadets from their 4 year run of winning the trophy.
Good scores were also recorded by members of the three other Teams, with Cadet Sezer scoring 60.2 out of 70 on only his third shoot with the L81.
Next stop Bisley in July for the International Cadet Rifle Competitions!
On the same day Cadets from 3 Flight started their training for the MacGrath Competition (to find the best Section on the Sqn) – will they win this year?
On Sunday 20 cadets attended ATC Sunday, a formal parade of over 500 cadets from London and South East Region, which involves a parade down the Strand in Central London followed by a church service in St Clement Danes, the RAF chuch.
The Shooting Team fired two competitions at Pirbright Ranges for the Mongomery of Alamain and Earl Roberts Cups. Scores where higher than 2004, and where especially impressive as several members of the team were firing in their first competitions. The top four for each event where:
Montgomery: (Highest Possible Score 85)
Cpl Pisano 70
Cpl Zealander 64
Cdt Bustamante 62
Cpl Burgess 59
Earl Roberts: (HPS 200)
Cdt Bhadresha 147
Cpl Zealander 140
Cpl Burgess 133
and lastly Fg Off Harvey is on a Winter Mountaineering Course in Norway with the British Army, probably the first member of staff in the Corps to do such a course!
20 members of the Squadron’s Mountaineering Team have just returned from a weeks winter skills training in Scotland. The team received instruction in snow craft (including use of ice axe and crampons) they learnt about setting up belays in snow and took part in ice climbing at the Ice Factor. During the week they summitted two mountains over 4,000 feet high – both in complete white out conditions.
Following the very successful expedition to Ecuador in 2004, the team are currently training to take part in a major expedition to Bolivia in 2007. This week offered the team a chance to develop the specialist winter skills required for such a trip. In addition to mountaineering, on the rest day the cadets visit Fort George and had a great time on the slides of the Inverness Aqua Dome.
The Sqn attended the annual London Wing Athletics Competition at Mile End Stadium on Sunday 08 May. The Sqn team did well with the 3 male teams comming second in their age groups, and the 2 female teams comming first in their age groups. The Sqn won the overall Male and Female Trophies and the Overall Winners, and excellent result. Winners of Individual Competitions will go onto represent the Wing at the Regional Athletics in June.
Medal Winners were:
1500m Henry R
Relay Price, Henry, Kays, Nicklen
E Senior Girls
Relay Pisano, Watts, Foley, Dent
On Saturday members of 3 and 4 Flights visited Alton Towers and inspite of the huge queues a good time was had by all.
On Sunday 4 Cadets also attended 614 Volunteer Gliding School at Weathersfield to complelte their Gliding Induction Course. However the fates interviened, in the form of a broken winch and not all of the cadets were able to complete the course. They will be reattending in the next few months to complete.