Shooting Sucesses

The Sqn Shooting Team takes part in a number of competitions each year organised by the Council for Cadet Rifel Shooting (CCRS)on both small bore and full bore rifles. These competitions are shot between Cadet units of all 3 services in the UK and the Comonwealth.

The results are now in:

Fennell A (Target .22) – 6th

Fennell B (Service .22) – 5th

C (7.62mm Target Rifle) – 6th,20th and 24th

D (L98 5.56mm) – 1st, 2nd and 5th

Gold Medals to Charles Barnes , Tom Burgess and Alex Hanson (and a medal in the post to James Lopez Wickers!) and Silver Medals to Rudi Bustamantee, Yusif Lallo, Hardeep Marwah and Kyle O’Donovan.

E (Earl Roberts) – 2nd and 5th. Bronze Medals for Kris Pisano, David Zealander, Rudi Bustamante and Jay Bhadresha. (I dont know why these are not Silver Medals but there you go!)

This is the first time we have ever won a CCRS Competition, and opens our 2005 Season on a high note.

Nordic Skiing

Cdt Isabel Glover has just returned from a weeks Nordic Skiing in Bavaria, Germany with the RAF

Crowborough & Courses

The Squadron deployed to Crowborough Training Camp to carry out field leadership in the Pippingford Park area. In spite of the glorious weather on the Saturday (it should have been raining!), various levels of training and testing were carried out with the cadets putting into practice lessons taught on the Squadron.

Whilst this was happening Sgt Michelle Cheah passed her Basic Coaching Course with 5 Small Arms Training Team and is now qualified to coach cadets whilst they are live firing. She can now progress onto a Range Conducting Officer course.

Cpl James Grant attended a NCO Course run by London Wing at Whipps Cross TA Centre, and came away with a highly placed pass. The course covered leadership, drill & uniform, presentations and the role of the NCO.

The Sqn gains an Air Rifle Range

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.

Mountaineering Team Training

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.

Gliding

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.

Congratulations to

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!

Exam Success

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.

New Wing Commander Inspects Sqn

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!

Shooting Success

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!!!!

Shooting Team win the LMRA Competition

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:
Sgt Pisano
Cpl Zealander
Cdt Bustamante
Cdt Filer

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!