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!

Another Busy Weekend

On Saturday 05 Feb Sgt Jerome ran a Navigation Training exercise in Epping Forest for Cadets studying for their Leading Cadet Exam. This is practical training with map and compass to equip cadets for their exams and for their Bronze Duke of Expeditions in the summer.

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)

 
Cpl Pisano 165
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!

Mountaineering Team Winter Skills Training

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.

A Succesful Weekend

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:
A Boys
1500m Lawrence

B Youths
1500m Rice

C Juniors
200m Guilford

Discus Preston

D Girls
800m Khambati

1500m Henry R
Relay Price, Henry, Kays, Nicklen

E Senior Girls
400m Mardon

800m Foley
1500m Watts

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.

Latest recruit course

Recruit Course 49 is well underway! There are just two weeks to go before the recruit course closes for this course, so bring your friends or anyone who wants to join to the squadron ASAP!!

The recruit course times are 7.15pm til 9.30pm Wednesday!

Next Recruit Course will be at the end of May 2005

RAF Anniversary Church Service

On Sunday 3rd April 2005, nine cadets led by Plt Off Davies attended a church service at the RAF Church at St. Clement Danes in London. The subject of the service was ‘Celebrating Diversity’ as well as to celebrate the formation of the RAF on the 1st April 1918.

After the service a reception was held in the Royal Courts of Justice. During this the cadets were able to talk to several very senior officers in the RAF and also World War 2 veterans about their experiences.

All in all it was an enjoyable experience for the cadets and one which reminded them of their links to our parent service – the RAF.

More News from Everest

Below is the latest email from ex Cadet Ian rogers on his trip to the Himalayas:

Hi all,

Geetings from Lhasa!

Well, life here at 3,600m/12,000ft was pretty bleak for the first night and day. The big gain in altitude really took it’s toll on me in particular, but today (5th May) I have felt much better. On the whole I seem to have been suffering all round early on – I’ve had a stinking cough and cold and I somehow managed to bruise a couple of my ribs when I slipped and bashed my chest on the armrest to my seat during the flight to Kathmandu! It’s been pretty painful but hopefully I should be ok by the time we reach Base Camp.

Lhasa is very much a city of contrasts – the new of the Chinese and the old of Tibet. To be fair the Chinese have done a good job of developing the city and it’s a very relaxed and pleasant place to be. I think we all expected there to be a much more visible Chinese military presence but the People’s Liberation Army is all but absent and the Police are few and far between. Mind you, that’s not to say they’re not around. The city is ringed with army outposts and there is a barracks across the road from where songs of the Revolution are sung with gusto every morning by the soldiers! The city is now unmistakenly Chinese yet the Tibetan influence is very strong and it still the Tibetan culture that leaves it’s mark indelibly on the mind. The Potala Palace, home to the Dalai Lama through the centuries, is a powerful and magnificent reminder of Tibet’s heritage – it is truly one of the wonders of the world. I think all of our group were affected in some way having been inside the Potala. It is also an incredibly humbling experience to join the hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims on the Barkhor circuit of the Jokhang Temple, the holiest site in Tibet. It is a very intense and emotional place to be.

Kathmandu, on the other hand, was a world away and an entirely different type of culture. However, it was no less humbling! The poverty is almost indescribable, yet everyone seems happy and friendly despite their circumstances. It is a smog-bound, sprawling shambols of a city yet an exciting, intoxiting place to find yourself. It’s a mad mad world and my rickshaw journey through the backstreets of Kathmandu is something I will never forget!

The group is really gelling well – It’s a great mix (there’s 13 of us altogether) and we’re all looking forweard to the next stage of the journey. Tomorrow we head off onto the Tibetan plateau in a convoy of Toyota Lancruiser 4x4s and an 8-hour journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city. This is were the going starts to get tough!

The news from Everest is that heavy snow has pretty much left everybody hunkered down at Base Camp. On the southern side a massive avalanche wiped out Camp 1 in the Western Cwm and totally buried about 60 tents! Thankfully there were few climbers about at the time and nobody was killed, although several were injured.

Well, I had better go. I will try and update you as soon as circumstances permit, but communications here on in aren’t the best in the world!!

Take care, hope you’re all well,

Ian

Visit to RAF Lyneham

20 Cadets from the Sqn visited RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, home of the RAF’s Hercules Fleet on Thursday and Friday of the Feb half term.

They visited 30 Sqn and were given a guided tour of the new C130 J model Herc by two pilots, the Tactical Medical Wing and medics, UK Mobile Air Movements Sqn, 47 Sqn Air Dispatch RLC (an Army unit who prepare parachute loads) who showed some spectactular footage of when it all goes wrong! Air Traffic Control, Fire Section and others.

Cadets also gained work experience in the Engineering Section, Armoury, and with the Aircrew. Some cadets were also able to ‘fly’ on simulator missions.

In the evening the cadets went bowling and to Laser Quest, where we were joined by some Scouts who where younger and much better at getting ‘kills’!