The Squadron has recently taken part in two ceremonial events as well as welcoming two new adult staff to its ranks. New CIs Mike Purkhardt and Paula McCann have joined the Sqn Staff team after completing their probation period since last August and have already made their mark in training the Cadets in First Aid, Radio, running the Jack Petchy Award and a Police Service Course. The Sqn Commander Jerry Godden said ” I am very pleased to welcome Paula and Mike to the team and would like to thank them for their input and effort so far, and look forward to their contribution to ensuring the Sqn can offer exciting and relevant training for our Cadets”.
At the end of January Cadets from all over the London were joined by representatives of the Jack Petchey Foundation to help celebrate their outstanding achievements during the course of 2009. The Jack Petchey Foundation has been a long standing supporter of Youth Groups in London since its creation in 1999. The charity helps to contribute financially to projects and activities such as those offered by the London Wing of the Air Training Corps so that young people can achieve their potential and contribute to society. The cadets are nominated for the Jack Petchey Young Achiever Awards by other members of their Squadron’s. The reasons for nominations can be from a particular achievement by a individual Cadet or involvement in a particular event, such as being involved in helping in a community project as well as individual examples of excellence.
At the start of February the Sqn took part in a large parade in London to celebrate ATC Sunday, culminating in a service at the RAF Church at St Clements Dane. The Service was a thanks giving and dedication of the Air Training Corps 69th year and commenced with a parade through the Streets of London of over 600 cadets and staff before the cadets entered the Church for the annual service.
The photos show the Jack Petchy winners from the Sqn with several cadets from other Sqns with Wing Commander Silver, Sgt Ischt, Cpsl Mandalia and Murphy leading the London Wing contingent through the streets of London, the cadets from the Sqn in front of the RAF Church and the statue of Sir Arthur Harris (commander of Bomber Command in the Second World War), and Paula and Mike with their CI Certificates.