Cadets from the Squadron have a very busy week collecting collecting for the annual Poppy Appeal in Woodford and Loughton supporting two different Royal British Legion Branches. Practically every cadet has been involved in the collections which saw a collection of £6000 for the Loughton Branch. We are still awaiting the Woodford branch total. This is a major effort on the part of the Squadron for this worthy charity which supports serving and ex servicemen and women of the Armed Forces who are veterans of all British wars since the First World War. Several Cadets collected over £100 individually, with the top three collectors to be revealed once the final count is in.
On the Saturday before Remberance Day, as well as collecting in Loughton High Street, 10 Cadets and 2 staff took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show. The cadets marched as part of a larger contingent of over 150 cadets from London and Middlesex wings and Cadet Nathan Leong paraded the London wing banner for the air cadet section of the show. The Lord Mayors Show is the worlds largest un-rehearsed parade and this year was the 685th show. The ATC contributed to some of the 6,500 participants marching on the day. Over half a million people lined the 2-mile route which passed through the heart of London in spite of the very wet weather! Also busy was the Squadron Warrent Officer, Phil Wright, who was at the Royal Albert Hall for the British Legion Festival of Remberance in charge of the Air Cadets at the event. On Remberence Sunday the Squadron played its full part in the local commemerations with 65 Cadets and 5 Staff joining with 2324 (Chigwell) Sqn for the remberence parade at Loughton, Meanwhile another 24 Cadets and 2 staff paraded at Wanstead War memorial which has a special meaning for the Sqn as ex cadet Royal Marine Tom Curry’s name is on the memorial, Tom having been killed in action in Afghanistan in 2007. On top of that a further 5 cadets and 2 staff were seen on TV as part of the ATC contingent at the national Cenotaph parade in Whitehall, and finally a further 2 cadets were on gliding courses.