On Remberance weekend the Squadron was its usual busy self. On the Saturday Cadets collected for the Royal British Legion in Loughton High Street, after street collections during the previous week. This resulted in the Cadets raising £7080 for the Poopy Appeal, with other collection for the Woodford Branch still awaiting counting. This is a £1300 increase on 2008, and the top collecting Cadet, Cpl Luke Benjafield raised over £300, shown with Cpl Kiran Babla who nearly beat him!
Mr George Moulds, RBL Poppy Appeal Coordinator for Loughton said “this was an excellent effort on behalf of the Cadets for which we are very grateful”.
In addition 3 cadets (Benjafield A, Lweis and Hartley) attended Weathersfield Airfield to go gliding with 614VGS under the supervision of Sgt Myles Webb, a trainee Glider Pilot at 614, and qualified for their Gliding Induction Course certificate.
Meanwhile 8 Cadets under Sgt Alex Dutch were assisting at the Festival of Remberance at the Royal Albert Hall in front of her Majesty the Queen. This honour is given to the winning Sqn in the London Wing Drill and is an occasion unlike any other. Cpl Kris Kretovs acheived local fame when his face appeared twice on TV over the shoulder of the Garrision Sgt Major during the giving of three cheers for the Queen (authgraphs on Request!). The Cadets are shown at the Albert Hall, and with the “Solider” singers.
On Sunday 70 cadets paraded at Loughton with 2324 (Chigwell) Sqn and at the same time a further 30 paraded at Wanstead to honour the fallen of Britains Armed Services, a duty especially poignaint as ex cadet Tom Currys name is on the Wanstead Memorial after his loss in Afghanistan in 2007.
Afterwards the Sqn participated in the now traditional football match at 2324 Sqn, where the teams played both Chigwell and 282 (East Ham) Sqn in a series of friendly mateches with the Sqn emerging as the overall winner after the final match went to penalities, largely due to Kourtney Lawrence, shown in action above.