April activities

April has seen cadets at competing in the Innes Sword, McGrath Trophy (won by 1 Section), assisting at the 98th anniversary of the RAF, taking part in an L81 shooting camp and a drill & band camp, and CWO Campbell passing out of the QAIC course.  More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

March Activities

March has seen cadets at Crowborough Training Camp for Fieldcraft and Recruit Training, CWO Campbell winning young person of the year for Redbridge, Jack Petchy Awards, Flying, Shooting and mountaineering in North Wales.  More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

February Activities

 

February has been busy with the 75th anniversary dinner, flying, the Inter Flight Shooting competition, a police experience couse and a JNCO training day.  More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

January Activities

January has seen the Sqn celebrate its 75th anniversary but we also were busy with First Aid assesments, Navigation training in Epping Forest, L81 shooting starting the 2016 season, L98 shooting and obstacle course training with 31 Sqn and 5 cadets attending the Region Cross Countr. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

75 Years Strong!

Sunday 17 January 2016 saw the Squadron mark the 75th anniversary of its formation in 1941 with a formal parade at the Squadron Headquaters.

A Guard of Honour met the principal guests – The Deputy Lieutenant for Redbridge Thomas Chan, The Mayor of Redbridge Barbara White, Assisitant Regional Commandant for London & South East Region Sqn Ldr Bob Hall, our affiliated Livery Company of Jojners and Ceilers and OC London Wing Wg Cmdr Colin Gale. We also welcomed the Wing Warrant Officer Ivor Thomas, an ex 241 Sqn cadet, and several other wing staff and Sqn Commanders, as well as a large contingent of parents, friends and ex cadets.

CWO Taylor Leonard gave a presentation on the history and ethos of the Squadron and then the 3 officers, 3 SNCOs and 112 cadets formed the parade and where inspected by the guests. A presentations was made by the DL to CWO Jameel Campbell of his Cadet Warrant and the news announced that CWO Campbell is the London Wing nominee for the Dacre Sword. The Livery Company made a generous donation to the Sqn funds and CIs Lucy Russelland Kris Kretovs recieved their certificate of appintment.

The OC Sqn, Sqn Ldr Godden then lead the Squadron in a march past of 3 Flights, Banner Party and the Sqn Band before all ranks and guests retired to the main hall for a buffet lunch provided by the Sqn Civilian Committee. Afterwards OC31 (Tower Hamlets) Sqn Flt Lt Rex Nicholls presented the Sqn with a engraved presentation crests marking the close assocation of the 2 Squadrons.

This was a day which the last 75 years was fittingly celebrated and we look forward to our 100th anniversary! The photos show the whole Sqn, Cadet 100s or 50s, the parade and the 31 Sqn presentation to 241. “One of Many – Second to None”

Sqn looks forward to 2016

As 2015 draws to a close the Sqn looks back at a successful year which has seen cadets win the Elworthy Sword for a 7th time, the London Wing Field Day Competition, the LaSER Region Field Day Shooting section, The London and Middlesex Cadet Rifle Meeting and coming 2nd in the National Service Rifle Championships against the Army, Air and Sea Cadets.

The cadets achieved 7 Cadet 50s (surely a record in the ATC),  5 Cadet 100s, 4 Corps, 4 Region, 14 Wing & 9 Sqn Marksman awards, an International Air Cadet Exchange to Australia, 2 Flying Scholarships, 67 air experience flights on the Tutor and 11 on Sea King, an Air Cadet Leaderrship Course at RAF Cranwell, 3 Cadets in South Africa as part of the London Wing expedition,  2 cadets to Cyprus and 4 Cadets to Gibraltar camps, 27 Wing Blues for sports and 19 for Shooting, 2 Region Blues for sport, 6 Corps Blues for shooting. 8 cadets attended the Remberence Day ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

The Duke of Edinburghs scheme has also been to the fore with cadets gaining 8 Gold, 9 Silver, and 33 Bronze awards and expeditions in the Lake District. Cadets have also gained 7 band badges and seen the band go from strength to strength and 33 cadets gained a First Aid qualification. We have also seen 3 cadets on the first ever parachute course at Nevethavon. UK Camps and courses for cadets and staff also kept us very busy!

We also strengthened our links with our affiliated Company – the Joiners and Ceilers, and raised over £5000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.

None of this would have happened without the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff team who have worked long and hard to facilitate the achievements of our cadets. We also thank our friends in 31 Tower Hamlets Sqn, 1838 Elm Park Sqn and 2048 Dagenham Sqn for their help over the year and we look forward to working with them in 2016.

2016 is the Sqns and the ATCs 75th Anniversary and we look forward to celebrating this milestone in style.

December Activities

December has seen the Squadron flying, shooting, visiting the Police Helicopters, bagpacking, annual awards night and the xmas party! More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

2016 is our 75 Anniversary – we are holding events including a Anniversary Parade in january and a Dinning In night in February to mark this event and any old boys or girls who would like to attend should email us on the above address for details!

November Activities

A busy November  has seen the Squadron collectr over £5000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal, tske part in Rememberance parades at Loughton, Wanstead and Ypres in Belgium, be part of the Lord Mayors Show, 3 cadets take a weeks parachuting coursego shooting and gain a second place in the Wing Cross Country competion. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

2016 is our 75 Anniversary – we are holding events including a Anniversary Parade in january and a Dinning In night in February to mark this event and any old boys or girls who would like to attend should email us on the above address for details!

October Activities

October has seen the Squadron win the pretidgious Elworthy Sword militart skills competition against the best of the Sea, Army and Air Cadets in Greater London, for the 7th time in 20 yeards, come second overall at the Inter Service Cadet Skill at Arms Shooting competition winning a record 7 Cadet 50’s, and carrying out recruit and field training at Crowborough camp. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

2016 is our 75 Anniversary – we are holding events including a Dinning In night in February to mark this event and any old boys or girls who would like to attend should email us on the above address for details!

September Activities

September has seen cadet supporting the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Gold DoE awards to cadets and ex cadets, winning the London Wing Field Day at Woolwich Barracks, including an impressive 3rd place in the marching band section – the first time we have entered this competition, Drill and Band camp at Bodney and two lots of flying at RAF Benson. More details of these and other events are on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets.

Interested in joining our team? Our next recruit course starts on 07 October. Contact us on 241@aircadets.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

2016 is our 75 Anniversary – we are holding events including a Dinning In night in February to mark this event and any old boys or girls who would like to attend should email us on the above address for details!