November has been another succesful and busy month with the Sqn winning the London Wing Cross Country competition, mounting a carpet guard for our affiliated livery company, collecting over £6000 for the Poppy Appeal, and participating in 3 Remberance Day parades at the same time! 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
October has been a succesful and busy month with the Sqn winning the coverted Elworthy Sowrd in a tri service military skills competition for the sixth time, the Shooting Team competiting at CISSAM and gaining 4 Cadet 50s and winning the falling plate trophy, and running the Bi annual recruit and field exercise at Crowborough for 80 cadets, with the recruits gaining their coverted Black Witch flash. 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/1453320798223501
September has been incredibly busy has with the Sqn winning the Innes Sword military skill competition, comming second in the London Wing Field Day, flying shooting, Mountain Leader courses and the presentation of WO Phil Wrights British Empire Medal. For more details see our Facebook page at 241 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Our next recruit course starts on Wednesday 08 October e at 7pm to 9.45pm at the Squadron HQ. If you are in the age group of 13 – 16 and want to join the team and rise to the challenge come down for a look around on any Monday or Thursday at 8pm, or turn up on the night, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
August has seen the Sqn send cadets to annual camp at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, where cadets had the opportunity to see the RAF at work, and for some the chance of flying in an RAF Seaking, L98 multi positional shooting on the L98 rifle, and the Gold and Silver expeditions in the Lake District. For more details see our Facebook page at 241 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Over the last month the Sqn has been busy as usual. Sgts Bean and Lenoard have passed leadership courses at Longmoor and RAF Cranwell, joining Cpl Raj who passed a similar course at Nescliffe in April. 18 cadets attened a wild camping expedition in the Lake District, and Sgt Sadler competed in the Imperial Shooting competition at Bisley – the first 241 cadet to take part in this national competition, and Cpl Campbell completed the 100 mile Nimegan March in Holland. For more information on all of this please the Sqn Facebook page at 241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets
Three Teams from the Sqn were selected to attend the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meet from 03 – 06 Jul at the national Shooting Centre at Bisley. This is the most prestigious shooting event of the cadet calendar and saw 109 Teams from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets competing for the Cadet 100 Award and other trophies. In addition there were teams present from the Canadian Cadet Forces. We had both blazing sunshine and rain over the four days of shooting. The Cadet 100 is awarded to the top 100 shots of the competition, out of the around 500 cadets firing in the event. The L81 7.62 Target Rifle is used at ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards, and the cadets also shot in the Bisley V Competition at 900 and 1000 yards.
This year 2 Cadets qualified for their Cadet 100s – Sgt Max Lungu and Cpl Stephen Raj; being in the 100 best shots from all 4 cadet services, an excellent achievement!
The Sqn is pleased is announce that Her Majesty the Queen has honoured Warrant Officer (ATC) Phillip Wright with the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Birthday Honours List for his 42 years of service on and to 241 Squadron. Phil, who is only the second Squadron Warrant Officer we have had since 1952, has followed in the footsteps of WO Norman McGrath who was also awaded the BEM in the 1970s.
Phil’s service to the Squadron, Corps and local community of Wanstead and Woodford and beyond has been outstanding and has included being the ATC WO at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remberance coordinating the ATC contingent, training the Sqn Drill Team to win the Wing Drill Trophy 7 times, running the Sqn recruit courses, at times single handedly, organsing his team of Cadet NCOs and cadets to induct and train new recruits (averaging around 100 recruits a year), and ensuring hundreds of cadets have taken to the air by staffing weekday flying sorties amongst many, many activities, events, facilitation, training and unseen hard work to further the young people on the Squadron.
A well deserved honour to a stalwalt of the Squadron, Wing and Air Training Corps.
Over the last few weeks cadets from the Squadron have been learning new skills in a wide variety of area. Mountain skills in north Wales where on the menu for cadets practising for their Silver expeditions with navigation, weather and fitness to the fore. Other cadets have been training on the L98 rifle and firing on the electric DCCT system and will soon be live firing on an external range, and Cdt Sgt Sadler has qualified as an Archery Leader (courtesy of 31 Sqn) and will now be instructing cadets in a different kind of marksmanship with the bow and arrow!
Their proud parents watched a drill display by the cadets and were then given a presentation of what their young people had achieved and the opportunities open to them in the future by Plt Off Myles Webb and the Flight Commander, FS Tom Bean. The Flight was then marched onto the Sqns Final Parade and the cadets welcomed to the main Sqn by the OC, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden, and then posted to their new Flights, where a bright future awaits them. A number of cadets were presented with awards; for Shooting – Cdt Hulbert, Best Cadet – Cdt Walton, Best Drill – Cdt Hutchinson, Best Exams – Cdt Holder, Best Sport – Cdt Hercules