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
Our next recruit course starts on Wednesday 04 June 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!
On Monday the Squadron unveiled a permament memorial to ex Cadet Tom Curry who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 whilst serving with 42 Commando Royal Marines. Martin Curry, Toms father was present, as were a large number of ex cadets and staff who had served with Tom on the Sqn. Tom won the Commando Medal during his training, having been voted by his peers as the man whose character best reflected the Commando qualities of unselfishness, leadership, determination, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. He was also awarded a postumous Mention in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan. We will remember him.
Over the last few weekends cadets have competed in the London Wing Athletics competition, with the Junior Boys winning their age group and th Sqn comming 2nd overall, our best position in several years, with 13 first positions over all 5 age groups for males and females. The previous weekend the Sqn shooting team competed at Bisley in the London and Middlesex Rifle Assoiation cadet competition with FS Harry Chavner comming 3rd in the individual competition, and the B team beating the A to come 3rd overall. On the same weekend cadets from the Sqn went mountaineering in Snowdonia with Fg Off Nick Harvey, one of the Sqns Mountain Leaders, for once not getting rained on!
Cpl Harry Marshall led 6 Section to victory at the Annual McGrath Trophy competition at Crowborough Training Camp on Sunday 27 April 2014. The McGrath Trophy is named after Sqn Warrant Officer Norman McGrath, a veteran of World War Two who served on the Sqn for over 50 years. The competition, which is the Premier Military Skills Event that is run by the Sqn, sees the Sqn’s 2 main Flights 8 Sections compete with each other in Drill, Shooting, Command Tasks, Strecher Race, First Aid, Orienteering, Observation and General Service Knowledge, as well as having the opportunity to use the Camp Obstacle Course. Over 70 Staff and Cadets attended the competition. The cadets had trained hard over the last 6 weeks for the event and showed considerable spirt and determination on the day. The photos show the winning section, the comand tasks and the first aid event. Additionally this year we welcomed two members of our Affiliated Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Ceilers and Joiners to the event who were able to see the cadets in action.
On the 11th of April, four cadets travelled for Cyprus for the RAF Akrotiri anuual camp. CWO Akshay Mandalia, FS Gideon Goldsmith and George and Peter Leonti represented the squadron in a group of 53 cadets from across the country. Throughout the week they visited various sections throughout the Sovereign base areas, which occupy a large portion of the island. Among these was 84 squadron, the Search & Rescue helicopter unit, as well as fire fighting, police dog and bomb disposal sections.
By far the highlight of the week was a visit to see the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic display team. The cadets spoke with officers and aircrew from the squadron and got to get up close and personal with the aircraft. Akshay called the experience “A once in a lifetime chance to meet some of the best pilots in the world”. As well as visits to military installations, the cadets got to enjoy the sun with visits to the private on-site beach and banana boating as well as a private cruise on the last day. Camps like this are the highlight of a cadets’ career and are truly once in a lifetime experiences!
Over two weekends a number of cadets had the opportunity to attend RAF Wyton to fly in the Grob Tutor aerobatic trainer with No 5 AEF. The cadets had the opportunity to fly, take control of the aircraft and have a go at aerobatics under the watchful eye of the pilot, all in excellent flying weather on both days.
Cadets from the Squadron have attended a Target Rifle shooting camp at Pirbright over the weekend on 05/06 April and had intensive firing and coaching practices on Ash ranges over two days. Some excellent scores where recorded and the customary Saturday Indian meal was taken. Working with our collegues from 1838, 2048 Sqns and Middlesex Wing the damp weather on the Sunday didnt put the cadets off of their aim. Meanwhile other cadets were mountaineering in Snowdonia, using Capel Curig Camp as their base. Although they got week scaling several of the nearby peaks the weather merely added to the challenge!
On Monday 07 April 3 cadets from 241 Sqn where presented with Deputy Lord Lieutenants Awards by the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Felicity Banks and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Paul Acda, the Queens Representative in the Borough. The three cadets, CWO Akshay Mandalia, FS Gideon Goldsmith and FS Harry Chavner were accompanied by their parents and received the awards for their exemplary service and hard work in the Squadron and local community over the last 5 years of being part of 241 Sqn. The Sqn OC, Sqn Ldr Godden said “This was a richly deserved honour for the cadets after their hard work on the Squadron over their service, and is always an eye opener for the parents when the citations are read with the full extent of their work becoming evident”.