Today we were celebrating ATC Sunday with cadets, staff, friends and family. Together we celebrated the anniversary of the ATC and 100 years since the formation of the RAF. We commemorated those who have served, celebrated some RAF icons and inspired our cadets to go on to great things. With our year of STEM, there's lots to look forward to in 2018!
Last weekend saw cadets take part in the North Region organised bag pack at Morrison’s in Birtley.
A total of £680 was raised! Not only will the Squadron benefit from the donations but so will Morrison’s chosen charity, CLIC Sargent.
On Monday night the cadets took part in a radio exercise organised by our own Cdt Lawton.
The teams had to use their radio skills to solve puzzles and communicate their answers back in order to progress.
Congratulations to the winning team and a big thank you to Cdt Lawton for organising the activity.
Last night cadets received numerous awards including basic radio operator certificates, first class classification awards and BTEC's in Personal and teamwork development.
Well Done to all!
Cadets from 234 and 1407 Newton Aycliffe Squadron ATC had a fantastic camp at RAF Boulmer. With a beach walk, bunker visit, TAC floor exercise and visit to the fire station the cadets were kept very busy. We also watched Alnwick's firework display with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Last weekend, as well as the Remembrance Parade, the cadets were out in Durham collecting money for the Poppy Appeal and attended the Festival of Remembrance at Durham Cathedral.
The Festival of Remembrance is a concert that commemorates and remembers those who have given their lives for their country and serving soldiers.
Today we commemorated the sacrifice of all the armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.
Our cadets took part in the annual remembrance parade through Durham City centre marching along side current and former armed forces and emergency services personnel. A special congratulations to our newest cadets on their first formal parade!
Lest we forget
Last night we welcomed our newest cadets to the squadron.
These new cadets were enrolled in front of their families by our Commanding Officer, Padre and fellow cadets. We hope you are as excited about you’re future cadet careers as we are!
Monday night saw the Squadron’s annual Halloween party. There were some crafty costumes, from both staff and cadets, and some ghoulish games were played.
A spooktacular night had by all!
Last night saw some great achievements celebrated - Sgt Mole and Sgt Millard received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh badges from the Wing DofE Officer, Sqn Ldr Green.
FS Rowell, Cpl Ridd and Cpl White received their flashes for representing the Wing at netball and rugby. All three cadets played amazingly well - so much so that they’ve all been picked to represent Region.
Congratulations to CI Dunn and Sgt Millard on completing all aspects of their Lowland Leaders Award. They started off with a training weekend in March followed by six months of them honing their skills and knowledge via quality lowland days before attending an assessment weekend in September. Last weekend was the Expedition Skills module which saw CI Dunn and Sgt Millard camp for two nights and complete two day walks with full expedition kit – who knew it would be sunny enough for sun cream in October! This qualification now means that they can run day walks and overnight camping with cadets. Well done both!! #234#qualification#lowlandleaderaward#LLA#aircadets#whatwedo
Well done to 234's swimming team, who came third today at Durham Northumberland Wing Air Cadets Inter-squadron swimming competition. There were some fantastic races and great sportsmanship on show.
Our senior men's team did particularly well, winning their two relays to help secure 1st in their category. Thanks to two silver medals, Cpl Thorns is through to the next round where he'll represent the Wing.
This weekend 16 cadets and 5 staff were in Thropton, Northumberland on an Adventure Training (AT) camp. Some highlights of the weekend include the cadets completing a day walk around Simomside and leadership games - they even had a croquet tournament! •