Like Royal Air Force Air Cadet Squadrons across the nation we have continued to run online virtual parades for our cadets throughout this unprecedented period. Now we have reached six months as a Squadron in lockdown it is worth reviewing the activities and achievements during this period.
Throughout lockdown the Cadets have benefitted from a number of guest speakers. We were privileged to hear twice from retired Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, GCB, CBE, ADC. We were also joined by Red Arrow pilot and current Blades display pilot Mike Ling. Later the cadets spent a virtual evening in the inspirational presence of broadcaster, pilot and former Royal Marine Commando Arthur Williams. We also heard from a number of operational RAF pilots and senior personnel, airline pilots and an introduction to British Sign Language.
During this period the cadets have undertaken various activities on their own initiative, from litter picking in their community, to fundraising in aid of Nottingham Hospitals Child bereavement and making cookies and scrubs wash bags for our local NHS staff.
We’ve continued the traditional Air Cadet activity of aeromodelling and built a Squadron of Supermarine Spitfires and Red Arrow Hawk’s.
The Squadron also put together a fun online video (https://www.facebook.com/920730977954162/videos/2687678211511032)
which was widely shared and received thousands of views.
Our Squadron has continued to operate throughout the lockdown providing activities and training to young people in our communities. Of course, all actual face to face activities and parades have ceased, but using imagination and everyday technology we have continued in the best traditions of the corps.
We have maintained our weekly parades, but instead of meeting at our HQ these have been undertaken through linking up via computer and smart phones. In this way we have provided a variety of activities in virtual evening parades. We have run quizzes, lessons, PT sessions and Aircraft Recognition training.
Most recently the cadets received a presentation in deaf awareness and introduction to British Sign Language. We additionally invited cadets from across the Wing to take part in this parade and were joined on the night by cadets from a number of other squadrons. The cadets were taught to sign their own names, introduce themselves and the signs for family members.
The cadets have also undertaken aero modelling, with the staff producing tutorial videos to help many who have never built a plastic model kit before. We started with a simple Supermarine Spitfire and for the second build the cadets have moved onto a tougher RAF Red Arrows Hawk.
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Three cadets from 2425 Sqn have recently completed NCO course. Cpl Scully has completed his Cadet Drill Instructor course which is designed to train cadets in the theory and practice of parade drill. Cpl Woodier has passed his initial NCO course which provisions those with leadership potential with the basic skills they might require to be an effect NCO and lead teams of cadets. Flt Sgt Hinchley has passed his Advance NCO course which is an opportunity for more experienced NCOs to do some personal development training and is now a prerequisite for attaining the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer.
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We had a dual role at the Sutton Bonnington Village Fete again with the cadets assisting the fete by helping to park vehicles. Additionally we brought a full size glider to sit by our PR stand. Cadets helped dozens of children in getting to grips with a real aircraft and awarding all with their "wings" stickers.
On 20th November 2016, 2425 Cadets, Staff and Comittee took part in a Guiness World Record attempt at the most aircraft modellers building kits at one time in one place. This record attempt took place at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden in Bedfordshire. Click the above image to see all photos from the event. We will publish an update when the record is verified.
We entered strong teams in this year's Wing Swimming event at Harvey Haddon Stadium.
Final results were:
Junior Boys: 2nd Place (1 point behind 1st Place)
Junior Girls: 5th Place (2 points behind 4th place and 8 points behind 3rd
Senior Boys: 2nd Place (3 points behind 1st Place)
Overall, the Squadron finished in 4th place only 3 points behind 3rd place.
After a number of training walks around the East Leake area thirteen cadets completed their Bronze D of E Expedition in the Vale of Belvoir during the last weekend in September. They faced heavy rain overnight and all of Sunday but they were undaunted and their spirits remained high.
2425 Squadron Staff and Cadets in front of the Church at Ruddington (12/11/2016). Collecting for the Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion Ruddington Branch.
Six exceptional young people will get the chance to fly thanks to the Royal Air Forces Association’s Flying Scholarships programme.
The Flying Scholarship programme runs annually as a thank you to members of the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), which includes the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets (GVCAC) and Air Scouts/Air Explorer Scouts for their continuous support to the Association.