A team of Cadets, led by Staff member Sgt (ATC) Ben Walden, entered the prestigious 4 day Inter-Services Cadet Rifle Meet, taking on other Air Cadets, Sea Cadets and Army Cadets.
A number of cadets from 2425 Nottingham Airport Squadron achieved personal firsts in aviation last month. Three flew for the first time with the Royal Air Force in the Grob Tutor basic training aircraft at RAF Cranwell and remainder of the visiting cadets experienced aerobatics on what was only their second flight!
Slots for the next round of flying are filling fast with more first timers looking to take to the air with the Royal Air Force.
As a military-style organisation we have a lot of empathy with the armed services and an interest in military history. Recently four staff from 2425 Squadron visited Belgium to plan a potential future visit by the cadets and toured various important war sites and memorials.
Sainsburys local Keyworth have kindly adopted 2425 Squadron as their charity for 2015.
In September, Sainsburys Keyworth, as part of a Sainburys national charity fundraising event, participated in a charity ‘cycle’ from Keyworth to Brighton.
Our cadets joined staff to travel the distance of 186 miles using an exercise bike. The cadets cycled 100 miles in a day to help them on their way raising £420 for the squadron. A big thanks to the cadets involved and Sainsburys Keyworth.
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It was the event we had all been waiting for! Cadets, Staff and Committee celebrated their fantastic achievements over the past year.
8 cadets from our squadron received a haul of training badges recently including St Johns Youth First Aid badges, academic classification badges and sports wing blues.
For the St Johns Youth First Aid badge the cadets had to learn various aspects of first aid including CPR before attending a formally assessed course.
The Wing Blue was presented to Cadet Harris for representing the wing at Athletics in the inter wing Athletics competition earlier this year.
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Cadets and Staff of 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron avoided the Christmas shopping and journeyed instead to visit the Royal Armouries- Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. On display were over 8,500 objects from the earliest weapons and armour of pre history through medieval suits of armour to the 20th Centaury.
Many of the displays were interactive, allowing Cadets to get to handle the armour. Historic weapons were adapted to electronic arcade style target ranges. With cries of the ‘sights’ being out from the C.O. and others bemoaning the wearing the wrong glasses, FS Woodier took the day.
Staff, Civilian Committee and cadets from 2425 Squadron were marshalling the car park at Sutton Bonington Show in September. Starting with a site walk round, safety brief and setting up of the Squadron PR tent the general public started to arrive around 9am and by 10am there was a constant flow of traffic into the site. Throughout the day the squadron personnel worked in shifts to make sure the cars were parked efficiently and safely. By the end of the day around 500 vehicles came through the show gates with many of the occupants thanking the cadets and passing on messages of appreciation to the staff.
2425 Squadron has received a very generous donation of £1800 from The West Bridgford Conservative Club recently. The club has over the last year held several events to raise these funds including raffles and sales. The cheque was presented by the club Chairman and the Mayor of Rushcliffe at the Club’s annual Presentation Evening. The Commanding Officer of 2425 Squadron, Flt Lt Bob Frost RAF VR(T) thanked the club for all of it's hard work and described how money will be used to provide opportunities to young people from Rushcliffe that in some cases change their lives.
Cadets at Sherwood Lodge being taught about the dangers of firearms
In November 11 Cadets and 4 staff were made welcome at Sherwood Lodge where they had a tour of the Police firearms training facilities and armoury. The visit was hosted by a Police firearms training expert, who happens to be a staff member at our Squadron. Of course, weapons handling training and target shooting is part of the Cadet syllabus. As an extension to this training our Cadets were taught about the dangers of weapons and shown how Police officers are trained to react in high pressure situations. They were also shown deactivated weapons recovered from criminals and from previous gun amnesties.
Cadets had the opportunity to use the Police training system which involved use of a laser ‘weapon’ to knock down ‘plates’ projected on the screen in front of them in the shortest time possible. Cadet Woodier said “It was a very interesting visit and helped us to understand the dangers of weapons and what the Police may face. I really enjoyed the laser target shooting and did quite well but didn't quite beat our Sergeant!”.
2425 Had a Busy time at Rempston (Click to see all photos in a new window)
The annual Rempstone Steam and Country Fair brings in huge crowds to see a wide variety of attractions and this year these included a couple of new ones: an aerobatics display and American Civil War re-enactment. The main event is organised and run by a dedicated band of volunteers and they need help in various areas. We are lucky enough to be invited each year to carry out car parking and programme selling duties. This is a critical part of the event as thousands of cars stream in, nose to tail, over the weekend. Around 20 cadets and 12 staff gave up an entire weekend to carry out this duty in rotating 2 hour shifts under the hot sun.
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On Saturday 31st October one of the Squadrons officers attended a careers event with CTC Aviation.
Wing Commander Dickinson and Flt Lt Frost OC 2425 Squadron (click the image to see all photos)
Wing Commander Dickinson and Flt Lt Hudson were very impressed with the smart turnout of our cadets for the annual squadron inspection. Both officers spent an hour inspecting the cadets and chatting to them about their reasons for joining the ATC, their most enjoyable activities and achievements since joining.
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Cadets being briefed about the pros and cons of social media
Cadets and Staff attended a session about the pro's and con's of Social Media last night. The organisation is very positive about the use of Social Media and cadets were told about the beneifts to the organisation, such as positive publicity and recruitment, communicating events, etc. It was pointed out that Air Commodore Dawn MacCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets, is a frequent user of both Twitter and Facebook.
Cadets were shown this CEOP video that outlines the dangers of posting inappropriate material online and how easy it is to lose control of such material. It also shows who young people can turn to for help if they have any concerns. They were also told how it can affect their reputation for years to come and how it can damage the reputation of the organisation. Cadets were also advised about appropriate and innapropriate interaction with staff through social media.
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On Thursday 29th October some of 2425 Squadrons newest cadets spent a day at RAF Cosford. The morning spent within the Royal Air Force Museum experiencing a 4D dogfight and seeing unique examples of aircraft, from a First World War Sopwith Pup through to the Harrier and prototypes of cutting edge British engineering.
The afternoon moved onto the Royal Air Force base where the cadet,s under the instruction two RAF Development Training Flight Instructors, were put through a series of exercises normally faced by adult members of the Royal Air Force. Testing their initiative, planning and trust in each other, the Cadets worked well as a team to meet the challenges and as can be seen had a great time.
2425 Squadron was visited by Major General Msimang, Chief Director Air Policy and Plans for the South African Air Force as part of the South African Air Force’s fact finding mission on what makes a good youth organisation. The general and his staff were escorted by Sqn Ldr McNeill MBE, from HQ Air Cadets, RAFCranwell and Wing Commander Dickenson OBE, OC South and East Midlands wing.
The Ruddington & District Branch of the Royal British Legion launched the 2015/16 Poppy Appeal at their Autumn Fair on Saturday 24th October. Last year in the Ruddington District just over £11,000 was raised which went towards helping and supporting Armed Forces Veterans and Families in need. This year the first poppies were sold by Cadets from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron to long serving supporters of the Poppy Appeal. See us collecting in Ruddington this Saturday and please give generously!
Yet again an early start on a Saturday, but on this occasion it was well worth it!
Flight Sergeant (ATC) A. Street from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron was invited to go and see ‘The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’ with cadets and staff from Ilkeston Squadron.
The trip started early morning and took about six hours to get to Edinburgh. We all stayed at the Army Cadet Training Camp just out of Edinburgh, it was an ideal facility for cadets and staff to stay at over night. With everything ready everyone boarded the coach and was ready for a fun packed but late night event.