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.


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. 

On Friday 15th March over 120 people gathered at the Belgrave suite in Nottingham for 2425 Squadron's annual presentation evening. Guests of Honour included Wing Commander Dickenson OBE Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing and Mrs Dickenson, Lt Col Clarke Contingent commander CCF Nottingham High School, Sqn Ldr Mcneill MBE HQ Air Cadets, Tony Porter Bishop of Sherwood, Councillor Mason of Rushcliffe Borough Council and Mr and Mrs Wells.


Other guests included representatives from Ruddington Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association and Rempstone Country Fair committee.

The night was a great success celebrating the many achievements that the cadets had strived for in the last 12 months. Notably some 6 BTEC certificates were presented to cadets in Aviation Studies and Public Services and 16 St John Youth First Aid Certificates. As well as welcoming some new cadets and staff it was a said farewell to a long standing member of staff Mrs Parker who has retired from the ACO to take up an executive role in the Ruddington Branch of the Royal British Legion. The 'Venture Adventure Trophy' is awarded to the cadet that takes the plunge and goes for a opportunity to seek adventure in ACO, this years recipient was cadet Manning who had recently returned from a week long Nordic Skiing Expedition in Bavaria Germany with the ACO. This years Best Cadet award went to Cadet Hayward who has impressed the staff throughout the year with her commitment and attitude towards training. As well as the trophy cadet Hayward was presented with a limited edition print of a Wellesley aircraft that was based at Nottingham Airfield by the artist Tim O'Brien by Wing Commander Dickenson OBE.
Well done to all the cadets for a very successful year. The awards are already heaping up for this year!
Flt Lt R Frost
OC 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Sqn

{gallery}images/news_Shooting{/gallery} Six cadets from 2425 (Nottingham Airport)recently gained their Squadron Marksman awards and one, Cadet Bell achieved his Region Marksman Award. Cadet Bell reported ‘I’ve always wanted to do well at target shooting and have been working towards this for my D of E Skill. I was hoping to be in the Squadrons shooting team for Wing Field day this and my Squadron CO has told me that I definitely am now.’

Photos from the weekend camp at Cotgrave are in our Gallery. More will be added next week. The cadets had a great time during a busy weekend of activities. We hope to get a write up from one of our cadets soon. Here is just a small selection.

Go to our Gallery to view all photos.

There are also a few videos from the camp on our Youtube site.


2425 (Nottingham Airport) held their annual Presentation Evening on 02/03/12 which was attended by over 120 cadets, parents, staff and dignitaries. The Squadron was honoured to welcome several important guests, including Wing Commander Dickinson OBE Commanding Officer South and East Midlands Wing, Councilor Mason of Ruscliffe borough council and Lt Coronal Jim Clarke of the Nottingham CCF. as well as representatives from Rempstone Steam and Country Fair, RBLRAFA and the RAF

Cadets from 2425(Nottingham Airport) Squadron ATC and Ruddington Detachment Army Cadets took part in a unique event exactly 90 years after the memorial was first unveiled and dedicated on 19 May 1923.The Cadets paraded the Royal British Legion Standard together with their own Standards at the memorial and then formed a guard of honour outside the St Peters Church as Councillors and members of the public entered the church for the Thanksgiving Service.

Reverend Andrew Buchanan conducted the Re-dedication and Thanksgiving Service. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Peter Webster. The congregation included about 100 members of the general public together with members of the County and Parish Councils and members of the Ruddington and District Branch, RBL. Family members of at least two WW1 casualties were also present.

Mr Richard Dodge, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Secretary visited 2425 Squadron to explain more about the work of the Royal British Legion, the Squadrons’ chosen charity for 2012.
2011 was the 90th Anniversary of the Legion and the new motto reads
‘Shoulder to Shoulder with all who serve’

2425 Squadron was contacted by Tollerton Parish Council to see if they would take part in a special event that took place on 1st June near the War Memorial at Tollerton. The Parish Council had agreed to the siting of a special memorial dedicated to the US 507th US Parachute Infantry Regiment that were based in a large camp at Tollerton Hall just before the D-Day landings. The last 3 veterans were coming from the US to mark the event and other activities had been arranged, such as re-enactments and a spectacular flypast by the Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The Squadron was very honoured to be invited and proud to take part in this important event.

See photos and videos on our Flickr page

One of our cadets was lucky enough to go on an International Air Cadet Exchange in The Netherlands and has written a feature all about the trip.  


Read all about it in our Cadets' Blog here.

In mid May eight cadets and three staff members took part in the 34th International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough,Northamptonshire. The walk has grown over the years and now attracts around 4000 civilian and military participants. Our team met up on Friday evening and travelled from Tollerton to their temporary 'barracks' in the Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough. This is where all of the military teams were based for the weekend.

The Parkers Go 'That Extra Mile'

On Saturday 22 September 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadrons’ WO Larry Parker and CI Marilyn Parker were invited guests of Councillor Carol Pepper and Councillor Reg Adair at County Hall for the Annual Community Celebration.


Ex-2425 squadron cadet, Sophie Lincoln, has conducted a 3 week placement back at her old squadron in Tollerton as part of her research project. Sophie attends Northampton University and is doing a BA degree course in Sociology and said "I am looking into what life skills the cadets develop from being a member of the squadron, and how it might help them in later life. I will be carrying out a short questionnaire and a couple of group interviews."


16 cadets from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron successfully completed the British Heart Foundations Heartstart course in September. Heartstart schemes are run across the UK by different organisations. The Air Training Corps is one of the biggest! It is estimated that to date 2.6 million people have been trained through Heartstart.

When new cadets join they are called 'Junior Cadets' (JCs). As part of their induction we like to organise a JC camp as this helps them to integrate with other JCs and other more experienced cadets that help run the camp. The latest JC camp took place at Cotgrave in April and the fine weather helped, with the JCs having a good time doing all sorts of activities that included field craft, cooking, sport, team building and training exercises, etc.

See photos and videos on our Flickr page

Approximately 19 Cadets and 5 staff had a great time this weekend at Calverton camp, despite freezing cold temperatures overnight. The tents even had frost on them before bed time!

The camp was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and was action packed with little time to rest. During the day there were navigation exercises, sports, camp activities and tunnelling, to name a few. In the evening there was a Local Area Training Activity (LATA). We hope to have a full report soon, from one of the cadets in the Cadets Blog section of our website. We will also post photos and videos on our Flickr gallery site.

4 more cadets were recently awarded target shooting awards on 2425 Squadron, these included 2 Corps Marksman awards. The cadets were trained by the Sqn RCO Sgt Ben Walden. Making use of the local ranges the cadets trained hard over several months to increase their Marksmanship skills and are hoping to put their new skills to the test at this year's Wing Field Day shooting competition.

Click the image to view the photos from the Remembrance Parade at Tollerton today.

Wreaths web

Day 1

Each year 2425 Squadron are invited by the Committee of the Rempstone Steam and Country Fair to perform two major roles at their event: car parking and programme selling. I am writing this at home after a long hot and humid weekend at the fair. As I write on day 1, the cadets are still there, enjoying some well-earned leisure time on the stalls and funfair this evening, before they turn in for the night to their tents, to go through the whole thing again tomorrow. They started work at 8am and finished around 4pm, working in rotating shifts.

Squadron staff WO Larry and CI Marilyn Parker have just returned from spending 2 weeks at Talbot House acting as Volunteer Wardens. They have been visiting the Old House as visitors for many years conducting WW1 Casualty Research. During this time being welcomed by volunteer wardens from the UK and Commonwealth Countries.

Talbot House was opened in the garrison town of Poperinge, Belgium in December 1915 as a club for Everyman. Here soldiers of all ranks could relax and enjoy relative comfort after the sights and sounds of the battlefields.


When WW1 was over the Old House closed and was returned to its owner Mr Coevoet-Camerlynck. Then in 1929 the house was put up for sale and it was bought by Lord Wakefield who then generously gave it to the newly set-up Talbot House Association who were charged with running and preserving the Old House. After adaptation the house was reopened as the 'Everyman Club' in April 1931 and the Old House remains open today as a Living Museum.

In 2014 it will be 100 years since the start of WW1 and in 2015 100 years since Talbot House opened as a Home from Home. During this time hundreds and thousands of soldiers and pilgrims have walked and enjoyed the comforts of the house. For the last 3 years major renovation work has been taking place in order to preserve this important piece of history.

Last year when Larry and Marilyn were there saw the completion of the new kitchen, decoration of the dining room and the start of the work in the Upper Room the most important room in the attic of the house.This year the staircases and hallways have been redecorated and as they left for home the work started on the refurbishment of the garden.

Today the Old House remains open and you can come as a daily visitor to the Museum and House or if you are looking for a really special place to stay for B&B whilst visiting the WW1 Battlefields. You shouldn't expect 4-star luxury but you will be well rewarded by experiencing the atmosphere and authenticity of this unique place.
Visit www.talbothouse.be for more details.

On Monday 29th July the squadron has organised for cadets and staff to attend a Laser Quest & Bowling night.


There are limited places for this event! (A maximum of 20 places are available).

(Monies and completed Consent forms are needed on Thursday 25th July (This Thursday). Places will be allocated on a first come first come basis and must hand in both (Consent form and money to reserve a place).

If you have any other questions, please contact FLt Sgt Street ASAP.

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