Monthly Archives: October 2013
Congratulations to Flight Sergeant Cooper, Sergeant Prest and Cadet R Caldwell who have been presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by Pilot Officer Parkes. There have now been 4 Bronze Awards presented in the past 2 months to cadets at 266 (Stockton) Squadron; the first awarded in many years.
The cadets have undertaken various tasks to achieve the Award and, whilst some of these have been part of the ATC program, others have involved additional time being spent on activities outside of the ATC, such as playing musical instruments, participating in sports and community service. All had to complete an expedition over two days; Flt Sgt Cooper and Sgt Prest undertook their expeditions at the annual Adventure Training camp at Hag Dyke and Cdt Caldwell undertook her expedition in Cumbria alongside Cpl Matthews, who received her Award in September.
They will now be able to wear the Bronze badge on their uniform and hopefully it won’t be long until more cadets on the Squadron will be able to join them!
Cadets from 266 (Stockton) Squadron attended a Wing Training Camp held at Driffield CTC on 4th – 6th October. Flight Sergeant Curbishley and Sergeants Prest and Clarke attended the Senior Non Commissioned Officer Course and Cadet Gordon attended the Junior Non Commissioned Officer Course.
Over the course of the weekend the cadets took part in discussions on leadership theory and discipline and limits of authority. They spent time on drill theory and their communication and presentation skills. They also participated in various practical leadership exercises.
We look forward to the benefits their developed skills can bring to the Squadron.
On Thursday night, Flight Sergeant Cooper and Corporal Hodgson were presented with Sports Achievement Certificates that they received for representing Central & East Yorkshire Wing at Senior Football on 29th September. Well done to you both!
Cpl Hodgson is the cadet in charge of sports on the Squadron and he hopes to have a career as a Sports Teacher. Hopefully the successes of the cadets this year will help Cpl Hodgson to inspire more cadets to aim to represent the Wing in the coming years.
On 13th October, Flight Sergeant Cooper, Sergeant Prest and Corporal Hodgson were part of the Central and East Yorkshire Wing Rugby Team who reached 2nd place in the Inter Wing Senior Rugby Championship and Cadet RJ Caldwell was part of the Central and East Yorkshire Wing Netball team who reached 3rd place in the Open Netball Championship! Congratulations to you all!
Seven cadets from 266 (Stockton) Squadron were recently recognised for their hard work and dedication to the Squadron. On Thursday 26th September, Cadets Long and Clarke were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Cadets Harrison, Matthews, Marchant, Phipps and Helyer were promoted to the rank of Corporal.
The promotions were a result of the cadets being evaluated during a series of leadership exercises conducted on the Squadron and after taking on more duties on a Parade night. The cadets also all received a positive report after attending a recent JNCO course. The role of both Sergeant and Corporal means that the seven cadets will be given more responsibility and will see them take a leading role in the development and mentoring of more junior cadets on the Squadron.
Cadet Corporal Hodgson and Cadet Harrison attended Billingham Carnival on Saturday 14th September. On the Sunday Cadets Matthews and Marchant joined Cadet Harrison, who was back for a second day! Their assistance was greatly appreciated in helping members of staff and the Civilian Committee in the Charity Tent to raise money for 266 (Stockton) Squadron. The cadets encouraged the children to play Wobbly Marble and Disk Drop games and the staff and Civilian Committee members sold homemade jam and Tombola tickets. In total over the two days we raised £382.88. Well done to everyone involved.
Also on Saturday 14th September, Cadet Flight Sergeant Berryman, Cadets Broadbent, Caldwell A, Caldwell R, Connor, Gordon A, McGlade, Vaines and Young helped with street collecting for the Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeal to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Cadets and Staff joined members of the Civilian Committee and parents at John Whitehead Park on Sunday 25th August as part of a Fun Family Event arranged by Billingham Town Council.
A field tent with a display board of photographs was set up by a team from 266 (Stockton) Squadron under the guidance of WO Stevenson. A display including a set of drums and bugle, tents and camping gear was arranged in front and the minibus was draped with camouflage net.
The cadets talked to the public about what they did in the Air Cadets, gave out leaflets and stickers and offered tasters of survival rations to anyone willing to try! They even gave a display with a ‘patient’ being put on a stretcher and paraded around the Show ground.
The sun shone throughout and this brought a steady flow of people to the Tombola and Lucky Dip set up by the Civilian Committee. They also tried to win at a Disc Drop game and Lucky Straws. Committee members and helpers were kept busy blowing up balloons and sometimes even being part of the Human Fruit Machine.
It was a very enjoyable and successful day.
Congratulations to the seven new cadets who were enrolled into 266 (Stockton) Squadron on 2nd September. The cadet’s parents were invited along to the Squadron to see their son/daughter repeat the cadet promise as written in their Record of Service Book. This marks the end of 3 months of training which included lessons on the history of the ATC and the RAF, carrying out drill and learning how to polish their shoes and read a map. Special congratulations to Cadet Conner for getting Best Cadet of the intake!
On Monday 2nd September, Cadet Shantelle Matthews was presented with her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award is split into 4 sections; volunteering, skills, physical and expedition. For the Bronze Award Cdt Matthews spent 3 months completing her volunteering and skills sections and 6 months on the physical. The expedition section saw Matthews completing a practise weekend on the North Yorkshire Moors and a challenging qualifying expedition in Cumbria. The expedition involved planning and walking a route over 2 days, including one nights camping, where all kit for the 2 days must be carried and the participants must be completely self-sufficient.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a nationally recognised award that gives the participant skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.