West Swindon’s 633 Squadron Air Training Cadets are holding a recruitment evening on Friday 28 January, 7.30pm, in the Sunshine Room, Westlea Primary School and welcome boys and girls of 13 and over to meet cadets and staff and learn about ATC activities through videos, displays and one-to-one discussions.
Parents, relatives and friends are all welcome and light refreshments will be available. Cadets will start the evening with a short drill display.
Over the past year cadets have taken part in a range of activities: glider training at Hullavington near Chippenham; flying the RAF’s basic trainer at RAF Boscombe Down; helping to organise the air show at Kemble in June as well as attending a summer camp at RAF Brize Norton.
Cadets have also represented the squadron or wing in hockey, netball, football, swimming, athletics and cross country. Long distance trips have involved map reading on Dartmoor and a week in the Lake District for adventure training like kayaking, canoeing, mountain walking and climbing.
Creative skills are also catered for and the squadron cadets are encouraged to produce entries of models and photographs to wing training days.
Detachment commander Helene Woodhams says the ATC caters for all interests. “Whether you plan to join the Royal Air Force or want to pursue an interest, meet new friends or need to gain confidence in doing something new, come along and find out more.”
Because of the ATC popularity after previous notices in Swindon Link, Helene is making an appeal for more adults to volunteer their skills to work with the cadets. She said, “we’d like to meet more adults with an interest in aviation adventure training who could assist on a Friday evening to help achieve higher standards. Come along to the open evening to find out more about us.”
If you are unable to attend, mail Helene Woodham for information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Squadron web site at www.1244df.org.uk
Squadron puts colours on display
Pictured right, the new squadron was inspected for the first time in June last year when it also received a donation of £200 from the Zurich community fund presented by employee Deb Wilson to squadron commanding officer Flt Lt Helene Woodham with inspecting officer Sqd Ldr Richard Courtney and banner bearers Sgt Deegan Webb, Cpl Anthony Ledger, Cpl Jack Robertson and FS Oliver Mendham
Senior air cadets earn their certificates
Three senior members of West Swindon’s 633 Squadron Air Training Cadets were presented with certificates confirming their promotion to Cadet Warrant Officers, the highest rank a cadet can achieve, on 5 November whilst cadet Sgt Christopher Wilson showed the squadron the certificate presented to him by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire John Bush the previous week.
633 commander Flt Lt Helene Woodham said she nominated Christopher for all round performance in knowledge of flying, leadership skills, sports and commitment to cadet activities. He said he was thrilled he had been chosen by the Lord Lieutenant, who will call upon him to attend special events when he visits Swindon over the next year, such as the Royal visit to the Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance on 9 November. “It came out of the blue, the position means the world to me. I hope I can do as well as Warrant Officer Emma-Louise Parker who represented the squadron last year.
Below, from left, Sgt Christopher Wilson, CWO Oliver Mendham, CWO Matthew Willis, Emma-Louise Parker