On Saturday 3rd October nine cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn joined over thirty cadets and staff from other squadrons to spend the day clay target shooting. Clay target shooting in the air cadet organisation is a civilian sport. It is an excellent sport for cadets as it helps promote self-discipline, hand-eye coordination and gives the young person a great sense of achievement when they begin to master the sport.
Sgt Morrison described the day, “upon arrival at Buckley Barracks we hopped off the bus and had our introductory safety brief to clay target shooting. We were then taught how to use the shotgun and learnt some details about the sport.”
Then the shooting began. The cadets quickly began to put the marksmanship theory into practice. Starting off with some
On Sunday 30 September 2012, 966 (Wallingford) Squadron came a credible 5 out of the 25 squadrons who entered the Thames Valley Wing Activities Day at Edward Brookes Barracks, Abingdon. The team of 16 cadets from the squadron were amongst nearly 300 other cadets who tackled a variety of activities from the traditional Banner/Foot Drill competitions through Aircraft Recognition, Model Making, First Aid, Photography and Aviation Art to the more obscure activities of Super Snooker and Flight of Fancy. Sgt Euan Thompson took first prize in the over 16 ‘ACO and its People’ photographic category and overall 966 squadron came out of the competition ahead of the other 3 squadrons who make up their area sector. The two senior NCOs, FS David Payne, who was the team leader, and FS
On 18 August, FS Evans, Sgt Thompson and Cdts Farrand & Gardnerleft to spend a week at Pirbright Camp in Surrey
On arrival we were split into Flights of 12 cadets with an NCO in charge of each Flight. Following this we were welcomed by the Camp Commandant Squadron Leader Mark Trevena who explained the programme for the week.
The next day at a massed first parade the ATC Ensign was hoisted and we started the three day “Blue Phase” which involved a number of different activities including an obstacle Course, pilot survival training, leadership exercises, first aid, self-defence training, radio communications and aerospace training. A number of VIPs were invited to attend the final day of the Blue Phase.
In the evening to mark the
On Saturday 4th August eight cadets from 966 Wallingford went to RAF Valley, Anglesey for the annual summer camp. The cadets that went all agreed that it was one of the best summer camps the Thames Valley Wing has organised.
The week consisted of numerous visits to different parts of a working RAF Station and visits to nearby areas in Anglesey to learn new skills. The camp gave the cadets a feel of what it would be like to live and possibly work on a fully functioning RAF base.
Around fifty cadets from different squadrons in the Thames Valley Wing attended allowing the cadets to meet other people with similar interest. More than half of the cadets that attended had never been on a
On 25 September 13 cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn took part in the various competitions organised at the Thames Valley Wing Activities Day.
Overall, 966 Sqn came a credible 5th place out of a total of the 26 Sqn’s taking part. Our strength lay in a strong performance in the ‘greens’ section of the competition. In this section we came top with an overall score of 512, a comfortable lead over 381 (Reading) Sqn who scored 440. Out of the 8 categories in the ’greens’ section 966 Sqn was placed in 7 of them.
The individual placings were ……
1st – Field Craft Patrol and Map Quiz
2nd – Field Craft Quiz, Field Craft Observation and Adventure Training Cooking
3rd – First Aid and DofE
On Sunday 4th September, 4 cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron woke up nice and early to meet 150 cadets from around Thames Valley Wing, where they would take part in the annual Wing swimming event.
We were all nervous as we changed and assembled ourselves on the seating by the pool. After several briefings, we all jumped into the freezing cold pool for a warm up. Four lengths later, we were ordered out of the pool to claim our seats on the stand again. Then the races began.
We had Cdt Godwin-Suttie doing junior backstroke and freestyle, Cdt West doing junior butterfly and freestyle, me, Cpl Harrington, doing senior breast stroke and freestyle and Flt Sgt Whiteside doing senior backstroke. The races went extremely well, with two medals
On 14 May 2011, FS Ewers and Cpl Evans were the first 966 Sqn cadets to attend the new Method of Instruction Course at Wing Headquarters. At the CO’s discretion, this course is open to cadets who have satisfactorily completed the Master Air Cadet syllabus and wish to proceed to Instructor level.
The course lasts one day and consists of a number of topics such as: instructor qualities, the training cycle, the structure and plan of a lesson, aims and objectives, etc, after which the cadet has to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation of their own. The object of the presentation is to test how confident the cadet is in front of other people, their bearing and how well they involve members of the class in the lesson.
On Sunday, 8th May 2011, cadets pitted their sporting skills against cadets from squadrons from all over the wing at the most recent inter-squadron athletics at Tilsley Park in Abingdon. During the day, cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron took part in running the 800m, throwing the javelin and high jump. Other competitions included long and short races, long jump, shot put, discus and relay. Unfortunately the squadron did not rank in the top 3 squadrons in the wing but did win a medal. FS Ewers said “I am pleased with coming third in my 800m race”.
By Cpl Taylor
A number of 966 cadets and staff recently attended a week’s adventure training at NACATC Llanbedr, one of the Corps’ Adventure Training centres – 7 days of hard work, exercise and (mostly) great weather!
During the week, the cadets participated in low level walking around the North Wales countryside, as well as high level mountain walking and a night of wild camping, having carried all their equipment along and set up their own camp. They also enjoyed two days of outdoor rock climbing and abseiling, and some time on the centre’s climbing wall and high ropes course. They were also taught some useful knots in a knot-work workshop with CI Rowan and Fg Off Beasley. A tiring week for everyone! On the thursday evening, the cadets were all taken down
On Saturday the 25th of October approximately 250 cadets from Thames Valley Wing took part in Wing Challenge. This involved a variety of competitions including first aid, field-craft skills and drill. Some cadets said that drill was the best part. The drill competition is split into two parts: the drill cup and the drill plate. The drill plate is for the smaller drill teams with seven cadets in the team and for the drill cup you need thirteen cadets, including an NCO. Cadets performed to staff who judged them on their drill skills, performance and uniform. One cadet from Chipping Norton squadron said they were really pleased with their performance and couldn’t wait to hear what place they came.
Another activity that the cadets took part in was fist aid.