July 10th 2018

Weekend Roundup: Adventures in the Sun

1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron with thier trophies and certificates

1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron with their trophies and certificates

As the weather continues to be magnificent cadets and reserves across the East Midlands have been making the most of it by getting out there and enjoying a range of activities.  

The RAF Air Cadet’s South and East Midlands Wing held Wing Field Day on Sunday an annual competition between all of the squadrons in the wing. Cadets competed in a wide range of activities including aircraft recognition, shooting, drill, flight simulation, leadership tests and First Aid.

1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron took second place overall, winning both banner drill and foot drill and sharing first place in the leadership tasks during the day. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Rebekah Oldknow with her Best Female Cadet trophy.

Cadet Warrant Officer Rebekah Oldknow with her Best Female Cadet trophy.

However, 1360 were not the only winners from the East Midlands, 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron took away third place overall but also scooped joint first in leadership, third in First Aid and one of their cadets, Cadet Warrant Officer Oldknow, took away the prize for best female cadet in the wing. Of course there were many other great achievements throughout the competition by cadets from across the region.

Wellingborough Sea Cadets had a great day out in the sun at Wellingborough Carnival. As well as running an information stand for potential members they also organised a float where their cadets dressed up as pirates and helped the crowd cool down thanks to their water pistols.

Lincoln Sea Cadets made the most of the fine weather by taking cadets up to Scarborough where several of them undertook Go Row qualifications and others took to the hills on their mountain bikes.

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) had a busy weekend, 167 Catering Support Regiment joined the RLC Open Day in Deepcut and 162 Regiment RLC helped the University of Derby celebrate Armed Forces Day.

LNR Cadets getting ready to go kayaking

LNR cadets getting ready to go kayaking

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force sent several of their cadets to the Northampton Show. Here they engaged with the local public, talked about the kind of skills they have developed in the ACF and encouraged others to consider joining. They also took full advantage of the sunshine by sending their cadets on Adventure Training. The Cadets improved by their paddle sport skills by kayaking in a river.

Not all of the Air Cadets in the region were involved in Wing Field Day, cadets from 198 (Hinckley) Squadron along with their OC took to the skies, which was for him the first chance he had to fly in nearly nine years.

2248 (Rutland) Squadron spent Saturday refining their artistic talents and remembering those who were lost in WW1. As part of the Rutland Poppy Project the squadron opened their headquarters to the local public who could come along and make a clay poppy. The poppies will go on display later this year at Oakham Castle as part of the counties First World War Commemorations.

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