Yearly Archives: 2011

Wing Competition Heats Up!

In a nail biting finish the cadets of 381 (Reading) Squadron proved they were the best by winning the recent Wing Activities Day held at Edward Brooks Barracks near Abingdon.

Against the back drop of a deep blue sky and bright sunshine, 21 teams from across the Wing started the day in contention with a testing set of competitions ahead of them. This included Field Craft, Public Speaking, Adventure Training, First Aid, Aircraft Recognition, Foot Drill, Media Skills, Aviation Art, Photography, Website construction and Aero modelling. Continue reading

Royal Recognition for the Thames Valley

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mrs Mary Bayliss JP, has presented prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony held at The Madjeski Stadium in Reading.

In addition to an meritorious award presented to the Wing Warrant Officer Jon Lambert, Cadet Flight Sergeant Omar from 211 (Newbury) squadron was appointed as Lord Lieutenants Cadet; a duty which will see him accompany Mrs Bayliss on high profile visits regularly involving members of the Royal Family. Continue reading

Banbury Paint the Town Blue

Banbury Air Cadets were joined other cadets from Kidlington and Chipping Norton to celebrate Battle of Britain Sunday by parading through Banbury Town Centre.

Lead by the Squadron band the cadets, joined by contingents from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association, marched through the town and past the world famous Banbury cross for a service and act of remembrance at St Mary’s Church. Continue reading

Junior Cadets Take to the Field

Cadets from 1460 (Banbury) and 150 (City of Oxford) Squadrons have just returned from a Junior Cadet training weekend with a difference. Instead of just teaching them the theory, their staff had organised for them to have a real practical experience of what it means to be an Air Cadet!

During the weekend the cadets learnt all about Initial expedition training, Navigation, History of the RAF and flight and radio communications basing themselves at Rhydd Covert Scout Camp site next to the West Midlands Safari Park. Continue reading

Bracknell Air Cadets are in a Swim!

A team of Bracknell Air Cadets have shown that history repeats itself by winning the Thames Valley Swimming Championships for a 3rd time.

The competition saw almost 150 Air Cadets from 20 Air Cadet Squadrons from right across Berkshire and Oxfordshire compete for silver wear and medals at Cowley Temple Pool in Oxford. The team of Bracknell team looked very strong for the very start and ended up in top three in all of the categories assuring them of their win. Continue reading

Destination Canada: International Air Cadet Exchange

Cadet Flight Sergeant Oliver Omar took part in the International Air Cadet Exchange to Canada in July/August 2011. Representing the Squadron, Thames Valley Wing, and the Air Training Corps, he joined cadets from across the world to take part in the exchange. Here he describes some of the activities he took part in.

“In 1947 the first ever Air Cadet Exchange was between British and Canadian Air Cadets. Today the IACE family has grown to become twenty nations strong and still growing. I was delighted when I was selected to represent my Squadron 211 (Newbury) and Thames Valley Wing to join a group of nine cadets from all across Britain to represent the country in the 2011 IACE event in Canada. Continue reading

Wallingford cadets fly in to help with Air Display

Fourteen cadets and six members of staff from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron attended the annual North Moreton Air Pageant organised by Polly Vacher who is also the Squadron’s Honorary President.

20110711_wallingfor_fly_in_to_help_subThis year, courtesy of Wing Commander Jason Appleton, who commands 28 (AC) Squadron at RAF Benson, the cadets and staff were transported from RAF Benson in the Merlin helicopter which was scheduled to be part of the event.  Continue reading

Are you a Fan?

The Wing Facebook page, Thames Valley Air Cadets, now has over 445 Fans from across the globe and the numbers are increasing everyday!

The site, which has been live for over a year, has been running as a trial to see what interest there is amongst the cadets, staff and supporters of Thames Valley Wing and has been a resounding success. Currently, anyone can post information or photographs onto the site, which is updated almost daily and managed by the Wing Media Team. Continue reading

594 to the Fore!

A team of select cadets from 594 (Thame) Squadron proved they were the best in a test of field craft skills held recently at Bramley Training Area.

The weekend had originally been scheduled for a Inter-Service Competition with the Sea Cadet Corps and Army Cadet Force – but when the other cadet services pulled out the weekend was quickly offered to all of Thames Valley Wing’s Squadrons, 7 of which took up this short notice challenge. Continue reading