Exercise Sam Taylor Walk

On Saturday, 7 June 15 cadets from 136 (Chipping Norton) Squadron took part in a sponsored walk in honour of former 136 Squadron cadet, Sam Taylor.

Starting from the small Gloucestershire village of Condicote, the cadets travelled with two adult staff members on a 22km route to Broadway Tower in Worcestershire, the second highest point in the Cotswolds. Other staff members were on hand at various checkpoints along the route to provide extra drinking water and any other help that might have been needed.

Despite some morning rainfall, the sun shone throughout much of the afternoon and everyone was treated to fantastic views from the tower in addition to some well-deserved ice cream from the nearby cafe.

The journey was also an educational one as next to the tower is a memorial to the crew of a World War II Whitley bomber that crashed during a training exercise in 1943. Flight Lieutenant Shaw led cadets in paying their respects by saluting these fallen men.

The walk was sponsored in aid of both 136 (Chipping Norton) Squadron and the Poppy Appeal.