Thames Valley Wing played a lead role when over 700 RAF Air Cadets and Adult Volunteers from across the South West Region proudly celebrated RAF100 with an unprecedented parade through the streets of Windsor. With the iconic Windsor Castle in the background, the parade drew hundreds of people onto the streets to watch as a sea of light blue took over the Royal Berkshire town for the day. Continue reading
211 (Newbury) Squadron
211 (Newbury) Squadron is a thriving squadron in the heart of West Berkshire.
As one of the biggest squadrons in Thames Valley Wing, we are able to offer a broad and varied training program, as well as many weekend activities. The Squadron has particular strengths in the fields of adventurous training, shooting, fieldcraft, drill & leadership training as well as Flying & Gliding. The cadets of 211 Squadron are proud to be one of the oldest squadrons in Thames Valley wing, and can trace their history back to the formation of the Air Training Corps in 1941 and have always been at the forefront of success and achievement within the Wing and in the local community.
We run a quarterly intake system, recruiting every January, April, July & October and have a comprehensive induction package for new cadets covering everything they'll need to know to help them on their way to joining one of the premier squadrons in Thames Valley Wing
Thames Valley Wing has been judged the runner up at the prestigious south-west Regional Activities Day held at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. The strong team was drawn from across Oxfordshire and Berkshire competed against hundreds of other cadets from five other Wings. Continue reading
Congratulations to the following individuals who have been nominated for a 2017 Thrive award: Continue reading
Sunday, 4th December saw the annual Thames Valley Wing bowling competition take place at RAF Brize Norton with over 140 cadets representing 22 Squadrons from across the Wing.
After an early start the competition started and with a competitive spirit the 12 lanes at the Astro Bowl were soon full of cadets aiming for the strikes to add vital points to their Squadron scores. Each team was made up of only four cadets so the pressure was on each cadet to get down those pins. Everyone managed to compete in at least three games and after a tense bowl off at the end the winners were announced. Continue reading
Air Cadets and volunteer staff from across Thames Valley Wing Air Training Corps gathered at RAF Benson for an evening of celebrations during the annual THRIVE awards.
The THRIVE awards were established three years ago to recognise the achievements and successes of the individuals who support the Air Cadets in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Hosted by RAF Benson and sponsored by five organisations 33 individuals received recognition on the evening for their efforts across several categories. Continue reading
|Inspirational Civilian Instructor – For the Civilian Instructor who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Air Training Corps.||CI J FITT
CI P SOAR
CI M MRZGLOD
|Valiant NCO – For excellence, through the virtue of hard work, character and quality in service as a Senior NCO.||FS (ATC) R FENION
WO (ATC) M ROBERTS
FS (ATC) S PEDGE
|Outstanding Junior Officer – To recognise the Junior Officer who has excelled including in their own personal development.||FG OFF L BAKER RAFVR(T)
FG OFF J PRESTON RAFVR(T)
FLT LT A PYE RAFVR(T)
|Unsung Hero – Awarded to the individual whose contribution often goes unrecognised, but without it the ATC would fail to deliver.||SGT (ATC) M WIGLEY
CDT FS BIDDLE
FLT LT T CHURNSIDE RAFVR(T)
|Endeavour Award – For consistent and extraordinary efforts in helping others, above and beyond the call of duty and often against the odds.||CI M ROSE
FLT LT D AZIZIAN RAFVR(T)
FLT LT P BENNETT RAFVR(T)
360 Air Cadets and over 80 adult volunteers from across the Thames Valley Air Cadets came together on Sunday, 22nd May to celebrate the Air Training corps (ATC) 75th Anniversary.
Parading through Windsor and past the Guildhall it was an incredible sight to see the Thames Valley Air Cadets march through the streets and onto the Parish Church in all their splendour. Continue reading
On Sunday, 29 November 127 cadets and 22 staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton to take part in the annual Wing Ten Pin bowling competition.
With teams on the start line ready to roll Squadrons had the opportunity to enter two teams and also compete for the top male and female spot. As cadets took it turn to line up ready for their strikes perhaps more balls entered the gutters than made it to the centre pin! Continue reading
Commandant’s Air Cadets Commendations of Meritorious Service were given out at this years Thrive Awards, below are the recipients and their citations.
Flying Officer Alex Pye from 211 (Newbury) Squadron has been a member of the Corps serving as a both a Cadet and as a member of staff at 211 (Newbury) Squadron.
A long term supporter and key member of the Squadron he has undertaken all of the duties asked of him with style and is seen as a corner stone of excellence. He is also leading light in bringing archery activities – first to Newbury Squadron through careful negotiation of grant packages – before being an evangelist for the activity Wing-side. Continue reading
With an early start and a long journey, 12 cadets and 6 staff from the Thames Valley region set off for Scotland. Along the way there was a short but worthwhile stop to The Devils Porridge Museum, where the cadets were educated on the women who made the explosive ammunition for the war effort. The dressing up facilities probably intended for a much younger audience saw the cadets bonding quickly. Once we had arrived at the brilliant accommodation we were treated to a visit around 669 Sqn Army Air Corps for a look around the Lynx AH9A’s Helicopters. Continue reading