Worsley Air Cadets

News 2014

  • First Aid Course
  • Sports Leaders
  • Committee Meeting
  • Netball
  • Cadet Awards
  • Gliding Scholarship
  • GM Wing Awards Evening
  • Promotions
  • Shooting

Activity First Aid Course

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th January

The Squadron ran an AFA course for selected staff and cadets from around the Wing.
Cadets were awarded their Green Badges upon successful assessment.

Squadron representatives who re-qualified for their awards were; Pilot Officer Karen Abbotts, Civilian Instructor Mr Steve Everett and Flight Sergeant Joe Morrell along with Corporal Callum Fenton, qualifying for the first time.

Wing Activity First Aid Course

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th January

Well done to Corporal Marcus Caldwell, who qualified for his Green Badge today after a good assessment.

Heartstart Instructor Training Day

Sunday 26th January

Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC), Cadet Sergeants Marcus Caldwell and Callum Wilson, attended the training day that qualifies them to instruct the Heartstart training package on the squadron.

Particular well done to Sergeant Ava Joyce who also recently completed her assessment. This allows her to become a First Aid Trainer, within the ATC for the Adult Activity First Aid (AFA) Courses.

Along with Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and three other staff from with Greater Manchester Wing, she joins a well trained and motivated team of instructors.

Sports Leaders Theory Update & Inter-Flight Cross Country

Sunday 12th January

A good turn out for this theory day which involved lots of mini communication exercises and plenty of laughing depending on some of the tasks.

Once the grass had thawed up at St James’s School sports field we held the Inter-Flight Cross Country Competition.

Well done to Cadets Jamie Johnson-Lee and Abbie Gregson for being the first male and female cadets over the line.

All in all we had 7 members from A Flight and 2 members from B Flight. Well done to A Flight who get maximum points for this event.

A number of cadets who represented their Flights in the cross country will be selected for the forthcoming Wing Cross Country Competition.

Civilian Committee Meeting

Wednesday 15th January

Thank you to our new parent/guardians who attended the meeting for the first time.

Also in attendance were the Wing Chairman Mrs Julie Delaney and Deputy Chairman Mr John Walker, who attend a meeting once or twice a year to check that all is well.

The evening is an opportunity for parents/guardians to see what goes on behind the scenes for planning, development and to discuss means of raising funds.

We will be having a meeting shortly to discuss fundraising specifically for a mini-bus. Any thoughts and ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

Netball Practice   St James’s School Sports Hall

Thursday 16th January

The Squadron hired St James’s School sports hall for netball practice for the forthcoming Wing Competition on Sunday.

Thanks to all those who turned up to help the girls team to train. As we were short of players this year, we teamed up with two girls from 292 (Eccles) Squadron.

In addition this evening we ran the Inter-Flight Netball competition, with A Flight winning 6 – 3.

Wing Netball Competition   Hopwood Hall, Middleton

Sunday 19th January

Well done to Corporal Katie Morrell, Cadets Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Faye Taylor with Cadets Abbie Harding and Amy Harding from 292 (Eccles) Squadron. Unfortunately they got beat in all of their games, against such tough competition.

They were complimented on their enthusiasm and determination despite not having such a good day.

Cadet Awards

Friday 17th January

Congratulations to Cadet Jacob Beaver who was promoted to Cadet Corporal this evening.
He was also awarded with his Instrumentalist Band Badge.

Gliding Scholarship

Sunday 19th January

Very well done to Corporal Callum Wilson who flew his gliding solo today at RAF Topcliffe.
He has been presented with his solo gliding Silver Wings.

Greater Manchester Wing Awards Evening

Wednesday 22nd January

Several cadets and their parents along with squadron staff were invited to Wing to receive various awards. These awards that had been gained during the preceding months, were presented by Air Commodore Ian Stewart.

Cadet Services Medal

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell was awarded a 2nd clasp to her Cadet Services Medal, after completing 25 years of adult service to with ATC.

Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC) was awarded with his Cadet Forces Medal after 12 years of continued service with the ATC.

Expedition Leaders Awards

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Civilian Instructor Mr Steve Everett were awarded with their Expedition Leaders Awards having completed the course and the assessment in October 2013.

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Corporals Marcus Caldwell and Callum Wilson were awarded with their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Squadron was well represented, well done to all.


Friday 24th January

Congratulations to Corporals Marcus Caldwell and Callum Wilson who were both promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Shooting   Bury TA Centre Range

Wednesday 29th January

All cadets who were First Class and above attended an evening of .22 shooting, with the support of squadron staff and kind assistance from Flying Officer Pete Rowan of 1036 Bury Squadron.

January 2014

  • RAF Outreach
  • Shooting
  • Cross Country
  • Sports Leaders
  • Bandmaster's Visit
  • Activity Weekend
  • Aerospace Centre

RAF Outreach Team Visit

Wednesday 5th February

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce gave up their day time to visit the RAF Outreach Team at their new premises in Aintree.
The visit allowed an opportunity to see the facilities and discuss potential bookings.

There are a series of team challenges and exercises that are clearly well thought out. The centre is also used to assess potential candidates for joining the Royal Air Force. So if you are thinking of joining, then it would be advantageous that you have a go at the exercises.

Watch the notice board for future dates.

Shooting   Bury TA Centre Range

Wednesday 5th February

All cadets who were under first class attended an evening of .22 shooting with the support of squadron staff.

Once again we thank Flying Officer Pete Rowan of 1036 Bury Squadron for his kind assistance.
It is not a parade night for him and we are grateful for his commitment.

Wing Cross Country   Wythenshawe Park

Sunday 9th February

Thank you to Flight Sergeants Joe Morrell, Tom Scowcroft, Corporal Katie Morrell, Cadets Abbie Gregson, Jakub Amin, Jamie Johnson-Lee and Lewis Swinglehurst, who represented the Squadron today on a cold and wet course.

The Team came 18th overall which was excellent considering we only went in with half a team.

Thanks also to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Pilot Officer Karen Abbotts who gave up their day.

External Verification Visit by Sports Leaders UK

Wednesday 12th February

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce met with the verifier during the day to discuss the Squadron’s progress and consideration to being a course supplier for the next three years.

He was most impressed and we passed with flying colours, thanks to many hours of preparation.

Well done to those sports leaders candidates who got their files in on time, for the verifier to have a look at what we do.

Wing Bandmaster's Visit

Friday 14th February

Thank you to Flight Lieutenant Max Puller who visited the squadron to see the band this evening and was impressed by what he saw.

There are many exciting opportunities for bandsmen at wing, region and national level.

Opportunities will be displayed on the notice board.

Activity Weekend Camp   RAF Shawbury

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd February

Two mini buses full of cadets and all staff travelled during Friday morning to RAF Cosford’s extensive Air Museum. Everyone enjoyed a look around the displays of aircraft, missiles and excellent visual displays, such as the space wars between Russia and America.

The afternoon was spent at Shrewsbury Swimming Pool, where a bouncy inflatable water feature and a flume slide were enjoyed by all.

Saturday and Sunday were spent between the range at RAF Shawbury and the Sports Hangar. Here cadets completed elements of their ongoing Sports Leader’s awards.

Well done to Cadet Harry Powell who qualified for his Squadron Marksman and to Cadet Lewis Swinglehurst who qualified for is Regional Marksman.

Sunday saw gliding cancelled at RAF Topcliffe due to the very gusty weather.

Thanks to all the cadets who enjoyed the weekend for giving up some of the half term dates and to the staff who were, as always, outstandingly committed.

Regional Aerospace Centre   Altcar Training Camp

Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March

25 cadets and staff travelled down to Altcar camp on Friday evening to start various activities over the weekend.

Saturday saw activities on the flight simulator in the aerospace centre along with clay target shooting. We were also grateful for the use of the Defence Close Combat Trainer, that allowed the L98 A2 qualified cadets the opportunity to fire on a simulated electronic target range.

Many thanks to Flight Lieutenant Shaun White, Officer Commanding 1804 (Four Heatons) Squadron for giving up his time today.

Sunday saw a series of initiative/leadership type activities designed to allow everybody the opportunity to lead a group. After a good tidy up, we travelled back to the squadron. Thanks to the Altcar staff who were very helpful during our weekend.

February 2014

  • Tim Willemsen
  • Regional Football
  • Parents Evening
  • Flying
  • Regional Rugby & Hockey

Tim Willemsen

Saturday 29th March

We were told that our very longstanding Squadron President Mr Tim Willemsen had died overnight following a battle with ill-health.
Even though he was nearly 92 he still didn’t think he was old!

Tim started with the squadron not long after we formed in November 1967 when his son Mike joined as a cadet.

Tim had been treasurer and chairman over his lifetime with us and became our Squadron President in 1990 and remained so until the present day.

He had been presented with several Long Term Meritorious Service certificates by the many Commandants of Air Cadets, which have been in command of the organisation during his time.

He will be greatly missed.


Regional Junior Football Competition

Sunday 2nd March

Cadet Lewis Swinglehurst was selected to represent Greater Manchester Wing after a series of trials and a training session over the last few weekends.

The lads won the overall league and gained Gold Medals in the competition.

Cadet Swinglehurst has been selected to attend a trial to represent the North Region team.
We wish him well in his selection.

Parents Evening

Wednesday 12th March

The meeting was well attended by many parents and guardians. There was an opportunity to see the band, e D of E and the ultilearn syllabus.

Each of the squadron staff updated them about their current roles on the squadron. It was also an opportunity to see some of the training aids that are in use.

Flying & Gliding

Sunday 16th March

The squadron had been allocated 13 flying places but these were cancelled as the wind speed was too great at RAF Woodvale.

We had hoped that those cadets who were selected to go on their Gliding Induction Courses, would have better luck but sadly over at RAF Topcliffe, the wind also would not settle.
This however gave an opportunity to look around the glider in detail.

Thanks to all the cadets and staff who waited patiently.

Regional Junior Rugby and Hockey Competition

Sunday 16th March

Cadets Jakub Amin and Oliver Cannon were selected to represent the wing in the rugby competition.

Congratulations on achieving their first Greater Manchester Wing Blues.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, St James Palace, London

Wednesday 19th March

Congratulations to Flight Sergeants Joe Morrell and Tom Scowcroft who attended St James’s Palace with their guests. Joe with his grandma, Mrs Eileen Kelly and Tom with his dad, Mr Dave Scowcroft, who were so proud.

Their awards were presented by Gethin Jones, former Blue Peter presenter, who was excellent in his congratulatory speech.

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell was a marshal for the day and met Benedict Cumberbatch who was also presenting awards.

There was nearly 100 air cadets in the picture gallery.

March 2014

  • Pilot Officer Karen Abbotts
  • Examinations
  • Expedition Evening
  • Communications Weekend
  • Swynnerton Easter Camp
  • Athletics and Volleyball
  • RAF Careers
  • Wing Field Day
  • Shooting

Pilot Officer Karen Abbotts Attachment Ends

Wednesday 2nd April

The Squadron hosted a BBQ and social night for Pilot Officer Karen Abbotts.

Having been with us for 6 months Pilot Officer Abbotts is returning back to 292 (Eccles) Squadron.
We thank her for all her efforts and commitment to us during her time with us.


Sunday 6th April

Well done to Cadets Oliver Cannon, Grace Leather and Lewis Swinglehurst who passed their Leading Cadet examination.

Well done to Corporals Jacob Beaver, Katie Morrell and Thomas Rowley who passed their Aircraft Handling and Flying Technique exam and their Air Power exam.
This just leaves one more pass needed for their Senior Cadet classification

Parent/Guardian Expedition Evening

Wednesday 9th April

Thank you to those who supported the evening.

It was an opportunity for those new cadets who are entering the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to learn about purchasing the best kit affordable for the forthcoming expeditions.

RAF Shawbury Communications Badge Weekend

Friday 11th - Monday 14th April

Well done to all the cadets that participated in the activity weekend which consisted of a series or practical radio exercises and some theory. The modules will go towards the cadets working to gain their Communications Badges.

On the Monday, 12 cadets and staff had a busy section visit day around RAF Shawbury.

They visited 60 Squadron (RAF) that trains pilots on the Griffin helicopter, after they have passed basic helicopter training with 705 (Royal Navy) Squadron (Helicopter Defence Flying School).

Thanks to the generosity of Flight Lieutenant Andy Inman they were fortunate to have a morning with the crew, experience the early morning brief and have a flight in the Squirrel helicopters.
This allowed lots of communications opportunities in the air.

Thanks very much to one of the assistant Air Cadet Liasion Officers, Flight Sergeant Kiel McPhillips, who gave the cadets a tour around Air Traffic control and approach control.

To finish the day, the cadets visited the Aircraft Maintainance Unit right on the other side of the airfield. This was very interesting as there were lots of different aircraft, to see the technicians and engineers working on.

Visits like this allow our cadets to see the RAF on a working day. It is a wonderful opportunity for the cadets to see if they fancy any particular career path.

Thanks to all the squadron staff for their commitment over the four days.

Swynnerton Easter Camp Activity Weekend

Thursday 17th - Tuesday 22nd April

Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Thomas Rowley and Cadets Jakob Amin, Oliver Cannon, Alex Lambley, Lewis Parsons and Lewis Swinglehurstattended this weekend and all the cadets thoroughly enjoyed it.

They took part in fieldcraft, arms drill, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, obstacle course and combat trail. The food, was very good and the staff were reported to have been great.

Athletics & Volleyball Training

Wednesday 23rd April

A good turn out to St James’s school for athletics and volleyball training.
The weather was poor for athletics so volleyball (indoors) took priority.
It allowed us to select the best team members for the forthcoming Volleyball Competition.

RAF Careers Outreach Centre   Aintree

Friday 25th April

Several cadets attended today to take part in activities designed to test candidates who apply to join the RAF.
It was a good eye opener for those who may wish to join the RAF in the future.

Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) who gave up the day to escort the cadets.

Wing Field Day   Hopwood Hall, Middleton

Sunday 27th April

One of the busiest and most important dates in the Wing calendar.
All the cadets who attended today were a credit to us.
We are still waiting for confirmation of some results but overall a great day.


1st in the Volleyball

6th in the Drill

6th in the First Aid (Corporal Katie Morrell coming 3rd in the individual assessment)

9th in the Aircraft Recognition

Volleyball Team

Well done to Flight Sergeants Joe Morrell, Tom Scowcroft, Sergeants Marcus Caldwell, Callum Wilson, Corporal Abbie Gregson, Cadets Matthew Jacovelli, Grace Leather and Harry Powell, for winning the Volleyball Competition and gaining Gold Medals.

Special Mention

Cadet Jonathan Schofield and Cadet Alex Lambley submitted good attempts in the aircraft modelling competition.

Corporal Katie Morrell submitted an excellent entry into the media competition.

Corporals Jacob Beaver, Thomas Rowley, Cadets Oliver Cannon (Banner Bearer) and Harry Powell, who rehearsed in the pouring rain to give a very good effort.

Well done to all the cadets and staff for giving up their day and producing some excellent results.

Shooting   Bury Range

Wednesday 30th April

Thanks once again to Flying Officer Pete Rowan of 1036 (Bury) Squadron who opened up the range and facilitated an opportunity for our junior cadets to have a go at shooting the .22 rifle.

April 2014

  • Athletics Training
  • Annual Presentation
  • Wing Athletics
  • SSAFA Bag Pack
  • Bolton Mountain Rescue

Athletics Training   St James School

Friday 2nd May

A great turnout, which saw all cadets participate in several key athletic events. This allowed us to pick the best team possible for the forthcoming Wing Athletics competition.

Annual Presentation   Boothstown Royal British Legion

Friday 9th May

What great support we had from our guests, to celebrate the wonderful achievements of all our cadets during this evening. Every cadet came onto the stage for at least a certificate. Many cadets came up time and time again due to the vast array of awards available.

Congratulations to all those who received awards but in particular to the following on their achievements,

Cadet of the Year

Corporal Katie Morrell

Junior Cadet of the Year

Cadet Lewis Swinglehurst

Sports Cadet of the Year

Corporal Abbie Gregson

Thanks to Mrs Pam Halden for accepting the Squadron Presidency.
She was presented with the President’s Badge of Office and a Certificate of Meritorious Service.

Particular thanks are offered to Wing Commander David Forbes RAFVR(T) Retd who was our presenting officer of the evening and to his guest Mrs Wendy Smith.

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell wishes to thank all those cadets who chipped in to present her with a bouquet of flowers.

Thanks to Squadron Chaplain Reverend Hilary Brunyee who graciously closed the ceremony.

Thanks to our Squadron Secretary Mrs Dee’s Joyce and Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) who took the time to prepare all the raffle prizes.

Final thanks go Boothstown Legion, the caterers and John the DJ who entertained us once again.

Wing Athletics Competition   Sport City, Manchester

Sunday 11th May

What a fabulous team effort we had today. The lads came 11th overall and the girls came 6th overall. Many new cadets represented the Squadron today and saw the Wing in full capacity.

Lots of cadets came in the top 6 with several just loosing out on medals by coming 4th. All our relay teams were in the top 6 so very well done.

Medals gained on the day by the following cadets were

Cadet Jamie Johnson-Lee the Junior Boys 100m Bronze Medal and 1500m Silver Medal

Cadet Harry Powell the Intermediate Boys Discuss Bronze Medal

Flight Sergeant Joe Morrell the Junior Men Discuss Bronze Medal

Sergeant Marcus Caldwell the Junior Men Javelin Bronze Medal

Corporal Abbie Gregson the Junior Women Long Jump Bronze Medal

Both Corporal Abbie Gregson and Cadet Jamie Johnson-Lee have been selected to represent the Wing at the North Regional Championships on 1st June. We wish them well.

SSAFA Bag Pack   Walkden Tesco

Sunday 18th May

Thank you to the following cadets, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Katie Morrell, Thomas Rowley, Cadets Jakub Amin, Bradley Atherton, Oliver Cannon, Adam Holland and Lewis Swinglehurst who gave up many hours on the day, to pack shopping on behalf of the Soldiers, Sailors & Air Force Association (SSAFA).

Cadets from 292 (Eccles) Squadron were also in attendance.

All the cadets were superb in their presentation today and SSAFA were extremely grateful for our efforts.
We raised a total of £828.93 (with 2 euros and a few dodgy foreign coins)!

Thanks to Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC) who did the morning shift and Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Civilian Instructor, Mr Steve Everett who did the afternoon shift.

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team HQ Visit

Monday 19th May

Sergeant Callum Wilson, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Thomas Rowley, Cadets Oliver Cannon, Grace Leather and Lewis Swinglehurst attended a radio communication session this evening with Bolton Team Members, Mr Steve Fletcher and Mr Mike Marsh. This was a further opportunity to see how other services, use different communication methods and will go towards their Communication Badge.

Thank you to Bolton Team Leader Mr Garry Rhodes MBE, for facilitating the event.

May 2014

  • Committee AGM
  • Practical Radio
  • Boothstown Festival
  • Regional Field Day
  • Promotion
  • Silver Expedition
  • Five-a-Side
  • Cadet Enrolment

Committee Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 4th June

Thank you to those parents and guardians who attended this evenings meeting. A report for the last year was given by Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell. The treasurer’s report was given and many matters discussed.

Nominations for officers were forwarded and accepted for the coming year:

Squadron President

Mrs Pam Halden

Squadron Chairman

Flying Officer Chris Gough RAFVR(T) (Retd)

Squadron Treasurer

Mr Ged Bithell

Squadron Secretary

Mrs Deirdre Joyce

Practical Radio Session

Friday 6th June

Many thanks to Glenn and Val Bates from Bolton Wireless Club who, very kindly attended the Squadron this evening.

It allowed those cadets who are working towards their Communication Badge, to experience a practical element of putting up various antennas.

Boothstown Festival   Royal British Legion, Boothstown

Saturday 14th June

A glorious day at Boothstown Festival which holds it’s support of Armed Forces Day. There were brass bands, pipe bands and other community clubs on exhibition.
Unfortunately the heavens opened at 4pm and everybody ran for cover.

The Squadron supported the event with a party of cadets, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Tom Rowley, Cadets Jakub Amin, James Crittenden, Tom McNicholas, Lewis Parsons and Lewis Swinglehurst in attendance.
Along with the Staff they set up the recruiting stand.

Regional Field Day   RAF Linton-on-Ouse

Sunday 15th June

Cadets and Staff from the Squadron left very early in the morning, to travel to RAF Linton-on-Ouse to represent Greater Manchester Wing, in the North Regional Volleyball Championships and the RAF Careers Leadership Competition.

Whilst other Squadrons representing Greater Manchester Wing also did very well, 1099 won both the Volleyball and the Leadership Competition.

Well done to Sergeant Rebecca Simcock who came 4th in the Solo Bugle Competition.

On the day (and unexpectedly with two minutes notice) Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) and Flight Sergeant Joe Morrell were entered into the First Aid Competition -Young Adult Team. They did very well having had no preparation time. Sergeant Joyce just missed out on maximum points.

Congratulations to; Flight Sergeants Joe Morrell, Tom Scowcroft, Sergeants Marcus Caldwell, Rebecca Simcock, Callum Wilson, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Oliver Cannon, Matthew Jacovelli, Jamie Johnson-Lee, Grace Leather and Lewis Swinglehurst.

Thanks to Civilian Instructor Mr Steve Everett who has took photographs of Flight Sergeant Joe Morrell accepting the awards from Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

Promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer

Wednesday 18th June

Well done to Flight Sergeant Joe Morrell, on attended his Wing Board for a series of grilling questions, by the Wing Commander and the Wing Development Officer.

This promotion is the highest cadet rank and after 5 - 6 years of continued cadet service and was very well deserved.

Silver Practice Expedition   Lake District

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd June

A quick exit after school to Pooley Bridge, near Penrith for this party of cadets, all excited to be embarking upon their Silver D of E Expedition.

A great camp site and a good days walking ahead. It was very warm and the route undulating, so the cadets did marvellous at completing their journey.

On their way to the second camp site at Burns Farm, towards Keswick, it was alarmingly heard that the Morrells dog, Rummy age 5 had died. It appeared that, he had suffered a fatal arrhythmia (heart rhythm). Whilst we were all very shocked, all the cadets comforted Joe and Katie who were clearly devastated.
I would like to thank all of you that were understanding and supportive to us all.

The group continued their walking on the Sunday despite all that had happened with true courage and determination.

Well done to Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Jakub Amin, Adam Holland, Matthew Jacovelli, Grace Leather, Tom McNicholas, Jonathan Schofield and Lewis Swinglehurst, who were on their expedition.

They were supported by Gold Expedition holders, Flight Sergeants Joe Morrell, Tom Scowcroft and Sergeant Callum Wilson.

My thanks go to the staff, Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC), Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC), Civilian Instructors Mr Steve Everett and Mr James MacDonald, whose care and compassion was appreciated.

Five-a-Side Football Training   Trafford Soccerdome

Wednesday 25th June

Thanks to Civilian Instructor, Mr Tom Appleby who organised the booking, so that all the cadets could attend and prepare for the forthcoming Wing Competition.

Wing Five-a-Side Competition   Rochdale

Sunday 29th June

Unfortunately the Senior Boys title holders were not as strong this year and came a respectable 16th. The Junior Boys came 11th and the Girls came 12th.

It was a good effort and we managed full teams. Well done!

Cadet Enrolment

Wednesday 25th June

Cadet Amber Glennie was officially enrolled into the Squadron, by the Squadron Chaplain Reverend Hilary Brunyee.

Many thanks to her parents for attending the ceremony.

June 2014

  • Flying
  • First Aid
  • Communications Exam
  • Air Tattoo
  • Annual Camp
  • Wing Activity Weekend
  • Bag Pack
  • D of E Expeditions

Flying Detail   RAF Woodvale

Sunday 6th July

Despite all the lovely weather that we had leading up to this weekend, the wind speed let us down again and we had to cancel 13 flying spaces.

Very frustrating but safety comes first!

Youth First Aid & Heartstart Course

Tuesday 8th - Wednesday 9th July

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) ran the course, which started at 4pm after school and ran until 10pm on both days, as this is a twelve hour course.

During the course the cadets take part in a series of practical sessions, work books and observe power point and DVD presentations.

The cadets then complete a practical exam which involves CPR, recovery position and a stressful scenario which, involves controlling a bleeding wound.

Well done to Cadets Bradley Atherton, James Crittenden, Amber Glennie and Matthew Morris on passing the exam.

Satellite Communications Exam

Wednesday 9th July

Eleven Cadets took their Satellite Communications Exam this evening. I can proudly say that all passed.

Well done for all your efforts.

Royal International Air Tattoo   RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire

Thursday 10th - Tuesday 15th July

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) were accompanied by Corporals Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Oliver Cannon, Grace Leather and Lewis Swinglehurst.

The cadets were split into flights, that were named after different aircraft and then they were allocated various tasks during show days.
Tasks are very varied and include duties from cleaning up the huge ATC camp site, preparing 5,000 packed lunches, VIP duties with Senior Tattoo Organisers and the Royal Family and patrolling the crowd line, so that members of the public don’t get through to the runway.

Cadets helped to serve refreshments to pilots of visiting Air Forces from Italy, France, Switzerland, Jordan and Poland. They also help to guide members of the public through the many show case areas.
Foreign Object Damage (FOD PLOD) is a big task to keep the airfield safe for the aircraft, especially after so many visitors (150,000 each day) have visited.

Several of our cadets got to work with the RAF Red Arrows this year. They met the pilot of the new F-35 Lightning II and saw the new Airbus A400M currently planned to replace the Hercules.

The event is organised by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and donates a proportion of it’s money to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). They could not do it without us and this year the ACO, had 1,000 cadets and staff at it’s peak on show days.

We will bid for places again next year as long as we have escorting staff.

Annual Camp   RAF Brize Norton

Saturday 12th - Saturday 19th July

Cadets Jakub Amin, Bradley Atherton and Daniel Crowther were selected to attend this week of summer camp. Activities included leadership exercises, station visits, sports, swimming and shooting.

It was the first camp for Bradley and Daniel and they enjoyed the experience very much.

Wing Training & Activity Weekend   Swynnerton, Staffordshire

Friday 18th - Tuesday 22nd July

A training weekend took place on the Saturday and Sunday, followed by further training courses and activities on Monday and Tuesday.

Method of Instruction Course

Sergeant Rebecca Simcock was awarded with her yellow lanyard.

Initial Cadet Training Course

Cadets Alex Lambley and William Scowcroft

British Canoe Union l Start Award

Cadet Jamie Johnson-Lee

Weapon Handling Test

Cadets Alex Lambley and Cadet Lewis Parsons

Well done to all.

Most of the cadets then went on to do a series of activities which included mountain biking, canoeing, obstacle course, field-craft, weapon training and first aid.

Over the same weekend, Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC) undertook their QUAD Range Conducting Officers (RCO) practical and theory tests.
RCO’s are assessed every year but every four years a full and deeper assessment takes place.

Pleasingly both passed and we would like to thank the Wing Shooting Officer, Flight Lieutenant Lee Moore and North Region Small Arms Training Team Assessor, Sergeant Chris Wimbury for facilitating the opportunity.

Bag Pack Fundraiser   Leigh Asda

Saturday 26th July

Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Morrell, Flight Sergeant Tom Scowcroft, Sergeant Rebecca Simcock, Corporals Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Adam Holland, Grace Leather and Lewis Swinglehurst, who attended today to help raise funds, were all an absolute credit to us, very polite and professional.

Thank you to the staff, Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC) and Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby who supported this event today.

It has to be said that whilst these cadets were wonderful, there were not enough of them. It was complicated by the fact, that we had so many cadets on holiday and we had the expedition on.

The money from Leigh Asda has been passed to members of the Civilian Committee to sort and count. We will let you have the result as soon as we know it.

The day was offered to us by Sergeant Ava Joyce’s mum Dierdrie.

A big thank you to all the Staff at Asda.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Expeditions   South Lancashire Moors

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th July

The weather was hot on Saturday, then rained through the night when we were tucked up in our tents. With a cool breeze and some clouds, it was perfect for walking on Sunday.

Cadets Oliver Cannon and Harry Powell qualified for their Bronze Expedition, along with four cadets from 430 (Droylsden) Squadron.

Cadets Daniel Crowther, Alex Lambley, Matthew Morris and William Scowcroft finished their Bronze Practice Expedition.
It is not easy the first time (nor is it easy the second or subsequent times) but the first is always the hardest. Well done to them.

Thanks to the staff, Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC), Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC), Civilian Instructor Mr Steve Everett and from 430 Squadron, Pilot Officer Matt Coakley who are always wonderful in their commitment.

July 2014

  • Commemorative Service
  • Examination Update
  • D of E Expeditions
  • Annual Camp

World War l Commemorative Service   Manchester Cathedral

Sunday 3rd August

All the Squadrons from Greater Manchester Wing were invited to attend the Commemorative Service at Manchester Cathedral.

Several cadets along with Cadet Oliver Cannon who carried the Squadron Banner, were in attendance.

Examination Update

Friday 22nd August

Congratulation to Cadet Adam Holland on passing his Leading Cadet Exam.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August

Well done to Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Adam Holland, Grace Leather, Jonathon Schofield and Lewis Swinglehurst.

They walked from Egerton to Holcombe Moor and then on towards Ashworth Valley in Heywood and then along the moors to Bury.

Thanks to Pilot Officer Simon Doherty from 317 (Failsworth) Squadron, for helping assess the groups.

Thanks also to the Squadron Staff who supported the weekend. Without them activities like this would just not happen.

RAF Henlow Annual Camp

Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th August

Cadets Alex Lambley and William Scowcroft attended the week of RAF activities, which included visits to RAF working sections and attractions in the local area.

They took part in sport, leadership exercises, a drill competition and shooting.

August 2014

  • RAF Careers
  • New Cadet Intake
  • Mountain Leader Training
  • Committee Meeting
  • Swimming
  • Long Range Shooting
  • D of E Award Update
  • Examination Updates
  • Promotion

RAF Careers Leadership Competition

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th September

Well done to Sergeant Callum Wilson, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Cadets Oliver Cannon, Grace Leather, Lewis Parsons and Harry Powell who attended the Leadership Competition that was held at Swynnerton.

Each individual had to lead a challenging task, using the correct leadership training and techniques.

The group came 16th overall in the leadership element but came joint 2nd in the Venture Trophy, which is allocated to the group that worked well together.

They also came 3rd in the Clay Target Shooting Competition, with Sgt Wilson and Cadet Powell gaining highest scores.

New Cadet Intake

Wednesday 3rd

Welcome to our new cadets who joined recently and who are continuing to join during the month.

There are some excited youngsters who are not yet 13 but who have been granted permission to join, as part of the new Year 8 campaign.
This allows any young person who goes into Year 8, to be able to join with their friends and peers who are 13.

We look forward to you enjoying our busy squadron and making the most out of your membership with us. You will have some lasting friendships!

Mountain Leader Training

Saturday 6th - Friday 12th September

Civilian Instructor Mr James MacDonald has attended the first part of his Mountain Leadership Training, at the Air Cadet Training Centre in the Lake District. He had a fantastic week and learnt so much.

He is looking forward to qualifying for his actual Mountain Leaders Award and hopefully next year, he can start taking the fitter cadets up some mountains!

Civilian Welfare Committee Meeting

Wednesday 10th September

Thank you to those parents and guardians who supported the meeting this evening. As usual there was lots discussed and minutes are available to members.

Swimming   Westhoughton Pool

Saturday 13th September

Thank you to all those cadets who attended today. They all managed to complete several lengths of timed events, which helped us pick our team for next weeks competition.

Congratulations to the following cadets who gained their swimming awards.

Basic Swimming Award

Cadet Dean Lake

Intermediate Swimming Award

Cadet Grace Leather

Advanced Swimming Award

Cadets Daniel Crowther and Harry Powell

The Inter-Flight Swimming Competition was won by ‘A’ Flight

All the cadets then took part on the new water inflatable purchased by Westhoughton Pool. We were the first group to use it and they all had great fun.

Wing Swimming Competition, Macclesfield Pool

Saturday 20th September

Well done to Cadet Daniel Crowther who gained three medals in the Junior Boys events.
He gained a Bronze Medal in the Backstroke , a Silver Medal in the Butterfly and a Silver Medal in the 4 Lengths Individual Medley.

Cadet Harry Powell gained a Silver Medal in the Senior Boys Butterfly and narrowly missed out on a medal by coming 4th in the Freestyle and 5th in the Individual Medley.

Corporal Katie Morrell came 5th in the Junior Girls Freestyle event and 7th in the Breaststroke.

Cadets Jamie Johnson-Lee and Dean Lake also attended to support the Junior Boys events.

Overall the Junior Boys achieved 2nd place in the Competition and the Senior Boys came 3rd.

Cadets Daniel Crowther and Harry Powell have been selected to represent Greater Manchester Wing at the North Regional Competition on Saturday 4th October.

Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) and Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby who gave up another Saturday night, to support the event and encouraged the cadets to do well.

Long Range Shooting   Holcombe Moor Training Camp

Sunday 14th September

A course was being held for Long Range Conducting Officers, by the North Regional Training Team. To aid them in training, they needed cadets to fire the weapons.

Thanks to Corporals Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Jakub Amin, Alex Lambley and Tom McNicholas along with Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell who supported the event.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Update Night

Friday 19th September

A busy night of uploading D of E information, for all those cadets who have registered for the scheme.

Our Squadron Chaplain Reverend Hilary Brunyee had an informative session with all our new cadets.

Examination Update

Friday 19th September

Congratulations to Corporal Abbie Gregson who finished her Senior Cadet exam and Sergeant Marcus Caldwell who finished his Master Air Cadet exam this evening.

This completes the academic syllabus for Sergeant Caldwell, who will also now be able to claim his BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies.

Update Meeting   Wing Headquarters

Wednesday 24th September

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell attended this latest update in order to prepare cadet nominations, for the new courses being offered by the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Office (CVQO).

The new plan is to offer the Diploma in Music for Practical Performance and the New BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. This is replacing the Diploma in Public Services which colleges are continuing to offer.

Those cadets who are now 16 and have just gone into 6th form or college, are eligible to apply for the courses which are free. They will require some extra-curricula work, that we will make time for on the squadron.

Examination Update

Friday 26th September

Sergeant Callum Wilson finished his academic syllabus this evening by passing his last exam for his Master Air Cadet.

Such is the extent of this achievement that cadets can apply, for a BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies which will support any good CV.


Wednesday 24th September

Congratulations to Flight Sergeant Mike Daley (ATC) who has been promoted to the rank of Adult Warrant Officer. His promotion was received in front of the cadets.

Congratulations to Cadet Grace Leather who was promoted to Cadet Corporal after a successful application.

September 2014

  • Bag Pack
  • Regional Swimming
  • D of E Expedition
  • Parents Evening
  • Wing Training
  • Committee Meeting
  • First Aid
  • Halloween

Bag Pack   ASDA Swinton

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October

Thanks to all the cadets and staff who supported this busy weekend.
What a marvellous response we had!

The tills and shopping area were manned all day and as a result we raised £1178.81 on the Saturday and £865.35 on the Sunday.

This raised a grand total of £2044.06

Our thanks go to the store manager, Maxine for her kind permission to bag pack, following a request from Kyle Redwood, one of our parents.

Our thanks also to the customers who shopped there that weekend, your generosity was outstanding.

North Regional Swimming Competition   Huddersfield

Saturday 4th October

Congratulations to Cadets Daniel Crowther and Harry Powell who represented Greater Manchester Wing today.

Danny came home with two Silver Medals and Harry came home with two Bronze Medals.

Well done to you both.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th October

This was the final expedition of the year, as the season draws to a close.

There was some challenging moments but well done to Cadets Daniel Crowther, Alex Lambley, Matthew Morris and William Scowcroft.

Thanks to all the staff, especially Civilian Instructors Mr Steve Everett and Mr James MacDonald.

New Cadets Parents Evening

Wednesday 15th October

Thank you to all the parents who attended this evening. There was a lot to take in but I am sure that you are now, more updated about what we do.

If you have any queries from the evening then please contact the squadron.

Wing Training Weekend   Swynnerton

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th October

Greater Manchester Wing has designed a series of courses that aim to develop and progress the cadets, as they transition the organisation through their years.

Several cadets bid for Wing Course places which were very oversubscribed. As a result some cadets, went onto courses that were their second or third choice.
This did not dampen their spirits and were delighted that they got stuck in, to their courses with much enthusiasm.

Congratulations to the following cadets who passed their courses and can now progress onto the next level, in due course if they choose.

Junior NCO Course

Corporals Katie Morrell and Thomas Rowley

Basic Standards Course

Corporals Jacob Beaver and Grace Leather

Initial Cadet Training Course

Cadets Harry Powell and Lewis Swinglehurst

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) also attended the weekend to help to run the Activity First Aid Course.
Well done to Sergeant Joyce who trained for much of the weekend, with Flight Lieutenant Morrell who helped assess the Course along with other staff from the Wing.

Civilian Welfare Committee Meeting

Wednesday 22nd October

Thank you to those parents and guardians who attended the meeting this evening. We discussed the ongoing fundraising ideas for a squadron bus and equipment.

National First Aid Competition   RAF Cranwell

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th October

Well done to Sergeant Ava Joyce (ATC) and Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Morrell who attended the competition.

They had a very difficult scenario and felt that they had not done their best on the day.
They came 5th overall in the Young Adult section. Although they were disappointed, they are to be congratulated on their commitment.
They not only represented the Squadron and Greater Manchester Wing but also North Region and were the only team entered from the region.

Regional blues will be on the way to them.

Halloween Fancy Dress

Wednesday 29th October

Thanks to all the cadets who made an effort to decorate the squadron and dress up in spooky and freaky outfits.
We enjoyed pasties and some cadets had black peas for the first time ever!
Entertainment in the form of wrap up the mummy and the apple bobbing was enjoyed by all!

October 2014

  • Remembrance Parade
  • Inter-Flight Drill
  • Children in Need
  • Shooting
  • Activity Weekend

Remembrance Day Parade

Sunday 9th November

What a wonderful turnout from the Squadron and what a great performance from the Squadron Band around the cenotaph. The locals of Little Hulton turned up to support the event on a sunny and fresh morning. It was nice to see former cadets and staff around the cenotaph with us as well.

Inter-Flight Drill Competition

Sunday 9th November

Lunch was prepared by Mrs Dees Joyce at the squadron and we thank her for all her efforts as the cadets prepared for the annual Eric Johnson Inter-Flight Drill Competition.

Congratulations to B flight and Flight Commander Corporal Tom Rowley whose squad won the Eric Johnson Inter-Flight Drill Shield and as a result the Gold medals for the best drill performance.

Well done to A Flight who won the Dress and Deportment Shield for the best uniform inspection.

Congratulations to A Flight Commander Corporal Katie Morrell who won the Drill Commanders Shield for the best NCO.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, family members and family friends came to support the Drill Competition and watch the Squadron Band give a marching drill performance. I know they were impressed.

New Cadets Enrolment Ceremony

Sunday 9th November

Finally we completed the afternoon with the Squadron Chaplain, Reverend Hilary Brunyee enrolling our latest group ofjoin the Squadron.

We welcome Cadets Georgio Adamopoulos, Shannon Bradley, Milli Gold, Harry Jackson-Mallender, Joseph Kay, Dean Lake, Carter Malam and Lewis Topping on their enrolment and wish them a long and happy career with us.

Children in Need

Friday 14th November

Thank you to all those cadets who turned up in ‘onesies’ and fancy dress to support our annual children in need fundraiser.
Thank you to those families who donated goodies for us to sell.

We raised £85 on the night selling sweets and cakes. We still have some special cookies for purchase this week so hopefully we will break the £100 mark.

Shooting   Bury TA Centre

Sunday 23rd November

Some cadets shot well and we will announce any confirmed Marksmanship Badges in due course.

Thank you to Flying Officer Pete Rowan of 1036 (Bury) Squadron who facilitated us the opportunity to go shooting today.

Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley and Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby for giving up their day, when the last day of the Grand Prix was live on BBC!

Activity Weekend   RAF Shawbury

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th November

This was a busy weekend with lots of new cadets attending RAF Shawbury for the first time.
Two days on the range firing .22 and the L98A2, Radio Communication Exercises and Sports Leader’s practical sessions.
Quite a few cadets shot well and it is hoped that Marksmanship Badges will be presented in due course.

This weekend saw the Inter-Flight Shooting Competition which was won overall by B Flight.

The top 3 scorers of the day were:

Corporal Tom Rowley - 75 points (B Flight)

Cadet Lewis Swinglehurst - 65 points (B Flight)

Corporal Katie Morrell - 37 points (A Flight)

The weekend also saw the Inter-Flight Hockey Competition in which B Flight also won.

Thanks to all the staff that supported another weekend and well done to all the cadets who always participated enthusiastically, you were a credit to us.

November 2014

  • First Aid
  • Wing Blues
  • Wing Netball
  • Wing Xmasize
  • Inter-Flight Fancy Dress
  • Senior NCO’s Review

Youth First Aid & Heartstart Course

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December

Ten new cadets; Georgio Adamopoulos, Shannon Bradley, Jacob Farr, Milli Gold, Harry Greenlees, Harry Jackson-Mallender, Joseph Kay, Dean Lake, Carter Malem and Lewis Topping, learnt a great deal from this course and prepared well for their Practical Examination on Wednesday evening.

This consisted of a scenario in which they had to help a distressed casualty with a bleeding injury.
Help to put somebody into the recovery position and perform the strict regime of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.

They will be awarded their Certificates and Badges as soon as they arrive.

Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell trained for two evenings after the cadets finished school at 4pm - 10pm.

Thanks to the assessors Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby, Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Morrell and Flight Sergeant Callum Wilson.

Presentation of Wing Blues

Wednesday 3rd December

Those cadets that were in attendance and who were in uniform this evening were presented with their Wing Blues.

A Wing Blue is a Greater Manchester Wing embroidered badge, given on the first representation with a certificate and flash.
The flash is an embroidered strip of material with the year and the activity.
Those cadets who represent the wing for a second and subsequent occasion are given a certificate and flash.

Athletics and Training Day Wing Blue

Congratulations to Corporal Abbie Gregson and Cadet Jamie Johnson-Lee.

Training Day Wing Blue

Congratulations to Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Morrell, Corporals Jacob Beaver, Grace Leather, Katie Morrell, Tom Rowley, Cadets Oliver Cannon and Lewis Swinglehurst.

Those cadets that were otherwise engaged on the night, will have their Certificates and Badges allocated to them on another occasion.

Wing Netball Competition, Hopwood Hall College, Middleton

Sunday 7th December

Well done to the six girls that entered the competition today. Normally it is a team of 7 so they did well to compete against some of the other squadrons.

Overall results are still to be announced at this time but they won one, drew one and lost…a couple!!

Thanks to Corporals Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Katie Morrell, Cadets Shannon Bradley, Milli Gold and Faye Taylor for giving up a whole day and trying their best.

Thanks also to Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby who gave up the whole of his day to be team manager.

Wing Xmasize

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December

Well done to Cadets Shannon Bradley, Jamie Johnson-Lee and Lewis Topping who survived the cold weekend at Nescliff.

They took part in a variety of activities which included navigation exercises, obstacle course, archery, leadership tasks, shooting and clay target shooting.

Inter-Flight Fancy Dress & Sing Song

Wednesday 17th December

Both flights did extremely well making up their own lyrics to well known tunes and acting out the movements in fancy dress.
A Flight changed the words to Band Aid's, Do They Know It’s Christmas accompanied by an excellent slide show.
B Flight did a rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Congratulations to A Flight as they took the flight points that were available.

Huge thanks to you all for supplying the high quality food for the buffet.

Senior NCO’s Review

Friday 19th December

A night for our senior NCO’s to take the mickey out of us all, according to what has happened during the year. Good effort and very funny in places, thank you.

A surprise finish for the evening as the CO did a slide show on guess the baby or toddler competition much to the horror of many cadets.

A thank you to all those parents who sent in photos for us, it made it worth while.

December 2014