- Annual Inspection
- Sports Leaders Introduction
- Sports Leaders Weekend
- Wing First Aid
Annual Formal Inspection
Friday 8th January
Thank you to all those cadets who supported the evening and spoke openly to Wing Commander Archibald and his Wing Staff Team, consisting of Squadron Leader Rimmer and Warrant Officer Cooper.
I think I can say that they were impressed with our performances over the last 12 months.
We have a wonderful Staff Team and a great Civilian Welfare Committee and I remain grateful for their endless commitment.
We are a very active and vibrant squadron and that reflects on the commitments of all our cadets and their parents and guardians. Thanks to all for your support.
Sports Leaders Introduction Day
Sunday 10th January
New courses started today for different age groups.
The squadron is running:
Level 1 Sports Leaders Award for those under 14
Level 2 Sports Leaders Award for those 14 and under 16
Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award for those 16+
Thanks to all the cadets who joined in enthusiastically and covered an intense day of sports leader’s activities looking today at characters in sports, values and ethics!
Sports Leaders Weekend     RAF Shawbury
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th January
Well done to everybody who organised their games and events this weekend. We got through a lot of activities and evaluations.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley, Civilian Instructors Mr Tom Appleby and Mr Joe Morrell who gave up their weekend.
Wing First Aid Instructors Training Day
Saturday 30th January
The Wing held an update for staff and Instructor cadets, who are eligible to teach the Red Badge Youth First Aid Course and the Heartstart Award.
Two new instructors added to our list are Sergeants Jacob Beaver and Katie Morrell.
Well done to both.
- Careers Convention
- Aerospace Weekend
- Wing Cross Country
- Awards & Achievements
- North Region Bag Pack
Careers Convention     St Mary’s School, Leigh
Thursday 4th February
We are invited each year to the school during this evening to promote the Squadron and our activities.
We have recruited cadets from the school over many years and some cadets are at the school now.
It is always well supported by universities and commerce representatives, with many armed services and public service representatives in attendance.
A great place to make career enquiries.
Thanks to Sergeants Jacob Beaver and Katie Morrell who gave up their evening to support the event.
Aerospace Weekend     Altcar
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th February
A weekend of clay target shooting, orienteering, obstacle course, flight simulator and leadership tasks was enjoyed by all. Although the cold and windy weather did spoil it for some and forced us to miss out on some obstacles on the course.
Thanks to all the cadets who participated enthusiastically.
Thanks to the following staff who gave up their weekend to support the activities.
Flight Lieutenant Liam McGuire, Deputy Wing Shooting Officer for his support with the clay target shooting.
He was so impressed, he has invited some cadets back to try for a place in the Wing Clay Target Shooting Team.
Flying Officer Matt Coakley, 319 (City of Salford) Squadron for his assistance on the obstacle course.
Squadron staff Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Warrant Officer Mike Daley.
Well done to the Senior NCO’s, Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Katie Morrell and Tom Rowley who organised and ran the leadership tasks. You all worked hard making the tasks interesting.
Wing Cross Country Competition
Sunday 14th February
We almost fielded a full team today with exception of Senior Boys, as this event clashed with an opportunity for flying.
Cadets Justin Markland and Daniel Platt
Cadets Caitlin Beckley and Shannon Bradley
Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Tom Rowley and Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst
Sergeant Katie Morrell and Corporal Abbie Gregson
Well done for braving the very cold weather but at least the sun was out!
The boys came 17th in their competition. Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst came 20th from 68 runners and Cadet Justin Markland came 13th from 77.
The girls came 8th in their competition.
An overall result of 9th as a Squadron. Great result.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley and Mrs Deb Gregson who transported the team.
Thanks also to the other parents who volunteered to help with transport, even though we managed on the day.
Flying     RAF Woodvale
Sunday 14th February
Some flying places came up at short notice that clashed with the cross country, so some cadets were torn about what to do.
Those who had their first flight today were Corporal Harry Powell, Cadets Joe Kay and Daniel Murphy.
Unfortunately Cadets Georgio Adamopoulos and Ethan Clarke-Gauld were too small to fly, being unable to wear the survival equipment kit.
Awards and Achievements
Friday 26th February
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Congratulations to Cadet Alex Lambley who has been awarded his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Certificate and Badge.
Well done to Cadets Ethan Clarke-Gauld and Joe Kay who have been awarded their Trumpet Badges, following successful assessment of their playing and marching skills.
North Region Bag Pack     Morrisons, Swinton
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th February
The aim of this weekend was for Air Cadets, North Region to ask support from squadrons to do a weekend of bag packing at many Morrisons stores across the North.
The money raised is to be split with 50% going to the squadron and the other 50% being split by Region and Morrison’s charities.
North Region are fundraising for a special events day, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation.
On Saturday we were supported by Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Katie Morrell, Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Bradley Atherton, Joseph Driscoll, Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Alex Lambley, Thomas Maher, Justin Markland, Bailey McCadden, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping.
We were not expecting to support Sunday so I told the cadets they could have a well-earned day off!
However at the last minute, it was confirmed that Sunday would be available so we frantically tried to get cadets together, as it was too good an opportunity to miss.
On the Sunday morning, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Justin Markland and Daniel Murphy worked for three hours solid without a break.
What wonderful energy they showed.
Help arrived in the afternoon in the form of Sergeant Katie Morrell, Corporals Harry Powell and Abbie Gregson.
We were inundated with compliments about our young people today from the shoppers. I can honestly say I have never heard as many. You were a credit to us and we are so proud of you.
Over the weekend we raised £1097.49p. The shoppers were extremely generous and we thank them for their support.
Thanks to our hosts Morrisons and their staff.
- Wing Training Weekend
- North Region Hockey
Wing Training Weekend
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th March
This was the first Wing Training Weekend that they were unable to run as residential, due to lack of accommodation at our usual places.
It was better to travel each day than to not run the courses altogether.
The following cadets are to be congratulated on their success at passing their courses.
Initial Standards Course
Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Oliver Cannon, Joe Kay and Justin Markland
Junior NCO's Course
Cadet Alex Lambley
Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell was also in attendance this weekend in support of Leadership Training for both courses.
North Region Hockey Competition     Blackburn
Sunday 6th March
Sergeant Katie Morrell and 8 other girls from around Greater Manchester Wing attended the event today, despite not having a full team of 11 with reserves.
The snowy weather nearly put the event in jeopardy on the Saturday but a final pitch inspection was encouraging, as after all their weeks of training they really wanted to play.
They went in strong and confident and the girls played excellently to gain 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. This gave them second place overall and they came home with Silver Medals and Wing Blues.
In addition 6 of the Wing girls including Sergeant Morrell have been selected to attend trials to represent the Region later on in the month. We wish them all good luck.
They were accompanied by Wing Commander Archibald, Squadron Leader Hamilton and Hockey Team Coach, Flight Sergeant Nightingale (ATC).
- New Staff
- Expedition Training
- Committee Meeting
- Easter Camp
- Activity First Aid Course
- Squadron Open Day
- Brigade First Aid
April sees the arrival of a new Civilian Instructor Miss Holly Moreland. She is very excited to get to know us all and take part in all that we do.
Welcome Holly, we hope you enjoy your time with us.
Expedition Training Weekend
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April
Well done to the Gold Expedition Training Group, who spent a day refreshing their navigation skills with Flight Lieutenant Morrell and Civilian Instructor Mr James MacDonald.
They put their tents up in the windiest of winds and spent a damp night under canvas in a very muddy field.
On Saturday the remaining expedition groups arrived, to spend a weekend of learning and refreshing campcraft and navigation skills.
There were many first timers including three cadets from 319 (City of Salford) Squadron.
Thanks to all the staff who supported the weekend and well done to all the cadets who enjoyed the weekend and took part enthusiastically.
Civilian Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th April
Thank you to those parents who turned up for the meeting this evening. It is always good to see new faces on the committee.
Easter Camp     RAF Honnington
Saturday 9th - Saturday 16th April
Cadets Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Bailey McCadden and Justin Markland had a great week at the home of the RAF Regiment.
They took part in visits to RAF sections, drill, leadership tasks, fieldcraft and sports.
Wednesday 13th April
Congratulations to Sergeant Katie Morrell who was promoted to Flight Sergeant and Corporal Grace Leather who was promoted to Sergeant.
Activity First Aid Course
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th April
This Wing open AFA Course took place at Worsley Squadron, along with a Heartstart Course for some of the Padres within the Wing.
Congratulations to Civilian Instructor Miss Holly Moreland and Corporal Abbie Gregson who passed their Green Badge Course this weekend.
Also thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell who played an excellent casualty in the scenario.
We also need to mention Sergeant Grace Leather, Cadets Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay and Thomas Maher who took part in the assessments, to prepare them for a First Aid competition at the end of April.
Well done to all.
Recruiting     Walkden Ellesmere Centre
Saturday 23rd April
Thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Cadets Joe Kay, Thomas Maher and Daniel Platt who gave up their day, to encourage other young people to consider joining the Squadron.
Squadron Open Day
Sunday 24th April
Thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Grace Leather, Corporals Abbie Gregson, Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay and Thomas Maher, who supported todays open day and who assisted to show new people around the squadron.
Brigade First Aid Competition     Holcombe Moor Training Camp
Saturday 30th April
Greater Manchester Wing ATC, the local Sea Cadets and Marine Cadets, were invited to take part in the Regional Competition of the Army Cadet Force.
We sent a team along to compete against cadets from Isle of Man, Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Our Young Adult Team consisted of Sergeant Grace Leather and Corporal Abbie Gregson who came 4th on the day, well done to them.
Our Cadet Team lead by Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell with Cadets Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay and Thomas Maher came an excellent 3rd on the day.
- D of E Expedition
- Annual Presentation
- Radio Communication
- Wing Training Weekend
- Wing Athletics
- Wing Skills Week
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition     Egerton to Darwen
Sunday 1st - Monday 2nd May
With snow, hail and heavy rain on the Saturday, this weekend was in jeopardy for Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and we were unsure if it would go ahead.
Nonetheless we turned up to see what the conditions were like and we were lucky. There was low cloud all day Sunday, which was bearable with good kit and both groups did well.
Their campcraft and cooking skills up at Brocklehead Farm were excellent and the weather was kind that evening.
On the Monday after a heavy downpour, the sun came out at lunch time and it was glorious. A great end to the weekend.
Well done to all the cadets who had a good walking pace.
Cadets Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Jacob Farr, Joe Kay, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping, are now close to finishing their Bronze Awards.
Also well done to Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Joe Driscoll, Seb Foy and Justin Markland with two cadets from 319 (City of Salford) Squadron, Corporal Noe Ignatowicz and Cadet Liam Cole, who were on a Bronze Practice, you also did very well.
Friday 6th May
Thank you to Glynis Horton of SSAFA and her guest Marion, who presented the awards through-out the evening. She did a great job and was bursting with pride in support of you all.
Glynis has also personally donated £240 to the Squadron for the purchase of five excellent rucksacks, that can be used to sponsor cadets through their D of E.
Thanks for that Glin!
Whilst there were so many outstanding elements to the evening, a summary of awards are as follows.
Cadet of the Year
Cadet Joe Kay
Junior Cadet of the Year
Cadet Shannon Bradley
Sports Cadet of the Year
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell
As usual the cadets were exemplary in their support for each award and we congratulate you all for everything that you have gained and achieved.
We have some outstanding young people.
I am sure you want to thank our wonderful staff team without whom many of the activities and events would not take place.
They give up such valuable time away from their families and partners and sometimes I think this is forgotten.
They are all unpaid volunteers who give up every Wednesday and Friday and many weekends.
Thank you again.
Thank you to all our parents, guardians, families and friends who supported this evening. We had a great night.
Your commitment to our young people is second to none.
Thanks to Ritchie, a great DJ who entertained us for the evening and the Royal British Legion Boothstown who always welcome us enthusiastically.
Thanks again for a great night. We look forward to another great year.
Radio Communication Training Day
Sunday 8th May
Following on from recent training sessions Cadets Bradley Atherton, Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay, Alex Lambley, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping with two cadets from 319 (City of Salford) Squadron, Corporal Noe Ignatowicz and Cadet Liam Cole, had a great day completing modules for their Comms Badges.
They took part in extensive theoretical and practical training day including practical assessments on the radio.
One final session next week should see them finish the course.
Wing Training Weekend     Swynnerton
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th May
Well done to the following cadets who passed their courses over this residential weekend.
Initial Cadet Training Course
Cadets Jacob Farr and Seb Foy
Initial Standards Course
Cadet Daniel Murphy
Junior NCO Course
Cadet Lewis Topping
Wing Athletics Competition     Radclyffe Arena, Oldham
Sunday 22nd May
Sadly, we were unable to field any Intermediate and Senior Boys Teams due to other commitments.
However those cadets who did represent the Squadron did a great job.
Junior Boys Team
Cadets Seb Foy, Justin Markland, Daniel Murphy and Daniel Platt A great effort.
Congratulations to Daniel Murphy who won Gold Medals in 100m, 400m and long jump and will go on to represent Greater Manchester Wing on Sunday 5th June.
Junior Girls Team
Cadet Caitlin Beckley
Senior Girls Team
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Grace Leather and Cadet Shannon Bradley came 5th in their events overall.
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell won a Bronze Medal in the 800m.
Sergeant Grace Leather won a Gold Medal in the Shot Putt. She too will be invited to represent the Wing in the Regional Competition.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley, Civilian Instructors Miss Holly Moreland and Mr Joe Morrell who gave up their Sunday.
Wing Skills Week     Holcombe Moor, Hawkshaw
Friday 27th May - Friday 3rd June
Over 150 cadets from Greater Manchester Wing enjoyed a week of activities including mountain biking, canoeing, field-craft, arms drill, shooting and weapon training, sailing, clay target shooting, obstacle course and sports.
Cadets Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Jacob Farr and Joe Kay had a great week.
Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell attended mid-week to help support the shooting on the long ranges.
No 8 Shooting     Bury TA Centre
Sunday 29th May
Congratulations to Cadets Shannon Bradley and Lewis Topping who gained their Squadron Marksmanship Badges.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenants Matt Coakley, Samantha Morrell and Warrant Officer Mike Daley, who gave up their day to support cadets in shooting the .22 rifle.
- SSAFA Bag Pack
- Region & National Athletics
- First Aid Weekend
- RAF Cosford Air Show
- Civilian Committee - AGM
- Community Fun Day
- Wing Five-a-Side
- Communication Badges
SSAFA Bag Pack     Swinton Asda
Saturday 4th June
Thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Jacob beaver, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Ethan Clarke-Gauld, James Downey, Jacob Farr, Joe Kay, Harry Greenlees, Daniel Murphy, Daniel Platt and Lewis Topping, who kindly gave up another day, to bag pack on behalf of Salford SSAFA.
For our efforts SSAFA offer us half of what we collect, so we have recently received a cheque for £373.32.
North Region Athletics Competition     Middlesbrough Sports Village
Sunday 5th June
Cadet Daniel Murphy represented Greater Manchester Wing, in the events that he won during the Wing Competition.
He won Gold Medals in all three of his events, namely 100m, 400m and long jump. He also gained Silver Medals as part of the Wing Relay Team in the in the 100m & 400m relay.
He will go on to represent North Region in the National Competition on 25th June at RAF Cosford and we wish him all the best in that.
National Athletics Championships     RAF Cosford
Saturday 25th June
Cadet Daniel Murphy earned his Regional Blue today as he represented the team in his 100m, 400m and long jump.
Whilst he did not medal in the 100m and long jump he won gold in the 400m.
That makes him the fastest 400m runner in the Air Cadets.
He also gained a Gold Medal as part of the Regional Relay Team in the 400m relay.
We are all proud of his remarkable achievement, well done.
First Aid Weekend     Wing HQ
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June
The Wing First Aid Training Team, in which Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell is a trainer/assessor, offered an opportunity to run several Activity First Aid Courses and Youth First Aid Courses.
Well done to Cadet Lewis Topping, who was offered a place and passed his assessment gaining his Green Badge.
RAF Cosford Air Show
Sunday 19th June
For £5, cadets were offered the opportunity to gain entry into what is normally a great air show with coach travel included.
Those who took advantage were Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Shannon Bradley, Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Joe Kay, Justin Markland and Daniel Murphy.
We had a good day, with the red arrows finishing right on 3pm when the rain came down and put a soggy end to the day.
As we walked back to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Hangar, we were delighted to see close up the Air Commandant, Air Commodore McCafferty and Honorary Group Captain & Ambassador of the ATC, Carol Vordeman.
Civilian Welfare Committee     Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 22nd June
Thanks to the parents who managed to attend the meeting and to those who sent apologies.
The Wing Representative, Mrs Alison Harvey, was very pleased with what she saw and the following members were re-elected in the following posts.
Mrs Deirdre Joyce
Mr Ged Bithell
Mrs Deborah Gregson
Harrop-Fold School Community Fun Day
Saturday 25th June
Thanks to Civilian Instructors Miss Holly Moreland and Mr Steve Everett along with Cadets Joe Kay, Thomas Maher and Daniel Platt who volunteered to run the recruiting opportunity at this well supported community event.
Sadly, the weather got the better of the day with the wind and rain spoiling the fun.
Wing Five-a-Side Competition     Soccer Factory, Rochdale
Sunday 26th June
We had all four teams enter today thanks to the following cadets who gave up their day.
Cadets Ethan Clarke-Gauld, James Downey, Joe Kay, Justin Markland, Alex Morris, Daniel Murphy, Daniel Platt and Tyler Stott
Cadets Harry Greenlees, Hubert Kasinski and Alex Lambley
Supported by cadets from 1804 (Four Heatons) and 2468 (Bellevue) Squadrons.
Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Corporals Harry Powell, Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets William Scowcroft and Lewis Topping
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Grace Leather, Corporal Abbie Gregson, Cadets Caitlin Beckley and Shannon Bradley
Boys and Girls Team combined gave the Squadron 4th overall.
Thanks to those parents and guardians who gave lifts to Rochdale, it was much appreciated.
- SSAFA Bag Pack
- D of E Expeditions
- RAF Odiham Summer Camp
- Gold D of E Expedition
- ATC 75th Anniversary
SSAFA Bag Pack     Swinton Asda
Sunday 10th July
Thanks once again to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Seb Foy, Joe Kay, Thomas Maher, Justin Markland, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping, who have given up several full days this year to support the fundraiser.
We raised £493 which was good for a quiet Sunday.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and the staff from Salford SSAFA, Glin and Marion, who supervised many of the same cadets who always turn up for the bag pack.
Thanks to the generous shoppers of Swinton for supporting the cause.
Bronze D of E Expeditions     South Lancashire Moors
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th July
Well done to Cadets Caitlin Beckley, James Downey, Seb Foy, Harry Greenlees, Thomas Maher, Justin Markland, Daniel Platt along with Corporal Liam Cole and Cadet Ben Reeves from 319 (City of Salford) Squadron, this weekend’s walkers for a good effort in attempting your award.
Thanks to all the staff and Senior NCO’s who supported this weekend Flight Lieutenants Matt Coakley, Samantha Morrell, Civilian Instructors Mr Steve Everett, Mr James MacDonald and Cadet Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell.
Thanks to Squadron Leader Kev Dolan, Cumbria and Lancashire Wing D of E Officer who assessed Civilian Instructor Mr James MacDonald for his Expedition Supervisors Award.
This is needed by all qualified staff to support D of E groups on expeditions.
RAF Odiham Summer Camp     Hampshire
Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th July
Cadets Seb Foy, Justin Markland, Daniel Murphy, Daniel Platt and Lewis Topping attended annual camp, which consisted of visits to sections of RAF Odiham, to see how the RAF works on operations.
All got a flight in the Chinook helicopter and some of those big enough got a flight in a Tutor.
Gold D of E Practice Expedition     Lake District
Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th July
Well done to the Gold Group, Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Grace Leather, Corporals Abbie Gregson and Lewis Swinglehurst, who have finally completed their long awaited Gold Practice Expedition in the Lake District.
They trekked through mountainous terrain from Coniston, Eskdale, Wastwater to Buttermere
They were supervised by our Mountain Leader, Civilian Instructor Mr James MacDonald and supported by Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley and Civilian Instructor Mr Tom Appleby
They did really well navigating through arduous and sometimes steep terrain. Congratulations to you all, you did really well.
ATC 75th Anniversary Torch Relay
Saturday 30th July
The 75th Anniversary Torch has been travelling around the country and it was the turn of Greater Manchester Wing, over weekend of the 30th - 31st July, to carry on the relay.
The plan was for cadets to cycle each leg with the torch, in support of the event with Wing Commander Archibald cycling all the way.
On the Saturday, 1099 greeted the torch as it travelled to many of the local squadrons.
The cadets made a banner which was liked by the Air Commandant who tweeted us!
Thanks to Civilian Instructor Mr Joe Morrell, Cadet Sergeant Harry Powell and Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst who supported the event at 1099 Headquarters.
Unfortunately, it was running very late so it skipped us and went straight to 319 (City of Salford) Squadron.
Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Warrant Officer Mike Daley, Cadet Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Shannon Bradley and Thomas Maher travelled to Salford Squadron to greet it.
We took some great photos and each held the torch.
Sergeant Jacob Beaver and Cadet Caitlin Beckley cycled the Salford Leg to Manchester United Football ground with the rest of the Wing Team
Well done to everybody who came and supported. It was a memorable event.
- Overseas Camps
- Parachute Course
- ATC 75th Anniversary Parade
- SSAFA Bag Pack
- National Aerospace Camp
- Wing PGL Activity Weekend
- Cold War Jet’s Day
Overseas Camp     RAF Troodos, Cyprus
Wednesday 3rd - Friday 12th August
Corporal Abbie Gregson flew to Cyprus for a week of sunny activities which included sub-aqua.
This week also counted towards her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Residential section.
This week has many aims as mentioned on the D of E website, you had a great course report, well done.
Overseas Camp     Ramstein, Germany
Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 14th August
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell travelled to Manston in Kent on for an overnight stay to catch the ferry to travel to Germany.
Ramstein camp is ran by the United States Air Force and many activities were based around USAF.
They also had the privilege of visiting the German Luftwaffe.
Sunday 7th - Saturday 13th August
Sergeant Grace Leather and Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst were lucky enough to both get selected to do the parachute course at RAF Weston-on-the Green, Bicester.
Sadly, the great British weather was pretty rubbish this week. Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst went up into the air only to fly back down again, as it was too windy to jump and that remained so for the rest of the week.
Sergeant Grace Leather however, was in the air at the right time and managed to get her parachute jump done.
It was the best (but scariest) thing that she has ever done.
This week also counted towards Sergeant Leather’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Residential section.
ATC 75th Anniversary Parade     RAF College Cranwell
Saturday 13th August
On the way back from the parachute course, Sergeant Grace Leather and Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst, along with other cadets from Greater Manchester Wing, visited RAF College Cranwell to watch the 75th Anniversary Parade and Musical Extravaganza.
Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty along with Honorary Group Captain & Ambassador of the ATC, Carol Vordeman was in attendance.
The Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the parade and there was a grand finale of fireworks.
A great experience for our young representatives on what was the end of a very long week.
SSAFA Bag Pack     Morrisons, Swinton
Sunday 14th August
Thank you once again to Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Cadets Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay and Lewis Topping who gave up another full day to support the bag pack.
Other cadets who did varying hours were Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell as she travelled back from Germany, Corporal Abbie Gregson just back from Cyprus, Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst shattered from his parachute course and Cadets Thomas Ashworth and James Downey.
Their commitment to SSAFA and the Squadron is great, many thanks.
We raised £586.52 of which the Squadron received half.
Wednesday 17th August
Congratulations to Corporal Abbie Gregson who was promoted to sergeant this evening.
National Aerospace Camp     RAF Systerton, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 20th - Saturday 27th August
Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst was selected to attend a week of STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These are foundations of the industrial and corporate world and much emphasis and funding is being directed in UK schools and colleges at this time. There are some great activities and plans for STEM, take advantage if you can.
Well done to Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst receiving a good course report.
This week also counted towards his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Residential section.
Flying     RAF Woodvale
Sunday 21st August
The great British weather continued to plague us this summer and today nine cadets attended flying and only one cadet got into the air, Sergeant Abbie Gregson.
Many cadets got to visit Air Traffic Control and had a go on the flight simulator.
Tuesday 23rd August
Returning on the Tuesday to better weather, six cadets; Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Jacob beaver, Cadets Shannon Bradley, Joe Kay, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping got into the air.
Thanks to 10 AEF for some great flying opportunities.
Each of the cadets had different requests based on their past experiences.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell who attended flying on both days.
Wing PGL Activity Weekend     Caythorpe, Lincolnshire
Friday 26th - Monday 29th August
Cadets Thomas Ashworth, Caitlin Beckley, Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Justin Markland, Daniel Murphy and Daniel Platt, had a busy weekend of fun activities which included abseiling, quad biking, raft building, shooting, Jacob’s ladder and orienteering.
This weekend was part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations and included other cadets from around the Wing.
Cold War Jet’s Day     Bruntingthorpe Airfield
Sunday 28th August
Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Civilian Instuctor Miss Holly Moreland, Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Cadets Bradley Atherton, Seb Foy and Joe Kay, travelled to Leicestershire with other cadets and staff from around the Wing.
The event was to raise money for the airfield to keep the jets active and running.
Whilst many of the aircraft are no longer allowed to get airborne, we did see all of them fast track down the runway.
It was a busy day for aviation enthusiasts who saw Bucanneers, Lightening, Victor, Hunter, Canberra’s, Nimrod and the Jet Provosts at full speed.
Thanks to Pilot Officer Jed Ingham of 1036 (Bury) Squadron for organising.
- Swimming Awards
- BASIC Course
- Wing Field Day
- Committee Meeting
- Wing Swimming
- Local Expeditions
- Gold D of E Expedition
Swimming Awards     Westhoughton Pool
Sunday 4th September
Thanks to all the cadets who turned up to represent their flight for the Inter-Flight Swimming Competition.
It allowed us to pick the team to represent the Squadron in the forthcoming Wing Swimming Competition.
It also allowed some cadets to qualify for their first swimming awards and allowed other cadets to extend their awards to the next level.
Intermediate Swimming Award
Cadets James Downey, Seb Foy and Alex Morris
Advanced Swimming Award
Cadet Thomas Maher
BASIC Course     Wing Headquarters
Saturday 10th September
Any new staff and cadets who are turning 18 years old, are required to attend a day course ran by Wing Headquarters.
This covers important matters with regards to adults and cadets in the ATC.
In attendance were Sergeants Jacob Beaver and Abbie Gregson.
Wing Field Day     Hopwood Hall, Middleton
Sunday 11th September
This event was previously held in April but due to North Regional logistics was swapped, this year to September.
Like many squadrons we struggled to perform at our best, as many cadets were away on holiday or at camps. This meant that we struggled to get teams together on a regular basis through-out the summer. Nonetheless we had a great day.
Aircraft Modelling - 18th
Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Cadets Alex Lambley and Daniel Murphy.
Aircraft Recognition (Over 16) - 16th
Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Bradley Atherton and Alex Lambley
Aircraft Recognition (Under 16) - 14th
Cadets Joe Kay, Justin Markland and Daniel Murphy.
Banner Drill - 7th
Sergeant Harry Powell our banner bearer, Sergeant Jacob Beaver, Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Joe Kay and Lewis Topping.
Drill - 7th
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell who lead the Drill Squad for the first time.
First Aid - 7th
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell in the solo competition, Sergeant Abbie Gregson, Cadets Caitlin Beckley and Shannon Bradley the team scenario members.
Media - 7th
These fantastic results made us 8th overall for the day.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Civilian Instructors Mr Steve Everett and Miss Holly Moreland for supporting the day and transporting the cadets.
Civilian Welfare Committee Meeting
Wednesday 14th September
Thanks to those new parents and guardians who attended the meeting this evening. Any parent or guardian is welcome to attend to discuss ideas for fundraising and how to support the Squadron for forthcoming events.
Wing Swimming Competition
Saturday 17th September
What a fabulous night in the pool. 9 Medals between 6 cadets.
Well done to Cadet Thomas Maher who gained Junior Boys Gold medals in Breast Stroke and Individual Medley and a Silver Medal in his Butterfly.
Well done to Sergeant Harry Powell gained a Silver Medal in the Senior Boys 100m Freestyle and a Bronze Medal in the Butterfly.
Sergeant Powell and Cadet Maher went on to gain Bronze medals in the Boys Open Relay, supported by Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst and Cadet James Downey.
Well done to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell and Sergeant Abbie Gregson who were just pipped to medals but brought the Senior Girls home in 4th position overall between them.
Thanks also to Cadet Shannon Bradley who represented the Junior Girls.
Thanks to Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell and Civilian Instructor Miss Holly Moreland who transported the cadets.
Cadet Maher will go on to represent Greater Manchester Wing in the North Regional Competition in October.
Junior Boys - 2nd
Senior Boys - 4th
Senior Girls - 4th
Team combined score gave the Squadron 3rd overall.
Local Expedition     South Lancashire Moors
Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th September
Congratulations to the following cadets, Cadets Caitlin Beckley and Seb Foy with Sergeant Noe Ignatowicz and Cadet Ben Reeves of 319 (City of Salford) Squadron, who completed the weekend and finished off their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards.
Cadets Bradley Atherton, Shannon Bradley, Ethan Clarke-Gauld, Joe Kay, Justin Markland and Lewis Topping, were out this weekend practicing their navigation and team working skills towards their next level.
Thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell who supported the groups along with staff who gave up another weekend.
Gold Qualifying Expedition     Lochaber, Scotland
Wednesday 28th September - Monday 3rd October
At last, the time had come. Four days authorised leave from college. Five eager cadets, Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Jacob Beaver, Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather and Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst travelled through Fort William.
Accompanied by Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell, Civilian Instructor Mr Joe Morrell and our Mountain Leader Civilian Instructor Mr James MacDonald.
Staying at a bunk house in Roybridge for the first night and to meet the assessor, Mr Doug Little.
The weather through the highlands was challenging for driving, going through a storm along the route. Hopes that it would not spoil the start of the expedition.
The storm was still in place but was expected to pass by about 10am. Delaying the start to facilitate this, the group got going having an amazing day.
Each determined to take photographs and evidence for the project aims and objectives. Hydro-electric power scheme, history of the lochs, the landscape and wildlife to name but a few.
The first night was a wild camp and settled in nicely and enjoyed the experience.
This was a long walk up to Corrour, the group passing amazing scenery and deer.
Camping at nearby Loch Ossian and grateful to the Scottish YHA for allowing the use of the toilet.
This was the trickiest section, through undulating terrain, boggy from the previous days storm.
The final bothy landmark appeared eventually, leaving a descent to the campsite at Killichonate.
Tired but energised for the last stretch, a trek out of the Glen up towards the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, a popular tourist attraction and a fitting finish.
Mr Doug Little, the assessor was delighted with the group's progress, dedication, commitment and determination through-out their expedition.
After a hot shower and a change of clothes the group were taken to other popular tourist attractions.
Neptune’s staircase on the Caledonian Canal and the viaduct that appears in Harry Potter, which was over in Glen Finnan.
Today was gloriously hot, ice creams and shorts by the canal.
Well done, a fitting end to achieving your GOLD Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Regional Swimming
- RAFA Bag Pack
- Wing Training Weekend
- RAF Outreach
- Staff Training
Regional Swimming Competition
Saturday 1st October
Well done to Cadet Thomas Maher who went onto represent Greater Manchester Wing in the North Regional Competition.
He won Bronze medals for Junior Boys Breast Stroke and Freestyle Relay.
Promotion to Sergeant
Wednesday 12th October
Congratulations to Corporal Lewis Swinglehurst who was promoted this evening.
RAFA Bag Pack     Farnworth Asda
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th October
The aim of the weekend organised by Greater Manchester Wing is to support local squadrons, RAFA and Tesco Charities.
Thanks to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeant Grace Leather, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Shannon Bradley, Chloe Cauchi, Seb Foy, Joe Kay, Declan Lawton, Justin Markland, Daniel Murphy and Lewis Topping, who kindly gave up their weekend once again.
Thanks to the shoppers of Farnworth Asda who generously supported our bag pack and raised £910.70 this weekend.
Wing Training Weekend     Swynnerton
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd October
The structure and eligibility of these courses has been changed since the last courses were ran in May. The changes are as follows.
Initial Cadet Training Course   no change
Initial Standards Course   =   Junior NCO Course Part l
Junior NCO Course   =   Junior NCO Course Part ll
Advanced Standards Course   =   Senior NCO Course Part l
Senior NCO Course   =   Senior NCO Course Part ll
Method of Instruction   no change
This weekend we had nine cadets who attended courses.
Initial Cadet Training Course
Cadet Thomas Maher
Junior NCO Part l
Cadets Bradley Atherton, Joe Kay and Daniel Murphy
Senior NCO Course Part ll
Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell
Method of Instruction Course.
Sergeants Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Harry Powell and Lewis Swinglehurst, successfully passed their weekend of assessment and were awarded with their MOI Yellow lanyards.
Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell also attended and ran the Green Badge Activity First Aid Course for other members of the Wing.
RAF Outreach Careers Team     Aintree
Tuesday 25th October
Flight Lieutenant Samantha Morrell took Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Harry Powell, Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Bradley Atherton, Caitlin Beckley, Joe Kay, Alex Lambley, Daniel Murphy and Thomas Maher to the careers centre at Aintree.
Here they took part in leadership and command task exercises, that would be undertaken by people who would want to join the RAF.
Thanks to Sergeant Mick Hill and Corporal Grant Smith of RAF Careers for giving up their day for us.
Staff Training Course     Altcar
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October
Staff training is a very important aspect of Greater Manchester Wing’s training ethos and since January 2015 several courses have been designed.
The aim of these progressive courses are, to support and introduce Civilian Instructors and new staff cadets, into Greater Manchester Wing’s policies and procedures.
There are also practical tips for training and opportunities and to see what is new in the organisation, with regards to staff and cadet development.
Civilian Instructors Miss Holly Moreland and Mr Joe Morrell both attended the weekend.
Mr Morrell had many years as a cadet and reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer but he still learnt some great teaching tips.
They both enjoyed the weekend very much.
- First Aid
- Health & Safety
- Annual Inspection
- Remembrance Sunday
- Inter-Flight Drill Competition
- Children in Need
- Wing Netball
Youth First Aid & Heartstart Course
Tuesday 8th - Wednesday 9th November
Well done to Cadets Thomas Ashworth, Chloe Cauchi, James Downey, Oscar Miles and Declan Lawton who passed their Youth First Aid Course which we ran after school.
They have been awarded with their red Youth First Aid Badges.
Elementary Level Award in Health & Safety
Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th November
Well done to Cadet Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Harry Powell, Lewis Swinglehurst, Cadets Joe Kay, Alex Lambley and Lewis Topping who completed the course which was ran after college.
Thanks to Civilian Instructor Mr James Macdonald who ran the course. It was very interesting to take part in a practical health & safety course.
Friday 11th November
Thanks to all the cadets who prepared their uniforms to a high standard for our annual inspection by our visiting Wing Staff Officer, Squadron Leader Mike Dawson and Deputy Wing Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Dave Cooper.
They were impressed with our management and variety of activities.
Sunday 13th November
Well done to members of the Squadron Band who performed excellently by the cenotaph of St Paul, Peel church. We are always extremely complimented by members of the congregation and this year was no exception.
Inter-Flight Drill Competition
Sunday 13th November
Inter-Flight Drill Winners
The Gold Medals were awarded to B Flight, who had the highest combined score of drill and uniform averages.
Well done to B Flight under the command of Sergeant Lewis Swinglehurst who was also awarded the Best NCO Shield.
Also well done to A Flight and Sergeant Harry Powell who were very close in the points.
What an excellent turn out from our parents, guardians, families and friends. It was great to see you all supporting our annual drill competition.
Thanks to Mr Mike Roche a former cadet, for awarding the Gold Medals
Well done to all the staff and cadets for a fabulous day and particular thanks to our committee, who did the catering for the day.
Children in Need Fundraiser
Friday 18th November
Thank you very much to all our parents and guardians, staff and cadets who bought tickets for the raffle to support children in need.
The chocolate raffle was won by the younger brother of Cadet Alex Lambley.
With non-uniform night and the cake and cookie night we raised £116.80
Wing Netball Competition
Sunday 27th November
Well done to Flight Sergeant Katie Morrell, Sergeants Abbie Gregson, Grace Leather, Cadets Caitlin Beckley, Shannon Bradley, Chloe Cauchi and Emma-Leigh Dawson, who gave up their day.
They got to the quarter finals of the event finally finishing in 8th from 37 squadrons.
You were all a credit to us, well done for maintaining your sporting integrity!
Congratulations to Cadets Bradley Atherton, Joe Kay and Lewis Topping who have earned their promotions to Corporal, following a rigorous interview and showing great and continued commitment.
.22 Shooting     Bury TA Centre
Wednesday 14th December
A very busy range this evening with many cadets shooting very well. Any Marksmanship Badges will be confirmed in due course.