On Friday 29th April, friends, family, past and present members were invited to Stowmarket Air Cadets’ Squadron to celebrate the cadets achievements throughout 2015.
They were joined by honoured guests Wing Commander David Miller and Squadron Leader Graham Deere.
The evening commenced with presentations delivered by the cadets and covered a broad spectrum of subjects, starting with Wing Adventure Camps. These took place in the Welsh town of Llanbedr, the picturesque Windermere in the Lake District and the Scottish town of Aviemore. The Wing Adventure Camp’s give the cadets a real opportunity to experience a great range of activities such as Laser Tag, Dry Ski-Slopes and Skiing.
There was also a presentation on their Annual Camps, which took place at RAF Mawgan in Cornwall, the cadets had the great honour of sharing the camp with Carol Vorderman, much to their delight! They also enjoyed a trip to the Eden project which was described by Cdt Scott Sewell as “some glass domes filled with trees!” much to the audience’s amusement! They also visited RAF Argus, which is the Royal Navy’s Casualty ship, she has 100 fully equipped beds which can cope with a huge range of injuries.
Other presentations included a talk on the Junior Leaders Course, which was completed by CWO Woodward and a talk on the Air Shows that some of the cadets attended, who felt honoured to say their farewells to the beloved Vulcan Bomber, which took to the skies for the final time throughout 2015.
The presentations incorporated the use of PowerPoint and short video clips, which were compiled by the cadets themselves. It was clear that the cadets had thoroughly enjoyed the activities and events they spoke about and look set to enjoy many more throughout 2016.
The award ceremony followed and were read out by Flt Lt Houghton, with Wing Commander David Miller presenting the awards. Awards included trophies for the Smartest Cadet, the Most Promising Cadet and Outstanding Leadership Award.
The Supercadet Award, which is awarded to one Junior and one Senior Cadet were actually both awarded to siblings this year! Cdt Charlotte Bullett was awarded the junior award whilst her brother Cpl Harrison Bullett received the senior one.
This year, the Poppy Shield, the award for the Best Cadet on the Squadron, was presented to Sgt Daniel Woodward.
Obviously, the evening wouldn’t be complete without a mention about the superb win that 1331 secured in this year’s Wing Field Competition! Flt Lt Houghton and Commander Miller both commended the team of 8 for their efforts throughout the competition.
Tea, coffee and biscuits followed, with the opportunity to talk with cadets, staff and past members.