In July Air Cadets in Mirfield held their annual Open Day and Presentation Parade to celebrate the achievements of Squadron members during the first half of the year, and it was a very busy day with over 200 certificates presented to 55 cadets, as well as the annual trophies.
Parents and friends were invited to support the cadets of 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, and were joined for the occasion by Councillor Paul Blakeley, Mayor of Mirfield. The proceedings started with the Mayor inspecting the cadets on parade, prior to presenting the various awards.
Certificates were presented covering a range of activities and achievements, including:
BTEC Diplomas for Aviation Studies and Teamwork and Personal Development, Level 2
First Aid (Youth First Aid, Activity First Aid and First Aid at Work)
Cadet Leadership (15 cadets achieved the newly introduced Blue badge for Foundation level)
Flying (First Flight, Air Experience Gliding and Blue Aviation Wings)
Radio and Cyber Communications (30 Blue badge, 9 Bronze Radio and 4 Bronze Cyber)
Representative Sports (13 cadets representing South and West Yorkshire Wing in Athletics, Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Cross Country; 4 also representing North Region)
Camp attendances (Basic Training Camp, Regional Activity Centre, Junior QAIC)
Trophies for individual achievements went to:
Rebecca Jagger Best Recruit
Alexander Irving Best Cadet
Adam Wales Best NCO
Cora Smith Esprit de Corps
Promotions were also awarded to:
Sergeant Matthew Jagger
Sergeant James Peel
The occasion also marked the retirement from office of both the Squadron Chairman, Kingsley Hill, and Vice Chairman, Barry Fretwell, who had both faithfully served the Squadron in those roles since 2004. Each was presented with an engraved glass tankard as a memento and gesture of thanks for their long service.
After the presentation, cadets gave displays of Continuity Drill, Band Performance and First Aid, and the day was rounded off with a barbecue lunch.
Reflecting on the day, Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell, Officer Commanding 868 Squadron, commented “The first half of 2017 has been a tremendously busy time for the Squadron, we have seen the introduction of the new Progressive Training Syllabus which the cadets have embraced with great enthusiasm, and we have been active in so many other areas: flying, gliding and a whole variety of different camps. Today has been an opportunity to recognise everybody’s achievements – I am immensely proud of everyone’s effort and their outstanding results.”
Report by Flight Lieutenant P Doubell, 868 (Mirfield) ATC
Mirfield Air Cadets meet at the Air Cadet Centre in Mirfield on Huddersfield Road near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For more information please contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896 (parade evenings only). To learn more about the air cadets click here