739 Squadron Annual Awards
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By 739 Sqn Website - 739 (Scarborough) Squadron
Cadets, staff and parents recently attended the Annual Awards evening held at the RAFA Scarborough branch to celebrate the cadets achievements during 2014.
The evening started with three cadets being welcomed to the squadron in an enrolment ceremony with our Padre, the Reverend Stephen Drury.
Above: Cdts Annie Kendall, Jessica cox and Joshua Mennell being enrolled.
We then moved onto the individual achievements handing out awards to cadets, starting with classification awards.
Cdts Adam Leah, Alice Nisbet, Thomas Hawes & Thomas Flynn become Leading Cadets.
Cdt George Lawton, Sgt Roxanne Mennell, Sgt Benjamin Whaling & Cpl Gemma Wilson completed their Aviation Studies to become Master Air Cadets.
Moving on from classification training our Vocational Qualifications Officer, Sgt ATC Hannah Welburn presented BTEC Diplomas in both Aviation Studies (worth 2 GCSE’s) and Public Services.
Cdt Flight Sergeant Harry Brown was one of several cadets to receive a BTEC qualification on the evening.
Several years ago we invested in new Radio equipment to support this part of our training syllabus. This year we have been able to successfully complete the Communicators Badge for 6 cadets on squadron, a feat not achieved for many years previously. These were presented by the Radio Officer, Civilian Instructor Michael Moore to Cdt Cpl Matthew Smith, Cdt Sgt Roxanne Mennell, Cdt Sgt Chloe Springall and Cdt Warrant Officer Carl Griffiths on the night.
Civilian Instructor Deryck Thorp was formally appointed and presented with his certificate. Also Holly Oliver and Carl Griffiths received Squadron Commander commendations for their service during their time as cadets.We moved onto our Annual Awards, some of which have been awarded since I was a cadet 20 years ago.
Due to our very close working relationship with RAFA Scarborough we asked their Branch Committee to present the majority of theses awards to the cadets – a way of joining the generations together.
Cdt Benjamin Thompson received the Commanding Officer’s Cup for best new recruit during 2014, unfortunately a photograph seems to be missing!
Cdt George Lawton receives the Luke Coles Memorial Trophy for Best Attendance throughout the year at parade evenings and other formal events. The competition for this was extremely close and he was awarded it with only 1 point separating him from his nearest challenger – this goes to show how committed the cadets are to the Squadron and the award to George was thoroughly deserved.
Cdt Corporal Jacob Marton was awarded the Gordon Quaiffe trophy for Best Male Cadet. This was presented to the squadron many years ago by Gordon’s Mother after he was tragically killed during an RAF training flight.
Cdt Alice Nisbet was awarded the Sue Balmford shield for Best Female Cadet.
Cdt Sergeant Matthew Colling won the Boys Sports award for the third year running!
Cdt Alice Nisbet again being awarded the Girls Sports award.
Cdt Flight Sergeant Harry Brown was awarded the Ginger Lacey cup for Best Cadet NCO.
All the “Best” awards were this year discussed by the Cadet NCO team with a short-list presented to the Officer Commanding as we feel it is important to ensure they feel a part of the team and that we value their opinion – which was much in line with the staff’s train of thought already!
After the awards we discussed changes to the civilian committee’s and how it affects the squadron and parents, a special award was made to Cdt Corporal Matthew Smith by RAFA for being their standard bearer during 2014, and also to Cdt Corporal Reece Preston for raising the most funds through selling raffle tickets for our recent Christmas Fair. RAFA then surprised the Officer Commanding presenting the squadron with a cheque for £2000 to go towards funding for our current investment in Emergency Life Skills training and other ongoing investment in training.
On a personal note I feel it is important to gather together as many stakeholders as possible to celebrate the achievements during the year of both the cadets and the staff. It is humbling to see such fantastic achievement made by the younger generation and these evenings really bring home the difference our volunteering makes to these young people.
It is indeed a privilege and an honour to be Officer Commanding 739 Scarborough Squadron. I will endeavour to continue maintaining the current standards set, and improve them further whilst continuing to develop the cadets and staff; to maintain investment in equipment thus ensuring we can engage in as many activities as we possibly can for the benefit of today’s youth; because together we achieve.
I would like to extend my thanks publicly to RAFA Scarborough for not only generously providing our awards evening but also their donation and continued support of the squadron. As you all say to me yourselves – the cadets are the future; the next generation. We are very blessed to have such a close working relationship and long may it continue.
I finish by wishing all the cadets, staff, committee members and parents at 739 Squadron a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May 2015 bring all we wish for, and another successful year of achievement for all. Venture Adventure.
Flt Lt S P Lewis RAFVR(T)
For more information please visit the Squadron website