On Saturday the 19th of November, staff and cadets from 1010 (City of Salisbury) Squadron Air Training Corps attended the World War I performance of “The Wipers Times” at the Salisbury Playhouse to help raise money for the Soldier Sailor Air Force Association (SSAFA) charity. In total, the cadets raised just under £2,000 pounds, a not insignificant amount which the cadets were incredibly proud of. The SSAFA Wiltshire representative said: “The cadets are incredible young people, they are a credit to their parents and are a fantastic advert for the Royal Air Force.” As well as raising money for charity, the staff and cadets got the opportunity to meet writer, journalist and notable television figure Ian Hislop.
He was very happy to engage with the cadets and he was incredibly impressed with the work that they were doing. It is a very successful evening with one of the cadets saying “It is fantastic that we have the opportunity to help out in the local community. It is hugely rewarding and it is just one of a large number of amazing events that the Air Cadets are involved with.”
Former air traffic systems assistant Susan Graham has been awarded the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire’s Certificate for Meritorious Service for her outstanding contribution to the success of Salisbury’s Air Training Corps Squadron.
Susan Graham, aged 65, who became involved in the cadets some years ago when her son joined, is the training officer at 1010 Squadron, Salisbury, as well as helping to run the prestigious national Qualified Aerospace Instructors’ Course, which offers senior cadets from all over the country an exciting programme of aerospace-related activities.
She received her award from the Lord-Lieutenant, Sarah Troughton, during ceremonies at the Town Hall, Devizes
“I just love working with kids,” says Susan, whose career also included seven years’ service in the WRAF. “There’s something so satisfying in seeing children of 12 develop through the system and, at 20, leave us as personable, educated adults ready to meet the challenge of whatever is in front of them.”
Also awarded the Certificate for Meritorious Service during ceremonies at the Town Hall, Devizes, were:
- Captain Mark Calaz, of Devizes, Wiltshire Army Cadets.
- Second Lt Peter McCallum, of Swindon, Commanding Officer, Church Place Detachment, ACF, Swindon.
- Major Peter White, of Netheravon, Wiltshire ACF training officer.
Article and Image Credit – Wessex Reserve Force’s and Cadet Association.
Original Article: http://www.wessex-rfca.org.uk/award-for-inspirational-salisbury-air-cadets-instructor/