Sunday the 17th of Sept saw 1010 (City of Salisbury) Sqn compete against the other Squadrons in Dorset and Wilts wing to see who would lead the pack! The cadets competed in Drill, Banner Drill, First Aid, Public Speaking, Model Building, Photography and many other events. All their hard work over the past year has paid off as 1010 Sqn under the leadership of Flight Lieutenant Williamson came first!
The Squadron held an intake night on the 12 September 2017 for prospective cadets and their parents to come along and see what we do. The cadets worked very hard to show off some of the activities they have taken part in within the Corps. Speaking to our guests about the first few weeks, greens camps, shooting, first aid, sports, DofE, Flying, Camps and many other activities. They finished their presentation with a display of continuity drill that they had worked on. The second half of the evening while the cadets took a well earned break Sgt Humphrey and the OC, Flight Lieutenant Williamson gave a presentation to the parents and potential cadets. It was a huge success and approximately 20 children and their parents gained an insight into the Squadron and the Corps.
Feed back from some of the parents that conversed with the cadets described them as:
“Articulate Animated Engaging Enthusiastic Delightful Knowledgeable A credit to you”
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.”
Perfect summer sunshine against the backdrop of Old Sarum Airfield provided the location for the Wilts and Dorset wing Air cadets soapbox derby on Sunday 11th of September. Teams from two other air cadet squadrons from across the wing arrived at the compound of resident 1010 (City of Salisbury) Squadron with their creative soapboxes for a fun day of racing and sportsmanship.
The two carts of 1010 were joined by two further carts from 992(Malmesbury) squadron and one cart from 2385 (Melksham) squadron, giving the event a real sense of competition as the teams battled it out for prizes in several categories. The five cart designs were all radically different: A Red Arrow Hawk and a Eurofighter Typhoon provided a modern angle, whilst a Spitfire linked back to RAF history. A brimstone missile was also present as well as a cunningly modified office chair. Whilst 1010 won the judge’s choice prize with their brimstone missile design; one cart from 992 Sqn, a Spitfire fashioned from a kayak and playing music (all suitably aviation themed), soundly beat the rest of the competition, winning all three other prizes for the time-trial and distance travelled event, as well as the cadet’s choice for best design.
A BBQ and refreshments kept everyone’s spirits up throughout the day, whilst the skies above were filled with the drone of aircraft and the whoops of sky-divers as Old Sarum Airfield revelled in the summer sunshine. At the end of the day, Flt Lt Suzanne Williamson, commanding officer of 1010 squadron praised the overall winners of the day, 992 Sqn of Malmesbury, saying that “My warmest congratulations to the winners, the ingenuity of all the teams and their designs has been fantastic and in the spirit of the Eurovision song contest, the winners can host it next year!”
Article by D Thomas
All Photos credit Flt Lt J Gillespie, 878 (Highworth) Sqn.