RAF Shawbury Camp 2018

On the 14th of July, Flt Sgt McCormack, Cdt Cizek and I began a 6-hour coach journey, with 25 other cadets from Dorset and Wilts Wing and a number of staff, including Flt Lt Williamson, to RAF Shawbury. This camp would be my first, so I was extremely excited for the seven days ahead.Shawbury 1

Our accommodation was surprising: a hangar containing a football and basketball pitch, showers, irons and gazebo-like-tents for sleeping in. Each day we had a delicious breakfast fry up at the Junior Ranks Mess and dinner there as well. Lunch was usually packed lunch.

Upon arrival camp in the ATC, we were split into two flights, A and B, who would be doing different things each day. Throughout the week, we did activities, such as Ex. Wrekin Havok, which was a walk up the Wrekin in teams, whilst answering questions and trying to reach the top in the time we had said it would take us. We also visited sections of RAF Shawbury, like the ATC tower, as well as a visit to RAF Cosford for a look around the museum and to go on air experience flights. By the end of the week, most of us had also achieved either our Basic or Intermediate Swimming Competence Certificate and passed our Weapons Handling Test on the L144A. In the evenings, we did uniform upkeep, sport, swimming and bowling, which were all enjoyable.Shawbury 3

On the penultimate full day, we had an inter-flight drill competition, which we had been practising for during the week. The competition was marked by one of the Warrant Officers on the base, who was also one of the drill instructors. The results were very close as both teams performed exquisitely, however, fortunately for me, it was B flight that won! As we had won, we were then treated to a flight in the Juno, which is a training helicopter used at RAF Shawbury!

Shawbury 2On the final full day, the whole camp travelled to an indoor waterpark called Waterworld for a day out. That evening was very relaxing as there was no pressure to have a perfectly ironed uniform or bulled shoes for the next day. After a game of Staff vs Cadets football, we had a formal presentation and awards were given out, followed by paper-plate awards. The next day we would be travelling back home.

By Cdt Runyard

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Wing Activities Day Champions!

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!

 

New Intake Night Success

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”

 

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Sgt Humphrey presents some information to prospective Cadets and their parents.

Sun, Sky-divers and Soapboxes; Inaugural Air Cadet’s soapbox derby off to a flyer!

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Staff and cadets from all three squadrons with their soapboxes.

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.

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Red 1010 roars down the course!

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.

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Flt Lt Suzanne Williamson, Commanding Officer of Salisbury Squadron congratulates cadet from Malmesbury squadron on winning the time-trial event. 

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.