Staff, cadets, family and local dignitaries came together on Saturday 6th March to celebrate another successful year for 1359 (Beeston) Squadron at their annual dining-in event.
Held at the Village Hotel in Chilwell, Nottingham the evening saw awards presented to those cadets who had excelled in the various activities on offer to them as well as celebrating the squadron’s successes during 2009.
Following the meal, toasts and speeches the awards were presented by Squadron Leader Carl Wilson VR(T), the units Wing Staff Officer. The winners were…..
Best Flight – A Flight, Cadet Flight Sergeant Adam Hill
Best NCO – Cadet Warrant Officer Laura Butcher
Best Male Cadet – Cadet Andrew Middleton
Best Female Cadet – Cadet Hannah Smith
Best Cadet on camp – Cadet Corporal Beth Denham
Best New Recruit – Cadet Sam Pike
Best Shot – Cadet Sergeant Simon Ranson
Best At Sport – Cadet Corporal Beth Denham
Aero Modelling Trophy – Cadet Sarah Whalley
Aircraft Recognition Trophy – Cadet Flight Sergeant Grant Vernon
Endeavour Cup – Cadet Conor Wood
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Shield – Cadet Conor Bacon
All of these trophies are nominated by staff and NCO’s however the CO’s Cup is the only trophy nominated by one person, this being the Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Phil Bannister VR(T). It usually goes to a cadet who has contributed significantly over the past year but this year it was awarded to a group of people. The Civilian Committee have raised in excess of £20K for the squadron over the past year through various fund raising activities and grant applications. This has had a significant, positive impact on what the squadron has been able to achieve and has meant they have been able to invest in new IT equipment, outdoor kit and the purchase of a replacement mini-bus. For their hard work and dedication the Civilian Committee were the recipients of this years CO’s Trophy and Committee Chair, Mrs Ann Middleton also received a Regional Commandants Certificate of Merit for her personal efforts.
There were also Regional Commandants Certificates of Merit for two members of staff. Flying Officer Gareth Fowler and Warrant Officer Gary Tinsley were presented with these awards in recognition of not only their contribution to the successful running of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron but also their efforts in supporting the Wing in various activities and events.
Congratulations to the winners, and all 1359’s cadets for another great year, from the staff.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron