On the 28th of March, cadets, staff and parents gathered at Countesthorpe’s Village Hall for 1461 squadron’s annual awards evening. With over 100 training certificates to present and 10 annual awards to be won, cadets were both anxious and excited for the evening.
Not only does the evening show individual progress and achievements, but also the whole squadron’s results and accomplishments from the past year. To start the evening off, Cadet Sgt Ashby prepared a montage of photos taken from the past year with results and information, including the many fundraising and sporting events, courses and camps, and opportunities the squadron had experienced the last year; all which led to the start of the many certificates being presented by Sqn Ldr Utting and Flt Lt Hargraves OC of 1461. Over all cadets of 1461 have had a brilliant year, with over 60 Marksman’s achieved, more than 10 junior first aid badges and many other certificates for navigation and BTEC’s, there wasn’t one cadet who couldn’t say they hadn’t accomplished something in 2013.
This soon led on to the competitive annual awards, from the most improved shooter, to cadet of excellence, points earned throughout the year are added up to help decide which cadets will get each award. Cpl Vardy said ‘It’s really nice to be recognised for all the hard work you’ve put in, and even if you don’t win an award it’s great to cheer for the others and it’s a good supportive team atmosphere’.
Once all the awards have been presented, there is then a chance for everyone to socialise, or as some would say…tea and cake time! Cadets also get a chance to have a professional photo with their parents and fellow cadets. Overall it’s a great night that parents, staff and cadets all enjoy. Everyone’s already looking forward for next years, to celebrate the hopefully many achievements of 2014.