Cadets, Staff, & Civilian Committee members from 1936 (Newton) Squadron held their annual Presentation Evening & Dining In Night at the Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club on Saturday 1st October 2011. Squadron members were joined at the event by an impressive number of Cadets parents, along with guests from across South & East Midlands Wing and from amongst the local community, who all took part in a fantastic evening designed to celebrate the past year in the life of 1936 Squadron.
Over 130 guests enjoyed a superb four course meal, listened to the after-dinner speeches and applauded the various awards and presentations made to the Cadets of 1936 Squadron. The excellent food, great company and welcoming atmosphere all combined to ensure that everyone, from the most Junior Cadets through to our guests of honour, all had a night to remember.
Official guests of the Unit at the Presentation Evening & Dining In Night included Group Captain Brett Morrell (Regional Commandant, C&E Region) and his wife, Ali, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson OBE (OC, S&E Midlands Wing) and his wife, Kathy, Squadron Leader Andy Pass (Staff Officer, S&E Midlands Wing) and his wife, Jenny and Mr Steve Seaton (Chairman, S&E Midlands Wing).
The Squadron was also especially pleased to welcome their recently appointed Honorary President to the event, as his first formal Squadron function since taking on the role in 2010. Sir Edward Nall and his wife, Lady Helen, were able to share in a glittering Squadron occasion and meet with members of the Unit and the wider Wing. During his speech, Sir Edward said; “My wife and I feel privileged to be a part of 1936 Squadron, thank you for inviting us to this excellent evening, it has been wonderful for us to meet with so many of you, it is clear to see the hard work and efforts that you all put in as members of the Air Training Corps.”
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Jodi Hudson, giving the traditional keynote speech of the night said; “It is fantastic to see so many guests joining us tonight to recognise the individual successes of our members and the collective achievements of our Unit during the past year.” Flt Lt Hudson went on to say; “1936 Squadron strives to provide its members with as many opportunities offered by the Air Cadet Organisation as possible, ensuring that the overall Air Cadet experience meets the demands and expectations of our modern and ever-changing society.”
Amongst the many awards and presentations made on the night, Cadet Matthew Ball received the Best Recruit of 2011 trophy, Cadet Connor Levers received the Best Cadet of 2011 trophy and Flight Sergeant Tom Dodge received the Best NCO of 2011 trophy.
The coveted Squadron Commanders Cup was this year awarded to Cadet Warrant Officer George Stewart, in recognition of his exceptional commitment and dedication to 1936 Squadron. Speaking after receiving the award, CWO Stewart said; “I am really happy to have been given this award, to get the CO’s Cup is something that very few members of the Unit achieve, so I am honoured and pleased that my name will now be added to the list of winners.”
The night also saw the award of a Regional Commandants Certificate of Meritorious Service to Pilot Officer Helen Day, who was totally surprised to be presented with this special accolade, given in recognition of her work above and beyond the call of normal duty.
Long serving Civilian Instructor, Kenneth Turner, also received a very special gift from 1936 Squadron, in the form of a National Service medal. This unique present was given to CI Turner as a gesture of thanks for all of his dedication and loyalty to 1936 Squadron over several decades. The medal refers back to when CI Turner undertook his National Service with the Royal Air Force in the 1950’s, although many would say that Ken has given a lifetime of service to the country through his work with the Air Cadet Organisation.
Speaking after the event, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson said; “This has been the most successful Presentation Evening & Dining In Night that the Unit has held during my time as OC, all of us at 1936 Squadron are extremely pleased that so many of our friends and colleagues from across the Wing and amongst the local community were able be with us on the night and to share in what was a very special and memorable evening”.
By Flt Lt J Hudson
OC 1936 Sqn