Over 120 young people, staff and guests got together on Saturday 17th March 2012 to mark achievements at the Kettering Air Cadet annual dinner.
During the evening people celebrated the fantastic work carried out each week at the Northampton Road squadron. Highlights included cadets taking part in community events and fundraising activities, cadets achieving 62 swimming qualifications, 52 exam passes and five gliding scholarships awarded.
The highlight of the annual event is always the presentation of the trophies that are awarded to cadets who have gone above and beyond. During the evening the following awards were handed out:
• Cadet Corporal Rhys Stanton received the Best Squadron Marksman cup
• Cadet Michael Orgill received the Best All Round Cadet award
• Cadet Corporal Jack Trevaskis was awarded the Cadet of the Year trophy
• Corporal Finn Shackelton received the Aircraft Recognition Shield
• Cadet Liam Selby was presented the William Howson Cup in recognition for his work on the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
• Corporal Oliver Babb received the Wilson Trophy for competition work
• Cadet Warrant Officer Haylee Widdall scooped a number of awards including the ‘Non Commissioned Officer of the Year’ award
• Cadet Flight Sergeant Chris Perkins was awarded the Cymar Cup in recognition of his BTEC studies
• Sergeant Sam Berry, Cadet Liam Selby and Cadet Will Stanley were presented with the Noel R Inns Community Service Shield for their community and fundraising work
• Sergeant Sam Berry also received the Recruiting Cup for his work in recruiting and retaining new cadet members
• Flight Sergeant Chris Perkins went on to win the Eastern Command Cup for his skills in the air while flying and gliding.
During the evening promotions are also awarded to cadets and staff in recognition of their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Squadron. Sergeant Colin Brooker, an adult volunteer, was promoted to Flight Sergeant while Cadet Sergeants Tyler Bennet and Ethan Waterfield were promoted to Cadet Flight Sergeants. Finally Cadet Corporal Stanton was promoted to Sergeant.
Squadron commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Guy Slack, said: “Our annual dinner is the pinnacle of our social calendar and an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work that takes place each week at the Squadron. Staff and cadets do a sterling job and I am delighted to be able to thank them in such a public way.”
1101 Sqn Wing staff Officer Sqn Ldr Adrian Utting was also awared the 2nd clasp to his cadet forces Medal for 24 years adult service to the ATC which was presented by OC S& E Midlands Wing ATC Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson OBE.
Kettering Air Cadets is currently recruiting for new members aged between 13 and 17. To find out more please visit: www.ketteringaircadets.org or telephone 01536 481 999. The Squadron meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm.