On the 14th November, 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron held its first formal dining-in night at the Belgrave Rooms in Nottingham.
The Squadron was joined by members of TS Orion from the Sea Cadet Corps and A Company Robin Hood Rifles from the Army Cadet Force. 504 Squadron have recently made contact with TS Orion with the intention of completing mutual-beneficial activities with each other. Next Year, 504 Squadron will be moving in the Wigman Road TA Centre, which is home of A Company, Robin Hood Rifles. This was the first time that 504 Squadron had held a Tri-Service Dining-in night.
The evening started with everyone getting to know each other in the bar, before the call that dinner was to be served was made. After a meal consisting of a starter of Homemade Beef and Tomato Soup, a main of Stuffed Chicken Fillet, and Cheese Cake for afters.
After the meal, the outgoing officer commanding gave a farewell speech, thanking all cadets and staff for their efforts of the fours years that he had held command. This was followed by a speech from the incoming Officer Commanding, Flt Lt Emma MacAndrew. Flt Lt MacAndrew has just returned to the wing after five years at other wings around the country.
The Dining-in night was combined with an awards evening with cadets winning the following awards:
Best Cadet – Cadet Nunley
Best NCO – Sergeant Chell
Best Recruit – Cadet Lawrence
Drill and Deportment – Cadet Lawrence
Best Fund-raiser – Cadet Trickett
Best Sportsman – Corporal Wells
Best Shot – Cadet Coult C
Best Flight – A Flight
The last part of the night saw Flying Officer Paul Garner being awarded a clasp for his Cadet Forces Medal, after 18 years of adult service within the ACO.
Pilot Officer A. Rudd RAFVR (T)