On Wednesday 26th February 2014 at 7.30pm, the High Sheriff of Nottingham, Mrs Nicky Weston, will officially unveil the new radio room and museum at 1936 (Newton) Squadron RAF Air Cadets.
The High Sheriff and the Squadron have forged close bonds over the year. The High Sheriff was in attendance at the Squadron’s awards evening in December where she presented a picture to the Squadron. The picture, showing two World War Two Spitfire fighters flying in formation, was quite personal to her as one of the aircraft depicted was flown by her uncle. This picture now commands a prominent position at the Squadron.
Alongside the Cadet Syllabus Training, which is a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Public Services and is the equivalent of four GCSEs at grades A-C; they participate in other activities, such as first aid, leadership and radio proficiency. 1936 have been without a working radio and a qualified amateur radio operator for a number of years now. However, Civilian Instructor Andrew Sherwin is currently studying for his Amateur Radio Operator’s Licence which will enable him to teach the cadets. Furthermore, with the addition of Flying Officer Steve Dodds RAF VRT to the team at Newton, work was commenced in late 2013 to rectify the condition of the room and the existing equipment.
CI Sherwin said, “One of our main aims with the cadets is to equip them with the knowledge and skills which will serve them well in life, be that in the Armed Forces or in other occupations. In the age of the internet, some skills, particularly the use of radio, have probably waned somewhat. It is our goal to bring some lost skills back to our cadets.”
By CI Christopher P. Dover
Squadron Media and Communications Officer