On Monday the 16th May 2011, the Annual General Meeting of the Civilian Committee was held at the Squadron, where the previous committee stood down and a new committee voted in.
Parents and guardians were invited to attend with the meeting being chaired by Mr Richard Hardy. Mr Hardy thanked the outgoing committee for their hard work and efforts in supporting the Squadron, during which he too stood down as Chairman.
The 2011 civilian committee were then voted in, resulting in a new Chairman being appointed, Mr Ron Garfitt. Ron, who originates from Stamford, has many local links and these include Stamford Town Council and the local branch of the Royal British Legion, where he also serves on the committee.
Ron said on taking up the new post “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Richard Hardy for his hard work, efforts and commitment to 2071 Squadron, he will be sadly missed. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead for me and the newly appointed committee. These are difficult times financially; however, we will strive to carry out our duties to the best of our abilities”.
The Civilian committee is a vital and dedicated team of volunteers, who assist in raising funds for each Squadron, welfare matters, squadron buildings, amongst the many other things they get involved with.
It was also change for another important member of the Squadron… our recently appointed Commanding Officer; Flt Lt Helen Gibson RAF VRT, who wore her ‘new’ rank markings for the first time. Helen joined the squadron back in September 2010 on what was to be a 3-6 month secondment from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron, as OiC. Now almost a year on and Helen has rightly been recognised for her commitment, hard work and efforts by being promoted to Flt Lt.
Helen said of her promotion “I am extremely pleased with what both I and the staff team have achieved during the past nine months at 2071. We have improved in a number of areas including our recent Banner Drill and Sports Day results, and we are all looking forward to Wing Field Day 2011”. Helen went on…
“I would also like to thank Richard Hardy for his commitment and dedication to the Squadron by chairing the Civilian Committee during the past few years. Without the aid and support of the Committee, the Squadron would not have been able to operate or function. The Squadron has great links with the Town of Stamford including the Mayor, and the local branch of the Royal British Legion. I hope to build on these connections and raise the profile of the Squadron locally”.
Whilst the meeting went ahead, the Cadets were kept busy being put through their paces by a team of serving Royal Marines and a liaison visit from the AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) Royal Navy representative, who during the second half of the visit answered questions from Cadets on recruitment and life in the Royal Navy.
The visit was arranged by the Squadron Training Officer, Sgt ATC Mark Blackshaw, who thanked the AFCO Team for the outstanding demonstrations and for sharing their individual career experiences during the second half of the visit.
CI Paul Ferguson