Saturday 2 October saw the high light of the 1936 NEWTON Sqn social calendar with a superb dining in night to celebrate the shining success that the squadron has enjoyed throughout 2010.
The evening was held at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, near to the City, and honoured guests included OC Wing, Wing Commander Dickinson and Mrs Dickinson, the Mayor of Bingham Mrs Maureen Stockwood, the Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Martin Suthers OBE, and Squadron Leader Pass, Wing Staff Officer for 1936.
The excellent three-course menu consisted of a starter of Duck Pate, Main Course of Roast Beef and a desert of Banoffe pie. However, if the excellent food on offer was not the talking point of the night, the awards and special achievements of Newton’s high flying cadets certainly were!
The awards began with the award of two Duke of Edinburgh Award’s, one Bronze, one Silver to CWO Daniel Finch and Cadet Corporal Tom Dodge, closely followed by Newton’s keen marksmen being presented with Squadron Marksmen awards.
Presentation of Marksman Awards
Brand new cut glass and silver trophies had been purchased for the evening to replace the historic trophies that had rewarded success over many decades. These were well received as maintaining a link to the past, but celebrating the shining and bright future ahead for Newton.
Amongst the first to receive a new trophy in the form of the Field Craft Achievement Award, was Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Lifford, who earlier in the year attended RAF Honnington on RAF Regiment work experience and has recently gained a place on the coveted Junior Leaders Course. Cadet Sergeant Vicky Sherwin being awarding the First Aid Achievement Award closely followed this after demonstrating her commitment to first aid training not only on the unit, but as responder at local events in an Emergency First Response Team.
Squadron new boy, Cadet Harry Borchert was proud to receive the Squadron Shooting Trophy, and the guests were told that he had scored the highest grouping at the Squadron in 2010, which put a fantastic smile on the champion shot’s face!
Sqn WO & WWO Rob Phillips Presenting an award to CFS Swales
Back in the lime light was Cadet Sergeant Kieran Robinson with the Sports Personality of the Year Award, which was received for his outstanding contribution to not only squadron sports, but also in recognition for his representation of the Wing, Region and Corps, a fantastic record of which the squadron is proud. Introduced in 2010, The Padre’s Cup is designed to be awarded to a cadet who has made a contribution outside of normal squadron life. Earlier in the year Cadet Corporal Guyle Wilson assisted an ill and vulnerable woman in the street, while others walked by. Taking the scene under control Cdt Corporal Wilson demonstrated great commitment and personal leadership in a difficult situation but was still modest enough to look stunned by his award.
OC 1936 Sqn, Flight Lieutenant Jodi Hudson said “The evening was a fantastic success, it was great to see so many of our Cadets and their parents join us at the Nottinghamshire to celebrate what has truly been an exceptional year for 1936 (Newton) Squadron.”
By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 Squadron MCO & WWO