Air Cadets in Swadlincote have once again given support to the local Rotary Club of Great Britain by putting together an Aquabox which is for use in disaster relief by supplying a water purification unit combined with emergency equipment.
Squadron Commander, Alyn Thompson told us, “The Rotary Organisation maintain a large stock of these Aquaboxes for use in major disaster areas. The idea being that time is saved and lives saved by an immediate response to horrific tradgedies such as the Boxing Day Tsunami a few years ago. Rotary support is always among the first of the foreign aid to arrive at these times and the Swadlincote squadron are proud to always have one or two of the Aquaboxes we have put together being amongst the aid which is sent out as a small part of worldwide support”
The 1211 Squadron have close links with the Swadlincote Rotary Group and recently represented them at the Regional ‘Rotary Youth Speaks’ Final held at Loughborough Grammar School having won the District competition.
Youth Speaks Trophy Winners; L-R Cadet Victoria Allen, Flight Lieutenant Kath Sales and Cadet Anjil Srivistaver
Squadron Adjutant, Kath Sales who trained the Squadron Public Speaking Team added, “This was yet another new area of training which the 1211 Unit have recently introduced into our training programme which has helped to see us selected to represent the Midlands in a National Competition to find the top Air Cadet Squadron in the UK.”
With activities in their programme ranging from Flying and Gliding to training involving B-TEC qualifications and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, the 1211 Squadron will be matching their Cadets results with those of other Units from around the UK for the award of the prestigious Lee’s Trophy.
The Elite South Derbyshire Squadron completed an extremely successful 2008 with a lot of energy going into both individual and team achievements among which include 7 Cadets becoming Glider Pilots, 2 of the team travelling overseas to Germany and The Netherlands as well as groups attending RAF and Adventure Training Camps at RAF Uxbridge, RAF Valley, Army Swynnerton and Llanbedr Outward Bound Centre.
Squadron Training Officer, Ruth Morgan added, “We are now preparing for the next stage of the trophy with Group Captain Brett Morrell of RAF Brampton visiting Swadlincote on the 16th April for his inspection, which will include a hard look at a Cadet Parade, watching some of our activities and checking our administration which is necessary for our organisation as it encompasses areas including Health and Safety and Child Protection.”