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THE PRIDE OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Article posted: Oct 24, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Kettering Royal Air force Air Cadets are truly the Pride of Northamptonshire. Both the Commanding Officer and the Squadron’s Leading Cadet, Cadet Warrant Officer Haylee Widdall, have been recognised by the County and the Lord Lieutenant for their work within Northamptonshire. In the recent Pride of Northamptonshire Awards, Flight Lieutenant Guy Slack was awarded runner up in the category for ‘People who help young people reach their potential’. This was in recognition for his long term commitment to the young people of Kettering during the past 14 years. Twelve of these years have been in as a uniformed member of the Air Training Corps. Flight Lieutenant Slack has helped hundreds of young develop an interest in aviation both civilian and military during the course of his service. Flight Lieutenant Slack said “I would like to thank the people who nominated me and I appreciate the vote of confidence this has given me. You never go into uniformed service expecting recognition so when it happens, it is very welcome and makes you feel proud to be doing something so worthwhile. It’s great that the public also think it’s worthwhile. There are hundreds of uniformed and civilian volunteers around the county and I accepted the award on behalf of all of these volunteers and would like to say thank you to the public of Northamptonshire for their support


Flt Lt Guy Slack

Cadet Warrant Officer Haylee Widdall took the Lord Lieutenants award for her exemplary service for the past 5 years within the Air Cadets. Cadet Warrant Officer Widdall has worked tirelessly over that time to develop herself and assist in the development of her team and other cadets. She has achieved many awards during her service and has also served at a volunteer gliding school at Royal Air Force Henlow in Bedfordshire. Flight Lieutenant Slack said that “Cadet Warrant Officer Widdall has proven herself time and time again and is an excellent role model for the other cadets in Northamptonshire. As a newly appointed member of staff Haylee has delivered a strong training program within the Air Cadets as well as developing herself and her team of Cadet non-commissioned officers. Haylee has built up a strong reputation as an excellent instructor and educator and stands head and shoulders above the other recipients of the award. I now look forward to the Cadet Warrant Officer mentoring the rest of the her team to reach the award standards” The Air Training Corps offers many opportunities including flying, gliding, a wide range of sporting events, adventure training activities, academic qualifications, aviation related topics, leadership skills and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. However, more importantly, helps the local community at events such as Remembrance Day.

The Squadron welcomes new cadets aged 13 or over and parades each Monday and Wednesday between 7pm and 9:30pm. Adult volunteers are also welcome at the Squadron on Northampton Road.
All prospective cadets and adult volunteers are welcome to visit the Squadron at any time to observe the squadron in operation. For more details, please refer to the Squadron website http://www.ketteringaircadets.org.uk/1101AirCadets/Welcome.html