News - 2015
Below you can find the latest news from 740 (Whitby) Squadron.
WING ATHLETICS DAY MAY 2015
Wing Athletics Day 2015
On Sunday 17th May, 18 cadets from 740 Whitby Sqn attended the Central & East Yorkshire Wing Athletics event at the Costello Stadium in Hull.
Events included Discus, Javelin, Shot-put, Long Jump, High Jump and various running events.
The facilities at the event were excellent and the weather was really good. This enabled 500 cadets from 29 squadrons from around Central & East Yorkshire to enjoy the day and compete well in events. Overall we came 10th. Cadets that won events were as follows;
• Cdt Storr- 2 Silver Medals- U15 Boys 200m & Discus
• Cdt Swales – Bronze Medal – U15 Boys - Javelin
• Cdt Featherstone – Gold Medal- U15 Boys 800m
The cadets were awarded their medals by Wing Commander Wiggins.
Well done to all cadets that took part and thank you to the staff that gave up their time to take us to the event.
- Sgt Hunter
Sgt Luddington success on Junior Leaders XVI
Sgt Amelia Luddington from 740 (Whitby) is the first cadet from the squadron to ever be selected and complete the Air Cadets Junior Leaders Course. The Junior Leaders course is regarded as one of the toughest to pass within the Cadet Forces with graduates learning and developing skills such as navigation, fitness, weapons training, field craft and leadership as well as much more over an 8 month period.
Sgt Luddington started the course back in September last year when she attended a selection weekend at Buckingham TC near Grantham. From here she was selected along with 80 others to be on the course. After 8 more weekends of training and developing her skills, she attended a 10 day test phase at STANTA training area in Norfolk over the easter holidays. Over this time she spent 7 days in a field environment carrying out attacks and patrols around the training area and covering a distance of over 100km whilst at the same time testing their skills of living in the field environment. During the week, the Junior Leaders are also tested on their roles as Section Commander, 2 IC and as a Subordinate.
Another section of the course was to raise money for the John Thornton Young achievers foundation. A Charity set up in memory of John Thornton a past cadet and Junior Leader who joined the Royal Marines and was sadly killed in Afghanistan. Sgt Luddington raised a staggering £650 with an extra £162.50 gift aid which added to the total amount raised by the course of £24,500.
At the end of the Test Phase time, the new Qualified Junior Leaders attended a Graduation Dinner at RAF Honington Officers Mess with the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. For her efforts in the fundraising and doing so well on the course, Sgt Luddington was awarded one of 9 bursaries from the JTYAF to go on a funded expedition to Ghana in the summer where she will be involved in a jungle leadership course at the Ghanaian Jungle Warfare School and will be involved in a community project to refurbish a school.
Being one of only 59 to finish and pass the course, Sgt Luddington is now a Qualified Junior Leader and has been awarded the Junior Leaders DZ patch and Maroon Lanyard. She has also gained a Level 3 ILM in Leadership and Management and is one of under 730 people to pass the course over the 16 years its been running.
Sgt Luddington said
‘Initially when I got on the course, I didn’t realise how physically and
mentally challenging it would be. The whole course was demanding with the 7 days
in the field being something completely new but at the same time a challenge. I
have really enjoyed the course and met some great people as well as having a
lot of new experiences which I know will help me in the rest of my life. Grad.
Dinner and wearing my lanyard for the first time were extremely proud moments.
I cannot wait to go to Ghana in the summer and develop my skills in a new
environment as well as having the opportunity to help less fortunate children
by refurbishing their school. Junior Leaders is a very hard course but I would
encourage any cadet to apply next year and push themselves to achieve it’.
Gold DofE Award - Cdt Sgt Luddington
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. There are 3 levels that you can do DofE at: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At Gold level there are 5 sections to the award. Volunteering, Skill, Sport, Residential and Expedition. You have to pass all sections to achieve success - I have really enjoyed the challenges of the different sections. For my Skill I chose playing an instrument with the goal of progressing musically and gaining more experience. Over the time that I was doing my award, I had to practice lots to develop my trumpet skills which as a result of which meant I had some great opportunities including playing at the Birmingham International Military Tattoo and later on for the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street and at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea when Her Majesty the Queen attended to honour those who served in World War 1. I also became first trumpeter in the National bands during this time.This linked in with my Residential section, where in April last year, I spent a week with the ACO National Marching Band, leading my section and assisting the new cadets, making sure the welfare of my team was good. This was a great week in which I gained even more experience and met some fantastic new people and enabled me to play at Twickenham Rugby stadium and in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London later in the yearFor my Sport I chose running and worked up my fitness levels over the 6 months. Little did I realise that great preparation for all the really hard new challenges of my Junior Leaders’ Course.
For my Volunteering section, I worked at my local sailing club and taught new people to sail. Over the time I was doing this, I achieved my RYA Dingy Instructors qualification enabling me to teach beginners and more experienced sailors including adults, children both able bodied and with additional needs. One of my most rewarding days was teaching a boy with cerebral palsy to sail and seeing the delight on his face at achieving.
In summer of 2013 I completed my Gold Expedition in the Yorkshire Dales with 5 others. This was a challenging week - 5 days of hard walking across all sorts of terrains with a group of amazing people I had only just met but had such a good time. The weather for this week was mainly sunny which made helped make the week so good but even then I still managed to fall into a puddle up to my waste. Much to everyone’s Amusement
On March 25th I was invited to St. James Palace in London to receive my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In St. James Palace there is the ‘Picture Gallery’ where the Air Cadets were being presented their awards by His Royal Highness. Special guests for the day included Levison Wood (Explorer who has a book and channel 4 program called ‘Walking the Nile’), Commandant Air Cadets Dawn McCafferty and of course HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
The whole experience from start to finish has been brilliant and I have learnt a lot of life and personal development skills from doing my Gold award. I would encourage any young cadet to have a go!