740 (Whitby) Air Training Corps

News - 2016

Below you can find the latest news from 740 (Whitby) Squadron.

740 Whitby Squadron awards

Congratulations to all the cadets who received Awards on 15th March. 

The awards presented to the cadets are evident of the cadets effort and improvement throughout the year from within and out of squadron activities. Each award is considered and debated by the squadron staff and presented to the best cadet in each award category. 

2016 awards have been presented too:

Achievement - Cdt Douglass

Attendance - Cpl Beaumont

Community Commitment - Sgt Hunter

Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Beeforth

Adventure Training - Cpl Atkinson

Sport - Cpl Swales, M

Shooting - Cpl Beaumont

Academic Achievement - Cpl Swales, S

Turnout on parade - Cpl Wharrick

Music - Cdt Douglass

Radio - Cpl Swales, M

Best Junior Cadet - Cdt Catchpole

Best All round cadet - Cdt Booth

Best NCO - Sgt Shaw

The Squadron also presented two promotions, these were to:

Cdt Booth - Cpl

Cdt Voet - Cpl

Congratulations to the cadets who got an award and promotions, and good luck for next years awards. 

March 31st 2016

East Barnby Camp 2016

On Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March 2016 cadets and adult volunteers from 740 Whitby Squadron, (including 4 cadets from 739 Scarborough squadron) took part in a outdoor activity camp at East Barnby. Whilst on the camp the cadets were able to take part in many outdoor & team building exercises.


On Saturday the cadets were instructed on many activities, ensuring the day was busy and fun. The days activities included:

Biking through Dalby forest with their instructor Mike, cadets were given the option of what route to take, either an nice flat green route or a more challenging red route. 

Rock climbing on the Dalby moors with instructor Dave. On this activity the cadets where given safety harnesses and were taken across the moors. Each cadet then had to individually, traverse the small rock faces.


On Sunday the cadets were taken to Ruswarp to sail down the River Esk to the Endeavour Wharf, using canoes from East Barnby. The activity involved attaching two canoes together using one wooden plank and rope. With 2 people per boat, they then set sail down the River Esk. Later on down the river they were allowed to detach the canoes for the rest of the journey. Optional tests including paddling the canoes around 3 times on the spot, which was a great success.


Finally, I hope the cadets had a fun time and learned many skills during the weekend, and hopefully they will be interested in future trip with the Squadron.

CI Hyde.

March 7th 2016

Weapons Training Weekend 2016

On Saturday 30th January, 6 cadets of 740 (Whitby) Squadron took part in the Weapons training weekend hosted at 1869 (Middlesbrough) Squadron. During the weekend the cadets attempted their weapons handling tests for either the L98-A2 rifle or the No8 rifle.

The weapons handling test showed the cadets how to correctly clean and maintain their rifle, and the correct positions and safe procedures used when firing the rifles.

With the L98-A2 rifle the cadets were shown how to take the rifle apart, how to clean each part, how to put the rifle back together and finally, to check if all part were correctly replaced, safely fire the rifle (with no rounds).

At the end of the weekend, each cadet was individually assessed, and if they passed they were awarded the right to rifle the specific weapon at future events. The No 8 rifle  can be used at squadron or camps and the L98-A2 can be used only at specific camps.

Finally, at the end of the camp, the cadets that took their No 8 weapons handling tests and passed, were allowed to fire the rifle at the squadrons indoor rifle range, allowing them to finally test the rifle.

February 4th 2016

North Yorkshire’s Armed Response Police visits the Squadron

On Monday 18th January, the Armed Response Police visited 740 (Whitby) Squadron. The police showed the cadets a presentation on the activities of the Armed Response unit. They also showed the cadets the equipment often used by the unit, whilst informing them how and when they are used. The Response unit finished their visit by showing the cadets around their vehicle.

January 21st 2016

740 Whitby Squadron Christmas Party 2015

On 17th December 2015, Cadets (& staff) enjoyed their Christmas party which was held at the local Mini Monsters for a few games of Laser tag. The night was enjoyed by all and gave the cadets a chance to socialize in a more informal setting.

We would like to wish all our cadets and parents a very Merry Christmas!

January 21st 2016

Remembrance Day 2015

Cadets from 740 Whitby squadron have recently gone out into the community to help raise money for the Royal British Legion. Regardless of the weather cadets spent the day raising money by collecting donations by selling poppies. 


In the afternoon the cadets took part in the remembrance day parade, with the local Army Cadets, which took place along the Whitby pier road. During the parade two of our Air Cadets (CDT Featherstone and CDT Douglass) and two Army Cadets were taken on the Whitby RNLI all weather lifeboat to lay the poppy anchor at sea.

November 16th 2015

Scarborough and Whitby cadets attend Regional Activity Centre at RAF Linton on Ouse

In early October Whitby 740 and Scarborough 739 squadrons attended a joint activity weekend at the North Regional Activity Centre located at RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York.


The attendance consisted of 18 cadets (9 from each squadron) and 5 adult staff. During the weekend they took part in many fun whilst, educational activities.

These activities included:

Netball (boy’s included) at the stations gymnasium facilities.

A flight in the Grob Tutor T1.

Whilst waiting for their flights they had the opportunity to fly a Tucano T1 - the RAF’s fast jet trainer.

They enjoyed some team building activities using a Mobile Team Activity Insights kit which promotes both leadership, teamwork and initiative skills some of the key training the Air Training corps aims to provide.

Finally, they enjoyed some social time with some games of ten pin bowling where the competition was fierce - particularly among the staff, and a trip to the Yorkshire Air Museum.

In the end the cadets and staff found that it was a very successful weekend where they enjoyed some wonderful experiences and hopefully also made some new friends from each squadron.

October 29th 2015

Cadet Promotions

Congratulations to the following cadets that were promoted last night (19/10/15). Keep up the good work! Cadet to Corporal Cdt Atkinson Cdt Swales,M Cdt Wharrick Corporal to Sergeant Cpl Shaw

October 20th 2015

2015 Raffle Results

Thank you to all those who bought a raffle ticket from us and to all the businesses who donated prizes. The winner was picked during Whitby Regatta by the town Mayor. Winners can be found on our fundraising page. All money raised goes towards benefiting the cadets at 740 (Whitby) Squadron.

August 22nd 2015
<p>Summer raffle - Thank you to the Mayor of Whitby for picking out the winner.</p>

Summer raffle - Thank you to the Mayor of Whitby for picking out the winner.

August 22nd 2015
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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

May 27th 2015

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’.

April 24th 2015

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!

April 4th 2015



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