Remembrance Day Service
The Service was held at St Mary's church on Sunday 10th November
The cadets formed a Guard of Honour for all the Dignities and Officials who attended
Whitby War Graves
Air cadets and Staff from 740 putting poppies on the War graves in Whitby
To show their respect for the sacrifices they made for us all
Whitby Regatta August 2013
The cadets and staff worked hard to raise money for the Air Cadets and Help the Heroes and promote the activities the ACO has to offer.
The weather was very good but gusty winds damaged one of our tents so badly we had to take it down. We will use some of the money raised to buy a better one!
Blessing of the boats August 2013
The Bishop of Whitby blessing the boats at a service held on Sunday 4th August. Some off our cadets formed a guard of honour and one even carried the Bishops Crook for him.
Damian Lawrence Award 2013
This award has been generously donated to the school by the
parents of Damian Lawrence, an ex pupil of Caedmon who was
killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2008.
In memory of him , the award recognises the qualities required
to be excellent citizen.
Caedmon has had excellent students this year and
despite the competition , this individual has remained
consistent in terms of effort, enthusiasm, interest and
commitment towards the subject and school life in general
This individual does:
- Show good leadership qualities
- Everything, which is required of them..and more
- Is always polite
- Asks & answers questions
- Makes links to other learning & carries out personal research
- Helpful to their peers
- A great ambassador for the class,for the subject and for the school!
Whitby’s New War Memorial Unveiling Saturday 8th June 2013
The memorial was reviled by cadets from 740 (Whitby) squadron and a cadet from Whitby’s army cadets. They pulled off a camouflage cover hiding the memorial from view to the sound of a drum roll performed by Cdt Sgt Marsh.
Four standard bearers represented Whitby Air Training Corps, the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), the Royal British Legion and the Royal Engineers while representatives were also present from the Yorkshire Regiment.
Canon David Smith blessed the memorial which was followed by the sounding of The Last Post performed by Cadet Kay and a minutes silence and two poignant readings.
Wreaths were laid by dignitaries including Whitby’s MP Robert Goodwill, the Yorkshire Regiment and families of the Whitby soldiers.
Wing Athletics Sunday 21st April 2013
On Sunday 21st April cadets from 740 (Whitby) Squadron competed in the annual Wing Athletics held at Hull. Twenty three cadets from the squadron attended, coming 4th overall out of the 28 squadrons.
Cdt Atkinson won a bronze medal for the 200m, she says; "I entered the 200 meter heats not realising at first the agility and skill of the other participants. I came fourth overall and was surprised as my name was read over the speakers for me to take part in the 200 meter final. I was given the advantage as the other participants did not want to win like I did. I came third and soon after I was called up to receive my bronze medal."
Annual Awards Night Friday 12th April 2013
Friday 12th April 2013, saw 740 (Whitby) Squadron hold their second Annual Dinner & Awards Evening at the Sneaton Castle Whitby. The guest of honour, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Air Commodore Bill Gambold and his wife Jennifer joined the Squadron’s Honorary President Mr Terry Jennison, staff, Civilian Committee, cadets and parents for the evening.
The evening started with a chance for parents to meet the Squadron staff in the bar area, where they were joined later by Air Commodore Gambold before moving into the dining room. On the way they were entertained by the Squadrons fledgling band.
Grace was said by the Squadron Padre Deacon Helen Webster before the guests began on their three course dinner.
As with the previous year, each course was followed by a small group awards. Following the first group of Awards [focused on commitment] Cdt FS Amy Middleton provided a talk on the value of the DofE Awards. After the main course and second group of awards [focused on the skills cadets learn within the ATC], Cdt Cpl Milly Luddington spoke of the exciting opportunities that she had received from the Air Training Corps as her music skills had been recognised and she had performed at various levels within the Corps.
Following the dinner it was time for the presentation of the final group of awards [focused on excellence]. “Mr Vice” Cdt Beaumont proposed the Loyal Toast. Following which the Squadron’s Commander, Flight Sergeant Martyn Marsh thanked the staff, Civilian Committee, parents and Cadets.
He said “Without the support of the staff and Civilian Committee, the Squadron could not have grown as it has over the past three years” and “It is a pity that every cadet could not be thanked or receive an award, for they all had worked hard and achieved much in 2012, making the awards called for hard decisions from both the staff and myself as the standard has been so high, for every award, several cadets had to be discussed before a final choice could be made. They have represented not only the Squadron, but the Wing and Region at various events, and have done the Squadron and Whitby proud.”
Air Commodore Bill Gambold, a former Commandant of the North Region Air Training Corps, concluded the evening with a talk which reflected his pride and experience in the Air Training Corps. The following day, the Squadron Commander received an e-mail from Air Commodore Bill Gambold expressing his thanks for being made so welcome, the very high standard and appearance of the Cadets and on the friendship experienced from everyone present.
The award winners were:
Overall the night was enjoyed by all! If you would like to know more about becoming a cadet, or adult staff member, please contact the Squadron via our website or call in on a parade night [Monday or Thursday evenings from 7pm]
Congratulations! Monday 4th March 2013
Congratulations goes to our six new Cadet Corporals who were promoted tonight, keep up the good work!
Cadet's Allan, Cooke, Dickinson, Hunter, Kelly & Seaton all received their promotion.
Photos available here.
Promotions Monday 12th November 2012
Cadet - Corporal | Millie Luddington
Cadet - Corporal | Niall Fagan
Corporal - Sergeant | Madeline Hann
Sergeant - Flight Sergeant | Amy Middleton
Sergeant - Flight Sergeant | Jordan Galey
Well done to all and keep up the Good work.
Photos Available Here
Remembrance 2012 Sunday 11th November 2012
Cadets from 740 (Whitby) Squadron attended Commemorative services in and around the Whitby area which were held in honour of our brave men and women both in past and present conflicts.
The Remembrance weekend also had our cadets collecting donations on behalf of the Royal British legion in the town of Whitby and also through a bag pack at the local Cooperative.
Following this, a parade was held near the bandstand of Whitby in which cadets laid a wreath out at sea in honour of our fallen heroes out at sea alongside serving members of the local RNLI.
Remembrance Sunday saw a large turnout by both the public and serving members of the armed forces.
Cadets attended both services in Loftus and Whitby including forming a guard of honour and laying wreaths on behalf of both the Air Training Corps and the Salvation Army at the service held at St Marys Church.
Overall the cadets were extremely proud to take part in the weekend’s events in what was a first time experience for many of them.
They all look forward to doing it all again next year.
Photos Available Here
Cadets and Staff from 740 Squadron took part in Whitby’s annual regatta celebrations. The cadets saw this as an opportunity to show what been in the Air Training Corps is like and specifically what it is like to be a cadet at 740 Whitby Squadron. The cadets and staff carried out demonstrations and told members of the public about the different activities we do, including the flying, shooting and camps. The public and cadets also enjoyed the arrival of the Red Arrows once again at Whitby regatta.
Images available HERE
IACE 2012 August 2012
Cadets from 740 Whitby Squadron were extremely proud to host this year’s International Air Cadet Exchange Visit.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Whitby’s cadets to meet other cadets not just from the UK but from the rest of the world. Visiting cadets included American, Canadian, Australian, South Korean, Chinese, German and French cadets to name just a few, however many other cadet organisations from around the world also took part.
Whilst in Whitby, the cadets were hosted by the staff of 740 Squadron. A tour of the famous town of Whitby where of course many of the cadets knew as the setting for Bram Stokers Dracula and the home of Captain James Cook.
The cadets were shown around Whitby’s many famous landmarks including the whale bones, the pier and of course Whitby Abbey.
After the tour, the cadets were treated to Whitby’s best known delicacy, Fish and Chips.
A first for many of them!
After the visit to the town, the cadets attended the Parade night at 740 Whitby Squadron, where both the Whitby Cadets and the Exchange cadets had a chance to meet for the first time. The cadets joined in the nights activities which included team building and sports alongside the cadets from 740 Squadron. Which unsurprisingly, encouraged a bit of friendly competition between the ATC and IACE cadets.
Many of the cadets from Whitby befriended many of the exchange cadets and the visit undeniably was one of the best experiences many of the cadets have ever had.
Images available HERE
Whitby Cadets Salute Armed Forces Saturday 30th June 2012
The town of Whitby alongside the air and army cadets joined forces to pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces.
The day consisted of a short service by the mayor of Whitby, with a march past of the air and army cadets followed by an inspection by Mayor of Whitby, Councillor John Freeman. Other displays included a drumming demonstration performed by the Band of 740 Whitby Squadron and a silent drill demonstration. The highlight of the day’s events however was the spectacular air display performed by the spitfire.
The public showed a great response towards the excellent presentation and turnout of the cadet forces. Counsellor John Freeman said “The cadets were fabulous. I was talking to youngsters who had been in the cadets less than two months and they did a superb job, I am really really proud of them”.
740 (Whitby) Squadron's trip to RAF Coninsgby and East Kirkby
Thursday 12th April 2012
Written by Cdt Sgt A-L.Marsh
On a cold Thursday 5th April morning, 10 cadets and their families travelled down to RAF Coninsgby and RAF East Kirkby for a tour around the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) and Just Jane (Avro Lancaster NX611)
We arrived at RAF Coninsgby around 0920, and as we’re cadets, we needed to count up how many of us there was and give a quick brief. After that, we headed inside the base – being greeted by the stations Typhoons as they took off. Once the staff had got us signed in, we got split into two groups – one for cadets, and one for staff and adults – and then had our tour around the BBMF aircraft. Now, if we didn’t go in as a Military group, we would’ve had to follow the yellow lines and not get up close to the aircraft – so there’s a bonus. Unfortunately, no cadets were able to sit in the aircraft as the station was getting ready for its main inspection. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our time there.
After a couple of hours at Coninsgby, we travelled to RAF East Kirkby, to visit Just Jane. But before we did anything, we went for some food – We were starving! Once we had eaten, we went off in our own little groups and walked around the base – before receiving a call that we were getting a tour around Just Jane. During this, our guide was telling us about his father who had flew one of these aircraft, as well as people that he had met over his years as a guide and they told him of their stories. Cpl Christopher Mead was very interested in this tour, and was allowed to have a look inside of the majestic Lancaster. Once the guide had finished, we were taken by another, and shown around the Hampton wreckage, and the Wellington Project. We then had about an hour free so we walked around the base and went to go see what we wanted to.
Eventually, we were back on the bus and heading home. Everbody fully enjoyed the trip, and thanked the people at the stations, Mr Hammond, and the Minibus driver for getting us there and back.
Cadet forces raise money to add names on war memorial
Thursday 29 December 2011
Two cadet forces in Whitby have donated £100 towards an incomplete war memorial in St. Mary’s Church.
The 740 Squadron has donated £50 and the cadets of 740 Squadron Air Training Corps and Whitby Detachment Army Cadet Force have collected a further £50 of their own money.
The money raised will pay for the engraving of two names on the plaque.
Squadron commander Martyn Marsh said: “The youngsters raised the money because they are very aware of the responsibilities they have to Whitby’s people of the past.”
The town council are investigating how many names are not on the memorial, which is full. They have found that there may be 30 to 35 names that are not on there.
Mr Marsh said the cadets appreciated the work the town council had done to ensure that the memorial plaque was accurately reflecting those lost in conflicts since the Second World War.
The cheque from 740 (Whitby) Squadron was presented to Mayor John Freeman by the squadron treasurer Garry Middleton in front of the 35 cadets.
Any Whitby residents who know of a person’s name that should be on the plaque should contact the town council on (01947) 820227.
Promotions Thursday 1st December 2011
Congratulations to Cadets Cousins, McCarthy and Thompson for promotion to Cadet Corporal.
Also Congratulations to Corporals Middleton, Lodge, Marsh and Galey for promotion to Cadet Sergeant. Well done to everyone and keep up the good work !
Farewell and Good Luck! Monday 28th November 2011
Sadly, Whitby squadron had to say goodbye to one of its most respected and committed officers this week.
Flight Lieutenant Nicole Cameron will be missed by all the squadron and we all greatly appreciate all the time and effort she has put in for the squadron and for the cadets over the last year or so.
We all wish her luck for the new posting, and all the best for the future.
740 Squadron Remembers 2011 Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th November 2011
Over the remembrance period Whitby air cadets were out in force to raise money and awareness of our fallen heroes both past and present.
Cadets were involved in various events, parades and services, including laying a wreath at sea with the Whitby lifeboat, followed by a short service at the bandstand.
Over the remembrance weekend cadets placed crosses on the war graves. Cadets also helped raise funds for the Royal British legion by tin rattling in the town center and bag packing in the local Co-operative.
On remembrance Sunday cadets also attended both services in Whitby and Loftus. Overall the both weekends went very well and credit goes to all cadets who attended.
Wartime Weekend 2011 Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th October 2011
Cadets from Whitby squadron attended the annual wartime weekend in Goathland. Cadets ran a raffle stall and collected for the squadron whilst enjoying the nostalgia of the 1940’s. Overall the cadets raised over £400 and the weekend was enjoyed by all who attended.
Cadets Welcome Yorkshire Regiment Tuesday 19th July 2011
Schools were out, businesses downed tools, residents put paid to their daily routine and visitors halted their sight seeing to pay tribute to Yorkshire’s soldiers.
Thousands lined the streets to bid farewell to the Second Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment who marched through the town before being treated to a Civic reception.
It was the first time in living memory such a parade had been held in the town and Mayor of Whitby Coun John Freeman said it was a “privilege” to welcome the troops to our town. Cadets from Whitby Squadron also lined the route forming a guard of honour to welcome the regiment.
Blessing of the Boats Service 2011 Sunday 10th July 2011
Cadets from Whitby squadron attended Whitbys annual blessing of the boats day held at Whitby lifeboat station.
The Whitby crew and Staithes and Runswick lifeboat crew were all in attendance. The service was led by the bishop of Whitby Martin Warner. Yachts and other boats joined the service.
Luckily the rain held off long enough and the service ran well.
Cordon bleu cooking with Whitby’s Air cadets Thursday 23rd June 2011
Cooking in the middle of a field with a camping stove and freeze dried, pre-packed food might not sound like a fine dining experience.
But as local air cadets discovered it doesn’t have to be stomach churning.
At one of their weekly meetings behind Caedmon School RAF Chef Corporal Mark Clerc dropped by to give them a cooking demonstration.
The ingredients may have arrived in silver foil wrapped packets but when they were dished up they were sausages and beans for breakfast, lamb curry, beef stew and chicken supreme followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard for dessert.
Flight Lt Nicole Cameron said "Cadets do various activities in the field from time to time and to do the Duke of Edinburgh they need to be able to cook correctly so they don’t end up poisoning themselves."
Armed Forces Day 2011 Saturday 25th June 2011
On Saturday 25th June the Whitby’s Air and Army cadet forces attended the Armed Forces Day parade held at the Pannet Park museum in Whitby. The service opened with a short inspection of the cadets taken by the Mayor of Whitby, Coun John Freeman and the OC of RAF Fylingdales, Wing Commander Martin Johnson.
Following the inspection a flypast from the Battle of Britain memorial flights Lancaster bomber was planned however due to a technical fault with the aircraft it was unable to make the flypast.
Following the service, a march past and salute was taken by the Mayor of Whitby. The march past itself was lead by Flight Lieutenant Nicole Cameron and Flight Sergeant Martyn Marsh (OC 740 Squadron). Also on the march past were the standards of 740 squadron and the veterans of the Royal engineers and the Royal British Legion. The service went well and a credit goes to the cadets and members of the public who attended.
Cosford Airshow 2011 Sunday 12th June 2011
On Sunday 12th June cadets from Whitby attended the annual RAF Cosford airshow. The airshow was enjoyed by all who attended despite the weather. Due to the weather not many aircraft flew however the entertainment on the ground and the RAF museum ensured that the day was still made very enjoyable to all who attended.
Successful Weekend for Whitby Cadets Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May 2011
740 (Whitby) Squadrons first banner was officially dedicated at a recent service held at St Hilda’s Church, West Cliff, Whitby. The service in the presence of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Air Commodore W G Gambold DL FIMGT RAF Rtd and other distinguished guests was led by The Reverend Martin Clive Warner MA PhD, Bishop of Whitby.
The event took place on Sunday 8th May at St Hilda’s Church, Whitby. A number of other squadrons from the local area also attended the event.
After the banner was dedicated the cadets and staff performed a ceremonial march past with the new banner, where the salute was taken by the lord lieutenant, Air commodore W G Gambold DL FIMGT RAF Rtd. The event was also attended by staff of the squadron and parents of the cadets. The feedback the squadron received was extremely positive from the public and the various dignitaries and guests who attended the event. Every cadet who took part should be extremely proud.
For more photos of the event click here.
The Weekend was without a doubt one of the proudest in the squadron’s history. The day before on Saturday 7th May the squadron also won the inter wing athletics competition and beat over 20 other squadrons who also attended. Well done to all those who attended that also, many thanks to those who have supported the squadron in the last year and the last few months leading up to this event and everybody who was involved in making this banner dedication possible.
But the biggest thanks goes to the staff, volunteers and mostly the cadets of the squadron for their huge commitment and pride in 740 (Whitby) Squadron because without them, our recent achievements wouldn’t have been possible.
Whitby in Bloom Saturday 26th March 2011
On Saturday 26th March cadets from Whitby took part in the annual Whitby in bloom contest.
Whitby in Bloom is a group of individuals who help promote, support and develop horticultural endeavours which aim to enhance the environment in which we live.
The cadets were there to help raise funds for the organisation and generally help out where it was needed. The day was enjoyed by all that attended.
Promotions Monday 14th February 2011
Well done to Cadets Hann, Marsh & Mead for their promotion to Cadet Corporal.
Keep up the good work!
ATC Sunday 2011 - 70th Anniversary Sunday 6th February 2011
22 Cadets from the squadron joined hundreds of Air Cadets as they marched through York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Air Training Corps. Officers, staff and cadets, aged 13 to 20 paraded from Clifford's Tower to take part in a service in York Minster to mark this milestone anniversary.
It was the biggest procession the cadets have staged in York, and paying tribute to the organisation's long-running work with young people. The cadets set off from the Eye of York along Clifford Street, into Coney Street, passing the Mansion House where the salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne and the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Susan Galloway. Also present at the saluting base, Grahame Maxwell, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and Group Captain John Middleton, Commandant of the North Region of the Air Cadets. The cadets and VIPs then filed into York Minster for the celebratory service.
Our cadets joined other Squadrons which form part of Central and East Yorkshire Wing, squadrons from York, Easingwold, Malton, Wetherby, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon. Others travelled from Hull, Stockton-On-Tees, Yeadon, Scarborough, Darlington, Richmond and Redcar to take part.
Going Up! Thursday 3rd February 2011
Congratulations to Cadets Trotter, Price, Hann, Gildroy & McCarthy on recently passing their Leading classification exam.
740 Squadron Welcomes its new President Monday 10th January 2011
The mayor of Whitby Cllr Terry Jennison visited 740 Whitby squadron in his first roll as squadron president. He carried out an inspection on the cadets of the squadron and began discussions relating to his new role of president. He emphasised that the squadron and the cadets have full backing from the town council and Whitby as a whole. Cllr Jennison was accompanied on his visit by Anne Cowley who is the deputy town clerk and civic officer.
His involvement with the squadron will be included within mayoral duties as a part of the town councils commitment to the youngsters within the area.
During his visit Cllr Jennison learned about cadet activities such as flying, shooting, adventure training and much more, and about the work which the cadets do in the community including the guard of honour at the blessing of the lifeboat and the guard of honour formed at the mayors own civic event at Sneaton castle.
Whitby Air Cadets Remember Sunday 14th November 2010
On Sunday 14th November, cadets from our squadron in conjunction with the local Army cadet force formed a guard of honour for the remembrance Sunday church parade at St Mary’s Church in Whitby. The church service was a huge success with two of our cadets laying a reef dedicated to the people who have lost their lives in wars both in the past and present. Then a minute’s silent was held to reflect on the memories we all share of the brave soldiers “who gave their today so we could have our tomorrow”.
The weekend was a huge success for the cadets and the squadron as a whole.
On Saturday the 6th of November cadets from the squadron took part in a short remembrance ceremony dedicated to those who had sadly lost their lives in service of their country in wars both past and present.
The Cadets placed crosses on the many war graves scattered all around the cemetery in Whitby and Sleights and said short prayers to honour those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
On Saturday the 13th of November cadets from Whitby squadron went collecting for the Royal British legion.
The cadets raised donations through poppy selling and the day was a huge success enjoyed by all thank you to all those people who bought poppies or who just made a kind donation.
Wartime Weekend Tombola 16th & 17th October 2010
On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October Cadets for the Squadron took part in a tombola to raise funds for the squadron. The weekend was a huge success and fun for all involved. The war was recreated on the North Yorkshire Moors railway and there were many displays for the public to enjoy as well as wartime re-enactors, nostalgic steam locomotives and vehicles from the 1940's.
As well as the tombola we also did some collecting and our thanks goes to all who bought a raffle ticket or who just kindly donated, because without them it would be impossible to do all the fun activities that only the Air Training Corps would give you the chance to do.
Apart from the weather having the odd turn at times we all had fun and thanks goes to cadets who gave up their weekend to help raise money for our squadron.
Sign Language 11th & 14th October 2010
On Monday 11th October and Thursday 14th October Cadets and Staff from the Squadron took part in a basic Deaf Awareness course with signs4life which allowed them all to earn a nationally recognised certificate in basic sign language skills.
The course was run by Signs4Life, the UK's leading sign language and deaf awareness organisation. The two ladies from signs4life very kindly gave up their time, free of charge to come and teach our squadron over a four hour seminar. All our cadets and staff were very greatful for having this rare chance to learn this very useful skill. Having completed this course makes 740 (Whitby) Squadron probably the only squadron within the whole Air Training Corps to fully comply with a new equal rights policy making all cadet activities open for people with disabilities or learning difficulties to take part in whether their disabled or not.
This course also acted as an introduction to sign language, which meant after getting a taste many of our cadets are now keen to develop their sign language skills further. Which is a great result.
Well done to all who participated.
Diorama Competition 3rd October 2010
This year the squadron entered the annual Diorama Competition held at RAF Linton on Ouse.
The theme was "Battle of Britain", the squadron decided to model a scene of the first enemy aircraft gunned down during World War II, which happened just a few miles away from the squadron.
This was the first time we had entered the competition, so coming 3rd overall was a great success, well done to all involved!
Promotions 20th September 2010
With the squadron growing at a steady rate, it has been posible to make some promotions,
Congratulationts goes to;
Sgt Clemitshaw & Sgt Wicks for their recent promotion to Flight Sergeant
Cpl Bennion & Cpl Griffiths to Sergeant
& Cadet's Galey, Lodge & Middleton for their promotion to Corporal
They have all worked very hard to acheive this and will continue to support the staff in the running of the squadron, Well done to all.
Pictures of the night are available by clicking here