News

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

740 (Whitby) Squadron welcomes Adult Sergeant Worsey to their team.

Sgt (ATC) Worsey recently spent a week at RAF College Cranwell in Linconshire on the week long Senior, Non-Commissioned Officer Staff Initial Course. Above, Sgt (ATC) Worsey is photographed being presented his certificate by Wing Commander McNeill from Headquarters Air Cadets.

Staff are essential to the RAF Air Cadets and they attend various courses to progress and better the cadets experience. All courses are done in the volunteer’s own time, often involving taking time off of work.

Congratulations Sgt (ATC) Worsey.

November 9th 2017

740 (Whitby) Squadron support the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

On the 4th November, 18 cadets and 4 staff for the 740 (Whitby) squadron volunteered their time to help the Whitby branch of the Royal British Legion with the local poppy appeal.

The squadron will also be out again next weekend for the Remembrance Sunday in and around the town.

November 9th 2017

740 (Whitby) Squadron Open Evening 2017.

On 14th September, 740 (Whitby) squadron had an amazing turn out for the cadet opening evening. Whilst the weather was problematic for some of the events planned, we were still able to set up outside. 

The squadron building was separated into areas where cadets were able to  demonstrate their first aid, STEM, radio, DofE and fieldcraft skills to their future friend and colleagues. As normal for the event the Flight simulator remained very popular to the young people, which, will hopefully be able to help them towards their future flying activities within the Air Training Corps.

Altogether, we had 14 young people taking part in the event and saw what the Royal Air Force Corp really do.

If you missed the open evening and would like to join please email training.740@aircadets.org and we’d be happy to invite you down to the squadron.

October 2nd 2017

Cadets receive certificates and badge.

On 3rd September a number of cadets received their certificates and badges for their recent achievements.

The achievements were as followed:

SGT Swales S for flying scholarship.
CDT Humphreys for cadet of the month and gaining his HeartStart blue badge.
CPL Puckett, CDT’S Harcourt, Wright and Roper for gaining their HeartStart blue badge.
SGT Swales M for representing the wing at sport and a certificate for being the best NCO on camp to RAF Lossiemouth. 

Well done to all the cadets for their achievements.

October 2nd 2017

Whitby Regatta 2017

On the weekend of 19th August, 740 (Whitby) squadron spent the weekend presenting the squadron cadets and staff to the public. The cadets and staff were available for the public to ask questions about the life within the Air Training Corps. 

For the squadron, Whitby Regatta is often used as a opportunity to recruit new cadets and staff. With the approaching Open Evening for the squadron the locals were asked to visit during the event to be more informed about the activities within the cadets. 

To raise funds for the Squadron, the cadets created a treasure map using a map of the local area including Whitby, Sandsend, Loftus, Redcar and the North York Moor (up to RAF Flyingdales). Using the grid boxes available on the map, participants were allowed to choose a single boxes for a pound, with the opportunity to win a £100 cash prize. This appeared to be a very popular activity as half the map was filled on the first day of Regatta. Donations were also taken for ATC and RAF merchandise (shopping trolley coins, wrist bands, etc.).

Over all the event raised the Squadron £642.83 for future activities.

Well done to Rob for winning the £100 cash prize on the treasure map, and thank you to all those who took part in the treasure hunt, or simply popped some loose change in our buckets.

October 2nd 2017

Car Marshaling at the Danby Show 2017

On 16th August, 4 cadets, 3 staff and 4 committee members were working hard at Danby show. The squadron offer their services to help with the marshaling of car at the event to help gain funding towards future activities for the cadets. The cadets and staff spent their time directing the traffic into or around the fields to try and the local traffic flow. 

Throughout the day the field filled very quickly and multiple times, requiring the cadets and staff to organise using two fields showing the incredible popularity of the event. During the day cadets were giving time to get food and drinks whilst also taking part in the event.

Thank you to all cadets and staff who were available for the event.

September 28th 2017

Cadets take flight in a Chinook or Puma Helicopter at RAF Topcliffe.

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On 16th August, 11 cadets and 2 staff, from 740 (Whitby) Squadron traveled RAF Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. The cadets were met by multiple other squadrons from around the local Wing. 

Later on the entertainment arrived as a Chinook and two Puma helicopters landed on the airfield allowing groups of cadets a flight in either.

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With this opportunity the cadets were about to see the local area in a completely different point of view.

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Hopefully the cadets enjoyed the event and future cadets will be able to have this opportunity.

September 28th 2017

740 (Whitby) Squadron Padre’s Leaving Service.

On 30th July 704 (Whitby) Squadron said farewell to their squadron Padre,  Deacon Helen Webster. Helen had been an integral part of the squadrons staff team for over 6 years. She had taken on the role of enrolling our new cadets and would also take part in squadron activities with the cadets. 

The squadron wishes you the very best of luck for the future.

September 28th 2017

740 (Whitby) Squadron welcomes their new cadet NCO team.

On the 24th July, 740 (Whitby) Squadron received some new additions to their NCO team. Cdt Catchpole & Nicholls both received their promotions to Corporal through their person abilities and leadership qualities noticed by the squadron staff over a long period of time. With this promotion comes a number of responsibilities each NCO needs to take on. 

Cdt Flight Sergeant Shaw was also presented with his Air Cadet Pilot Scheme certificate and badge.

We done to all.

September 28th 2017

Sunderland International Air Show 2017

On 22nd July, the 740 (Whitby) Squadron, including cadets, staff and parents traveled over to Sunderland to see the 29th annual Sunderland International Air Show.

The event includes displays from the RAF, Army and navy military, as well as crafts and trade stands. The Saturday event included a number of returning air displays, including the famous Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain fleet (Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane), and many more.

The squadron will be looking forward to the next event in 2018.

September 7th 2017

Newsletter

The squadron also publishes a quarterly newsletter that can be downloaded below.

(Click date to download PDF)

Issue 1 - Jan-Mar 2017

Issue 2 - Apr-Jun 2017

Issue 3 - Jul-Sep 2017