ARMED FORCES DAY WHITBY JUNE 2014
Cadets,Staff and visitors enjoyed a full day of entertainment
Starting with a Sea King helicopter then a great display by a Tucano
The high light of the day was a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Then a fly past by a Vulcan which thrilled young and old to see this iconic aircraft.
Lots of people enjoyed the show put on by Harley Davidson
The chance to ride a Harley on the rolling road was very busy all day
REGIONAL BAND COMPETITION DAY 2014
Congratulations to Sgt Luddington who came 3rd in the Solo Bugle section
The Regional Music Officer said both the quality and number of entries were very high
Sgt Amelia Luddington Help For Heroes (Hero Ride 8th June 2014)
After having spent so much time on RAF bases and at ceremonial and forces functions over the past couple of years I have become very aware of the lives that ex-service personnel have had to adjust to major injuries sustained in recent conflict in places such as Afghanistan and other areas. After chatting with my friend and fellow musician in the Air Cadet Organisation National Concert Band Sgt Eloisa Gatenby (781(Newquay) Sqn) we decided that we would like to fund raise for the ‘Help For Heroes’ charity by involving ourselves in the Hero Bike rides of 2014.
The Hero Ride takes place in a variety of different forms with some riders leaving from places such as Paris, Brussels Edinburgh and Wales but the one that we challenged ourselves with was “The Dawn Raid” so at midnight on the 8th July 2014 we met up in a car park at Tedworth House, which is a Help for Heroes residential and support centre, in Tidworth Garrison Town not far from Salisbury in Wiltshire.
As my bike was sorted ready for departure, we readied ourselves for the challenge of a 2am departure and 100 miles ride to central London for the big meeting of participants at Horse guards Parade. A large collection of energy drinks, snacks and of course, a bike speaker did little to steady the nerves as we set off into the night along with about 250 other much older and predominantly male riders.
The journey was long and hard with only two refreshment/rest stops along the way.
We watched the sun rise as we passed through the Wiltshire countryside into the hilly areas of Surrey around Box Hill and on to the fearsome traffic of Greater London to Blackheath common where a couple of thousand other cyclists met up with us, some from the other long trips others from much shorter rides but all making sponsorship money for Help the Heroes. By now we had ridden 97 miles in under 7 and a half hours, but this was not the end.
After regrouping we set of again for another 10 miles, in our new Hero Ride T-shirts led by some real Heroes who had specially adapted bikes and equipment for the last 10 miles into Central London escorted by police motorcyclists, our 2000 strong convoy toured the centre of the city passed Buckingham Palace and on to The Mall before meeting up at Horse Guards for speeches and live music.
Next was the long drive back to Whitby arriving back at midnight. It was a challenging day but absolutely amazing and to ride alongside some real heroes and many serving military personnel, the day was amazing and one I will never forget. My support crew (Mum and Dad) had driven over 700miles, had 3 hours sleep and I had ridden nearly 110 miles, all in 30 hours.
I have fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Luddingtons which I am still raising money on, so it would be lovely if anyone else could donate to. Thank you.
Dining in Night 2014
Larpool Hall Whitby hosted 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps third Awards Evening on Friday 14th March.
Over 90 Cadets, Parents and staff attended the event along with invited guests. There was a chance for the parents to have their photographs taken with the cadets all dress in their finery, and throughout the evening, images of some of the activities the Cadets had been involved in over the past year were shown on a large screen.
The guests of honour included Wing Commander Dave Keighley [Commanding Officer of RAF Fylingdales] and his wife, as well as Mrs Val Barrett and L/Cpl Dan Barrett. Mrs Barrett had kindly provided a shield to be presented to the Cadet who was new to music, and shown the most improvement within the past year. This award was in memory of Tony Barrett tragically killed last year, who was the in charge of music on the Squadron, and was always keen to encourage Cadets to progress.
The evening was in the style of a “formal” RAF Dining in night, with the awards being made between courses to break up the evening. No Cadet was aware of who would receive what award, although some did try to guess, only to find in most cases that they were incorrect! The winners were surprised when their names were called out, as competition for each award was strong, with many cadets only just missing out of winning themselves. The presentations were made by Wing Commander Keighley as well as the Squadron’s Honorary President, Cllr Terry Jennison.
Following an extremely good meal, the Loyal Toast was made by “Mr Vice” – Cdt Michael Swales – who, following tradition - was the youngest cadet present. This was followed by BTEC Awards that had been gained by some of the Cadets. Other Cadets had already received theirs. There were also four promotions to SNCO’s, again, the expression of surprise on their faces was clear for all to see.
Once this had been completed, Mrs Barrett presented the family’s award to Cdt Charlotte Wharrick who joined the Squadron’s Band as a drummer having never played an instrument previously. Just as Tony would have wanted, she won this award, I believe he would have approved. It was an emotional time, and was as hard for the Cadets and Staff as it was for Mrs Barrett. Following this, Dan Barrett spoke of his father, and donated some “glowing” drum sticks to the Squadron. These will be used for the first time at the memorial to be help for Tony at Caedmon School next month.
It was an excellent evening, and the general feedback from the staff of Larpool Hall was that they would be delighted to have next year’s Awards evening there. From what has been said by the guests, it looks like it could well happen as everyone who sent in feedback [the majority] really enjoyed the night.
The full list of Award winners is as follows:
Academic Achievement - Cpl Smith
Achievement - Cpl Luddington
Adventure Training - Cpl Swales
Attendance - Cdt Atkinson
Best All Round Cadet - Cdt Kay C
Best Junior Cadet - Cdt Kay M
Best NCO - Sgt Power
Community Commitment - Cpl Hunter
Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Wright
Music - Cdt Warrick
Sport - Cpl Cooke
Radio Operator - Cdt Kaz
Turnout on Parade - Cdt Pattison
BTEC Awards were made to:
FS Marsh - Public Services
Cpl Seaton - Public Services & Aviation Studies
Cpl Luddington - Public Services & Aviation Studies
Cpl Smith - Public Services, Aviation Studies & Music
Sergeant Power to Flight Sergeant
Corporal Luddington to Sergeant
Corporal Hunter to Sergeant
Corporal Cooke to Sergeant
ATC Sunday Held at St Hildas Church Whitby Feb 2nd 2014
Scarborough, Bridlington, Ryedale and Driffield squadrons joined Whitby squadron to parade their banners from the Register office past the baths and round to St Hildas Church.
A service was held at which the Cadets renewed their oath to the Corps, including the promise to be a good citizen.
Afterwards the cadets all enjoyed the exellent buffet provided by the Civilian Committee of 740 (Whitby) Squadron.
Harry had to compete an hour long test flight consisting of circuit work,aircraft handling,upper air Emergencies and simulated engine failure. Also landing the aircraft without the engine.
He then had to sit 4 exams, The process took a whole weekend, but he has been working towards this for Nearly a year.
On the 5th January he was appointed Senior Flight Staff Cadet at 645 VGS at RAF Topcliffe.
Congratulations and well done.
Squadron Christmas Party
After a year when the cadets have worked hard to pass there exams and some have been promoted
to Corporal or Sergeant. They let their hair down at a party arranged by the civilian committee
Merry Christmas,Happy New Year and a big thank you to everyone at Whitby Air Cadets
New Uniformed Staff member for Whitby squadron
Congratulations to Sergeant (ATC) Adrian Wood who is the latest CI to go into uniform
We do need more people to go into uniform or just be a civilian instructor to help train our squadron of around 50 cadets.
If you think you can help come and talk to us!
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
Photos show Air cadets and Staff from 740 (Whitby) Squadron 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.