As a military-style organisation we have a lot of empathy with the armed services and an interest in military history. Recently four staff from 2425 Squadron visited Belgium to plan a potential future visit by the cadets and toured various important war sites and memorials. They are Flt Lt Frost, Pilot Officer McLoughlin, Pilot Officer Whitaker and CI Rawsthorne.
They started in Niewport where the Belgians flooded 22 miles of their own country in WWI to halt enemy progress. This was followed by a visit to the Ijzer Tower memorial to Belgian soldiers. After arriving at their accommodation in Ypres, they attended the famous Menin Gate Last Post memorial, which has been held at 8pm every night since 1928. The following day was another busy one with visits to the ramparts at Ypres, then Essex Farm Cemetery and Hooge Crater museum at the site of a crater caused by intense shelling and a huge mine explosion. Sanctuary Wood museum (Hill 62) and the Saint Julien Memorial were the final destinations of the day.
The final day included visits to Hill 60, which inspired the novel Birdsong, Langermark German Cemetery, notable for its stark grey gravestones and a place where over 44,000 German soldiers are buried. Next was the Tyne Cot British Cemetery containing nearly 35,000 casualties. Then they visited Ploegsteert (known as “Plug Street”) which is the site of the famous temporary truce at Christmas during which opposing soldiers played a Football match. The final two stops were Bedford House Cemetery and the grave of Noel Chavasse, British Army Officer who was the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War.
Flt Lt Frost said “It is very important that we visit these memorials in peacetime to pay our respects to the heroes and remember the horrors of past wars.”
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It was the event we had all been waiting for! Cadets, Staff and Committee celebrated their fantastic achievements over the past year. 9 St Johns Youth First Aid awards, 8 Initial NCO Course and 1 Senior NCO Course graduates. 2 Pre Gliding Scholarship Training certificates and the award of a Ralph Reid Buckle Gliding Bursary. 1 DofE Bronze award. In hockey, athletics and swimming, 6 Wing Blues and 4 medals at National Inter Region level. 3 BTEC's. Numerous awards for marksmanship. Camps, walks, flying, attendance at community events, parades and fundraising for charity.
Just a taste of what the cadets of 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron achieved in 2015.
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Cadets and Staff of 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron avoided the Christmas shopping and journeyed instead to visit the Royal Armouries- Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. On display were over 8,500 objects from the earliest weapons and armour of pre history through medieval suits of armour to the 20th Centaury.
Many of the displays were interactive, allowing Cadets to get to handle the armour. Historic weapons were adapted to electronic arcade style target ranges. With cries of the ‘sights’ being out from the C.O. and others bemoaning the wearing the wrong glasses, FS Woodier took the day.
2425 Squadron has received a very generous donation of £1800 from The West Bridgford Conservative Club recently. The club has over the last year held several events to raise these funds including raffles and sales. The cheque was presented by the club Chairman and the Mayor of Rushcliffe at the Club’s annual Presentation Evening. The Commanding Officer of 2425 Squadron, Flt Lt Bob Frost RAF VR(T) thanked the club for all of it's hard work and described how money will be used to provide opportunities to young people from Rushcliffe that in some cases change their lives.
Cadets at Sherwood Lodge being taught about the dangers of firearms
In November 11 Cadets and 4 staff were made welcome at Sherwood Lodge where they had a tour of the Police firearms training facilities and armoury. The visit was hosted by a Police firearms training expert, who happens to be a staff member at our Squadron. Of course, weapons handling training and target shooting is part of the Cadet syllabus. As an extension to this training our Cadets were taught about the dangers of weapons and shown how Police officers are trained to react in high pressure situations. They were also shown deactivated weapons recovered from criminals and from previous gun amnesties.
Cadets had the opportunity to use the Police training system which involved use of a laser ‘weapon’ to knock down ‘plates’ projected on the screen in front of them in the shortest time possible. Cadet Woodier said “It was a very interesting visit and helped us to understand the dangers of weapons and what the Police may face. I really enjoyed the laser target shooting and did quite well but didn't quite beat our Sergeant!”.
Cadets from 2425 Squadron, having led the parade at Tollerton earlier in the day, were also in attendance at the Remembrance Sunday service at St Mary's Church in Bunny, on 8th November 2015.