Click the image to view the photos from the Remembrance Parade at Tollerton today.
Squadron staff WO Larry and CI Marilyn Parker have just returned from spending 2 weeks at Talbot House acting as Volunteer Wardens. They have been visiting the Old House as visitors for many years conducting WW1 Casualty Research. During this time being welcomed by volunteer wardens from the UK and Commonwealth Countries.
Talbot House was opened in the garrison town of Poperinge, Belgium in December 1915 as a club for Everyman. Here soldiers of all ranks could relax and enjoy relative comfort after the sights and sounds of the battlefields.
When WW1 was over the Old House closed and was returned to its owner Mr Coevoet-Camerlynck. Then in 1929 the house was put up for sale and it was bought by Lord Wakefield who then generously gave it to the newly set-up Talbot House Association who were charged with running and preserving the Old House. After adaptation the house was reopened as the 'Everyman Club' in April 1931 and the Old House remains open today as a Living Museum.
In 2014 it will be 100 years since the start of WW1 and in 2015 100 years since Talbot House opened as a Home from Home. During this time hundreds and thousands of soldiers and pilgrims have walked and enjoyed the comforts of the house. For the last 3 years major renovation work has been taking place in order to preserve this important piece of history.
Last year when Larry and Marilyn were there saw the completion of the new kitchen, decoration of the dining room and the start of the work in the Upper Room the most important room in the attic of the house.This year the staircases and hallways have been redecorated and as they left for home the work started on the refurbishment of the garden.
Today the Old House remains open and you can come as a daily visitor to the Museum and House or if you are looking for a really special place to stay for B&B whilst visiting the WW1 Battlefields. You shouldn't expect 4-star luxury but you will be well rewarded by experiencing the atmosphere and authenticity of this unique place.
Visit www.talbothouse.be for more details.
On Monday 29th July the squadron has organised for cadets and staff to attend a Laser Quest & Bowling night.
There are limited places for this event! (A maximum of 20 places are available).
(Monies and completed Consent forms are needed on Thursday 25th July (This Thursday). Places will be allocated on a first come first come basis and must hand in both (Consent form and money to reserve a place).
If you have any other questions, please contact FLt Sgt Street ASAP.
On Friday 15th March over 120 people gathered at the Belgrave suite in Nottingham for 2425 Squadron's annual presentation evening. Guests of Honour included Wing Commander Dickenson OBE Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing and Mrs Dickenson, Lt Col Clarke Contingent commander CCF Nottingham High School, Sqn Ldr Mcneill MBE HQ Air Cadets, Tony Porter Bishop of Sherwood, Councillor Mason of Rushcliffe Borough Council and Mr and Mrs Wells.
The night was a great success celebrating the many achievements that the cadets had strived for in the last 12 months. Notably some 6 BTEC certificates were presented to cadets in Aviation Studies and Public Services and 16 St John Youth First Aid Certificates. As well as welcoming some new cadets and staff it was a said farewell to a long standing member of staff Mrs Parker who has retired from the ACO to take up an executive role in the Ruddington Branch of the Royal British Legion. The 'Venture Adventure Trophy' is awarded to the cadet that takes the plunge and goes for a opportunity to seek adventure in ACO, this years recipient was cadet Manning who had recently returned from a week long Nordic Skiing Expedition in Bavaria Germany with the ACO. This years Best Cadet award went to Cadet Hayward who has impressed the staff throughout the year with her commitment and attitude towards training. As well as the trophy cadet Hayward was presented with a limited edition print of a Wellesley aircraft that was based at Nottingham Airfield by the artist Tim O'Brien by Wing Commander Dickenson OBE.
Well done to all the cadets for a very successful year. The awards are already heaping up for this year!
Flt Lt R Frost
OC 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Sqn
From: David Morley
Sent: 16 July 2013 16:02
The committe would like to thank the officers and cadets of the 2425 Squadron who distinguished themselves with their appearance and courtesy whilst supporting the Rempstone Steam and Country Show this weekend. It was an extremely hot and dusty two days and they carried out their duties admirably in full dress uniform. They provide a superb service to the rally and we hope that the association will continue.
Photos from the weekend camp at Cotgrave are in our Gallery. More will be added next week. The cadets had a great time during a busy weekend of activities. We hope to get a write up from one of our cadets soon. Here is just a small selection.
Cadet Mackay expertly plays a moving rendition of The Last Post at the Remembrance Parade, Tollerton Village.
Cadets from 2425(Nottingham Airport) Squadron ATC and Ruddington Detachment Army Cadets took part in a unique event exactly 90 years after the memorial was first unveiled and dedicated on 19 May 1923.The Cadets paraded the Royal British Legion Standard together with their own Standards at the memorial and then formed a guard of honour outside the St Peters Church as Councillors and members of the public entered the church for the Thanksgiving Service.
Reverend Andrew Buchanan conducted the Re-dedication and Thanksgiving Service. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Peter Webster. The congregation included about 100 members of the general public together with members of the County and Parish Councils and members of the Ruddington and District Branch, RBL. Family members of at least two WW1 casualties were also present.
As we approach the Christmas and New Year break I wanted to thank everyone across the Wing for their continued support during what has been yet another busy year for South & East Midlands Wing.
2013 saw us take a lead role for the ATC in the designated National Armed Forces Day lead city - Nottingham, where the 1084 band lead the entire cadet forces contingent through the city whilst the Rifle Drill Display team from 126 performed in front of thousands on the Trent Embankment arena and the local units worked through a long and tiring day to set up, man and strip down our static displays that proved so very popular with the public. Many of those present, like the rest of the Wing then went off to commitments for AFD within their local area.
2425 Squadron was contacted by Tollerton Parish Council to see if they would take part in a special event that took place on 1st June near the War Memorial at Tollerton. The Parish Council had agreed to the siting of a special memorial dedicated to the US 507th US Parachute Infantry Regiment that were based in a large camp at Tollerton Hall just before the D-Day landings. The last 3 veterans were coming from the US to mark the event and other activities had been arranged, such as re-enactments and a spectacular flypast by the Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The Squadron was very honoured to be invited and proud to take part in this important event.
The Cadets’ year ended just before Christmas with a Christmas Party in our HQ building at Nottingham Airport, Tollerton. Our Cadets then had a well-earned rest over Christmas to recharge their batteries before starting back in early January. At this point, as the New Year gets under way, it seems appropriate to quote an extract from the end-of-year message from the head of the Air Cadet Organisation, Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty, who is the head of the entire organisation and had this to say:
In mid May eight cadets and three staff members took part in the 34th International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough,Northamptonshire. The walk has grown over the years and now attracts around 4000 civilian and military participants. Our team met up on Friday evening and travelled from Tollerton to their temporary 'barracks' in the Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough. This is where all of the military teams were based for the weekend.
“Having been given the exciting opportunity to do a solo static line parachute jump for my 16th birthday in January, I decided to get the most out of the experience and do a sponsored parachute jump. My aim was to raise £1,000 for the RAF Association and I had three months to achieve it, so I started to collect sponsors immediately. This definitely proved a challenge.
Ex-2425 squadron cadet, Sophie Lincoln, has conducted a 3 week placement back at her old squadron in Tollerton as part of her research project. Sophie attends Northampton University and is doing a BA degree course in Sociology and said "I am looking into what life skills the cadets develop from being a member of the squadron, and how it might help them in later life. I will be carrying out a short questionnaire and a couple of group interviews."
|Photos and Videos of Presentation Evening are now in our Gallery and Youtube Channel (Video may not work on mobile devices due to copyright restrictions). This prestigious event took place last night and was attended by cadets and parents, dignitaries from the ATC and local councils, as well as other organisations connected with the Squadron. Once again our cadets made us proud of their achievements over the past year.|
When new cadets join they are called 'Junior Cadets' (JCs). As part of their induction we like to organise a JC camp as this helps them to integrate with other JCs and other more experienced cadets that help run the camp. The latest JC camp took place at Cotgrave in April and the fine weather helped, with the JCs having a good time doing all sorts of activities that included field craft, cooking, sport, team building and training exercises, etc.
Mr P On His Last Night In Uniform
After over 15years as a Warrant Officer in the Air Cadet Organisation Warrant Officer Larry Parker ('Mr P') has hung up his hat and retired.
During his time serving as Warrant Officer on 2425 Squadron Larry held positions such as squadron training officer and Health and safety officer. He also led teams at the 4 days March at Ijzer in Belgium. Larry had also been instrumental in the community work and events that the Sqn is now involved with, including getting the unit affiliated with local RBL and RAFA branches.
During his time in uniform WO Parker has been awarded the Lord Lieutenants Certificate, Commandants Certificate of Meritorious service as well as his Cadet Forces medal.
On his last night in uniform the cadets put WO Parker through his paces on an initiative exercise and on an informal final parade presented him with a celebratory cake and photo album. Also present was Sqn Ldr Pass, deputy OC South and East Midlands Wing who related his long association with WO Parker to the guests that attended for a surprise send off for WO Parker. This included members of the Keyworth and Plumtree RAFA, WO Parkers first Sqn Commander and over 20 ex cadets from the past 15 years.
WO Parker reported "I am so proud of having been involved in an organisation like this, I see it as a family in the way it supports and develops people." He further advised the current cadets to "take these opportunities that are offered by the ACO because you'll never get them anywhere else and if you do you'll never regret it".
Although Larry is retiring from uniformed service he is going to continue his involvement with the Air Cadet Organisation by joining the Squadrons Civilian Committee, where his association with the ACO started over 15 years ago.
4 more cadets were recently awarded target shooting awards on 2425 Squadron, these included 2 Corps Marksman awards. The cadets were trained by the Sqn RCO Sgt Ben Walden. Making use of the local ranges the cadets trained hard over several months to increase their Marksmanship skills and are hoping to put their new skills to the test at this year's Wing Field Day shooting competition.
Corporal Madeleine Mackay, an Air Cadet from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron Air Training Corps, has had the RAF experience of a lifetime.
She was selected to go on the rafa YOUTH Cyprus Award trip to RAF Akrotiri.
rafa YOUTH is the RAF Association’s exciting online youth membership scheme for young flying enthusiasts. Membership is open to those aged 13 to 17 who are Air Cadets, Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets, Air Scouts, Air Explorer Scouts or RAF Combined Cadet Force members.
The week-long expedition to Cyprus included a variety of activities such as visiting the dog section, going to local attractions and spending the afternoon watching the RAF Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows and meeting the team’s engineers.
Speaking before her trip, Madeleine said: “When I found out that I had been given a place to go to Cyprus I was overjoyed. I never expected to receive this, it was fantastic surprise. I am very excited about the trip and all the different things I will be able to do there. I’m really looking forward to the good weather, but I also hope to make new friends, and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”
Cadets nominated for the award will have shown outstanding commitment and effort to aspire to the aims of rafa YOUTH, often overcoming difficult or challenging circumstances.
Madeleine was put forward for the Cadet Award by her squadron because of her fundraising efforts, having completed a sponsored parachute jump earlier this year.
Each year 2425 Squadron are invited by the Committee of the Rempstone Steam and Country Fair to perform two major roles at their event: car parking and programme selling. I am writing this at home after a long hot and humid weekend at the fair. As I write on day 1, the cadets are still there, enjoying some well-earned leisure time on the stalls and funfair this evening, before they turn in for the night to their tents, to go through the whole thing again tomorrow. They started work at 8am and finished around 4pm, working in rotating shifts.
Cadets and staff from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) and 1936 (Newton) Squadrons attended the Keyworth WW1 centenary event and rededication of the parish memorial gates.
Also in attendance were Sqn Ldr Pass, Deputy Wing Commander South and East Midlands Wing, members of the local Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, members of the retired Gurkha’s Association, Army Cadet Force, Parish and Borough Councillors. VIPs in attendance included Jean Jarosz the current Mayor of the French town, which Keyworth is twinned with, Feignies and The Venerable Air Vice Marshal Robin Turner Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Sir John Peace Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
After the rededication of the memorial gates the parade performed a march past and salute to the Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace who then inspected the various contingents of the parade. Many of the dignitaries present thanked the cadets in person for their participation in the event as did members of the local community.
Cadet Cpl Harby, banner barer for 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Sqn said “it was an honour to parade in front of some many officials and to be joined by so many veterans from the Royal British Legion and Gurkha’s”.
The parade finished with a generous helping of sandwiches and tea supplied by the parish council which the cadets did their best to consume.