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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Summer 2013 Training Programme

Welcome to the summer, let's hope it plays nicely! The new style (don't be alarmed!) training programme has now been published, covering the end of July and all of August. You can download it in PDF here.

Points to Note

  • New times for Wednesday Parades - Hut opens from 1900hrs, Parade begins at 1915hrs.
  • Remember to submit Absence Forms for all periods you are on holiday over the summer.

Special Events this Summer

  • 24 Jul - Summer Camp Brief - for all those attending their first camp we are holding briefing for cadets and parents to attend to find out what to take, what activities are happening, what is expected of you and to answer any questions that arise. Starting 2030hrs in the main hall.
  • 28 Jul - Swimming Proficency Tests, for those who don't already hold one. Meeting at the Squadron normal times, then off to the pool at 1200hrs.
  • 3 Aug - Gliding Induction Course, RAF Little Rissington. 3 places only!
  • 14 Aug - Warwickshire Police HQ Visit. 10 cadets will be given the chance to see the force's control room in action
  • 25 Aug - Orienteering at Ryton Pools. In civies, meeting at the site
  • 28 Aug - Summer Social - Ten Pin Bowling. In civies, meeting at Walsgrave.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Get Your Camp On! Extra Places Available NOW for Summer Camps

There are a number of places available on Summer Camps that other Squadrons have been unable to fill. The only requirements for attending are that you must be at least First Class Cadet (which should be everyone by the Presentation Day Parade!), and have an interest in attending a jam-packed, activity filled week away at an active RAF station!

RAF Wittering: 3-10 August

RAF Wittering is near Stamford on the A1, straddling the border between Northamnptonshire and Cambridgeshire. It was the Home of the Harrier Force until the withdrawal of that aircraft from service in December 2010 but still maintains an active airfield in support of other military flying activities.

It is home to a plethora of diverse units, including the Headquarters of the RAF’s expeditionary logistics force and Number 1 Force Protection Wing HQ, RAF Regiment. The Station's roles are "To prepare Force Elements and individuals for operations, support lodger and parented units and provide military airfield services."

RAF Henlow: 17-24 August

RAF Henlow is in Bedfordshire, and sits between Bedford, Luton and Stevenage. It is home to the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG); the RAF Police's Tactical Provost Squadron, Force Protection Wing HQ and the Specialist Police Wing; the world-class RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine (RAF CAM); the DE&S; No 1 Military Intelligence Brigade HQ; and finally 616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. A civilian flying school also operates from the site.

The up-front (and maximum) cost for all of this year's camps is £60, but you can expect a significant portion of that refunded depending on the activities that actually take place during your week. In addition, famillies in receipt of Income Support, Contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance or Family Credit you do not have to pay the food charge at Camps, and so this portion of the camp fee will also be refunded if you wish to claim exemption (see consent form for details).

To bid for a place on one of the above camps, tell us via email or telephone as soon as you can (it's first-come, first-served at Wing). You will then need to download and complete TG Form 21 and TG Form 23 from the Wing web site (Activity is 'Annual Camp', dates and locations as above), and bring them in along with a cheque made payable to "Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC" for £60 ASAP.