84 Sqn ATC Crest

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Festive Greetings from all at 84 Squadron

So as 2015 draws to a close, the Cadets and Staff took part in a final photoshoot for the year. Dressed in their smartest No 2 (Wedgewood) blue uniform the cadets stood ready before Officer in Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Chapman gave a final last minute order......to swap their blue berets for a more festive headgear!





This is the end of another busy year for the cadets, with too many activities and accomplishments to possibly list them all but some of the highlights include:

  • Attending formal parades for ATC Sunday in February, Remembrance Day and Battle of Britain Memorial Day
  • Completing Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme consistently
  • Receiving Btec Qualifications in Public Services
  • Attending the Wing Training Day and walking away with our head held high as worthy competitors and ones to watch for next year!
  • Supporting the local British Legion in their Poppy Appeal Launch in Leamington Spa
  • Taking part in regular live fire training opportunities at both short and long ranges
  • Raising money at our '84-does Countdown' Quiz evening and at the Annual Christmas Bagpack 
  • Attending Summer Camp in the UK at active RAF stations experiencing visits to aviation museums, flying, shooting, sports and a whole lot more
  • Three very luck cadets even travelled abroad to attend overseas camps in Gibraltar and Cyprus

The list goes on! 

All this would not be possible without the constant support of staff and volunteers both at the Squadron, at Wing level and also out in the community so a huge THANK YOU goes to all those who made this year happen. 

Next year brings much of the same with a lot more on top! We will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps as well as the 70th Anniversary of our own Squadron so watch this space about the many exciting things we have planned.

On a personal a note, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a good break from the busy lives we all lead and here's to a Happy New Year! 

Flying Officer Rosie Chapman RAFVR(T)



P.S. First parade back for ALL Cadets is 6 January (Staff and NCO meeting on 3 Jan).

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Annual Squadron Bag Pack Results are in...!

On Saturday 12th December a team of cadets and staff from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron took up their positions at the end of the checkouts at Sainsbury's in Kenilworth for the Annual BagPack Fundraiser. This year, despite being a week earlier than normal and only having the one day to collect, they managed to raise a staggering £960!!


Cadet Mulholland, Sergeant Jenner and Sergeant Walton get ready to collect.
The bag packing event is now a firm tradition in the Christmas calendar for the Squadron and each year there is great anticipation to see if the buckets will be filled with more donations than the previous year. 2015 has proved to be a bumper year with many donations adding to the grand total. Cadets were on hand at each available checkout from 0800 in the morning to 2200hrs to help customers with their shopping. Mostly this involved carefully packing food and items as they were scanned through the checkout but occasionally helping customers load their goods from the trolley onto the conveyor belts was also a key skill. This year, customers were much more savvy about their bags following the new 5p charge so cadets often had to juggle items into as few bags as possible! 

Sergeant Jenner packs for her Mum; Cadet Chauhan and Cadet Bennet on the go!
Throughout the day, there was a fantastic atmosphere with cadets and staff engaging with the public and Sainsbury's staff helping everyone get into the festive spirit. There were many compliments from the public commenting on the smartness and professionalism of the cadets in their approach to their tasks. One elderly lady said "they are a god send today, I hate packing so this is a real treat for me!". Another customer praised the politeness of their helper saying "he was so chatty and polite and his uniform and shoes are just fantastic". Many of the customers stopped to tell their own stories of being in the Air Training Corps or in the Royal Air Force itself. They reminisced of the 'good-old days' and remarked on how excellent the organisations and been for them in their careers. 

The evening shift with Sainsbury's team manager at the tills

The money raised from this event will really help the Squadron in putting on the many diverse activities offered to the cadets who attend twice-weekly meetings, 'parades', as well as going towards the ever increasing running costs such as insurance for the Squadron-owned minibus and other associated costs. The Air Cadets receives some funding from its parent service  the Royal Air Force, but most of the money is received from cadet subscriptions and fundraising from events like this one. 

2016 is already lining up to be a busy year with the 75th Anniversary of the Organisation as well as the 70th anniversary of 84 Squadron so there are plenty of events and activities in the pipeline to celebrate. If you would like to be part of this next chapter in our story then please get in contact to find out about how you can get involved either as a cadet or staff volunteer.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Festive December Dates

Here come the details of the last 2 weeks of 2015:

1. Wed 9 December - those wishing to attend the RAes lecture at Coventry University need to meet in Grove Street Carpark, CV1 5PH, just off Cox Street. Meet at 1915hrs ready for the lecture at 1930hrs. Everyone else to the Squadron for normal parade. Uniform for both = No2C (Working Blues)
2. SATURDAY 12 December - The Annual Bagpack event at Sainsbury's Kenilworth. We are 'on shift' from 0800-2100hrs. The day is split into 4 different shifts with cadets allocated to each. If you haven't been allocated or volunteered, please contact Fg Off Chapman ASAP. Uniform = No 2 (Wedgwood Blues)
3. Sunday 13 December - Normal Parade but with Enrolment for the RTF. Uniform No 2(Wedgewood blues). Times as normal.
4. Wed 16 December - Christmas Social. Time to socialise, listen to those fantastic Christmas Hits and eat a mince-pie or two! Uniform = civvies with Christmas Jumpers!
We finish for Christmas break on Wed 16 December and return in 2016 on 6 January. (Staff and NCOS will be in on 3 Jan for training / meeting).

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Adventures to the Birmingham Tattoo

On Sunday 29th November, a group of staff, cadets and friends of 84 Squadron travelled to Birmingham Barclaycard Arena to watch the 75th Birmingham International Tattoo. The event was a spectacular show filled with pomp, pageantry and plenty of clapping!

The group from 84 Squadron were amongst approx 500 Air Cadets attending the event in the packed auditorium in the centre of Birmingham. Following a rigorous security check of bags and coats the group took their seats high up in the stands and waited for the show to begin. At the very start there was a formal parade of standards followed by the National Anthem and an opening prayer sung by singing sensation Rebecca Robinson. The following three hours were then filled with a wide variety of musical acts including the Central Band of the Hungarian Defence Forces, The National Youth Marching Band and traditional Tattoo Massed Pipes and Drums to name just a few. These were interspersed with displays by the Fireball dog racing teams and the highly competitive Field Gun Teams from the Royal Navy, Air Force and Army. Unfortunately the Air Force lost out this time to the Navy but it was a close run match and the excitement in the whole stadium was immense. 


Other acts were the incredibly Italian Fanfara Bersaglieri Band di Lonate Pozzolo who not only have fantastic musical skills but they do it all whilst running around in formation! There was a huge standing ovation when the Band of the French Army from Lille came on to perform and they showed their strength, and solidarity in their superb performance. 

Throughout the show there were laser displays and even a confetti cannon timed perfectly with the music during the Grand Finale. At the very end, all the performers returned to the arena as the Royal Air Force Queens Colour Squadron gave the General Salute to mark the end of the show. 


The Cadets and staff returned home feeling tired from all the clapping but had such a memorable day out and are already looking forward to attending next year's spectacular!




December Programme

See below the links for the last few parade details for 2015

There are some big events happening before we finish on the 16 December so please check in the Squadron for further details.

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The squadron will close on Wed 16 December after the Christmas Social. The first parade of 2016 are as follows:

  • Sun 3 January = Staff and NCOs only
  • Wed 6 January = Staff and ALL cadets 



Monday, 9 November 2015

84 Squadron: Proud to Remember

On Sunday 8th November, the Cadets and Staff of 84 (Coventry Airport) took part in parades in both Leamington Spa and Baginton Village to celebrate and commemorate national Remembrance Sunday. 
Mid-morning in Leamington Spa town centre, twenty cadets stepped off from Regent Street as part of a large parade made up of veterans, other cadet forces, cubs, scouts and police cadets. After marching down The Parade they were formed up at the cenotaph for a short service including the Act of Remembrance and two minutes silence to remember all those who have fallen in the call of duty for their country in the many conflicts and wars throughout history. 
Cadet Sergeant Phoebe Jenner proudly carried the Squadron Standard, her first ever outing in this role and she really did a fantastic job. Cadet Jamal Fazaldin also had an important role in presenting the Air Cadet wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the squadron.
The streets were crowded with several thousands of people who had all turned out to watch and take part in the parade. Following the formal part of the ceremony there was a lasting round of applause as all the contingents marched off past the dignitaries at the Town Hall and back up The Parade. Afterwards, several members of the public praised the high standards of the cadets and commented on their appearance and marching.
At Baginton, Warrant Officer Parker led a small contingent at the local village parade. The cadets were a combination of the new recruits who have only been with the unit for approx 6 weeks and some more senior, more established members. Cadet James McGeever gave a reading as part of the service inside Baginton Parish Church and once the cadets and congregation and cadets moved outside for the Act of Remembrance, Cadet William Walton presented the Poppy Wreath.
All in all a fabulous day with many cadets proudly representing 84 Squadron and the whole Corps. Check out the Squadron Facebook page for more photos from the weekend.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday: 08 November 2015

This year the Squadron will be parading at two different locations and cadets have been allocated. If you missed the details on Wed, please email Flying Officer Chapman for further info.

Baginton Parade: (Recruit Training Flight plus a few others)
Meet at The Legion, Kimberly Road, Baginton, CV8 3AQ
Times: 0945hrs - 1215hrs
The parade finishes back at The Legion for tea and biscuits.

Leamington Parade:
Meet at the corner of Regent Street and Windsor Street in Leamington
Times: 1015hrs arrive latest. We will be finished 1145hrs approx.We will be marching back to this corner after the service so pick up from the same location.

FOR ALL CADETS:
Uniform: No 2 (Wedgewood Blues) with Tie, Beret, Jumpers, Trousers/skirts and super shiny shoes. OR you need to wear ironed coveralls with smart black shoes or parade shoes if you have them already.
It is advisable to wear warm layers under your uniform and plain black gloves are acceptable if the weather is really cold.

REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR POPPY WITH PRIDE!
Have a good parade wherever you attend and think about the reason we are remembering at this time.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Completed

Seven Cadets from 84 Squadron have completed their first ever Duke of Edinburgh expedition with flying success. Walking through the South Warwickshire Countryside the team not only came to the finish ahead of schedule they met all their targets on route and had a good night's sleep mid-way through!

Cadets Stephens, Cadman, Watters, Kelly, McLaren, Thakrar Vik and Thakrar Vir all completed the challenge with a great deal of professionalism and expertise. Supervising staff were extremely impressed with their team work, ability to complete the walk as well as their camp craft skills when they arrived at the campsite for the overnight stop. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is made up of several components, one of which is an expedition. At the entry level, for the Bronze Award, Cadets must complete a two day expedition with minimum 6 hours activity each day and of course camping overnight to demonstrate their navigation skills, ability to fend for themselves with minimal supervision from staff and survive overnight without a phone charger or iPad in sight! 

This was the qualifying element for the expedition following a successful practice weekend earlier in the year. The Cadets are now eligible to receive their Bronze awards so a huge congratulations to them all for completing their awards. We look forward to sharing photos of their badges proudly on display soon.
 


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Coventry Fun Run - Done and Dusted

On Sunday 04th October, the Squadron helped event organisers with the 2015 Coventry Fun Run in and around Memorial Park, Coventry. Cadets, Staff, Civilian Committee Members and parents took part in activities to assist the smooth running of the event.

The Squadron were stationed around one of the major road blockades which meant adults marshalling and assisting with re-routing the traffic. They were also stationed on main corners of the route to guide the competitors around the gruelling course. Meanwhile, cadets set up and manned a very successful water point handing out bottles to the thousands of runners who passed on their way to the finish line. 

Luckily for both helpers and runners, the weather held out and brought a perfect Autumnal day with sunshine and warmth. The morning passed without any incidents and the cadets did the Squadron proud in their slick and professional approach to the tasks they were given. In support and recognition of their assistance, the Squadron will receive donation of £216 which will be put into funds towards training events and a Christmas social at the end of the year!

Thank you to the wonderful team who took part today.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

So Long, Farewell to Mr Mohammed!


Wed 30th September was the final parade for Mr Ivor Mohammed, a Civilian Instructor at 84 Squadron, marking the end of a 60 year career with the Air Training Corps.

Ivor has been involved with the Corps since he joined as a cadet in the 1950s. Since then he progressed through the cadet ranks, became an adult instructor and then joined the uniformed staff as a Squadron Warrant Officer. On gaining his commission he joined the Officer Ranks and was based at Bishop Ullathorne Squadron before eventually resigning his commission and transferring to Coventry Airport as a Civilian Instructor.

Ivor has always had a passion for the cadets, demonstrated by his immense length of service and dedication to the squadrons he has served. In particular, Ivor was a keen modeller and happily shared his skills with the cadets assisting them with their annual model and diorama competitions.

Unfortunately as all good things come to an end sadly Ivor decided that it was time to depart but his final comments to the cadets was as ever inspirational and encouraging. As a leaving gift, Ivor was presented with a set of Air Training Corps cufflinks which we hope he will wear with pride! We will all miss Ivor at the unit and I know there are plenty within Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing that would also like to wish him well. Good luck for the Future Ivor!



Thursday, 10 September 2015

Battle of Britain Memorial Parade: Sunday 13 September 2015

On Sunday 13th September, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron joined forces with 2028 (Southam) Squadron to celebrate and remember the Battle of Britain pilots, aircrew and support personnel at the annual memorial service at the Cenotaph in Royal Leamington Spa.


The Air Cadets were invited to attend by the Royal Air Force Association who organise the annual memorial with many ex-service personnel attending from all three main services. The short service, involving prayers, readings and the Act of Remembrance paused whilst a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displayed briefly above the streets of Leamington before joining the other historic aircraft at a larger display in London.

This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and across the country celebrations and memorials have been taking place to commemorate the many lives lost during one of the most important battles of the Second World War. The Battle of the Skies agains the German Luftwaffe took place during the summer-Autumn of 1940 and the British victory was a crucial turning point in the conflict.

The 35-strong flight of Air Cadets were complimented on their high standards and excellent drill by many of the 'congregation' who were both regular attendees and passers by from the high-street. Following the service 84 Squadron were invited back for tea and cake at the Royal Naval Association.
Photo Courtesy of Colin Lount

Flying Officer Rosie Chapman, Officer-in-Charge at 84 Squadron said “I am extremely proud of all the cadets who turned out for the parade today: they are all an asset to their Squadrons and the Corps as a whole. Everyone was highly impressed with their smart appearance and polite attitude. We were very lucky to be invited to take part in this historic parade and we thank the Royal Air Force Association for including us in their celebrations”.


More pictures can be found on the Squadron Facebook Page.







Monday, 31 August 2015

Autumn Training Programme

See below the links for the September, October AND November Training Programmes!

Some activities / dates are still TBC but this should allow you to look ahead and see what's coming up.

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[October HTML] [October PDF]

[November HTML] [November PDF]

December Programme coming soon...

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Promotions at 84 Squadron

On Wednesday 12 August, Officer-in-Charge Flying Officer Rosie Chapman presented Cadet Georgia Roddis with her Corporal rank slides and invited her to join the Cadet NCO team at 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron.
 Corporal Georgia Roddis and Flying Officer Chapman



Cadet Roddis, aged just 15 years and 9 months, joined the Air Training Corps in February 2013 and ever since her first day has shown a high level of maturity and dedication which is exemplary for everyone around her. She has tried, and succeeded in, many different activities from completing her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to Water Water Kayaking taster sessions and to flying high above the countryside during an Air Experience Flight. Back on the ground and at the unit she is always in attendance with a consistently high standard of uniform and a proud smile encouraging her peers to give new activities a go, setting a strong and approachable attitude for cadets and staff alike. 

In June 2015, Georgia attended the Wing Junior NCO Leadership and Development Course at RAF Cosford. Over the weekend the cadets were split into syndicates to work alongside new faces whilst tackling a range of practical and classroom based challenges designed to test their knowledge, skills and leadership abilities. Throughout all the activities the staff observed and made notes on their progress resulting in an overall score and recommendation for future developments. Cadet Roddis shone from the first moment she arrived and, unsurprisingly, she came away with a Distinction overall and won the Best in Syndicate Award for her group. 

Flying Officer Rosie Chapman told the cadets on parade "I am immensely proud of Cadet Roddis over the last few years, she has put so much into her time at the Squadron and as a result she is getting the recognition and promotion she deserves"

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Newsletter - Issue 2 : OUT NOW

Get your copies from the Squadron now or follow the link below to have a read. 

In this issue:

  • 84's Golden Girls
  • Youth Aviation Day
  • Baginton Air Pageant round-up
  • The Summer BBQ is announced: Sunday 23 August. Please sign up in the Sqn if you would like to join us.
  • and much much more....!

Monday, 3 August 2015

August Training Programme

See below link for the August TP.

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This month there are several activities still TBC so watch this space and check out both the website and Squadron Facebook page before each parade for any changes.


Remember, if  you are away please let us know which parade's you're missing so we can mark you as Authorised Absent rather than AWOL! Email, phone or notification slip methods all accepted. Messages sent word of mouth via other cadets will not be accepted.

Happy Summer Holidays.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Fire Section Visit: Wed 29 July


On Wednesday 29th July, the 84 Squadron cadets enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Airport Fire Section where they experienced getting ready for a call out, rolling out water hoses and then watched a demonstration of an aircraft fire being extinguished. 



Fire Officer Wayne Perry gave an insight into the role of the airfield firefighter, the tasks they undertake on a day-to-day shift as well as the emergency protocolls. Cadets were tasked with getting one team member into the full 'rig' including boots, under layers, over layers and helmet....all whilst they wore gloves! Cadets were amazed to learn that the crew had to do all this and be at the scene of the emergency within 2 minutes of the alarm sounding!

Following the talk and a question-answer session they then went out to get wet! Cadets were shown how to roll out the hoses, connect them and then aim at a specific target. They each had a go with the forceful hose which for some was a little too strong to handle on their own! To end the evening, the crew put on a demonstration of how they would tackle an engine fire on an aircraft with their simulator. Even from the our position standing back on the bank, the warmth could be felt and the team just went in with their protective gear and equipment to deal with the blaze in a matter of minutes.

A huge thanks to the crew at the Airport Fire Section, we hope to be back again soon for some more! Check out the Squadron Facebook page for more photos.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Come Dine with Ma'am

On Sunday 26th July, Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron took up their saucepans and spatulas in the annual cooking competition. This year, entitled Come Dine with Ma'am, two teams of cadets were challenged with cooking the best three-course meal for Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Chapman.

Given only one parade to prep and plan, cadets were tasked with creating a culinary feast based on a theme with decorations and entertainment. Supervised by staff, cadets were then given basic cooking equipment on which to prepare their meals. Due to the lovely British summer weather there was a last minute dash indoors so the planned Trangia and gas stoves were swapped to indoor electric hob, microwave and toaster!

Team America promised a trip across the USA with Nachos, Star-Spangled Burgers and Maple Pancakes. They went the extra mile to decorate the room in red, white and blue. Even Maryllin Monroe and Elvis were invited! The stars and stripes lay across the table and there was attention to detail with hand-made flowers. Cadet Jeffs entertained the diners during the main-course with his keyboard skills.


Team Eurovision prepared a delightful dish of mushrooms in White Wine sauce, Paella and Belgian Chocolate pudding for desert. Their simple but effective decorations went alongside Eurovision highlights from the ages on the big screen and a vintage Shloer was poured by the wine-waiter!


Official taste-tester, Fg Off Rosie Chapman was invited to sample each menu before offering it for the cadets to try their own creations. “I am really pleased with the effort both teams have put into this challenge. They have worked together really well to create lip-smackingly good menus and they've even done all the washing up!”

The cooking challenge has formed part of the Life-Skills sessions and following its success there will be more cooking lessons in store for the squadron. For more photos, check out the 84 Squadron Facebook Page.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Two Take to the Skies for the First Time

Despite the rain and overcast skies, on Friday 24th July two cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron took off in a Grob Tutor T1 for their first ever Air Experience Flights at RAF Cosford.

Cadet Hiran Patel, aged 17 and Cadet James Worrall, 14, have both been Air Cadets at Coventry Airport Squadron for some time but due to the allocations of places, cancellations due to weather and other conflicting conditions neither have been able to take to the skies until now. On a very grey Friday they travelled to RAF Cosford keeping everything crossed that the clouds and rain stayed away long enough for them to get their first air experience. Luckily they were both allocated slots in the first two waves of sorties and once kitted out in a flying suit, helmet, gloves and the all important parachute, they were escorted out to the aircraft to meet with their pilots.
Cadet James Worrall

Once seated comfortably in the cockpit their pilots took them up in the air where they were given control of the aircraft. With close instructions they were shown how to turn, climb, descend and then return to straight and level. Both experienced some aerobatic manoeuvres under the control of the pilot but with their hands on the controls to 'follow-through' the movements. Handing back complete control to the pilot, they landed safely on the runway and taxied back to the parking area with huge smiles on their faces.

Cadet Hiran Patel
Cadet Worrall was really happy with the whole experience saying “I flew most of the flight myself. I never thought I would have such control on my first turn but it was awesome!”. Cadet Patel, who has previously experienced glider flights said “it was so much quicker than gliding. I loved experiencing zero-G. I'm definitely going to be coming back if there is chance”.

During Air Experience Flights, cadets learn about the controls of the aircraft from highly qualified pilots who are either current and ex-service or civilian pilots. They are given rigorous safety briefs before taking to the air and then given the first levels of flying training. In subsequent flights they will progress with their training as well as move onto some more complicated aerobatics.

Written by Flying Officer Rosie Chapman RAFVR(T)


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Come Dine with Ma'am!

Tonight is the launch of the 2015 cooking competition:


Cadets will be split into teams and have tonight to design a 3-course menu to be cooked at the Squadron on Sunday 26 July for the Officer in Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Chapman. 

The meal must be cooked using the limited kitchen facilities (i.e. a microwave and toaster) at the unit as well as on the camping stoves before being served to the staff with suitable entertainment provided between courses! All ingredients and resources must come within the budget of £10 per team.
Watch this space for the results! Let the cooking commence....

Monday, 6 July 2015

Flying Back in Time at the Coventry Air Pageant

On Saturday 4th July, Air Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were invited to support the Baginton Air Pageant run by Classic Air Force at Coventry Airport. Cadets enjoyed a range of historic aircraft both on the ground and in the air as well as raising funds and recruitment contacts for the Squadron.
Cadets Thakrar, Jeffs, Charlton & Garrett at the ATC stand

Early in the morning a team of cadets and staff set up a recruitment and info stand as well as the fantastic Airfield Treasure Hunt game. They picked a prime spot at the entrance to one of the large aircraft hangers where it was cool and away from the draft of the activity on the runway! Cadets were then shipped off to help the organisers of the event with their admin by filling welcome packs with flyers and vouchers. After some hard work they were allowed to wander around the stalls, look at the aircraft close up and have some well deserved ice creams!

Airfield Treasure Hunt Game
Back at the main stand there were plenty of visitors looking at the display. Many were ex-air cadets from all over the country so had lots of stories to offer. Others were potential new recruits who were signed up to attend an open evening later in the summer. Everyone who came past the stand were encouraged to spend just £1 on entering the Airfield Treasure Hunt game where there were some on-the-spot prize winners who took away RAF goodie bags. By 315pm the squares were filling up fast and after a final flurry of entries the winner square was revealed! Taylor Hope was quickly called back to the stall to receive her special goodie bag and £10 winners prize. She was over the moon to be the overall winner and was delighted with the bag of prizes. Second prize went to Mr Geoff Moore from Sutton Coldfield. As he had already left for the day his prize will be mailed to him directly.

Taylor Hope receiving her Winners Prize from Flying Officer Rosie Chapman!
Throughout the day, cadets were tasked with helping run the Flight Simulator inside one of the hangers. Leading this was Cadet Corporal Phoebe Jenner and as a reward for her efforts she was given the last seat inside the Avro Shakleton aircraft as it completed its engine runs at the end of the day. Although not taking off the ground the force of all 4 mighty engines running was enough to blow away the cobwebs for some distance around and Cpl Jenner was extremely pleased to have had this experience.
A new addition to the Vintage Milliners Display!

So, as the sun went down and the stands were packed away there were some hot but happy faces amongst the cadets and staff. Not only were there some interesting recruitment leads for both new cadets and visiting guest speakers but the treasure hunt raised an impressive £78 which will be put towards summer activities.



All in all, a historically successful day was had by all.


Monday, 29 June 2015

July Training Programme

See below link for the July Training Programme

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Coming up this month:
  • NCO training - Wed 1 July. All other cadets are on standown as we hold one of our regular training sessions for the senior cadets.
  • Baginton Air Pageant - Saturday 4 July. This replaces the Sunday parade so all cadets must attend. We will be there 1000-1500 so we need a regular bunch of cadets to help man a recruitment and games stand throughout the day. Cadets will get FREE entry to the event! Cadets to meet there by 1000hrs in No 2C uniform (Working Blues - girls to wear trousers)
  • Maintenance Day - Sunday 5 July. Parents and friends are invited to come help us improve our Squadron facilities. There are lots of jobs to be done - big and small so any time you can offer to help would be much appreciated. The unit will be open 1000-1500hrs. Click HERE for a link to the jobs list so you can see what we need help with. Please contact the Squadron if you have tools you can loan us or if you are available to help out on the day. Thank you.
  • NEW!!! White Water Rafting Taster Session - Sunday 12 July. If you are keen to have a go, get wet and experience the downhill thrill of the rapids at Cartington Water then sign up either in the Squadron or by emailing the OiC ASAP. LIMITED PLACES! Only £6.50 per cadet. Times: 0815 - late afternoon. Cadets attending need to make sure they check the kit list and bring consent forms, proof of swimming ability, money and wet & dry kit....oh and a towel! Enjoy!
  • On Wed 15 July the Squadron will experience a visit from a practicing barrister who will talk to the cadets about his role within the legal system, his qualifications and skills which have helped him get to his current position.
  • Come Dine with Ma'am - Sunday 26 July. The annual cooking competition will take on the popular TV show format with teams of cadets preparing a three course 'themed' meal for the staff to sample. More info coming soon.
  • Fire Section Visit - Wed 29 July. Fire crew from Coventry Airport station will visit the unit to demo some of their equipment and get the cadets working hard rolling out hoses! Be prepared to get wet!!!
As well as all these amazing events we will have cadets and staff attending camps from Southwick Park (the MOD police training academy) to RAF Cyprus. We wish them all bon voyage and a safe trip. We will await their stories and photos upon their return.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Vowel Please Ma'am!

Congratulations to all the winners and game players at Friday's "84 Squadron Does Countdown" Fundraising event at the Royal British Legion, Baginton.

We all had fun playing a mix of word and maths games from the famous Countdown show along with other on the night games of "Guess the Weight of the Cake" and "How many sweets in the jar?" as well as a fantastic "Airport Treasure Hunt".

Cadets, parents, friends and locals joined in with a host of games whilst grazing on a light buffet with drinks available from the Legion bar. During the evening they also had to complete a picture round of identifying National flags. The money kept rolling in with raffle tickets and Stand-up Bingo tickets available throughout. The list of prizes included:
  • A Homemade cake of the winner's choice (made by Flying Officer Rosie Chapman)
  • The Jar of Sweets
  • The Weight-game cake (Made by Mrs Jessica Jenner)
  • A Squadron Hoodie with personalised name on the back
  • A Circuit Flight around Coventry Airport donated by Almat Aviation
  • A Nandos Voucher worth £20
  • 4 Open bus top tour tickets to be used ANYWHERE worldwide (some major city exclusions apply). 

So, the total raised from the evening was a staggering.......

£257!!!

This amazing total will be split between the Squadron and the British Legion club in Baginton

Thank you to all who came along, supported, helped set up and took part in what was a highly successful evening! 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Tales from the Past

RAFA visitors and the Squadron
On Wednesday 24th June 2015, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron opened its doors to welcome four distinguished guests from the Leamington Spa branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). The cadets were entertained with tales from the past in both the Air Cadets, the Royal Air Force and civilian aviation industry followed by a formal parade during which several presentations were made by the RAFA Branch President.


Group Captain Raymond MacDonald, MBE (RAFA Branch President) led the visit after contacting the unit regarding the Battle of Britain Memorial Parade later in the year. It was suggested that he brought along some of his comrades to share their stories with the cadets and to meet with the next generation of Air Cadets. Alongside the Group Captain were Mr Stuart Powney (Branch Chairman), Flight Lieutenant Rusty Waughman, DFC AFC and Flight Lieutenant Mike Harrison (Branch Secretary). All four had some amazing tales of their time in the Royal Air Force taking them across the world from bombing raids to excursions in the Regiment through to engineering runs on ancient aircraft and experiencing compulsory military service as a young adult. Cadets were given opportunity to ask questions to the panel and meet with them informally during their break time.
Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Chapman took the guests on a tour of the squadron's facilities following which a formal photograph was taken before a final parade during which Group Captain MacDonald was invited to make some important presentations. Firstly, a yellow lanyard was presented to Cadet Corporal Lauren Coker for completing her Methods of Instruction Course. Once she had returned to her spot in the flight she was soon called back out to receive her promotion to Cadet Sergeant! Read more about the presentations in the next story.


Following the visit, Group Captain MacDonald sent his thanks and appreciation in an email saying, “I would like to thank you for making us so welcome at the Squadron. It was a rare treat to see young people so engaged and enthusiastic and to see your spick- and- span and well equipped Squadron HQ”. With the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps rapidly approaching the Squadron and RAFA team will be combining efforts to create an archive and thorough history of 84 Squadron.

Monday, 8 June 2015

The First Youth Avaition Day gets off to a Flying Start!


On Sunday 7th June, 84 Squadron were invited to attend the first Youth Aviation Day at Husbands Bosworth Gliding Club. 15 Cadets and 3 staff went along to find out what was on offer at the airfield in relation to the aviation industry and other uniformed organisations.

The event was organised by a combination of Squadrons from South and East Midlands Wing and the Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth. It was designed to allow young people with an interest in aviation to come along, have a close up look at some aircraft, try out some activities and meet with a wide range of interesting people. Stands were scattered around the airfield alongside the cordoned off runway where throughout the day there were flying displays. As the sun shone bright various aircraft took off including the UK’s No1 female aerobatics pilot who tore across the sky in unbelievable twists and turns followed swiftly by a pair of remote controlled hawks as used by the Red Arrows.

Cadet McGeever takes to the wheel
The cadets went off to explore the different interest stands, challenging each with different activities such as the inflatable climbing tower and slide named ‘Spider Mountain’ and the hovercraft circuits. Also on offer was a demo of the Land Rover Defender range both in military and civilian versions. Of course, the cadets wanted to pose for photos riding on this mean machine!

Cadet Gill gets in to get a better look
Some cadets from the other units had camped out in the field adjacent and used the gliding club’s fantastic overnight facilities. They were on hand throughout the day to assist with parking, directing visitors on arrival and giving the all important safety briefing. The CafĂ©, BBQ and ice cream van were busy all day, especially with cold drinks as the weather was scorching hot.

This was the first event of this kind arranged for cadets, scouts, cubs etc and following from its success we are hoping to get more involved next year and make this an annual event not to be missed.

The McGeever Brothers try out the glider
For more photos, check out the Squadron Facebook Page.