84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 29 June 2015

July Training Programme

See below link for the July Training Programme


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.......


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.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hot off the Press!

The NEW 84 Squadron Newsletter is out!

Copies available from the Squadron or see the link below.

If you have any content suggestions for the next issue, please email the squadron: 84@aircadets.org

Monday, 1 June 2015

Friday 26th June
The Royal British Legion, Baginton
1930hrs till late. 

Come along with friends and family to make up a winning team competing through every possible gameshow and quiz round possible. 
Test your knowledge, skill and strength in the gameshow bonanza!

A light buffet will be available and there is a cash bar available.

   Top Prizes to be won!   

Tickets are just £3 per person available from the Squadron or the British Legion
Other games available for 50p a go on the night.

All proceeds will be split between the Squadron and the Royal British Legion