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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.


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