84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 30 May 2016

Another Sunday, Another Enrolment

Making the Cadet Promise
On Sunday 8th May 2016, the latest group of new recruits to 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron were enrolled formally into the Corps by Officer-in-Charge Flying Officer Rosie Robinson and Squadron Padre, Reverend David Wintle.

The group of seven new recruits started at 84 Squadron in early February and have been working towards this event for several weeks. New cadets are given a staggered programme into the squadron which includes lessons in the history and structure of the organisation, introduction to the ranks and badges as well as demonstrations of how to polish and iron the uniform. They were initially kitted with coveralls and their blue uniform was ordered according to their measurements. As well as classroom activities the recruits were given extensive practical and theory lessons in drill to enable them to take part in a basic parade.

The short enrolment ceremony took place in the Squadron compound in front of parents, fellow cadets and staff from the unit. The Squadron Padre was invited to lead the ceremonial duties which included making the cadet promise and the presentation of their record of service books. Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Robinson welcomed them all individually and handed out their berets. Once their headdress was in place the group took their first salute before returning back to their place in the main squad.
First Salute
Afterwards, one of the parents commented that “it was so nice to see them all looking smart in their blue uniform. We are really proud of how much our son has learnt in the short time already and we know he can't wait to get stuck into more”. Welcome to the Air Training Corps!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Half-Term parade Plans

Plan for the next few parades / activities! Please read carefully so you are fully aware of where you need to be and when!
Sunday 29 May - Maintenance Parade. Normal times (0930-1230) for any cadets available to come make the squadron look at its very best. Uniform: No 3 (DPM/PCS/Coveralls). If you want to stay until mid afternoon (the Squadron will be open until 1500hrs) to carry on helping - bring lunch.
Wed 1 Jun - Air Experience Flying: There are 6 cadets nominated to attend. You will depart from the Sqn at 0730hrs. Uniform: No 2C (Working blue). Take with you: Trainers, 3822, MEDICAL FORM, lunch and drinks. Depending on the weather as to when you return. Latest is approx 1700hrs. If you wish to go home and then return for the evening parade this is fine. Alternatively the Squadron will be open and you can stay until 2130.
Wed 1 Jun - NORMAL PARADE arrangements: We are visiting the RAFA meeting in Leamington to be held at the Navy Association. Those who live in Leamington may wish to go directly there (please email to confirm you are doing this). Otherwise everyone needs to meet at the Squadron ready to leave at 1900hrs prompt. Uniform: No 2C (Working blues). A light buffet and drinks will be provided. Return to the Sqn for 2130hrs.
Sunday 5 June - Squadron will be closed so no parade on. Enjoy the end of the Half term break! 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Cadet Competition Time

Cadets .... the challenge has been set ... to name our latest recruit!

We have finally put the finishing touches to our latest training aid - a full size mannequin displaying both Wedgwood and Working blue uniforms. 

Please send any clean, appropriate and sensible suggestions via email to the OC. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

84 Squadron Reunion

On Sunday 12th June, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron are hosting a Reunion event to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Corps as well as the 70th year of the Squadron in its present format.

84 Squadron was formed following an amalgamation and reformation of the Coventry Squadrons back in 1946. Since then its survived the test of time including a move fro Cows Lane in Coventry to its present location at the Airport. Many faces have come and gone both as staff and cadets, some have even come back as Civilian Committee and are still in contact today. 

The Reunion event is an open invitation to any past and present Squadron members to to celebrate and reunite together. The history of the unit has been put together into a book detailing year-by-year the progression of the cadets, the staff teams and includes those all important camp photographs!

See details on the flyer below for times.

If you are intending to attend, please RSVP by emailing reunion@84sqnatc.co.uk with numbers and any special dietary requirements.

See you there!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Sewing Skills Stand Out Supreme!

During February and March Cadets at 84 Squadron focussed on their uniforms and learnt skills associated with keeping them highly polished, ironed smartly with all buttons and badges sewn on correctly. One Sunday morning the cadets were split into groups where they were taught how to thread a needle and sew on buttons using old shirts and uniform to practice on.
Flying Officer Rosie Chapman then produced a plain cream canvas bag for each group and set the task for them to decorate with badges, buttons and motifs to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps in 2016. The only stipulation was that they had to sew on military buttons in the shape of a 7 and a 5 using exactly 75 buttons!
They set about designing their bags raiding the stores for old badges and lanyards, ties and shirts to decorate and adorn the final items.

With some help using the sewing machine and a little extra work at home, the finished bags look fantastic and will be on display in the unit for any visitors to see. We may even take them with us for the annual Bagpack later in the year!

See the Squadron Facebook for all the photos.

May Training Programme

See links below for the May Training Programme:


Following a successful weekend at the Wing Training Day (results pending) the Squadron is getting back on track with some 'normal' and 'not-so-normal' activities! We started by running some short leadership exercises outside and indoors which got the cadets thinking about communication, leadership, teamwork and also enjoying a bit fun and having a giggle!

Coming up this month:

  • Live Fire Marksmanship Training - On Sat 7 May a selected group of qualified cadets will get to practice their marksmanship skills on both the indoor and outdoor ranges. Let's hope we come back with a few badges to show off their accuracy!

  • Enrollment - Sunday 8th May will see the latest bunch of new recruits fully enrolled into the Squadron. They will make their promise to the Corps and be awarded their berets in a short, formal ceremony on final parade.
  • Squadron Photo - Whilst we have all the cadets in their No 2 (Wedgwood Blues) for Inspection and Enrolment, we would like to take the opportunity to get a full Squadron photo. Please try to make this parade as we would like as many cadets to be in the photo for 2016 as possible. This will be going into the History book to be launched at our Reunion on 12th June. 

  • 75th Sports Challenge - Headquarters Air Cadets has challenged every cadet in the Corps to take part in a sports challenge during June. The pack of set activities has arrived which includes skipping, keep ups, planking, shuttle runs and target practice. We're getting in a few extra practices before the competition begins in June!

  • "Where's Wally Wandering?" - an alternative to the famous find Wally game, this time cadets have to find out where Wally is going on travels using their map reading skills and team work to plan and follow his route.
  • Civilian Committee Annual General Meeting - Wed 25th May, 1930-2030hrs. This is our annual meeting to re-elect members of the committee, share with parents the work of the civilian committee and recruit any new members. Letters have been sent home so please send back the return slip if you wish to come along.
  • Squadron Maintenance - as we (finally) come out of the winter months and head towards summer its about time we had a good check around the Squadron to make sure everything is looking tip top especially as we have the Summer BBQ/Reunion happening in mid June where we want the unit to look at its best.

Looking ahead - Don't forget to save the 12th June in your diaries as we are hosting a BBQ/Garden Party for the 75th Reunion which will also be the launch of the 84 archive book detailing the history of the Squadron throughout the years.