84 Sqn ATC Crest

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Grand 84 Squadron Reunion

On the 12th June 2016, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron flung open its doors and welcomed in both current and ex-members of the Squadron to celebrate the 70th Anniversary since its formation combined with the 75th year of the Air Training Corps. Despite the persistent rain, over 120 people attended the event from the newest enrolled cadet right through to the longest surviving member who joined the organisation back in 1944!

The History Book on Display
84 Squadron has a long and diverse history which dates back to its formation in 1946 following a re-shuffle of the Coventry Squadrons. Initially called the 2nd City of Coventry Squadron, 84 were based at Cows Lane in the city centre and thrived throughout the years making its mark as one of the strongest sporting squadrons in the Wing. After a move and subsequent rename, to Coventry Airport the squadron continued to thrive with additional classrooms added to the building to accommodate the strength and range of activities on offer. Many of the cadets ended up giving time back to the unit as either staff members or on the Civilian Committee.

Over the last nine months two such ex-cadets, Dan Saxton and Andy Greenway have worked hard on a project which entailed scanning and compiling all the photographs from the archive and gathering information for each year of the Squadro
Presentation to Denis Smith
n’s history. This culminated in the production of “Looking Back with 84 Squadron”, a professionally bound book detailing the Squadron's history filled with full colour photographs and documents found in the archive. During the event on Sunday the book was formally launched and went on sale for the very reasonable price of £10 each.

Guest of Honour for the event was Denis Smith who joined the ATC back in 1944 and followed 84 Squadron when it formed staying for many years as a cadet. He was extremely pleased when contact was made and the initial invitation sent for the event. He was the longest surviving member of the Squadron to attend the party and to mark the occasion he was presented with a Squadron plaque. Afterwards he sent his congratulations and praise in an email saying “it was clear that the attributes displayed show that discipline, respect, determination, ability, comradeship and the sheer desire to be in an organisation that is dedicated to aircraft, flying and all that is associated with that sphere of life, are very much alive and well in 84 Squadron”.

Gingerbread Cadets!
Flying Officer Rosie Robinson, Officer-in-Charge was extremely proud to show off the current cadets on parade and made a short speech between rain deluges! Along side the main reunion event there was a cake and plant sale to raise funds for two very lucky cadets who have been selected to take part in a community project in South Africa during Summer 2017. The total raised from these elements was a whopping £290 proving that baking all those gingerbread cadets really was worth it! Afterwards Rosie Robinson said “Today was the culmination of a lot of hard work and it certainly paid off. To see so many ex-members back in the unit was just fabulous and it makes me very proud to be part of the next generation”.

Check out the Squadron Facebook page for all the photos.

Training Programme: June & July

See below links for the next two month's programmes. Keep checking as things might change but we'll aim to give as much notice as possible.

[June HTML] [June PDF]

[July HTML] [July PDF]

Thursday, 9 June 2016

84 Girls on Tour!

Corporal Roddis & Sergeant Jenner start their route planning!
Two cadets from 84 Squadron have won places on a chance of a lifetime trip to South Africa taking place in 2017 joining fellow cadets from the Wing to complete an intensive community project and to explore some of the dramatic landscape in the region.

The 20 day trip entitled “Operation Drakensberg Elephant” is being organised by Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, and will take place in August next year. The 30 lucky cadets taking part will volunteering to refurbish one of the classrooms at a primary school, trekking through the Drakensberg mountains and climbing Giants Castle which stands at 3,315m as well as learning about South African environmental issues, culture and heritage.

Cadet Sergeant Phoebe Jenner and Cadet Corporal Georgia Roddis were both over the moon when the news was broken to them and even more excited to learn that they were going together. "It will be so different from anything I've done before, I just can't wait" said Sgt Jenner. Cpl Roddis added "I'm really looking forward to learning about the environment there and seeing the animals on safari".

Both cadets have got a challenging fund-raising task ahead of them. As well as raising an individual target of £750 each, they will be aiming to raise more money to pay for new equipment for the volunteering work. They are hoping to get their first funds at this Sunday's reunion, as Cpl Roddis will be selling cakes and crafts, and Sgt Jenner will be selling plants, and would welcome any support you can give!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

84 get Adopted!

On Wednesday 1st June, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron, Air Cadets were officially adopted by the local Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) branch in a ceremony held at the Royal Naval Association Club in Leamington Spa. The event was attended by both current cadets from the squadron alongside RAFA branch members who meet once a month and had invited the cadets to join the extra special June meeting.

The Leamington Spa branch of RAFA have been in contact with 84 Squadron for some time: partnering to provide a fantastic display of cadets and service personnel for the Battle of Britain and Remembrance parades which take place annually in Leamington Spa town centre. They also have worked together raising money and selling poppies during the Poppy Appeal weeks in October and November and some of the members have visited the Squadron to give talks about their involvement with the Royal Air Force and aviation over their wide and varied careers. When approached by Branch President Group Captain Raymond MacDonald MBE (RAF Retired) regarding an official adoption, Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Robinson was quick to accept the wonderful offer and so the process was started.

Unfortunately Raymond MacDonald was unable to attend the ceremony due to ill health but the Branch Chairman, Stuart Powney made the official presentation of the adoption certificate. The cadets were given a short introduction to the RAFA and their role alongside the regular service and then the buffet was declared open. The members and cadets were encouraged to mingle and share stories.

Flying Officer Rosie Robinson made a short acceptance speech thanking the branch for their warm hospitality and the fantastic refreshments provided adding: “this is not just something to hang on our wall, this is the start of a strong relationship between our two organisations. I've been approached by so many members who would like to come and share their stories with the cadets and we really look forward to taking up these offers as part of our training programme in the next few months”.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Hot Off the Press!

ON SALE at The Reunion on 12th June! 

If you are unable to attend the event next weekend but would like to purchase a copy, please email reunion@84sqnatc.co.uk so we can send details of payment methods and delivery.