Wing Activities Day 2016

Hundreds of cadets and staff representing 27 Squadrons in Dorset and Wiltshire participated in the annual Wing Activities Day held at Boscombe Down on Sunday, 18 th September.

Competitions included drill, aircraft modelling, photography, aircraft recognition, First Aid, presentation skills and initiative exercises.

Cadets had an opportunity to practice on the climbing wall and try their hand at archery, and there were also a number of information stands covering cadet activities.

Overall winners for the day were 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron, with 171 (Christchurch) Squadron in second place, and 1304 (Chippenham) Squadron placed third.

75th Anniversary at Bowood House

Hundreds of cadets and staff representing Air Cadet units throughout Dorset & Wiltshire gathered for a special parade on Sunday, 4th September to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets. The parade was held at Bowood House, Calne, by kind permission of Lord Lansdowne.

The Inspecting Officer was the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, and VIP guests included Col James Arkell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire; Gp Capt Tom Lyons, Station Commander of MOD Boscombe Down; Wg Cdr Phil Arnold, Station Commander Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; and Mr James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire.

“I am delighted that we had this opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of what I firmly believe to be one of the best youth organisations in Britain in such a splendid location” said Wing Commander Vanessa Toth, Officer Commanding Dorset Wilts Wing ATC. “The ATC motto ‘Venture-Adventure’ really sum-up what we have to offer to young people and we now look forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2041″.

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Parade in front of Bowood House
Part of the Parade in front of Bowood House
In the Air!
In the Air!
Taking the Salute
Taking the Salute
Commandant, Lord Lieutenant's Cadet and Deputy Lord Lieutenant
Commandant, Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and Deputy Lord Lieutenant
Time for a Selfie!
Time for a Selfie!