The cadets at 471 Squadron are holding a recruitment evening on Monday, 5th September 2016. During the course of the night, anyone who is interested in joining the squadron can come along for the night, as a taster evening. At 471, there is a huge array of activities on offer, including flying, sports, shooting, camps, sports, the Duke of Edinburgh Award. the opportunity to earn BTEC qualifications, a 2 Star Kayak award and your Private Pilots Licence, as well as much more! People wishing to attend the evening can arrive at our squadron, based behind Tarleton Academy, on Hesketh Lane (PR4 6AQ), from 19:15 onwards, until 21:30, when squadron closes. The cadets and staff on squadron will be open to any questions or queries any potential new cadets or parents may have. If, however, you cannot make the evening, you can contact the squadron at email@example.com.
Last week, six cadets from 471 went on Cumbria & Lancashire Wing's annual camp to RAF Conninsby. Here are several photos from Cadet Warrant Officer Brentley, Flight Sergeant Ball (although his trip was cut short due to appendicitis - I hope you join us in wishing him well) and Cadets Timperley, Justice, Sutton and Bamford H's camp!
2015 was a brilliant year for 471 Squadron, built on the success of 2014. At the end of 2014, around 20 cadets attended regularly, but now, we have around forty cadets on the squadron! One of our targets for 2015 was to get some cadets through their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award, and by the end of the year, Cadet Sergeant Ball, Cadet Corporal Pym and Cadet Holohan have all completed their award, and are all starting their Silver award!
Cadet Flight Sergeant Brentley was promoted from the rank of Sergeant, as well as Corporals Markey & Cookson from Cadet. Many cadets also achieved a new classification, many achieving their First Class, Leading and Senior levels.
Today, Cadets from 471 Squadron came a brilliant second place in the annual inter-squadron swimming competition, which took place at Salt Ayre Sports Centre, in Lancaster, as well as winning eight medals and a trophy!
On the third of August 2015, Cadet Sergeant Ball and Cadet Corporal Sherrington flew from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Barcelona Airport! The pair were beginning their fifteen-day adventure in the Spainish Pyrenees mountains! During the course of their camp, Ball & Sherrington went white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain climbing, swimming in the lakes (one at 2,200m above sea level), kayaking and, despite it being in Spain, in August, had a snowball fight! Sergeant Ball said “It was a great experience, and a great opportunity – I would recommend it to anyone”. The group of 14 cadets and four members of staff stayed near the town of Benasque – at a base-camp approximately the height of the largest mountain in the United Kingdom – Ben Nevis – which stands at 1,344m above sea level! Also, the group visited the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey – a pilgrimage site for catholics, which stands 1,236m above the valley floor!
The time is 10:00. Cadets are helping set up the squadron. Staff are organising their stalls. And Flight Sergeant Brentley, and Drill Team One are taking up their positions on the drill square. Throughout the past few weeks, cadets have been sponsored by parents, friends, relatives, and anyone else happy to donate to the squadron – And it all came down to the next six hours. Six hours of non-stop drill! The cadets were split up into three teams, and rotated around in twenty minute shifts. Each shift also had a different member of the NCO team taking the drill for that session. We’re happy to say that the drill didn’t stop; and we completed the challenge! Well done to every cadet who took to the square.
Today, several cadets from 471 Squadron attended the annual air show at Royal Air Force Cosford, near Wolverhampton. This is one of the best air shows that cadets will get to visit. Click here to see the full album.
On Saturday, 13th June 2015, 15 cadets from 471 Squadron attended Tarleton Walking Day, and two cadets attended Penwortham Gala. Every year, there is a march through Tarleton, that we are proud to take part in. This year was no different; Cadet Flight Sergeant Brentley, Cadet Sergeant Ball, Cadet Corporals Cookson, Greenwood & Markey and Cadets Abram, Bowden, Clifton, Curtis, Greenwood H, Lloyd, Lopez, Tarbarn, Thorp, Trafford & Sherrington represented the squadron during the march through the historic village. Simultaneously to Walking Day was Penwortham Gala – and as we do every year, Warrant Officer (ATC) Ashcroft held a barbecue, and, with the help of Cadet Corporal Sherrington & Cadet Holohan, the squadron was well represented at both events.
On Sunday, seven cadets from 471 Squadron took part in the 2015 Inter-Wing athletics competition in Middlesbrough. Cadet Corporal Markey, Cadet Corporal Clifton, Cadet Greenwood H, Cadet Morris, Cadet Sherrington, Cadet Gaskell & Cadet Gillions all competed in various events throughout the day. Cadet Corporal Markey took part in the 100m Relay, which didn’t end too well – according to Markey – who later earnt herself a silver in her individual 100m race, as well as a bronze in her Shotput event. Cadet Corporal Clifton also competed in the 100m relay, as well as shotput & discus; He came second in the relay, and third in shotput and discus. Cadet Gillions held off fierce competition to earn himself a silver medal in the 1500m race, and Cadet Greenwood H competed in the javelin event, managing to earn second place. Cadet Gaskell and Cadet Morris competed in high jump and 4x100m relay respectively; and both narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth. Finally, Cadet Sherrington earnt a silver and bronze medal, in 200m and 1500m respectively, as well as finishing fourth in her long jump event. These are a great set of results, and I am sure all the cadets feel the same way about how the day went! The day was topped off when Cumbria & Lancashire Wing earnt 3rd Place in the overall competition!
Cadets from all over Cumbria & Lancashire Wing all descended onto the UCLan Sports Arena for the annual inter-squadron athletics competition – giving cadets the opportunity to not only compete against other squadrons but also meet friends from camps and other events. This year, however, the 471 Cadets had one aim – To claim the Weeton Cup! The Weeton Cup is awarded to the squadron who gets the most points overall throughout the days procedures, and our strong sporting squadron were looking forward to the challenge of claiming one of the three biggest awards in the Wing sports calendar! However, the competitions were split into five age & gender categories – A (junior boys, 14 and under), B (under 17 men), C (above 17 men), D (junior girls) and E (senior girls).
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