AIR CADETS VISIT HOME OF THE UK’S AIR DEFENCE

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 22 September, 2016
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Air Cadets from Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing visited RAF Boulmer in Northumberland for their annual camp recently, taking part in a wide range of activities.  2016 is a special year for the air cadets as they are celebrating their 75th Anniversary. The week-long visit gave the cadets the opportunity to visit an active Royal Air Force station and experience first-hand life in the Service. During what proved to be a fantastic week, the cadets gained an understanding of RAF Boulmer – which is the hub of the UK Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Force – and the vital role … Continue Reading →


RAF AIR CADETS MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 22 September, 2016
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Air cadets from Nailsea helped the RAF Air Cadets celebrate their 75th anniversary in style at their national parade and musical extravaganza this week. Cadets Clasper, Whitcombe, and Flight Sgt Penfold, of 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Training Corps joined the fun for the historic event at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. They were some of up to 5,000 people attending with VIP guests including the new Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, CBE, RAF, and Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, MBE RAFVR(T) and flypasts from the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Falcons. The … Continue Reading →


Seventy six cadets take part in Cheltenham Parade to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

  • By Wing IT Officer
  • 18 September, 2016
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Seventy six cadets from six North Gloucestershire units plus the band of 1329 (Stroud) Squadron put on an impressive display at the Cheltenham Battle of Britain Commemorative Service and Parade. The immaculate conduct of the banner bearers and wreath laying detail were singled out for particular praise by Air Vice Marshal Tony Mason. Cadets also provided a Guard of Honour at the unveiling of the restored War Memorial in The Promenade. The Mayor of Cheltenham, who conducted the ceremony, watched by hundreds of people including cadet parents, said six new names of armed forces’ personnel killed in action, including the … Continue Reading →


National Torch Relay 2016

The National 75th Anniversary Torch Relay

It was the turn of Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing on the 25th August 2016 to receive the National Air Cadet Torch that represents 75 year of the Air Cadets.  It had been travelling from John O’ Groats since 12th July 2016 through the other wings and was delivered at Hullavington the home of 621 VGS (Volunteer Gliding Squadron) by Dorset & Wiltshire Wing. After a short photo call it was handed over to Alumni Mr Tony Eve a retired Flt Lt and OC and Cdt Dimond from 1446 sqn. It was due to be flown to Colerne and 3 AEF … Continue Reading →


Exercise Northern Viking – Iceland Expedition

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 1 August, 2016
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On 27 July 2016 seven cadets and two staff flew to Reykjavik for the adventure of a lifetime. Their aim is to commemorate the ATC’s 75th Anniversary by successfully completing Iceland’s spectacular Landmannalaugar trail.  They will carry full expedition kit and camp out for five days.  After the trail they will hike up to a glacier and go ice climbing with local guides before spending a day visiting natural hot springs. The cadets will be led on the Landmannalaugar trail by a qualified mountaineering instructor but, throughout the expedition, they will have to make their own decisions about how the group’s budget is spent. Exercise Northern Viking is another fantastic Bristol … Continue Reading →


Cadets from 2146 Sqn take to the water in Bristol

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  • 31 July, 2016
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Recently cadets from 2146 (South East Bristol) Squadron, coached by Flt Lt Martin Neate from 2124 (Bristol Airport) Squadron took to the water in Bristol to train for this year’s Moat Boat Race in Wells. The cadets used the Feeder Canal for the first time as a watersports training area and practiced paddling their raft ‘U-2146’ in teams in order to hone their race technique. The cadets built the raft last year for the annual race in Wells and while their staff took home a trophy, the cadets weren’t so lucky and are keen to emulate that success this year. … Continue Reading →


Success for 1860 (East Bristol) Squadron at Wing Activities Day

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 17 July, 2016
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A day of competitive activities was held at Buckley Barracks at the weekend in involving drill, modelling, sports, first aid aircraft recognition and among other things.  Although it was hard fought there could only be one winner, 1860 Squadron led by Officer in Charge Flg Off (Flying Officer) Meg Wild RAFVR(T) rose to the challenge letting out a big cheer on hearing the results read out by Officer Commanding Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, Wing Commander David Cox RAFVR(T).  Flg Off Wild said “I am really proud of them, the agreement was if they win it was a trip to Nando’s on … Continue Reading →


The WREV at RIAT

Bristol & Gloucestershire WREV (Wing Recruiting & Educational Vehicle) was on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo over the weekend of 8th -10th July taking its place in the RAF Village. The new position proved to be very successful in capturing the interest of the public with young people flying the Viking simulator, dropping parachutes in the drop zone from the back of a Hercules model on a zip wire and the trusted old wire buzzer game. The weekend saw many enquiries from near and far with some children only aged 7 to 11 it gave them an insight of … Continue Reading →


75th Anniversary Parade at RIAT

  750 Air Cadets and Staff assembled at the Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford for the 75th Anniversary Parade on Friday 8th July.  Arriving from near & far the cadets and staff accompanied by the Air Cadets national band marched along Patrons Way where there was an “Eyes Right”, taking the salute was Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, and the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE. Thousands of onlookers were entertained with music as the proud cadets and staff took part in one of the biggest events of the year to … Continue Reading →


Flight of a lifetime….

Cadet Warrant Officer Elin Caine was all smiles after her flight with the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo last weekend. Elin, an Air Cadet with 186 Newent Squadron was selected after her success of completing the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award. The Award is designed to find and recognise the best of the CVQO BTEC cadets across the UK. It’s not just about being a great cadet – CVQO is looking for young people who go beyond the cadet experience, who become valuable members of their communities and who show a willingness selflessly to help others. See … Continue Reading →