On Friday 4th May 2018, cadets of 2120 (Witney) Squadron received their annual review under the watchful eye of Air Vice Marshal G M Russell RAF, Director Helicopters at Defence Equipment and Supply.
Parading at the new Joint Cadet Centre, the Cadets and staff provided a formal parade to watching parents and civic dignitaries from across the district, including the District Chairman, Councillor Norman MacRae MBE, the Bishop of Dorchester, the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher OBE and Mr Robert Courts, our local member of Parliament.
Following the parade, the new Joint Cadet Centre which the Squadron has waited for following the closure of its last Headquarters seventeen years ago, was officially opened with a blessing and prayer which led to a ribbon cutting by Cadet Emilia Belardo, assisted by Air Vice Marshal Russell, Bishop Colin and Mr Courts MP.
Throughout the night, the Cadets demonstrated the wide range of activities available from aerospace, through STEM to Adventure Training and First Aid. The visiting dignitaries and parents were able to understand the diversity of modern cadet training first hand before a presentation from Cadet Sergeant Josh Sigsworth, who summed up the activities of the previous twelve months.
Before closing remarks from Air Vice Marshal Russell and Squadron Leader Mark Travena from HQ Thames Valley Wing, a bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was presented to Cadet James Gullett, and the specially commissioned ‘May the Fourth’ cake was cut.