Monday, 24 April 2017

2017 Tri-Service Band Camp

Earlier this month six cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron attended the annual Tri-Service Band Camp at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.

The Camp culminated on the Friday evening with a public concert in Portabello Town Hall in Edinburgh where the band, consisting of cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force, The Royal Air Force Air Cadets and the Boy's Brigade, gave an spirited performance of music for all tastes and the complete concert is in the video below.

The band will also be performing the Beating Retreat ceremony on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle (the same location as the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.)

At the end of the camp, Cadet Stefan Istrat from 361 Squadron was presented with the award for the Most Improved Cadet Musician in the Junior Band.

 (All members of 361 Squadron get the opportunity to play in the squadron band - No experience or previous music knowledge necessary!)

First Time Flyers

On the 19th April, 3 cadets from 361 squadron experienced their first flight in a Grob Tutor T1 training aircraft with 11 Air Experience Flight at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

Cadets Jubb, Jackson and Wilcox all had the opportunity to take control of the aircraft in the air and were presented with First Flight Certificates to mark the occasion.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

April 2017 Squadron Training Programme

The 361 Squadron Training Programme for April 2017 is now available on the squadron website.

Click here to go to the "What's on" page to download your copy. (PDF)

Recent Presentations

Recently four cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron received a variety of awards.

From left to right: Flt Sgt McPake was presented with a St John Ambulance Activity First Aid Certificate which allows him to teach other cadets up to Youth First Aid level. Cdts Istrat and Ruddick were both awarded their First Class Cadet badges and Cpl Fletcher was promoted to Sergeant.

Lord Lieutentant's Presentations

Ten cadets from Durham/Northumberland Wing were recently presented with BTEC Diplomas by Mrs S Winfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear in a formal ceremony held at HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside.

Amongst these recipients was Flt Sgt Owen McPake from 361 squadron (pictured third from the right) who was presented with with his BTEC in Music for Practical Performance which is one of three BTECs available to members of the RAF Air Cadets.

Friday, 17 March 2017

New First Class Cadets

Last night, eight cadets from 361 squadron completed their basic training and were presented with First Class Cadet badges to mark this stage of their progression in the RAF Air Cadets syllabus.
Pictured (in no particular order) are Cadets Wilson, Starling, Jackson, Adamus, Wilcox, Jubb and the Atkinson twins with their newly presented badges.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Air Cadet National Concert Band

Recently Corporal Sam Dawson from 361 Squadron attended the Air Cadet Organisation National Concert Band Camp at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
This camp is attended by selected cadets from all around the UK, most of whom had never played together before, and after a week of intense rehearsals the camp culminated in a final concert in Whittle Hall at Cranwell.

Cpl Dawson who is also a member of the 361 squadron band and the Durham/Northumberland Wing band (which won the ACO National Marching Band competition in 2016) is this week attending another band camp with the Air Cadet North Region Band making it a full house having played in the Squadron, Wing, Region and Corps bands!