Thursday, 31 July 2014

Support our Bag Pack at Asda Metro Centre

Come and support us at Asda at the Metro Centre in Gateshead where we will be bag packing on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd August.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pretty Muddy in Newcastle

Last Saturday cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron helped with marshalling at the Pretty Muddy event at Newcastle Racecourse which is an annual women's charity obstacle course in aid of Cancer Research UK.

During the event, which had around 3,000 registered participants, cadets spent the day encouraging runners over a range of nine obstacles including scramble nets, mud pits, climbing frames and an inflatable slide into a pool full of mud!

Much money was raised on the day for this very worthwhile charity and the cadets were thanked for their help during the event which could not take place without the help of a crew of volunteers.

Pictured below are three cadets from the squadron (two wearing their official volunteer T-Shirts) at the end of the day in front of the final obstacle of the course.
From left to right: Cdt Owen McPake, Sgt Sam Hogg and Cdt William Fletcher

Monday, 14 July 2014

Reduction in Air Cadet Joining Age

With effect from 1st August 2014 the regulations specifying cadet joining age will change.

A young person who is over 12 years of age becomes eligible to join the Air Cadet Organisation from the start of school year 8 in England and Wales. 

This change will allow young people in the same year group at school to join the Air Cadets at the same time rather than having to wait until they are 13 years of age.

(In Scotland a young person will become eligible to join in year S2 and in Northern Ireland, year 9.)

In addition any young person becomes eligible to join when they reach 13 years of age regardless of their school year.

A person cannot join after their 17th birthday.