Community Service Awards
TWO air cadets’ dedication to community service has earned them an award from Adur East Lions Club.
Cadet Sergeant Daniel Porter, 18, and Cadet Stacey Harrington, 16, helped various causes in the area, volunteering for school revision classes, organising fundraising events and supporting young people with behavioural and learning difficulties.
The 1440 (Shoreham) Squadron members were presented with Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards, having completed more than 200 hours of community service during 2015.
President Jim Pummell and Lion Susan Saunders handed over certificates and congratulatory letters at the Cadet Centre, in Eastern Avenue, Shoreham, on behalf of Lions International president Dr Jitsuhiro Yamada.
Mr Pummell said: “It’s a brilliant achievement by both the cadets.”
Stacey received a gold award and Daniel received silver, the first of their kind to be given out by Adur East Lions.
Flight Lieutenant Rich Sage, the squadron’s commanding officer, said: “The cadets at the squadron do so many fantastic things towards helping others in their local community, so it’s great to see this recognised formally.”
The ceremony was attended by East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, who spoke highly of young people today, volunteering to help others.
The squadron plans to enrol more cadets in the Young Leaders in Service programme and is looking to expand its community involvement during 2016.
Wing Training Weekend
Every September, squadrons from across Sussex Wing all take part in a Wing Training Weekend (WTW). At WTW each squadron competes with other squadrons in many cadet activities including Foot and Banner Drill, Band, First Aid, Aero modelling, Adventure Training which consisted of raft building and archery, other activities included Aircraft Recognition, photography and Shooting!
The cadets from 1440 achieved highly within the activities that they entered in! The squadron came 1st in First Aid and Corps of Drums, 2nd in Aero modelling, 3rd in the solo drummer competition and the award for junior sportsman of the year! A great result for all!
There were also activities that were held throughout the weekend that were not assessed. They were purely set-up for the enjoyment of cadets that took part in the weekend. these activities included archery, clay pigeon shooting and orienteering.
The winning teams will now compete in the regional competition held at RAF Northolt to represent Sussex; they will go up against other wings such as London, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire! Good luck to them all but mainly, well done!
On the 17th May, cadets from 1440 took part in the Sussex Wing athletics. Numerous medals were one by many of the cadets at the squadron; the haul included two gold, six silver and three bronze medals. The squadron’s junior girls and intermediate boy’s teams were placed 2nd and 3rd overall which was an excellent result for the squadron. OC Flt Lt Sage said “We brought a very determined team – everyone gave 100 per cent and it showed, with strong finishes and medals in both track and field events across the age groups. Cadet Cpl Weaver, 16, achieved gold in both the 800m and 1500m track events. He then later went on to win the region 800m, we are all very proud of his achievements within the Wing and Region.