Volume I, Issue 1
Jan/Feb 1999

CO's Corner

CO's Corner
Flt Lt Phil Powell

Welcome to the first issue of what we hope will be a regular newsletter. This is a trial run and will only be successful with your input and suggestions. If you have any interesting items, photos or quizzes which could be included please see Mr.Kelly. We are hoping to produce one issue every few months so pens and ideas at the ready.
The Christmas party was a great success and the costumes were very interesting (to say the least!) I would like to say a big thank you to Martin Webber for the disco and congratulations to Matthew Thomas for winning the best costume award as Zorro. Have you worked out whose legs they are on the notice board?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the cadets, parents and staff for their help at the Narracott Hotel on Saturday 23rd. We did a great job in raising a lot of money for the Squadron. We hope to arrange some more fund raisers in the near future which we hope will be supported with the same enthusiasm.

200 raised in one afternoon

Cadets and parents have packed their bags this week to raise money for the Squadron. The fundraiser was held at the Narracott Hotel in Woolacombe on Jan 23rd.
The hotel provides each room with a complimentary pack of tea, sugar, coffee, and whitener and had offered the Squadron 5 for each sack of 100 complimentary packs they make up.
About 25 cadets and helpers arrived at the hotel by 10am and within minutes there were six production lines churning out the packs non-stop. By half-past two the target was reached. With eight sugars, eight whiteners, and four each of coffee and tea in each of the bags (all arranged neatly, of course) the job was hard but fun. The money will go toward equipment for the Squadron.
Not Available During a recent visit to the Chivenor Fire section, Sgt. Furneaux looks on as cadets try on the breathing apparatus (which proved to be a bit on the heavy side for one of the cadets!) They were also given rides around the airfield in the fire truck and tried out their knot tying skills by lowering a dummy down to the ground. The heavy rain and strong winds were still not enough to prevent the customary fire hose fight. More visits will be arranged in the near future.

Where are you?

From time to time, we all fall ill, especially lately with the cold and flu doing the rounds. It is important to let the staff know if you are unable to attend a Squadron evening. If you are ill or have another commitment that prevents you from attending the Squadron, please phone Mrs.Powell on ##### ######. If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend on a certain date, there are leave of absence slips available from the office. Ask your NCO for one.

What is the ATC?

The Air Training Corps is a national voluntary youth organisation. It is sponsored by the Royal Air Force and provides challenging aviation, adventurous and community activities. The aims of the Corps, as defined by Royal Warrant, are:
  1. To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  2. To provide training which will be useful both in the service and in civilian life.
  3. To foster the spirit of adventure and to develop the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
These aims are achieved by:
  1. Providing progressive training in aviation related subjects.
  2. Encouraging participation in a variety of activities including adventure training/flying and gliding/citizenship training.
  3. Developing personal qualities such as initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to work successfully as a member of a team.


Sqn Sports On 17th January a number of cadets attended the Wing sports trials at Exeter. Most of them were chosen to go on and represent the Wing. Crystal Barney was chosen for the netball reserve, Anthony Pullen, Robert Byrne, Jake Rafferty, Ryan Cushion and Luke Coventry were picked for rugby while Jake Rafferty was also chosen for football and Clare Powell was chosen for hockey. Congratulations to them all and I look forward to reporting on their future sporting achievements.
Also, on Feb 4th, Chivenor, Barnstaple and Bideford cadets met at the Barnstaple leisure centre for a sports evening. Volleyball, basketball and badminton were on offer. There were many "interesting" styles of play to be seen along with a remarkable display of colourful shorts. The teams will meet again soon to determine the winner of the sports challenge.
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Once again this year the Red Barrows display team will be run by Sgt Furneaux. The team was set up to promote the ATC and provide a bit of fun for the cadets and the viewing public. For those of you who are not aware, a team of nine Barrows recreate the display of the RAF's Red Arrows for the public at various fêtes and carnivals around North Devon. Last year's displays proved very successful with organisers asking us to return. If you wish to join this year's team put your name on the list outside canteen.
And here's the proof that the extensive range of activities on offer to the cadets can take a toll.
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