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Dartford cadet awarded Lord Lieutenant Award

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For the first time in over ten years a member of 1051 (Dartford) Squadron has been awarded the title of Lord Lieutenant Cadet. Flight Sergeant Faulkner was awarded the prestigious award along with four other cadets in Kent Wing.

Each year the four cadet services nominate cadets to become Lord Lieutenant cadets. If chosen, they are given the opportunity to assist the Lord-Lieutenant at civic and military occasions and, where possible, Royal Visits. They wear the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet Badge on the right arm and may continue to wear it after the end of their appointment.

1051 visits RAF Leeming

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On the 27th July 2019 four cadets set off with others in the Wing for Sumemr camp at RAF Leeming. During the week they visited different sections including the RAF Regiment, Signals, Fire and Police sections and Hawk Squadron. 

Cadets were able to see what day-to-day life was like in the RAF and get hands on with equipment that members of public would never be allowed access to. 

Despite having a mixed bag of weather the cadets thoroughly enjoyed their stay at the camp!

Kent Police visits 1051

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This evening Kent Police came to visit the Squadron to give the cadets an insight as to what it's like to be a firearms officer for the organisation. Cadets had an opportunity to get hands on with the equipment as well as ask the officers questions about their day-to-day work. 

Many thanks to Kent Police for sparing a unit, it was a fantastic experience that both cadets and staff enjoyed.

Award Winners of 2018

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On the 19th January 2019 1051 assembled at our local church for our Annual Awards evening. Celebrating the achievements of 2018 the cadets received classification certificates, first aid awards and radio communication awards amongst others. Trophies were also awarded to the following cadets:

Penhale Cup (Best Cadet on Summer Camp) - Cadet P Bernard

Christmas Camp Cup (Best Cadet on Christmas Camp) - Cadet A Rakshit

Alexander Cup (Marskmanship) - Cadet H Dyer

Colebrook Cup (Sportsman of the Year) - Cadet A Otoo

Walmsley Rose Bowl (Sportwoman of the Year) - Cadet A Horackova

Philips Cup (Best Attendance) - Corporal J Jarrett

Deacon Cup (Academic Award) - Cadet T Gebbett

Ford Cup (Most Improved Cadet) - Cadet A Otoo

Finucane Trophy (Best First Year Cadet) - Cadet J Keeler

Anniversary Cup (NCO of the Year) - CWO N Hamilton

The Lord Dudley Gordon Cup (Cadet of the Year) - Cadet A Rakshit

Deacon Ford Award (Commanding Officer's Award) - CI H Hamilton

Well done to all the recipients of the awards!

Cadets become Young Leaders

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Over the weekend of the 22nd / 23rd September 3 cadets from 1051 joined 27 other cadets from the local area at a local MOD site to learn about leadership styles, team development and problem solving. The course was facilitated by CVQO and enabled the cadets to achieve an ILM Level 2 Young Leaders Award.

This is just one of many qualifications that an Air Cadet can achieve whilst having fun and making friends along the way!

1051 Goes On Tour

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Over the May Half Term week cadets from 1051 were given the opportunity to visit North Wales for a week of adventurous training. Over the course of the week cadets took part in a number of activities including Coasteering, Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Gorge Walking and Mining.

This was the first time 1051 had visited the area and cadets were treated to mountainous views, plenty of sheep and a little bit of rain (well it was Wales!)

Visit our Gallery to see some of the cadets in action!

Cadets commemorate Remembrance Sunday

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On Sunday 12th November Cadets and Staff from 1051 Dartford Squadron attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade in Dartford Town Centre. The Squadron was one of the largest military youth organisations on parade and participated in a march through the town after the service.
We are proud to be involved in this event every year and pay our respects to those who gave their lives on our behalf.

Cadets become giants for the evening

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On Tuesday 24th November 2017 the cadets were treated to an evening of trampolining at Jump Giants in Thurrock, Essex following their hard work to train for the drill competition earlier this year. Cadets spent two hours at the centre which had a dodge ball court, basketball area and battle beams as well as foam pits to launch into. Making a change from our usual sports sessions a great time was had by all.

1051 Hold Tea Party for the Community

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On Saturday 11th November 2017, 1051 Dartford Squadron held a tea party for members of the community to show thanks for their support throughout the year. Cadets and staff served afternoon tea to 50 members of the community and also presented them with a small gift to show our appreciation. We were also especially privileged to welcome the Mayor of Dartford to the event, and thank her for taking the time to visit us. 

Cash boost awarded to 1051

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Earlier this year 1051 Dartford Squdron was fortunate to be nominated to our local ASDA supermarket to participate in their Community Life programme where shoppers could assist the squadron in receiving a cash boost by placing green tokens in a nominated container.

Today we were awarded £500 from this scheme which will go towards buying new equipment and funding activities for the cadets.

We would like to thank all those in our local community who contributed to our cause!


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