2502 (Hamilton) Air Cadets Celebrates 40 years
September 2012 sees the start of year of celebrations for 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Training Corps, as they celebrates their 40th Anniversary.
They started the year off in style by holding a Late Summer Ball. The evening was attended by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Major Geoff Simpson MBE TD DL and Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) Nigel Dickinson OBE. Who came along to celebrate with the cadet, staff and friends of the squadron at Park Hill Golf Course, Seagrave.
At the start of the evening the Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Andy Faulkner said a few words about the milestone that the squadron has reached saying that "the squadron has come a long way in 40 years and it is still growing and developing. Everyone says life begins at 40 so this is just the start for the squadron". Several certificates were presented by both Deputy Lord Lieutenant Major Simpson and Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson to cadets for their efforts over the last few months, these included certificates for Heartstart, Entry Level Award in Health & Safety, Flight Simulator courses and a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award to Cadet Conor Fitzhenry (16). Flt Lt Faulkner commented "this is the first Duke of Edinburgh award the squadron has awarded for a many years and but hopefully is the first of many more to come". There was also a special presentation to the squadron from the cadet NCO's, they presented the Officer Commanding Flt Lt Andy Faulkner with a mascot. The bear dressed in a 2502 uniform and beret called Barnaby.
The final presentation of the evening was made to Mrs Joan Rayson of Melton Mowbray. Joan has been volunteering with the Air Training Corps for over 27 years, she has worked on the civilian committee's of a number of squadrons for number of year and has been with 2502 (Hamilton) for the past 5 years. As she has now decided to retire, for the third time. Joan was nominated for a Lord Lieutenant's certificate and was presented with the certificate by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant. Major Simpson commented "Joan had been awarded this certificate for all her hard work and dedication over the year. Lord-Lieutenant's certificates are not given out very often but Joan very much deserves the honor"
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The evening finished with a disco so the cadets, guests and staff could dance the night away. Corporal Jake Elliott (15) said "It was an amazing night, I'm proud to be a member of 2502 Hamilton celebrating its 40th anniversary". Sergeant Bethan Sault (17) said "It was such a good night once again, and hoped the squadron likes Barnaby Bear."
If you are aged between 13 and 17 and are interest in Joining 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron as they embark on their next 40 years. They meet at Hamilton Community College on Monday and Thursday evenings. For further details see our website www.2502sqnatc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.