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Filton Air Cadets looking to recruit new members in 70th anniversary year

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2014 at 8:52 pm by SH (Editor)

The victorious 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron Drill Team.

2014 is a special year in the history of 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron, as they will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of their unit.

In this anniversary year, the unit located at Pine Grove in Filton is looking for new members, so if you are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences, making new friends, are aged between 13 & 17 years and are looking for something to give you the edge in life, then why not give them a try?

Better known as the ‘Air Cadets’, they’re part of a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members that is sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! As a cadet, you’ll get the chance to do things that others can only dream about, such as flying, gliding, camps at RAF bases in the UK and overseas, as well as adventurous training.

In the past year, the cadets from Filton – National Drill Champions in 2012 – have completed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions in the UK and France, visited RAF bases, been coasteering, helped at community events, parachuted for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, had fun on the high ropes, flown gliders and much more.

If you want to become a cadet or are just interested in what the cadets do, then Flight Lieutenant Jim Brimble and the team would be very pleased to meet with you, give you a tour of the unit and answer your questions. The Squadron meets on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 – 9.30pm.

For more information, please email oc.2152@aircadets.org

Photo: The 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron Drill Team pictured after winning the South West Region Drill competition in October 2012.

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MP welcomes Filton air cadets to Parliament

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Cadets from 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron meet Jack Lopresti MP at Parliament.

Cadets from 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron were recently welcomed to Parliament by Jack Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

The Squadron, based in Filton, were invited to Westminster by the MP to celebrate after their Drill team won the National Drill Champions at RAF Halton in November last year.

The cadets were treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament and views of the terrace before departing for a trip to RAF Hendon.

Mr Lopresti said:

“It was a real pleasure to host 2152 Squadron ATC at the Houses of Parliament. All the cadets looked very smart indeed and I can see why they were the deserved winners of the National Drill Champions. Many congratulations to them all again.”

Flt Lt Jim Brimble, the Officer Commanding for 2152 (N. Bristol) Sqn ATC, said:

“The cadets found the morning fascinating and enjoyable – they all appreciated the effort made in hosting them and learning more about the role of the both Houses of Parliament. An amazing experience, being able to talk to our local MP in such relaxed, yet historic surroundings.”

Filton cadets win national drill competition

Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 3:16 pm by SH (Editor)

The 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron - national Drill competition champions.

Cadets and staff from Filton are celebrating after their Drill team were crowned National Drill Champions at RAF Halton for the first time in its history.

The group of teenagers from 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron beat off stiff competition from the best squadrons across the UK to take the top spot by achieving a standard very few squadrons reach.

During the National competition on Saturday 17th November, they were marked by professional Drill Instructors from the Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton. The cadets were not only assessed on their standard of drill as a team, but also on their individual bearing and standard of dress.

The team, who qualified for the National Drill Championship in October following their victory at the South West Region competition, having been in training since August and this is only the second time in its history that cadets from the squadron have competed in the National competition. It is also a first for Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, who have never previously had a squadron take the top title.

Flight Lieutenant Jim Brimble, Officer Commanding, said:

“The cadets have been working hard as for weeks, putting in extra time to make sure that both their uniform and standard of drill were at the very highest. I was present at RAF Halton to watch them compete and I am immensely proud of their achievement – a sentiment that I am sure is shared by all the staff and the other cadets.”

In addition to the team being placed first overall, Cadet Warrant Officer Jenny Simmons took top prize as the best Drill NCO, beating the competition from the six other teams.

More: Squadron provides activities for around 100 young people »

Bristol air cadets win south west region drill competition

Posted on Thursday 25th October 2012 at 5:42 pm by SH (Editor)

The victorious 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron Drill Team.

Cadets from the Filton-based 2152 (North Bristol) Air Training Corps Squadron are elated after winning the 2012 South West Region Drill and Best NCO competitions.

The team, fresh from their win at the Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing Activities Day, were confident that they could mount a successful challenge to win the 2012 title after narrowly missing out in 2010. Preparation for the 2012 Drill competition season started many months before, with selection and training for the members of the team.

After more intensive preparation, including a boost of confidence from the Wing Warrant Officer, the cadets travelled to Boscombe Down early on Sunday 7th October. This gave them the opportunity to have one final run through ahead of the competition. Although it was difficult to say who was more nervous – staff or cadets, the team composed themselves. Taking to the square to perform the all important sequence that had been first and foremost in their minds for weeks, they left the staff to watch closely from the sidelines!

After a long day of competitions, the whole team nervously awaited the all important result, which when read out, proved the staff’s confidence in the ability of the cadets to succeed beyond doubt – being clear winners by 43 points. As a result, the cadets will now go on to represent South West Region at the National Drill competition in November, with preparations already well underway.

In addition to winning the Drill competition, Cadet Warrant Officer Jenny Simmons also scooped the Best NCO Trophy for her command of the team. The result clearly demonstrated not only the excellent level of drill and strong discipline, but also the dominance of the Drill team over their competitors from the other Wings in the Region.

More: Commanding officer praises cadets’ commitment »

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