The 1414 (Crowborough) Squadron’s annual dinner took place on Saturday night at Barnsgate Manor.
Commander Nigel Allison, Chairman of the Crowborough Royal British Legion presented a certificate re-affiliated them with the Branch after they raised a record amount of £1,845 for the Poppy Appeal last November. Tracy Seal, Poppy Appeal Organiser, came to the Squadron recently to thank the cadets and explain how the money went. She was also present at the dinner.
The event at Barnsgate Manor was attended by the cadets, their families, staff and members of the Crowborough Lions and Royal British Legion and Sqn Ldr David Buckingham (RAF Regiment) an ex 1414 cadet.
Sqn Ldr Buckingham promoted Georgia Allison to Flight Sergeant and presented a Cadet’s Cadet award to Cdt Steven Warner. The cadets did a secret vote for the cadet that they thought had worked the hardest, achieved the most and was ‘their’ cadet of the year. The staff had no involvement at all except for counting the votes afterwards.
The cadets have all passed classifications, first aid and radio communications qualifications, two cadets now have their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and staff numbers have increased to enable the Squadron to offer expertise in disciplines such as modelling, fieldcraft and weapons training.
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, who was ratified as the Squadron’s President during the evening. She gave a speech on the value of volunteering in the community:
The Crowborough Cadets represent the very best of voluntary organisations. They give the young people of Crowborough vital skills for the future, and a range of opportunities they would not get elsewhere. It is a privilege to be their President.
The Squadron held a mega raffle and an auction and raised nearly £1,000 for Squadron funds. For more information about the Squadron call 01892 663683.