372 (Barry) Squadron, Air Training Corps; have recently held their annual presentation evening.  The evening was a celebration of the achievements of the Cadets throughout the last 12 months.

Many friends and relatives of the Cadets in attended in what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.  The main guests on the night were: Squadron Leader Gareth Thomas (MOD St. Athan), Squadron Leader Dave Crandon and Flight Lieutenant John Greenow (both former Commanding Officers 372 Squadron), Mrs Rose Fido & Warrant Officer Bill Brown.

The evening started with a welcome speech from, Flight Lieutenant Jason Horton, where the many exciting activities, challenges and opportunities were outlined.

The last twelve months has seen Cadets travel to the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the Gower; undertaking expeditions, hill walking and climbing.  The Cadets have undertaken a wide variety of sports including: hockey, netball, swimming, football, rugby, korfball and circuit training.  The cadets have supported many charities including the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal British Legion, raising over £6500 during the last 12 months.  The Cadets have experienced flying, shooting, attending camps at RAF stations, leadership courses and air shows. The cadets also visited the battlefields of Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme (France), Germany and Gibraltar.

The main trophy winners were: 

Cadet Oliver Fudge – Cadet of the Year

Cadet Rhys Jones – Adventure Training

Cadet Oliver Fudge – Most Improved Musician

Cadet Ellie Jones – Flt Lt Dave Crandon Challenge Shield

Cadet Tom John – Most Promising New Cadet

The final act of the evening was for Squadron Leader Thomas to promote the new Corporals were Jenna Day, Oliver Fudge, Rhian Horton & Gethin Lodge.

Flight Lieutenant Jason Horton said on the Cadets achievements “yet again the Cadets have worked hard and played hard during the last 12 months.  Whilst the Cadets experience amazing activities such as flying, gliding and shooting opportunities; they also work hard for their local community as well.  I am immensely proud of all the Cadets on the Squadron”

The Squadron band performed for the assembled guests and parents, demonstrating why the band is one of the premier bands in the Air Training Corps.

The Cadets now look forward to an action packed training winter programme of flying, gliding, shooting, team building exercises, sport, adventurous training, visits and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 (Barry) Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 12 (from school year 8) -17 years old.  The Squadron parade on Mondays & Wednesdays 7 - 9.30pm, behind Adams Funeral Parlour or your can email oc.372@aircadets.org or visit www.372squadron.org.uk for more information about the Air Training Corps or joining the Squadron.