Marham Cadets Spring Into Action

Marham’s Air Cadet unit has had a busy time over the last few months.

Starting in February with cadets attending an adventure training camp in North Wales where, despite the chilly weather, they had the opportunity to, walk, canoe and cycle through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. March and April saw rather less strenuous visits to the museums at Hendon and Cosford to immerse themselves RAF history.

During the Easter holidays, four cadets had air experience flights at RAF Wittering in the Grob Tutor aircraft. Also in April, they walked to the highest point in Norfolk – Beacon Hill at 338 ft above sea level – on a practice  Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition. The following weekend saw a team of six cadets take part in the Annual Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Field Competition where they came second out of 28 teams in the shooting competition. The weekend also saw them taking part in orienteering, first aid, field craft and team-building exercises.

On May Bank Holiday Monday, a team from 864DF ended the spring by helping out with the car parking at the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall. Visitor Operations Manager at the Hall – Neil Hart – said that the cadets efforts were “much appreciated” and passed on his thanks to all involved.

The cadets also said goodbye to Padre David Haslam who has been posted from Marham after  two years as their Padre. On his last evening with the cadets, he received a card signed by cadets and staff followed by tea and cakes.

Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Tony Hall said: “It has been a very hectic time for us so far this year with many more exciting activities in the pipeline for the cadets.” These include the annual wing drill competition at Swaffham, a 6-a-side football competition, visits to a Tornado Squadron and Air Traffic Control, fieldcraft, a session on the low ropes, helping out at Friends and Families’ Day, an expedition in the Shropshire Hills,  offroad biking in Derbyshire and Annual Camp at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall.

Marham’s Air Cadet unit is open to boys and girls from service and civilian families from the age of 12.

For more information contact Flt Lt Hall on 07900 518153 or at oc.864df@aircadets.org

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