Marham Cadets Spring Into Action


The coldest Spring on record did not stop Marham’s Air Cadet Flight from any of their planned activities.

They started at the end of March with the annual Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Field competition. Held at Bodney Camp on STANTA, a team of eight cadets braved the wind and snow to compete against the rest of the Wing in Fieldcraft, Orienteering, First Aid and Archery, among others. They were creditably placed in the top half of the final table.

April started with a visit to the RAF Museum at Cosford to add a practical element to their study of RAF History. The following weekend saw four cadets take part in a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition in the Peak District by camping out for two, rather cold, nights and covering a distance of over 40km.

Their insight into RAF history continued in May with a visit to the newly opened Aviation Heritage Centre, kindly arranged by WO Steve Roberts. This visit proved a big hit with the cadets, telling them the story of military aviation in the area, all the way from World War I to the coming of the F-35. This month also saw a team of four cadets take part in the Griffin Challenge, organised by 2620 Sqn for cadet units in Norfolk. They acquitted themselves well and despite not being in the top three, enjoyed every minute of the day. Especially the excellent barbecue afterwards.

More exciting activities are in store for the summer, including a visit to CMU, Annual Camp at RAF Coningsby, orienteering, off-road cycling, the Wing drill competition and an NCO selection day. The whole unit is also training for their first aid qualification and one lucky cadet is off to Gibraltar for an overseas camp in August. Cadets will also be assisting at Friends and Families Day.

864 (Marham) DF Air Training Corps is open to boys and girls from the age of 13.

For more details, contact Flt Lt Tony Hall on 07900 518153 or by Email at