Squadron Open Day – Saturday 21st June

IACE trip to CanadaAre you up for fun, adventure and incredible experiences? The Air Cadets is a UK-wide cadet force made up of the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) sponsored by the Royal Air Force. Every year, we help nearly 46,000 Air Cadets to develop a practical interest in flying and learn amazing skills – you could be one of them!

2014 is a special year for the local unit, 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron, for they will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of their founding. In this anniversary year, the unit located at Pine Grove in Filton is looking for new members, and will be hosting an open day on Saturday 21st June at their Pine Grove site from 10am till 3pm.

Are you aged between 13 and 17 years and are ready for a challenge? As a cadet, you’ll get the chance to do things that others only dream about.

  • Training in gliding – your ultimate goal will be a solo flight.

  • Pilot and navigation training.

  • Adventurous training in the UK, where you could try rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.

  • Overseas camps where you can swim, fly, have fun and make new friends in glorious sunshine.

 023In the past year, the cadets from Filton have completed Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions in the UK and France, visited RAF bases, participated in Ten Tors, went skiing in Bavaria, have been coasteering, helped at community events, parachuted for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, went on field exercises, had fun on the high ropes, flown gliders, gained qualifications and much more.

Adult Sgt Jenny Simmons, then a Cadet Warrant Officer, was fortunate enough to conclude her cadet career last August, by being selected for a once in a lifetime trip to Canada as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange programme. She has written the following report of her experiences in Canada.

My Big Canadian Adventure – By CWO Jenny Simmons. In January 2013 I found out that I had been chosen to attend the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), and that I had been selected to go to Canada. IACE is an annual exchange where cadets from different countries all over the world stay in another country for a few weeks; there are 20 countries involved in the exchange, and in 2013 Canada hosted cadets from the UK, USA, France, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey to name a few! In July, UK cadets attending IACE assembled in Uxbridge, London for briefings and to get to know each other. The next day, we flew from Heathrow via Vancouver to Edmonton in the province of Alberta, Canada.

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We spent the first few days getting to know everyone (there were approximately 80 of us that went to Canada!), having briefings about the programme, learning about the area we were in, and trying to get over our jetlag! The two weeks that followed were absolutely packed full of activities, and during our stay we travelled almost the entire length of Alberta – we even strayed onto American soil at one point!

We did so many things it is impossible to list them all, but my highlights included sailing at Camp Wright, gliding at Netook, visiting the Athabasca Glacier, spending the morning at Waterton National Park, and of course the time we spent at the West Edmonton Mall – the largest shopping centre in the whole of North America! The mall was a particular highlight, not so much because of the shopping but because we had access to the water park, theme park, ice-skating rink, casino and live-firing range that it contained – I’ve never seen anything like it! In addition, we visited quite a few museums including the ‘Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump’ and the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, which was really interesting as we were able to learn a lot about the culture and history of the country.

During the time we spent in Alberta, we stayed for a weekend with host families, where they had planned activities for us in the city of Calgary – my weekend included a great Chinese restaurant, a pedicure, exploring Calgary, visiting more shopping malls, an amazing BBQ, and meeting the family of my hosts which was really interesting. Being in Canada really proves the typical friendly Canadian stereotype to be true, I couldn’t have asked for better hosts!

After the end of two of the best weeks of my entire life, I came back to the UK with new friends from all over the world, and a new insight into another amazing but different culture. I was incredibly lucky to have been chosen to go on the International Air Cadet Exchange, and I would strongly recommend anyone to try and go – it really was one of the top experiences of my life and I’ll never forget it!”

We meet Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 till 9.30pm at our cadet centre on Pine Grove, Filton. So if you are ready to expand your horizons, come and find out more about us, what we do and what we can offer. For more information, please contact Flt Lt Jim Brimble on 0117 969 3134, email [email protected] or check out our website www.2152sqnatc.org.uk

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Flt Lt Jim Brimble on 07770 514013.

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