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Easter Swynnerton Camp26th March 2016

Cadets enjoyed a great week at Easter Swynnerton camp. Loads of fun, making new friends, learning new skills and enjoying many activities including inflatable obstacle courses, first aid, casualty evac, raft and shelter building and clay pigeon shooting.

Sgt Lea, Sgt Bonney and Cpl Rogers also took on the challenging Swynnerton Leadership course, ably instructed by Cpl Birch who was one of the cadet directing staff.

Sports Update20th March 2016

Congratulations to SGT Bonney and CPL Birch at Regional Cross Country yesterday!

Also well done to CWO Goodwin and CPL Casey representing Staffordshire Wing at 5 a side football.



Welcome to the latest recruits!26th February 2016
230 (Congleton) Squadron Air Training Corps welcomed four new members to their ever increasing family recently after the latest recruits completed their probationary training and subsequently enjoyed a successful passing out parade in front of proud family and staff.
With congratulations to our new cadets who worked hard to perfect the parade routine, and special thanks to Cdt Sgt Daniel Bonney, our Officer in Charge Flt Lt Dave Bridgford and Squadron Padre Derek Balsden for kindly officiating on the evening.
From left to right:  Officer Commanding - Flight Lieutenant Dave Bridgford,  Cdt Jacob Muirhead, Cdt Tom Smith, Cdt Sgt Daniel Bonney, Cdt Bethany McCusker, Cdt Michael Howell, Padre Derek Balsden.         KB

Junior Leaders: John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation21st February 2016

After 19 miles, mission accomplished - but please keep donating!


230 Sqn ATC cadets CWO Lightfoot, FS Spender and Cpl Wedgwood are part of the Staffs Wing team raising money for this excellent foundation. For more information and to donate please follow the links below;






Our team:

Danielle Green, Dominic Green, Toby Beardmore, James Ellis, Tom Spender and Louis Wedgwood. We are all Air Cadets from Staffordshire Wing and are currently students on the Air Cadet Junior Leaders 17 Course. We will be accompanied by QJL Sam Lightfoot and another previous graduate of the course Christian Jones; both are also from Staffordshire Wing, Air Training Corps.

Our challenge:

To run an arduous seventeen and a half miles from RAF Cosford to MOD Stafford in early 2016.

We are undertaking this challenge in order to raise money for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation.

Our chosen charity:

"The JTYAF supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions. Recipients of the Charity’s Young Achievers Awards are selected for their demonstration of the Foundation’s key values: courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in adversity."

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation honours the life and legacy of Lt John ‘JT’ Thornton RM.  In his life, John achieved many things including climbing Kilimanjaro, flying with the Red Arrows and being awarded Top Student on the Junior Leaders Course. Tragically, he was killed in 2008 while serving in Afghanistan as an Officer in the Royal Marines.

John accomplished his dream and died doing a job he loved. Therefore, the aim of the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation is to encourage and assist young people to ‘climb as high as they can dream.’  

For more information please visit www.jtyaf.org

We are hoping to raise around £300 each so any donation no matter how small will be greatly appreciated!                                                                                                                                                     IRS

Team Success in Wing Cross Country14th February 2016

Another day, another triumph for 230 (Congleton) Squadron Air Training Corps who ran their way to more success at the weekend,  resulting in gold and silver awards for our talented cadets.

Over 150 cadets from across the Staffordshire Wing entered the cross country competition held at RAF Cosford in Shropshire,  where they endured a strenuous course covering around 3 miles of steep hills and difficult terrain.
Cadets from Congleton braved very cold temperatures, and ran their way to victory, gaining one gold and three silver awards for their hard work.  In the under 17 boys race,  our successful team of Cpl Casey, Cdt Jennings, Cdt Hodgetts and Cdt Mason did extremely well in obtaining gold.  Sgt Bonney won the junior men, coming first in his race.   Under 15 girls earned silver in their race,  ran by Cdt Casey and Cdt McCusker.  A further silver was acquired by Cpl Birch in the junior womens. 
Several high achievers now go on to represent 31 squadrons from the Staffordshire and Cheshire area, at the inter-wing competition this Sunday at RAF Cosford once again,  where further golds are hoped to adorn our heavily stacked trophy shelf!
We wish our talented cadets the very best of luck and are extremely proud of you all.         KB
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