|Awards Evening23rd January 2016|
The annual awards evening and dinner took place at the Chimney House Hotel this year. 230 Sqn ATC were delighted to welcome parents and honoured guests including 230 Sqn RAF Commanding Officer Wg Cdr Toby Sawbridge MBE, Fiona Bruce MP, Town Mayor Cllr Elizabeth Wardlaw, Sqn Ldr Tim Frogley and the President of 230 RAF Association Wg Cdr Rob Turner RAF (Retd).
During the evening cadets took turns to speak on the achievements and events of 2015 including shooting, flying, sports, Duke of Edinburgh's award, Swynnerton Leadership camp, visits to RAF Benson, Manchester Airport and the National Arboretum, a summary which showed what a successful and action packed year it was!
An excellent speech by Wing Commander Sawbridge remarked on the fantastic achievements and opportunities available to cadets, developing confidence and skills they can take forward into either civilian or service careers.
Cadet Awards were presented for:
Shooting : FS Spender
Most enthusastic cadet : Cdt Williams
Sports: Cpl Birch
Best Newcomer : Cdt Meigh
Most improved Cadet: Cpl Krinks
Flying : Cdt Ling
Best NCO : Sgt Lea
Colin Hingley Memorial D of E Award : Cpl Rogers
Matthias shield for Community Work : Cpl Tkaczyk
Cadet of the Year (and the coveted Tiger Bow Tie) : Sgt Bonney
Merit Awards : Cpl Wedgwood and Cdt Rous
CWO's Goodwin and Lightfoot also received a picture of Gazelle helicopters over RAF Shawbury in recognition of their service in the Sqn, their time as cadets soon coming to an end. IRS
|First Aid21st January 2016|
|Commandant Air Cadets Special Commendation12th January 2016|
Members of 230 Sqn Flt Lt Bridgeford, Sgt (ATC) Shippam, Sgt Bonney, Cpl Lea and CI (Mrs) Bonney receive their Commandant Air Cadets Special Commendation from HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire in recognition for their actions when saving an elderly lady from drowning in a local river.
The training and teamwork which is synonymous with the Air Training Corps was used to full effect when rescuing a lady from the River Dane adjacent to 230 Sqn ATC HQ. She had crossed a barrier whilst trying to recover a dog toy and had fallen into the river. Hearing her cries for help the 230 Sqn members quickly responded using equipment from the HQ to assist the rescue.
Well done all! Great skills and teamwork.
|Awards for Flt Lt Bridgeford at Staffs Wing Presentation Evening12th January 2016|
For the past year Flt Lt Bridgeford has been OC of 230 Sqn ATC in addition to his normal role as CO of 2151 Biddulph Sqn!
Despite having four parades nights a week and two squadrons of staff and cadets to command Dave has somehow managed to maintain his professionalism and sense of humour during this challenging period.Thank you and congratulations on your well earned award from all at 230!
Flt Lt Bridgeford OC 230 & CO 2151 Sqn presented with Commandant Air Cadets Commendation in recognition of his leadership and dedication as first class Squadron Commander by HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
|Squadron Padre8th January 2016|
Staff and cadets of 230 (Congleton) Squadron Air Training Corps took great pleasure in welcoming the Wing Chaplain, the Rev Michael Cafferata, to officially install squadron Padre Derek Balsdon into his role recently.
Padre Balsdon is well known in Congleton as the Minister of Wellspring Methodist Church, he has been part of the squadron staff team since last summer offering guidance and leadership to cadets and members of staff on moral and spiritual matters.