|Posted by Lauren Simms on May 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM|
On Friday 17th March 2017, 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets held their annual Dining-In Night and Presentation Evening at the town hall in Malmesbury, where the squadron celebrates all that has been achieved in the past year.
The evening began with a 3-course meal, throughout which, traditional RAF mess rules were followed – no elbows on the table, fines for any comical mishaps, and of course, not allowing the port decanter to touch the table before everyone’s glass has been filled, ready for the loyal toast!
After the meal had finished, it was then onto speeches and the presentations. This year, the guest of honour was Group Captain Tim Jones, the Station Commander of RAF Brize Norton. He provided an interesting and motivational speech to our cadets about his experiences in the RAF, how the RAF is changing and progressing today, and the value of the Air Cadets as the next generation. The squadron Commander Officer, Flt Lt Alden-Fenn, then gave a speech to cadets and parents, summarising the achievements of the squadron over the past year, and the activities that we have taken part in.
As always, the squadron had plenty to celebrate, and awards for commitment, effort and achievement were given out to our cadets across a range of activities, from adventure training, to sports, and personal development. As well as this, FS Simms was awarded with a promotion, and CWO Jarvis & Mr Williams were awarded squadron plaques as ‘dining-out’ gifts, to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the squadron throughout their time with us.
A special new award was also presented this year. The ‘Hannah Cubin Award for Sporting Achievement’ was presented by Mrs Cubin, in memory of her daughter, who died suddenly at the end of last year. Hannah Cubin was a very active and committed member of our squadron, who put all of her enthusiasm into every activity. She was always willing to rise to any challenge, and consistently motivated other cadets and her peers. Due to her strong involvement in sporting activities both in and out of the Air Cadets, the squadron felt that the awarded dedicated in her memory was very fitting tribute to Hannah.
Overall, the night was a success, and as always, a lovely time for the squadron to reflect on the past year, and prepare to continue its success for the next.