18th March Update______________________________________________________________________________
Last week was comparatively quiet but still lots to tell
you about. For once, I had 3 days in a row in my office
at Cranwell so I was able to catch up with some
paperwork and spend some time with the HQ staff.
We held a series of meetings to discuss the state of
our non-public fund, the General Purpose Fund that helps
support ATC cadet welfare and sport. It's in pretty good
shape but the Trustees
have just initiated some work to determine what our
priorities should be for expenditure over the next few
years. What do you think we should spend any spare funds
During the week, we held a dinner to bid
farewell to Gp Capt Brett Morrell who has been Reg Comdt
Central and East for almost 5 years. We wish him a long
and happy retirement when he leaves the Corps at the end
Later in the week I was privileged to
be a guest for dinner with Air Marshal Sir Andy Pulford,
currently the Air Member for Personnel but soon to be
the next Chief of the Air Staff. It was good to chat
with him and fellow guests about plans for the future of
the Corps and I am delighted to report that both he and
his successor, Air Marshal North, are great supporters
of air cadets.
On Sunday, I travelled to RAF
Halton to see the CCF (RAF) finals in the annual Air
was a great day and the standard was very high indeed,
with Dulwich College declared worthy winners at the end
of the day. As overall winners, their prize is to spend
a day at the Shuttleworth Collection, accompanied by the
schools that secured 2nd and 3rd places, and hosted by
the Air Squadron members who sponsor this competition.
The week was rounded off with a real treat. I went to
see a concert by the Military Wives Choirs at St.
Albans, supported by none other than our very own
Banghra dancers from 1846 (Southall) Sqn.
They were fantastic and such great ambassadors for the
Corps, demonstrating our diversity, teamwork and skill
for all to see. I was able to meet the cadets and
volunteers in the interval and it was evident just how
much they were enjoying this very special opportunity.
Well done to all the cadets involved in this amazing
Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty
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