What We Do
Year 8 or above? It's time to start thinking about what you could be doing in your spare time!
Of course, being an Air Cadet means you have the opportunity to be in the air several times a year. This can be anything from flying a Grob Tutor at your nearest RAF base, gliding or completing a flying scholarship. Getting airborne is optional, so don't let that hold you back if you don't like flying, we do so much more.
Throughout the year we have multiple events and opportunities open to all our cadets. These include a range of camps - both local and international, Duke of Edinburgh Award and a range of courses led by experienced staff members. Climbing Snowdon is a normal weekend activity! Cadets can gain valuable experience in activities such as first aid, radio and orienteering as well as being given the opportunity to join our Wing band.
Keep updated with what we achieve, take part in and enjoy.
A few weeks ago, our cadets made a video (edited by CWO Pearce) to show our appreciation for one of our DofE Leaders, CI Pearce.
The #DofEDifference campaign was something we had not heard of before, and by chance CWO Ferreira read one of her many unread Duke of Edinburgh emails! The campaign deadline was 2 days away and with only one squadron night to prepare we decided to get filming.
In less than 18 hours our video gained over 300 likes, putting us in second place of the #DofEDifference campaign - our main competitor was from a video which had been shared by DofE almost 3 weeks before!
Our second place prize place was this Vango rucksack, which CWO Ferreira is modelling below, next to our DofE Leader, CI Pearce. CI Pearce has a fantastic team of staff members who give up so many hours a year to make sure we get the best opportunities, we couldn’t be more grateful.
We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank all 329 people who liked this video and the 115 who shared it. The #DofEDifference campaign video was supported by all our cadets, parents, CivCom members and other RAFAC Squadrons from Staffordshire Wing, but also by many members who aren’t associated with Air Cadets too!
This will definitely be one of the highlights of the year - and it’s only March!
If you still want to watch the video you can find it here - https://www.facebook.com/888squadron/videos/2291023731144730/
Squadron Dining In
On Friday, our squadron hosted a formal dinner, an event we haven't held for a long time. This included a 3 course meal, with speeches from all the staff. It was a very very fun night, with chairs being stolen along with jackets by Mr Vice!
Thank you to everyone who went!
- Cpl Povey
International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)
No you don't need an eye test , this really is FS Ferreira, only now she is getting ready for a trip to Australia!!
After a grueling interview process against regional competition, FS Ferreira held her own and won a place on this year's International Air Cadet Exchange.
This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and we wish her the very best down under!
There’s only one thing better than a promotion at 888...a double promotion!
Last night Cpl Povey joined our NCO team - he’s worked hard by showing off his leadership skills, he ran activity nights for cadets (which they all enjoyed!) and took more responsibility around squadron.
Holden A is an NCO who’s been working hard with impeccable uniform and following Cpl Poveys promotion last night, she was promoted to Sgt!
Well done to Sgt Holden A and Cpl Povey.
- From everyone at 888, we are so proud.
As a final send off for 2018, 888 had its Christmas Party! It was a brilliant night, with a buffet and pizza, drinks, and dancing (even the worm!)
A huge thank you to all the cadets who attended, and who brought items in to eat and drink during the buffet. This party, as well as the whole year, couldn't be done without the efforts of the staff, cadets, and parents.
We from 888 hope that everyone had a great holiday, and we'll see you in the new year!
Here’s a couple of pictures taken during the Macarena!
Lupus Awareness day
This weekend some of our cadets helped set up a Lupus Awareness event at Dudley College. Lupus is an illness of the immune system which can affect any part of the body and results in a wide range of symptoms.
Our squadron band performed for the guests and we did a small drill sequence for everyone!
More information about Lupus can be found at www.lupusuk.org.uk
This week has been very busy with parades, promotions and our recruitment night.
On Tuesday almost 40 new recruits came along with their parents to see what their Air Cadet future is made of. While the parents talked about the important ‘adult’ things, the kids joined in with the ice breakers and leadership tasks.
Here are a few photos we took of some of the new ones - we can’t wait to see them next week for their induction day!
3rd - 5th August
This weekend 2 teams completed their silver Duke of Edinburgh practice over the high hills of Long Mynd. Both teams did well, walking at a good pace and making very few navigational errors - meaning the staff had the very hard job of drinking coffee overlooking lovely views!
All 12 cadets will be completing their qualifying expedition and presentations at the end of the month, good luck to them all!
Wing Field Day
Wing Field Day this year was one of the hottest ones of recent memory, but as always 888 were there in force to partake in the events, and support those who were. We may not have won any prizes this year, but the day was still a warm and social experience. Here's to having some much earned time off 888! Well done!
23rd - 24th June
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Training Weekend
This weekend 12 cadets took part in a Silver Duke Of Edinburgh training expedition over the hills of Llangollen.
It was a change of environment for our cadets yet once they reached the top they happy and relieved!
To quote CI Pearce, one of the staff members who helped train us this weekend - ‘The weather was hot, the hills were big, and the rucksacks were heavy, but you all did extremely well’
There's some snaps for you to take a look at on the right!
A truly amazing parade today at the Lichfield Bower. 200 Cadets - 75 of them armed - and staff joined the RAFAC Marching Band in leading this historic parade through the City of Lichfield.
We have some pictures of the warm weathered parade with our cadets and a group one with 481 for you to see!
This weekend our cadets volunteered for a bag pack at Asda Oldbury. Their happy faces and big smiles means they raised just over £600 for the squadron!
Bag packs are one of the biggest ways that help us to fund our constant flow of activities throughout the year! A massive thank you and well done to both staff and cadets who gave up their day to help.
Last night we had our annual presentation evening! Between the food and our disco dancing into the early hours we handed out 9 awards and dozens of classification certificates.
Here’s a list of our first place winners:
Best Attendance - Cpl Barnbrook
Drill and Deportment - FS Pearce
Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Povey
Community Cadet - Cdt Povey
Outstanding Achievement - Cpl Holden A and Cpl Holden K
Best New Recruit - Cdt Walker A
NCO of the Year - Sgt Ferreira
Cadet of the Year - Cpl Lynam M
Our OC’s award was given to the Civilian Commitee for all their fundraising and volunteering over the last year!
A special thanks goes out to Sqn Ldr Alloway who came down to present the graduation certificates and top awards to our hardworking cadets.
Keep an eye on here for the photos from tonight, we have quite a few!
Here’s a little Saturday night 888 victory post...
Today some of our cadets took part in Wing athletics at RAF Cosford. All categories showed up in force, wearing our legendary pink t-shirts and tutus.
After a lot of competing, laughs and food we were the overall winners, for the third year in a row!
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to those we went along to support them! We can’t wait until next year to continue our Staffordshire Wing athletics reign.
25th - 27th April
IET Camp 2 and NCO Courses
This weekend 20 cadets and staff attended an IET camp in Wales. Some cadets completed the camp and while others helped to lead the weekend alongside the staff. The weekend consisted of putting up tents ready for their Duke of Edinburgh, map reading and leadership activities to help improve their confidence. For some Cadets this was the first time they’ve spent a night away from home, but we hope it’s not the last as there’s so many other camps for them to experience! This is the second IET camp we’ve run this month to ensure we get all our first class cadets up to a high standard and prepare them for further activities!
Thank you to all the staff and cadet DS who attended the camp to make sure our cadets had a positive first experience.
Meanwhile at DMS Whittington we also had two cadets completing the JNCO and SNCO course along with two SNCO’s helping to run the course. Well done to both Sergeant Pearce and Sergeant Ferreira for being so determined to develop and perform at a high standard to pass the course and gain new leadership levels. This is a huge accomplishment! Another well done to Sergeant Ferreira for being SNCO course leader and leading the final parade in front of our new Wing President Air Commodore Byford!
We’re looking forward to the next course so our remaining JNCO’s and SNCO’s can do us proud too!
Here are some photos from the weekends activities
17th April 2018
It may be the Easter Holidays but we’ve had a quite a few busy days at 888!
It all began last Thursday with a 6:30am start to RAF Odiham. 30 cadets got a chance to see a Chinook close up whilst being told about it works and why it’s the best helicopter in the RAF. We then visited the Armoury and saw a few different weapons - we even got to hold them! Finally we had a survival brief and were shown how to survive in multiple environments. During this we had a team exercise of fitting into a blown up floating raft (see some pictures below taken by Flight Sergeant Pearce)
Despite not getting a chance to fly in a Chinook due to adverse weather conditions, it was still a worthwhile visit and everyone had an enjoyable day!
This weekend we had IET going on too. Cadets from 888 and 481 teamed up go on their first camp as cadets. During this the cadets put their map reading skills into practice, learnt how to put up a tent and finally had a taste of our lovely rat pack food! We also had a large 888 cadet DS team to assist the staff and help run a smooth and exciting weekend. We have another IET weekend coming up in 2 weeks time
10th April 2018
Annual General Meeting
Do you want to be part of something big? Are you a Parent, Grandparent, family member or a valuable member of the community? Come along to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19th April at 7pm to join our Civilian Committee and help prepare our cadets for the future. Drinks and nibbles are also provided as well as a surprise announcement! Find our address on the contact us page!
27th March 2018
Tonight, after a lot of hard work, leadership practice and interviews, 6 of our cadets were promoted to the rank of Corporal.
Well done to Cpl Barnbrook, Cpl Clifft, Cpl Holden A, Cpl Holden K, Cpl Lynam C, Cpl Lynam M - yes, that’s 2 sets of twins.
This is a massive achievement and one of the hardest ranks to attain, we were so happy to see all your smiling faces!
Enjoy your chevrons, we can’t wait to see your progression!
15th March 2018
We've received some new shiny first aid equipment tonight. The total cost was £1200. £600 was raised by our cadets while the other £600 was kindly donated to us by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Local Area Budget.
With this money we bought 4 QCPR Electronic Little Anne Mannequins, each with their own AED trainer, replacement consumable parts, wipes to keep it all clean and a big bag to carry it in. The mannequins relay feedback from each student onto a tablet showing how well the student is doing compressions, rhythm and rescue breaths. This helps to make sure they get it right as we want to ensure that every cadet is capable of saving someone with this important skill. We also bought some floor mats for the squadron and key-rings for each Heart Start cadet and staff member that contains a CPR face guard and gloves.
18th March 2018
After numerous practices, 12 of our cadets and staff completed the 38.2 mile Chase Walk yesterday!
Despite battling horrific weather, a few longstanding injuries and a 3:45am start they persevered and we couldn't be prouder.
Some cadets who completed it have only been with us since September - so this a prime example of what we do and what you can achieve in such a small space of time.
A massive thank you to all the staff who went to support those that were walking too - your motivation meant a lot to them.
We're looking forward to next year already!
Here are some pictures, because we want to share all their hard work and determination.
14th December 2017
End of year message
After a year of hard work - from all our cadets, staff and civ com - 888 was rewarded with a laser quest night.
The team games really showed off the leadership and teamwork skills our cadets have gained over the past year, while the two solo rounds gave them a chance to use their initiative.
This year our cadets have excelled in DofE, band and sports, they have also participated in tremendous fund raising events and have shown up in force for every parade. None of this could have happened without our fantastic staff team who are constantly enthusiastic and supportive.
We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
18th July 2017
Awards - message from the OC
Last night several members of 888 attended Staffordshire Wings Presentation Evening at the county Buildings. The principal guest was the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire (pictured).
As OC I was privileged to watch the following recieving awards:
Wing Commanders Commendation: CI Ebanks
Civilian Committee Long Service Award (6 years): Mrs Hillman (11 years), Mr Willcocks, Mrs Willcocks, Mrs Dunn, Mr Goodall.
Commandants Commendation for Cadet Service: CWO Clarke
Swynnerton Leadership Course Completion: Cdt Fadahunsi
Well done to all