Cowley People

Cowley Air Cadets take part in the Annual Joint Cadet Challenge

By John Charlton

On the hottest weekend on record since 1976, Air Cadets from 2210 Cowley Squadron attended the Oxfordshire’s Annual Joint Services Cadet Challenge. An annual competition organised between the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and the Air Training Corps
This year’s Challenge was hosted by the Sea Cadet Corps on board HMS Bristol, a commissioned warship permanently harboured in Portsmouth and used by the Cadet Forces for training.

The Air cadets were given the opportunity to try their hand at open water rowing, boating, practical first aid including training on defibrillators, as well as a tour of HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship during the battle of Trafalgar and Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Cadet Marcus Berridge noted that he’d never been anywhere like this before, and would encourage any other young people in the area to give the Air Cadets a go; “Air Cadets is the one thing I look forward to every week, there isn’t anywhere else we get the opportunity to do stuff like this!”

The Air Training Corps, also known as the “Air Cadets” is a national youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Royal Air Force and industry for 12 to 18 year olds, Air Cadets provides a challenging and varied syllabus based on aviation and military themes. 2210 Cowley Squadron parades every Monday and Wednesday from 1900 to 2145 at The Cadet Forces Centre on Sandy Lane West on the junction of the Eastern by Pass and Sandy Lane West and are currently looking for new Cadets and Adult Volunteers

The next new cadet intake will take place on the 3rd of July. Anyone irrespective of gender or nationality aged 12 to 17 can attend and give the Air Cadets a go for the evening

Contact Flight Lieutenant Nigel Furlong on or on 07880 738920 for further information about the Air Cadets.