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Best Cadet of the month page


Cadet Warrant Officer Promotion

Congratulations to CWO Terry on his promotion

to the highest rank available to a cadet

following his interview with Wing Commander Reis



Instructor Cadet Classification


Congratulations to Sgt Nield on completing the assessment

following his Method of Instruction course.  He is now entitled to

wear the yellow lanyard of an Instructor Cadet

Cadets Achieve Classification Awards

It is with pleasure that we can report a high number of Cadets who have completed their exams on Ulti-Learn to gain advancement in Cadet Classification. Cadets work their way through the following academical, practical and experience based tasks to achieve the following Classifications:

First Class Cadet

Leading Cadet

Senior Cadet

Master Cadet

Staff Cadet

Well done to all those who have recently sat and passed their exams and have either achieved advancement or are on their way to the higher classification.

Cpl Gatenby is Flying High

Cpl Gatenby has been named as a finalist in this years Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) Duke of Westminster Award; a talented musician who must now compete with other finalists to take the top prize. Cpl Gatenby will be attending a grueling 4 day selection event in April, testing her teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Flt Lt Allkins (CO), Staff and Cadets wish Cpl Gatenby all the very best of luck and hope she achieves the top award.


Squadron Cadet Presentations

Friday (10th January) was a busy evening for the Squadron and a number of Cadets received their awards for Best Cadet of the month and two well deserved promotions. Squadron Leader Hemsil, the Wing Sector Commander presented the awards to the winners of the Cadet of the Month for September, October and November 2013; he was also delighted to promote Cadets Griffiths and Gatenby to the rank of Corporal on behalf of the OC, Flt Lt Allkins. All the awards were well deserved by the Cadets and reflect the commitment and hard work in support of their Squadron.

If you are interested in joining the Squadron and working your way through the ranks, why not visit us on a parade evening (Wednesday and Fridays from 6.45 pm), places are still available.

Happy New Year 2014

A Happy New Year to all Staff and Cadets of 781 (Newquay) Squadron.

Parades begin again on the 8th January at 16:45 hrs.

New Members are welcome.

Remembrance Sunday 2013

Members of the Squadron attended both Newquay and St Columb Major Remembrance parades this year, after a successful poppy collection raising £592.77 for the Royal British Legion. Well done to all Cadets and Staff who took part in the bag pack and cycle to London challenge. Participation in the parades were greatly appreciated by both communities and veterans.

Move back to Crantock Street Newquay

 The Newquay 781 Air Cadet Squadron has recently moved back to its home on Crantock Street, Newquay. The newly refurbished hall provides a clean and efficient environment for the Cadets to learn a wide range of new skills from drill, target shooting, adventure training, gliding and sport. The Officer commanding (OC) Flight Lieutenant Emma Allkins is delighted with the facility and is pleased to see the number of new Cadets increasing on a weekly basis.

New members are always welcome and places are filling fast; parade nights are Wednesday and Friday at 18:45 to 21:30 hrs.

Squadron Cadet Presentations

Cadets this Wednesday (6th March) have given presentations on different parts of the ATC to the rest of the squadron on topics including Aircraft, Uniform and Squadron Activities. Watched by the squadron staff, Squadron Leader Symons and Squadron Leader Johns everyone did fantastically well. Special congratulations was given, along with chocolate, by Squadron Leader Symons to Cpl Spencer-Lane, Cdt Keatley, Cdt Brewer and Cdt Brewer for their exceptional explanation on the uniform worn in the Air Training Corps. Awards were also given to cadets for the best cadet of the month for both January and February.

Well done to everyone!

Move to RAF St Mawgan

While improvements are made the Cadet Centre on Crantock Street in Newquay, 781 will be based at Plymouth and Cornwall Wing HQ on RAF St Mawgan. During this time we will only be parading on Wednesday nights at the usual times (6:45-9:30) and uniform will vary on a week to week basis; see the schedule for details or contact a member of staff or another cadet!

We hope to be moving back to Newquay sometime in the New Year although currently we have no specific date. Watch this space for the latest updates!


Annual Squadron Awards 2012

At the squadron dinner this year the following awards were awarded to cadets by our sector commander Sqn Ldr Symons:

Academic Achievement: Cdt Will Nield

Highly Commended: Cdt Jago Griffiths and Cpl Sam Brewer

Adventure Training: Cpl Callum Terry

Aircraft Recognition: Cpl Charlie Spencer-Lane

Aviation Art: Cdt Jess Keatley 

Aviation Modelling: Cdt Harry Brewer

Best Cadet: Cdt Will Simmonds

Best New Recruit: Cdt Laila King

Best NCO: Sgt Louisa Billingham

Highly Commended: Cpl Callum Terry and Cpl Charlie Spencer-Lane

Marksman: Cpl Corey Cadwallader

Most Improved Cadet: Cdt Shaun Smith

Sporting Achievement: Cdt Niall Moran


Awards were also given to cadets for the exemplar hard work and dedication in the static cycle challenge raising money for the Poppy Appeal:

Cpl Terry, Cdt Pamplin and Cdt Pudner


Well done to everyone!


Remembrance Weekend 2012

781 Cadets and Staff had another successful year supporting the Poppy Appeal on Remembrance Weekend this year. On the Saturday cadets were in Morrisons bag packing and attempting to complete a static cycle challenge from Newquay to London. Although a grueling event, our cadets wouldn't let themselves fail, completeing the challenge with half an hour left in the day to go. 

781 Static Cycle Challenge


Remembrance Sunday itself saw cadets join numerous other organisations in Newquay and St Columb Major for remembrance parades and church services. Everyone was a credit to the squadron showing impeccable respect for all those that have given their lives in past conflicts.



At the Annual Squadron Dinner the Awards were as follows:

Academic Achievement - Cpl Kyle Maywood

Sporting Achievement - Cdt Georgie Redman

Adventure Training - Cdt Callum Terry

Marksman - Cdt Benjamin Pamplin

Aircraft Recognition - Cdt Callum Terry

Aviation Modelling - Cdt Charlie Spencer-Lane

(Highly Commended - Cdt Sam Fulbrook)

Art and Media - Cpl Briony Tobin

(Highly Commended - CWO Josh Bonfield)

Best New Recruit - Cdt Jess Keatley

Most Improved Cadet - Cpl Finlay Bell

(Highly Commended - Cdt Charlie Spencer-Lane)

Best Cadet - Cdt Sam Brewer

(Highly Commended - Cdt Benjamin Pamplin)

Best NCO - Sgt Amber Pudner

(Highly Commended - Cpl Olivia Bruce)


Congratulations to 781 Sqn


coming 4th out of 20 units at the Caiels Trophy competition


Doing the Station Commander's Job for A Day

As a result of the Auction on 20 May,

Cpl Bruce, Cpl Pearce and Cdt Tobin

took on this challenge on 16 August. 

They had a wonderful day and learnt a great deal 

See RAF St Mawgan Website


Auction 20 May 2011

Many thanks to cadets, parents, civilian committee members. Very special thanks to Mrs Hull who worked so hard to organise it. 

A very successful evening raising in excess of £1500

SQN dinner 2010

The annual Sqn dinner took place on Friday 19th November, it was a great night with good food and a great disco afterwards. During the evening there was an awards presentation, the awards included Best cadet, most improved cadet, best NCO, Sporting achievment, Adventure training, Academic achievment, Photography, Aircraft modelling and shooting achievment.

Remembrance parades

On Sunday 14th November Cadets and staff from 781 sqn attended 2 remembrance parades in Newquay in the morning and St Columb Major in the afternoon. Everyone looked very smart and we had a really good turn out, well done to everyone that attended.


Popy selling

On Saturday 13th November cadets and staff from 781 sqn went to morrisons to collect money for the royal british legion poppy appeal. We had cadets bag packing, selling poppys and taking part in the static cycle challenge, our aim was to reach wootten basset 199 miles away but we reached 150 miles which is very good. Well done to all the cadets and staff that turned up.


Congratulations to 781!

781 Sqn has come First in the 2010 Lord Lieutenant's Competition for the county's cadet units in support of the British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

Well done to everyone who has taken part in fund raising for the Poppy Appeal and support of the Remembrance and Veterans' Parades this year.

This follows the Third place achieved last year in the same competition.



Field craft and adventure training weekend 

On Friday 17th September 9 cadets from 781 (Newquay) sqn and cadets from 1900 (North cornwall) and 2533 (Bodmin) sqn attened a field craft and adventure training weekend at Bodmin moor. On Friday evening we stayed at Glyn house put up our tents and watched a film.On Saturday we went on a Nav exercise to find our 24hr ration packs we would be eating during the weekend. Then we done some camouflage and concealment, we also learnt how to recon a building, then we but up our bivvys, learnt to use trangias and other camping stoves and we learnt to cook. Then we slept in the bivvys which everyone enjoyed. Then on sunday we packed up the camp, made sure we didnt leave any rubbish behind then we traveled back to Newquay. The weekend was a great success and everyone had a great time, thanks to the staff for making the weekend such a success.


Armed Forces Day

On Saturday 26th June 5 cadets, Sgt Hull, Cdt Maywood, Cdt Bell, Cdt Bruce and CPL Pudner journeyed to Truro to take part in Armed Forces day. Sea cadets, Army cadets, Air cadets and many more were there in uniform to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
 Some cadets went up to the cathedral while some stayed behind at the PR tent, helping publicize Air Cadets. The church service included a multi-media presentation, a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. well done to all the cadets who attended the day. 


Newquay Civic Parade

We attended the annual Newquay Civic Parade on Sunday 6th June. We turned out with a well presented Squadron & marched through the town with the band & the other community groups in and around Newquay. All the cadets were commended on their appearance & commitment to their Squadron & town. I think I can say on behalf of all the cadets, the food was worth the march :) CWO Bonfield

FO Blackbourn leaves 781 SQN

FO Blackbourn has been with 781 for over 10 years and has invested a lot of time teaching cadets, organising various activities, helping out with Ten tors and getting us various equipment such as tents, mountain bikes and climbing gear. FO Blackborn has left 781 to take over as the CO of Bodmin Sqn, everyone at 781 sqn wishes him good luck.

Air cadets win overall at Tri-services event.

On Sunday 23rd May two cadets from 781 sqn attened the Cadet 150 swimming & Athletics at Carne Brae. Cadets from Plymouth and Cornwall wing were competeing agaisnt teams from the Sea cadets and the Army Cadets.

Well done Cdts Howarth and Delaney for your efforts at the Tri-Service event on Sunday.

Won Swimming, Athletics and Overall Trophy

 Cadet Warrant Officer Promotion

Wing Commander Symons has interviewed FS Bonfield and signed off his promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer.


781 comes 7th at Wing Athletics

On sunday 16th May 781 sqn attended plymouth and cornwall wing athletics with 18 other sqns in the wing. The events where 100, 200, 400m, relay and 800m and long jump, high jump, discus, shotput and javalin, we tried very hard and had alot of team spirit. overall we came 7th which is a great score and we look forward to next year.

Photos can be found on the wing athletics page

Congratulations to the 781 Sqn Team who gave it 110%

Well done everyone!

There were more teams in the competition this year but you raised your game and scored more points than last year and maintained 7th place in the Wing.


NCO Promotions

On Wednesday 12th May CDTs Pearce and Howarth were promoted to the rank of CPL, they worked very hard and will add some more spirt into our strong team of NCOs at 781 sqn.


Marshalling at cubert 10 mile race

On Sunday 9th may 10 cadets helped out at the cubert 10 mile race. 4 cadets handed out water at the polly joke car park and 6 cadets went down to the beach to help with the marshalling. The day was very fun and everyone had a great time we recieved £50 for helping out which will goes towards a sqn bbq in the summer, Thank you to Mrs Bonfield for a great day.

Pictures can be found here

Basketball Tornament by CDT BELL
Friday 14th May 2010

Sometime after wing athletics, I am proposing that we have a basketball tournament with four teams, Each playing three games each, the winners could either get a prize or even just bragging rights! Hopefully we could have more tournaments of not just necessarily Basket ball, perhaps dodgeball or Football, which would help train up our squad, anyway back to the Basketball we could create teams ourselves and play it once every month as a tournament maybe an annual competition with other squadrons and maybe it will catch throughout the entire ATC! If you have any Tournament style ideas, let me or the Squadron know.


On Sunday 9th May 4 cadets went gliding at predannack airfield which is in the Lizard. The last gliding slot was cancelled due to the volcanic ash so we had our fingers crossed that this slot would be alright and everyone would have a flight. Each Cadet had 3 flights each about 15-25 minutes each flight. Everyone had alot of fun and really enjoyed the day.

 Pictures can be found here

781 comes 2nd overall at the Sector competition

On Sunday 25th April 781 sqn attended north Cornwall sector  competitions held at RAF ST Mawgan. 147 (Camborne) SQN and 1900 (Hayle) SQN also attended the day. The day consisted of shooting, drill and a cook off.

sector cook off team

We tried very hard but more importantly had alot of fun. We came 2nd in both shooting and drill and we came 1st in the cook off and we came 2nd overall. we trained very hard for the competition especially for the cook off, we are very happy with the result and cant wait till the next one!

Photos from the sector competition can be found here


781 plants Trees for the local community

On Wednesday evening 31st March the sqn went to Enigma wood near St Wenn to plant trees for the local community, there were a variety of trees to plant.

 Everyone who attended really enjoyed themselves and all together we manged to plant 150 trees.

Photos can be found here 

 NCO Promotions

 On wednesday 24th March CDTS Pudner and Spittle were promoted to the rank of CPL, also SGT Bonfield was promoted to FLT SGT they have all worked very hard and will add some new spirit into our strong NCO team at 781 SQN.

 Mountain Biking 21st March 2010

 On Sunday 21st March 6 cadets went on an organised bike ride with our new mountain bikes. It took place at Cardinham woods and the cadets were taught bike skills and everyone who attended enjoyed themselves, thanks to CWO Bourne, FO Blackbourne and CI Grange.


JNCO Selection day

  On Saturday 20th March the Squadron held a CPL selection day. Nine promising candidates attended the squadrons JNCO selection day. They all engaged in giving & receiving drill from their fellow cadets & NCO's. They were being watched & assessed by several members of staff & SNCO's throughout the day during leadership exercises, presentations, a formal interview & they're overall attitude toward the day. We were pleased with the candidates we were given to select from & we hope to promote some new spirit into our strong team of NCOs at 781 Newquay Squadron.

Sqn Cook off 2010


 On wednesday 24th february the SQN held another cook off, we had five teams take part each team had between five and six cadets. Each team had to produce a three course meal which had to be cooked on a Trangia, each course was marked out of 10 on flavour, presentation, creativity, hygiene and knife skills. Each team had just 20 minutes per course, Everyone took the competition very seriously and everyone wanted to win! The winning team was team cauilflower, well done to cdt pudner, cdt bibby, cdt white, cdt wrobuel, cdt risley and cdt foster.


  First Aid course

 The Squadron held a first aid course at RAF St Mawgan on Saturday 30th January and Sunday 31st January,  around 20 cadets, new and senior ones were all trained to conduct CPR, put someone in the recovery position and treat many other injuries. They all had a great time at the base and we are looking forward to hearing the result of the assessments. A very big thank you to CI Basher, FO Blackbourne & CI Wyness for making the weekend a great success.


Bag Pack at Sainsburys

 Well done to everyone who helped out at the Squadron's Bag Pack at Sainsburys on Saturday 19th December, the total raised was  £329.49!!!

 A fantastic result for a days effort, decisions are being made on how the money will be spent, a huge Thank You to everyone who turned up, cadets and staff.

  Surfing Day

 The Squadrons first Surfing Day took place on Sunday 13th December, and was a huge success. Cadets from Newquay, St Blazey, Saltash and Plymouth took part in a surfing lesson on Fistral Beach followed by climbing at RAF St Mawgan. Thanks  go out to Fg Off Blackbourn for organising the day, SaltAir Adventure for providing the surf lessons, and all the other members of staff for thier support.

 Photos of the day can be found on the Surfing Photos page!

Survival School Equipment Section  

The Survival Equipment Section from RAF St Mawgan came down to Newquay Squadron on 9th December to show us some different types of survival equipment. It was a very hands-on night which was great fun, especially with everyone looking so silly! Thanks go to the two RAF personnel who made it such a great night!


  Photos of the squadron playing with survival equipment can be found here!




Kayaking Sessions

 Kayaking pool sessions have been running for a few weeks now and is proving to be a popular activity, with six cadets attending each week all having a great time! Details will be taken on Wednesdays for Saturday sessions. If you are coming Kayaking then remember it is £5 and you will need an ACF13.

  For photos go to the Kayaking page!

 Squadron Dinner 2009

 The annual Squadron Dinner took place on the 14th November, and it was a great night with wonderful food, good company, lots of laughs and an awesome disco afterwards!


Best Cadet: Cdt Pudner

Best New Recruit: Cdt Bruce

Most Improved Cadet: Cdt Terry

Best NCO: (ex) Flt Sgt Cartwright

Sporting Achievment: Cdt Pudner

Adventure Training: Cdt Howarth

Academic Achievment: Cpl Raw

Photography: Cdt Allday

Shooting Achievment: Sgt Bonfield

Aircraft Modelling: Cpl Hull


Group Photograph courtesy of Mel Bonfield Photography
Squadron Dinner 2009


Poppy Appeal

Well done to all who helped out fundraising for the Poppy Appeal this year, the total we raised in one day being well over £1000!!!

Photographs of the Cadet Bag Pack at Morrisons, Newquay can be found here.