Air Experience Gliding

On Sunday 14th April 2013, 4 cadets; Cadets Sophie Oates, Bradley Jackson, Jack Middleton and Nathan Tomlinson went along to RAF Syerston, with AWO Amanda Coleman, for Air Experience Gliding.


Unfortunately, due to high winds the cadets were not able to get up in the air.

They were given a tour around 644 VGS RAF Syerston, the new hangar with the gliders.  Vigilant T1 are propelled gliders and have been used since 1990 but 644 VGS have now gone onto the winch gliders, Viking T1.










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photos courtesy of WO Amanda Coleman


Wing Blue for Cadet Ben Allen

Congratulations to Cdt Ben Allen, who has recently represented the squadron by playing for Trent Wing in the Wing Rugby finals at RAFC Cranwell and has been selected to now represent our Region at the Regional finals at RAF Brampton in April!

Well done Ben, if it all goes well enough you could end up representing the Corps!!!

Allen Wing Blue for Rugby

Blog and picture courtesy of Sgt Rob Carr

Trent Wing Cross Country 2013

‎6 cadets; Ben Allen, Jodie Martin, Jack & Josh Middleton, Bradley Jackson and Nathan Tomlinson, attended the annual Trent Wing Cross Country championship, despite the weather, all 6 finished their run.


Cross Country 2013

Congratulations to all 6 for taking part!

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Pictures courtesy of Sgt Rob Carr

VHF Operators Course

Rob Carr
Rob Carr


@1300ATC 6 cadets completed their VHF operators course yesterday, the second step on their way to getting their Communicators Badge!!

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2012 in review

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RIP Ex CO–Flt Lt Harry Kerrison

Flt Lt Harry (Kerry) Kerrison RAF VR(T) (Rtd)
28th August 1923 – 23rd November 2012

South and East Midlands Wing and Trent Wing are sad to announce the death of Flt Lt Harry Robert Kerrison widely known as Kerry.

Kerry served as an engineer in the Royal Air Force during WWII and continued to serve until 1953. He returned to uniform to serve in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force from 1955 through to 1957.

Back into the light blue, Kerry was Commissioned into the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves Training Branch (RAF VR(T)) as a Plt Off in November 1960 completing his Initial Officer’s Course at RAF White Waltham in the following May. Promoted to Fg Off in November 1963, Kerry became Flt Lt in June 1972 completing his Senior Officers Course at RAF Upwood the following month.

For many years Kerry was a Squadron Officer at 1359 (Beeston) Sqn before taking Command at 1300 (Sutton in Ashfield) Sqn. Kerry retired in November 1980 after 20 years valued service to the Corps.

Outside the Corps, Kerry worked in Engineering and Design at Rolls Royce

Those who knew Kerry will, I’m sure, have fond memories, perhaps of those early years of Proteus Camp at which he was a regular attendee. The thoughts of all of us will be with the family he left behind.

by: Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T) Wing MCO SEM Wg

Remembrance Parade 2012

On Sunday 11th November 2012, the Cadets and Staff of 1300 (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Squadron attended the Remembrance Parade at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Sixteen cadets joined the parade along with 5 uniformed members of Staff and a Civilian Instructor.

clip_image002Flight Sergeant Andy Young ATC took the role of parading the standard, whilst Flight Lieutenant Roxanne Woodburn was head of the Squadron diamond; Sergeant Rob Carr taking the post of Adjutant, Adult Warrant Officer Amanda Coleman taking the post of Squadron Warrant Officer and Sergeant Kirsty Newton taking the post of Flight Commander.

Cadet Alistair Cantrill was the Cenotaph marker with a member of the Army Cadet Force, Royal Marine Cadet and Sea Cadet.

Injured Royal Marine Alexander Brewer braved the day and marched alongside other veterans.

Brothers Jack and Josh Middleton were the saluting base markers.







photographs taken by CI Luke Chadburn