Over 70 people attended the recent Annual Dining-In Night and Presentation Evening of 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron at the Nazeing Golf Club.
After a four course meal, Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards introduced the top table and welcomed all guests who had joined the Squadron for the evening. All Squadron members gave a toast to their guests and Flight Lieutenant Richards went onto give an overview of the varied and numerous achievements attained both individually and collectively by the cadets on the Squadron during 2013, after which, a toast was given to the cadets.
Before the presentation of the annual awards, a number of certificates were presented for classification exams and first aid qualifications, as well as the presentation of the Inter-Flight Competition trophy.
Wing Commander Paul Mimpress, Officer Commanding, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing, then commenced with the presentations of the of the annual awards. The recipients of the annual awards were as follows:
- Best New Recruit for 2013 - Cadet Cem Tokluhan
- Mark Coram Shield for Best Sporting Cadet during 2013 - Cadet Sergeant Zoe Pickering
- Hallas Trophy for Exercise & Expeditions for 2013 - Cadet Shannon Metin
- Endeavour Trophy for 2013 - Cadet Sergeant Laura Connolly
- Community Shield for 2013 - Cadet Corporal Alex Francis
- Hoddesdon Royal British Legion Trophy for Most Improved Cadet during 2013 - Cadet Albie Wilson
- Best Cadet for 2013 - Cadet Josh Brand
- Best NCO for 2013 - Cadet Corporal James Pickering
- 1239 Cup for 2013 - Cadet Corporal Connor McLean
- The Royal Air Force Association Trophy for Best Overall Cadet for 2013 - Cadet Flight Sergeant James Wingate
After the presentation of the annual awards, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards presented Certificates of Appreciation to the Nazeing Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, the Hoddesdon Branch of the Royal British Legion and to Alan Warman for their continued support to 1239 Squadron.
Wing Commander Paul Mimpress then made two promotions; Cadet Flight Sergeant James Wingate was promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer and Corporal Alex Francis was promoted to Cadet Sergeant.
A number of cadets then presented bouquets of flowers to the female guests and members on the top table.
Wing Commander Paul Mimpress closed off the formal part of the evening with a speech in reply, congratulating the cadets and the wider Squadron on its’ achievements and proposing a toast to 1239 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards said “the evening was a great success and it’s pleasing to be able to hold events like these to reward and recognise the cadets for their continued efforts and achievements. Well done to the cadets and staff on their awards and qualifications and I’d like to thank all who attended and supported the Squadron this evening, it really was a fantastic occasion that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed”.
Photo 1 - Wing Commander Paul Mimpress presents Cadet Sergeant Zoe Pickering with the Mark Coram Shield for Best Sporting Cadet.
Photo 2 - Mr Alan Warman presents the Endeavour Trophy to Cadet Sergeant Laura Connolly.
Photo 3 - Cadet Corporal Alex Francis receives the Community Shield from Wing Commander Paul Mimpress.
Photo 4 - Mr Cyril Phelps, President of the Hoddesdon Branch of the Royal British Legion presents the Most Improved Cadet Trophy to Cadet Albie Wilson.
Photo 5 - Wing Commander Paul Mimpress presents the Best Cadet Trophy to Cadet Josh Brand.
Photo 6 - Cadet Corporal James Pickering receives the Best NCO Trophy from Wing Commander Paul Mimpress.
Photo 7 - Wing Commander Paul Mimpress presents the 1239 Cup to Cadet Corporal Connor McLean.
Photo 8 - Mr Roy Howe, President of the Nazeing Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association presents the Best Overall Cadet Trophy to Cadet Flight Sergeant James Wingate.