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Report on the affiliation with 1349 (Woking) ATC Squadron

By December 13, 2023Company News

The Horners have had, for a number of years, an affiliation with 1349 (Woking) Air Training Corps (‘ATC’) Squadron and visit the Squadron for some of their events.

The Master hosted a visit by 18 cadets and 4 staff to the RAF museum Duxford on the 24th October. The Horners were represented by the Master, David Giachardi, Stefaan Simons, Malcolm Wilkinson and the Upper Warden. It was an excellent visit thoroughly enjoyed by all who went.

The ATC (woking) 1349 Squadron quiz night was held on Saturday 21st October at the Community Centre in Woking Park. The Horners were represented by a team of the Master, PM David Giachardi, Assistant Michael and Veronca O’Brien and the Upper Warden his wife Chris Maunders. The evening made nearly £600 for the Squadron.

On Remembrance Sunday most of the Squadron took part in the service in Woking but 6 cadets were chosen to march pass the Cenotaph in London.

The Squadron Annual Inspection was held on Saturday 25th November. The Reviewing Officer was Colonel Kieran Sheldon. Also present were HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, the Mayor of Woking, Cllr M Ilyas Raja, and their wives. The Horners were represented by the Master, Upper and Renter Wardens, Lynn Walters, Alison Gill, David Giachardi, Clive Thompson, Alan and Judith Price, and Chris Maunders.

The cadets were exceptionally well turned out and the Reviewing Officer was very impressed, as was everyone else. For the first time this year the Squadron had a band of drums and bagpipes. The band was very impressive and it was hard to believe 2 of the drummers had only been playing for 1 month. The band has been put together by Sgt Michael Potter and the drum piece they played was composed by him.

Following the inspection and tour of the Squadron the annual awards ceremony took place. Flt Sgt Reeve, currently a Lord Lieutenant’s cadet, was promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer.

The Master presented the two trophies donated to the Squadron, the first, The President’s Trophy, for best overall cadet was presented to Sgt Kelly, and the second, The Horners’ Staff Award, for the adult volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the Squadron, was presented to Civilian Instructor Mark Siggers.

Our Upper Warden, Barry Maunders, is the Honorary Squadron President.

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