The Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing website which was designed and built by Flt Lt Paul Hincks of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron received an unexpected boost this weekend when it was declared to be the best website in the Corps.
Air Commodore Ian Stewart, Commandant Air Cadets made the announcement and presented the Best Website Award to Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing during the Corps Media Communications Symposium weekend at RAF Cranwell.
The citation for the Best Website Award, which was presented to Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, stated that – “The site design and layout is crisp and clean, the news section is regularly updated and most importantly the site still manages to get the key messages of the Air Cadet Organisation over to its audience. It gives a clear and concise view of what the Air Cadet experience is all about.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks, Webmaster for Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing said, ”The Media Communications staff from Headquarters Air Cadets had trawled through Squadron, Wing and Regional websites in the search for the Air Cadet website with the best design, and content, I had no idea that we were even being considered for any of the Media Communications awards this year so it came as a complete surprise.”
He added, “This award is obviously a vindication of all the time and effort that has been put into the site and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, both cadets and staff, who have supplied content and news articles for publication on the site. It's your continued support for the site that has made our Wing website a real success and we can now say that the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing website is truly ‘Best in Corps'.”
Websites were very much the in subject at this year's Media Communications Symposium. The delegates representing Regions and Wings from across the country were taken through the plans for the complete redesign of the HQ Air Cadets website and also took part in consultation workshops. Guest speakers Paul Taylor from the Central Office of Information (COI) and Rupert Bowater from Binary Vision described how aircadets.org was about to receive a complete face lift and explained how it would benefit from many of the technical and functional improvements that have already been rolled out to other sites within the MOD RAF family.