On Saturday 10 March Members of staff and civilian committee members from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron attended the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Ladies Night Dinner at The Tower Suite at Drayton Manor Park.
Once again the staff from 121 Squadron made a grand entrance to the event when they arrived champagne glasses in hand at the venue in their stretched limousine. It was definitely a step up from the minibus as a mode of Squadron transport.
Guest of Honour was the Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Gordon Moulds MBE RAF. During his speech he outlined his vision for the future of the Corps and praised the volunteer staff. He also made some presentations, the first being the coveted Kreigie Trophy that was made to Ben Homer an ex Cadet of 492 ( Solihull ) Sqn. The trophy which was given to the Corps by the RAF Ex Prisoner of War Association is awarded annually for the best cadet on the Junior Leaders Course at Frimley Park . President of the RAFExPOWA Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE together with two members of the Association Wg Cdr David Bernard MBE and Mr Peter Benefield were also present and praised Ben for his efforts.
The Commandant also presented the Wing Commanding Officer Pravin Ladwa with a Millennium Volunteer Certificate in recognition of 150,000 hours of voluntary service and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Certificate to mark ‘1000 years' of commitment to the Scheme by the wings adult volunteers.
Other VIP guests included Air Commodore Duncan Mitchell Wing President and former Commander for the Centre of Defence Medicine and Honorary surgeon to the Queen.
The Commandant was presented with a Wing tie by Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa and a Plaque by the Mess President Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison as a memento of his visit and time with the Wing. Following dinner guests had the opportunity to mingle and socialise and to speak with the Commandant.
The evening itself was a great success an opportunity for the Squadrons staff and committee to get together socially and enjoy a night out together. Having left the function the staff from 121 continued to enjoy themselves as they journeyed home in the luxurious splendour of the Squadron limousine. The only disappointment came when the Squadron's civilian committee chairman turned down the request to replace the unit's minibus with a new limo. After such an excellent evening all that remains is for us to plan an even more spectacular mode of transport for next year.