Members of staff and civilian committee members from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron recently attended the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing dinner and dance at The Village Hotel Coventry.
The staff from 121 Squadron made a grand entrance to the dance when they arrived champagne glasses in hand at the venue in their stretched limousine. If there were a prize for turning up in style we would have certainly clinched it.
167 guests from 21 Squadrons of the Wing attended and enjoyed a three course meal followed by dancing until 0200hrs.
In addition to Wing members ex cadets who are now in the regular Armed Forces also dined including a Royal Marine, a Sapper, a Private from the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, a Flight Lieutenant, Chief Technician and a Sergeant. Members of 637 Volunteer Gliding Squadron also came along to show support.
The guests of Honour were Commander James Hayward who is the Commanding Officer of HMS Forward Royal Naval Reserve in Birmingham and Squadron Leader Brian Shorter Central & East Assistant Regional Commandant.
Sqn Ldr Shorter responded to the toast The Guests and paid tribute to the retiring Regional Commandant Gp Capt Jon Ford. He also recognised some of the Wing achievements in the field of Millennium Volunteers and Duke of Edinburgh.
The Wing Commanding Officer Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa presented the Cadet Forces Medal to Wing Warrant Officer James Sinfield and a Regional Commandant's Commendation to the Chairman of 8F (1 st City of Coventry) Squadron for her unstinting efforts towards the cadets of the squadron and the raising of funds for the unit.
Wg Cdr Pravin Ladwa's final presentation of the evening came as a bit of a surprise to one member of the Wing staff. Squadron Leader Martin Harrison was presented with the Commandant's Certificate of Meritorious Service in recognition of his outstanding work within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing as Wing Training Officer. Wg Cdr Ladwa said that he was delighted to be able to present the award and that so many cadets and adult staff had benefited from the excellent training given by Martin and his wing training team,
The event took the usual format with drinks in the bar followed by dinner and the formal speeches but for several members of the 121 Squadrons party the best bit was still to come. The Chocolate Fountain!
Yes this year the Wing mess committee had defiantly excelled themselves by providing what could only be described as a dream come true for the chocolate lovers amongst us. It was as much as we could do to stop one of our group making a Vicar of Dibley style leap at the fountain and shouting out ‘I'm Going In'.
The evening 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 once again 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.