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Celebrating 75 years of the Air Cadet Organisation

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation with a year of celebration and activities.

North Region Band CONCERT

First Class Cadet Ben Ainslie is a member of the Air Cadet North Region Band playing the flute,Ben has had an outstanding few months attending music camps and events with other cadets from around North Region and even playing in front of our Commandant Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR, at North Regions Dinner in the Officers mess at RAF Linton On Ouse in May. If you are a cadet who plays an instrument or a member of staff that has a musical interest, there are opportunities at Squadron, Wing and  Region to get involved with music. The Latest Concert advertised is…. A spectacular evening of music and song is promised as ‘Yorkshire Commemorates the Battle of Britain and the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in concert’ takes to the Leeds Town Hall stage on Friday, 24 June, 2016 at 7:30pm.   The evening will feature the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, the North Region RAF Air Cadets, Kippax Band and The Rock Choir, with Special guests to include Ben Parkinson MBE.   There will also be an opportunity to view and purchase artworks inspired by World War I and World War II by Wakefield born artist Neil Pittaway RWS RE, who… Continue Reading →

Presentation evening April 2016

ANNUAL AWARDS Squadron staff, cadets and their parents were invited by the Commanding Officer to the unit’s second annual awards night. The awards night, designed to recognise achievements made by cadets during 2015, was held at Outlane Golf Club for the second time. Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Piccavey, acted as host and introduced the members of staff who presented each trophy. The top awards were presented after a short interval during which there was a buffet provided by the venue. The Mal and Pat Davis award for the most improved cadet was presented to Cdt Amber Walker, collecting her second award of the evening. The Halliwell Trophy for the best cadet was received by Cpl Kishan Mistry, who was been promoted recently. The Flt Lt Crook DFC plate for the Squadron’s best Non Commissioned Officer was presented to Cpl Joshua Young. The final award of the evening was the Commanding Officers Cup for the best flight, it is competed for by cadets of A and B flight over a 12 month period. The trophy for 2015 was presented to the NCO’s and cadets of B flight. Thank you to all Parents, Cadets and Staff who attended the evening, we… Continue Reading →


FRIDAY 10 June Greens kit  for Honley Show Health and Safety Brief ITF Training Project night Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June Honley Show Monday 13 June Training Night Working Blues Friday 17 June Sports Challenge Sports Kit  


Sergeant Liam Clarke and Civilian Instructor Natalie Atha, both adult instructors with 59 Huddersfield Squadron Air Cadets, were travelling home after a cadet event on Friday 1 April 2016 on Bradford Road Huddersfield, when Liam noticed a car with its hazard lights on and a gathering or people at a junction with traffic lights, as he approached the traffic lights he spotted that a scooter and rider had been involved in a collision with the car. Liam who is also a Special Constable and Natalie who is 59 Huddersfield Air Cadets Adjutant, pulled over to help. Liam telephoned for assistance from the police and ambulance service, wrote down statements from the car driver and witnesses and controlled the road so traffic could pass safely. Natalie chased down and stopped the community first responder who had driven past the incident to go to another higher priority incident where someone had suffered a cardiac arrest. She gave her coat to the injured rider as it was raining and cold and kept them calm and still as they were complaining of back pain, until an Ambulance arrived. Thanks to their calm approach and Liam’s training the incident was managed well and the casualty… Continue Reading →

Fundraising year underway

Fundraising February started at Kirklees College, and will end at Morrisons!

Happy birthday, Air Cadets!

We marked the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets in style with a formal dinner, with Jason McCartney MP as Guest of Honour.

Cross Country team off to a flying start!

Starting the year with sporting success at the Inter-Squadron Cross Country competition.

New boss takes command

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Piccavey is the new Commanding Officer at 59 Squadron.

High standard set at rifle drill competition

Huddersfield and Holmfirth cadets’ demonstration of arms drill impresses at the highest level.

Squadron hotshots on target again

Huddersfield’s shooting team celebrated another podium finish – this time in the Bunting Trophy.

Post-Remembrance visit to Arboretum impresses

Staff and cadets from Huddersfield and 1466 (Holmfirth) squadrons recently braved the winter rain to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Shooting success

Cadets from the Squadron took top prize recently in the Wakefield Trophy, one of two shooting competitions held at Strensall Ranges near York.

Annual Camp Report

Cadet Warrant Officer Gledhill was our Squadron’s senior cadet at the recent Annual Camp.

Air Training Corps lowers its age range

Now, pupils in Year 8 can join the Air Cadets.

Swimming success!

Corporal Kishan Mistry reports from this year’s Wing Swimming competition.

What’s it like on an overseas camp?

Cadet Amber Walker recently spent a week on an overseas camp in Cyprus.

Top cadets recognised at presentation night

Cadets, staff and parents met in July for the Squadron’s first-ever annual presentation night.

Squadron’s sports stars shine in south Leeds

Congratulations to the cadets who gave up their Sunday to take part in the Wing Athletics competition.

Outstanding Cadet makes point with Sword

Cadet Joshua Young has been presented with the Roger Moss Sword, for outstanding performance during a recent Junior NCO course.

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