Returning to Face to Face training

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Jul 012021

It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you that our unit has now been granted permission to reopen and we are in the process of making final preparations, as such I have written to all of our Cadets advising them of what happens next. After a pause that proved to be much longer than any of us expected, we are very grateful to finally get back to a new normal and working with our Cadets once again


As a key action, can all Cadets confirm their intention to return to the Squadron so that we can organise the COVID bubbles


Regarda Flt Lt Haywood

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Squadron Commanders Christmas Message

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Dec 202020


As 2020 draws to a close I would like to thank all of the Parents, Guardians & Cadets for your continued commitment and support to the Squadron, in what has been an extremely challenging year for all of us.

Nobody could have predicted the events of this year and moving our activities from face to face to a virtual platform was a huge challenge for both the RAF Air Cadet organisation and the unit staff.  I would like to personally thank my staff for their commitment and support in moving to the virtual platform and delivering a wide variety of activities and lessons throughout the year.

The Cadet NCO team have been very active in assisting the staff team to deliver activities and I would like to thank them for their support and professionalism.  They have delivered presentations and some amazing Quizzes, which have been popular with both Cadets and staff. The Cadet NCO Team have been consistent in their attendance and support of online activities throughout the year, as well as keeping up the morale and interest of the younger Cadets.

Despite the challenges posed by both the COVID-19 pandemic and our new learning environment the Cadets have continued to achieve a lot throughout the year.  We have delivered two blocks of Aviation based training that has allowed Cadets to continue to work towards their BTEC Qualifications as well as pass their Classification exams.

In addition, we have delivered presentations on Cadet activities such as Annual Camp, Flying, Gliding, Shooting and the Squadron’s own Section Commanders Course. The Squadron has also been able to deliver online Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme training as well as Fieldcraft, Drill and Uniform upkeep.

We even managed to hold a Squadron Promotion Board.  Congratulations go to Cadet Gentle who successfully passed the Promotion Board and has now been promoted to Cadet Corporal.

A number of external courses have also been made available to the Cadets including Radio and Cyber Courses.  Some of the Cadet NCOs have also been able to attend Promotion courses online as well.

My Staff have also been busy with Sergeant Bower, Sergeant Way and Pilot Officer Williams all virtually attending their Initial Courses at RAF Cranwell allowing them to become fully qualified in their rank and remove the dreaded ‘white tapes’.  In addition, staff have continued to do the necessary annual mandatory training to keep them up to date with their qualifications.

My Staff have also been busy working with the wider RAF Air Cadet organisation behind the scenes, in order to get the Squadron back to face to face training.  Given the current circumstances it is unclear as to exactly when this will be, however I will keep Parents and Cadets updated as things develop.

In closing I hope we can look forward to a better year for all in 2021 as well as a return to face to face training as a Squadron.  I would like to wish Staff, Parents, Cadets and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to a new year of Cadet activities in 2021.


Yours Sincerely

Flt Lt K Haywood

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Wing Shooting Camp 12/02/21-16/02/21

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Nov 092020

Update 15 Nov 20

Unfortunately due to none COVID related issues this camp is now cancelled.

Sgt H Bower


There is a Wing run shooting camp due to take place from 12/02/21 to 16/02/21 (COVID19 restrictions permitting) at Longmoor camp.

This is intended for cadets who have never undertaken any training or live firing on the L98A2 previously, and will provide the full course of initial weapons training on the L98A2 followed by two days of live firing.

The only pre-requisite for the camp is that cadets are sufficiently mature and physically fit to operate the weapon (e.g. no temporary injuries, broken bones, etc).

Timings and travel arrangements will be briefed closer to the time, though it is worth noting that the camp may be postponed due to COVID19.

For all those interested please email WO Roberton at:   no later than the 18th of November

-SGT Way

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Updated Training Programme

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May 262020
Good Evening, The training programme has now been updated for all activities up to the middle of July 2020. Please check either the training programme on this website or on Cadet Portal. This may change slightly throughout the coming weeks, so make sure you continue to check Cadet Portal. Events covering this period are now [...]
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Virtual Parade Evenings

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Mar 292020

Dear Cadets & Parents/Guardians

In light of the restrictions we currently face, the organisation has been working hard behind the scenes to provide infrastructure and IT solutions to launch the delivery of the Cadet experience through virtual Parade evenings.

The 2358 staff team have also been working hard behind the scenes familiarising themselves with this new technology and ways of working, and I am pleased to announce that we now feel ready to begin delivery of virtual Parade evenings.

We will be publishing events through Cadet Portal, which will automatically send an email to each Cadet, Cadets should then copy the link to the live presentation from the event into their internet browser and join the event at the specified time. The first event is planned for this coming Thursday.

Watch out for changes to the Calendar on this website with updates to the planned events. Parents will be contacted directly in due course to support this communication to ensure all Cadets are aware that we are back up & running.

Cadets & Parents/Guardians should email the Squadron of they have any difficulty with these new planned arrangements, especially those who have not yet established a working Cadet portal login.

Flt Lt K Haywood

OC 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron

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Cancellation of Parade Evenings

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Mar 162020

Dear Cadets & Parents/Guardians

In line with Todays announcement from the UK Government with regards to the increased control measures relative to coronavirus, and the requirement to avoid social contact and non-essential travel.

The Squadron will not be Parading this evening – 16 March 2020.

The Squadron does not intend to Parade in the near future unless their is clear Strategic Direction from HQ Air Cadets to do so, or a change in position from the UK Government.

Flt Lt K Haywood

Officer Commanding 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron

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Presentation at Wimborne Squadron

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Feb 272020
Good evening all, The squadron has been invited to attend a presentation at 1069 Wimborne squadron on Friday 27th March forming part of the wings directive to educate in equality, diversity and inclusivity. On this night all cadets will need to make their own way to Wimborne squadron for their parade evening. Timings are the [...]
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Open Evening for New Recruits – 28th Feb 2020

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Feb 102020
Our next Open Evening for new recruits will be on the 28th February. If you are12 years old or over, and in year 8, and like the idea of Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Fieldcraft and Adventure Training plus much more, log onto our website at and click on the joining us tab to register your interest and we’ll be in touch to provide you with details of when and where.
Alternatively, just send me an email at
You’ll spend the evening learning about life in the Cadets and seeing some of the activities we do, you’ll even get the chance to join in. If you like what you see you’ll be able to start coming from Monday 2nd March with no fees to be paid until July 2020.
We Parade on Monday and Friday evening all year round, breaking only for Bank Holidays and a Christmas stand-down, not bad for just £80 per year, we even provide the uniform for free. You can come on your own, with friends and with Parents, its really up to you.
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Training Program v1.1

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Jan 252020
Good evening all, Minor modifications to the training program have been made with version 1.1 now uploaded to the squadron website. Please see below for details of changes: (dates in American format in above picture)   CI A. Lee Training Officer    
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Cadet Subscriptions

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Jan 132020
Dear Parents Cadet Subscriptions are now due for the sum of £70 (if paying for the full year) or £20 (if paying for the first Quarter). For those parents who have set up a Standing Order please disregard this post, all other parents should now arrange to make the payment to the Squadron. A letter [...]