Welcome to 295 (Witham & Rivenhall) Squadron
The premier youth organisation in Witham!
Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the 295 Sqaudron, we’re part of the UK-wide cadet force with members aged between 12 and 20 years.
We're sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. If you like flying, gliding, camping, adventure training, marksmanship and sports, and want an opportunity to get qualifications like the Duke Of Edinburgh Award or the BTEC in Public Services and Music, then look no further.
- Our aims are to:
- - Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the RAF among young people
- - Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
- - Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
And there's one more important thing - it's a lot of fun! Our squadron parades at our headquarters next to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Club on Bridge Street, Witham on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.45pm. We look forward to welcoming you! There is information for
Information for Cadets
So, are you ready to take the first step towards all the opportunities and benefits that the air cadets can offer you?
It's important to know that we're not a recruiting organisation for the Services (but it's great if you decide you want to join later on). We're not interested in anything but you and your potential, and will help you get the most from your experience as a cadet.
Worried about fitting in? Equality is a central part of the Air Cadets’ ethic. The cadet experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, background or ability, whether you're male or female, if you're between 13, or at age 12 when beginning school year 8 (England & Wales) and 17 years old you can join us.
The maximum age for entry is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 12th and 17th birthday.
What's in it for you?
Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an air cadet is its own reward - you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DoE Awards. You'll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what's on offer you won't need much persuading!
We have high standards to maintain as we are a 'military' youth organisation and you'll naturally take pride in your uniform (we supply most of that) and appearance. You'll be well mannered and self-disciplined. You'll be joining an organisation of which you’ll be very proud.
What are you waiting for!
We welcome personal visits by potential cadets (ideally accompanied by a parent or guardian), during one of our Parade Nights – these are held twice a week on Monday and Thursday. We recruit 3 times a year on specific entry dates. Just come along and see if you like it and find our next recruitment date - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing.
We will discuss what we do, and answer any questions you or your parents/guardians may have.
Don't be shy about taking that first step - it may be the best thing you've ever done. Go for it!
Flt Lt S.Purcell (OC)
Information for parents
Why air cadets? It's a fair question, but ask anyone who has taken part as a cadet, adult volunteer or parent and you'll know how special the organisation is. It offers young people from all walks of life a chance to get active, learn new skills and make new friends in an inspirational and safe environment.
It doesn't interfere with their school responsibilities and cadets take an invaluable set of experiences and strong personal ethics with them when they leave that they can put to good use at university or in the career of their choosing. It's true that some cadets do take up a career within the Services, but there is no liability for them to join up after leaving the organisation. Their personal development as confident and spirited young people is our main aim.
Under the guidance of our fully qualified volunteer staff we’ll offer your son or daughter many activities to take part in and every opportunity to build their strengths and improve their confidence. We hope that they stay with us for several years and thoroughly enjoy their membership - our volunteer staff are always on hand to assist parents with any questions or concerns.
We ask parents for as little as possible. We provide most of the kit and encourage cadets to be self-sufficient and keep their uniform in good order themselves. Don't be upset if they ask you not to iron their shirt as there is a certain way of doing it and they are encouraged to handle it themselves! However, you are responsible for their uniform, which is valued at around £200 and is issued on loan - it should only be used for air cadet activities and must be returned at the end of their time with us.
Some items are not included, so will need to be purchased sepratly, staff will be able to guide you the items and the best place to purchase them. Beyond this, your responsibility is mainly for getting your son or daughter to the squadron promptly for meetings and supporting them as they progress. However, any further involvement is always gratefully received.
All organisations need funding. We are luckier than most as the RAF provide the money for uniforms, premises, flying and several other activities. Each cadet provides a small subscription after completing basic training, currently £12:50 which goes towards funding the many activities that they undertake. National and international camps and expeditions may lead to extra costs - but we will always keep these to a minimum. We want the organisation to be available to everyone and staff are happy to discuss cost-related issues with parents at any time.
The squadron must provide the rest of the required funding, primarily through the fundraising efforts of the Civilian Committee that each squadron has. We're always looking for parents who are keen to get involved with the squadron's Committee!