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The newsletter of

1344 Cardiff Squadron Air Training Corps

Pyrenees trip update

Our skiing trip to the Pyrenees from 16-23 December 2011 is still on target with 11 staff and 38 cadets signed up. Instalments are coming in and we have so far collected £11,500 out of the £31,000 that it costs. The only direct funding we have been able to raise amounts to £2,500, so the outstanding balance is £17,000. Please keep the money rolling in. We have applied to the few charities that may fund this type of activity, but have not had any luck to date. A small problem arose when Easyjet published their tariffs for the flight from Bristol to

Toulouse. Based on last year’s fares we expected the fare to be around £100 each, but even with the benefit of a large group booking the price was £184, adding another £4,000 to the bill. After exploring all other flight options we decided to hire a coach instead, and go via the Eurotunnel. This brought the costs back in line with the original budget but it adds another day at each end, so we will now leave mid afternoon on 15th and will return on Christmas eve. The journey takes 24 hours and the drivers stay with us for the week. I am looking forward to this adventure.


The Cadet Credit Scheme has been a great success, enabling those cadets who work to raise funds to benefit directly. The majority of the funds raised are allocated to those cadets to spend on any ATC activity or expenditure such as subscriptions. The cadets have raised £8,200 for themselves and have spent almost half of it on Subscriptions, the Pyrenees, Airshows/visits, Camp fees, Shooting competitions and Adventure training.

1344 Squadron & Detached Flight had a RED NOSE fund raising evening on the 18th of March that involved many fun games and sponsored events. There was 'Throwing sponges at a staff member in a pillory', 'Throwing food at a cadet volunteer', leg waxing, party games like limbo, a computer combat simulation and some haircuts. The haircut that raised the most money was that of Civilian Instructor Dan Brown who agreed to have his very long golden locks cut off. Thanks Dan. Doesn’t he look smart now!

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