The cadets of 1181 (Syston) Squadron ATC are pleased to present their Christmas Video 2016

Checkout the gallery for some snaps from our recent visit to Loughborough Firestation. It's fair to say that things got a little damp ... and a change of clothing was required before the journey home.


Recently, I had the privilege of attending RAF High Wycombe in Walters Ash for a week. Home to Headquarters Air Command, it has been the most educational experience I have had so far in my cadet career.

Cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron ATC spent an enjoyable evening viewing the Moon. stars and planets with the assistance of Melton Astronomy Society. 

Cadets get to design Red 1’s flying helmet for 75th anniversary celebrations.  

AIR Cadets are being asked to design the flying helmet worn by the Team Leader of the Red Arrows, to mark their organisation’s 75th anniversary. The winning sketch will be applied to a real helmet, worn by Red 1 and flown in a display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.  The competition is being held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in 2016. Once brought to life, the successful artwork design will be seen on a helmet worn by Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Red Arrows. It is hoped he will wear the helmet for a display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, being staged in July.

Full details Here 

1181 (Syston) Squadron is pleased to present our Christmas video for 2015



This year the cadets chose to parody the Band Aid 30 - Do they Know it's Christmas video from 2014. Great fun was had allocating the parts, rehearsing and ultimately shooting the video at the Squadron. Plt. Off. Gaunt, the OiC of 1181 Squadron, said "It's great to see such enthusiasm from the Cadets - definitely some budding actors amongst them".

For every squadron there is an associated Civilian Committee.

The squadron Civilian Committee members hold monthly meeting, a minimum of 5 members make up a civilian committee, a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary have been elected.

We welcome support from members of the public, parents, school managers, local councillors, ex-service personnel, the RAFA and The Royal British Legion.

The ATC is a charitable organisation. The Royal Air Force provides funds for a few of the key activities such as flying and glider pilot training, but the great range of other activities offered by the ATC have to be financed from other sources. This is were the civilian committee plays their part to seek and manage the necessary finance by way of fundraising.



Fund raising events include: Cadets packing bags for money at the local supermarket, 'Spare change' collections at local events, Marshalling duties at public events, Raffles, Tombola, Wine or water stall to list a few.

For future Fund raising dates please see the main calendar

Currently we are fundraising for Archery equipment e.g. Backstop netting, Target bosses and stands.


How can you help?

We are always grateful for donations of any items suitable for fundraising, if you think you can help in anyway, please contact the Civilian Committee.

Also is an easy way for you to raise money for 1181 Syston SQN ATC by shopping with your favourite retailers

It’s 100% free and unlike other websites, they don't take your payment information.

Over 2,700 retailers to choose from including Amazon, Tesco, Argos and eBay, you could make a real difference by booking your holiday this way. 

All you need to do is register with them and select 1181 Syston SQN ATC as your chosen cause.

Instead of going to a retailers website directly, you first go to and click through to the retailer to make your purchase.


Civilian Committee Awards

The Fundraising award is presented annually to the Cadet that attends the most fundraising events.


Civilian Committee Meetings

Civilian Committee Meetings are held monthly starting at 7:30pm at the 1181 squadron building, contact the squadron for dates. 

The next AGM is being held 7:30pm on 23rd June 2016 at the Old School Hall Thurmaston, which all parents are invited.


Contact details for the Civilian Committee.

For further information please contact Penny Rickman Chairperson on 07444120481 or alternatively you can contact the 1181 squadron



Cadet Warrant Officer Bradley Setchell of 1181 (Syston) Squadron was welcomed as the new Station Commander’s Cadet for Royal Air Force Wittering in a short ceremony on Thursday 8th January 2015.

We have launched our new look website.

Incorporating the Royal Air Force branding to create a crisp clean modern look and a responsive design means that the new site works well on modern tablets and smart phones as well as looking good on laptops & desktops. The site has also moved to a new hosting platform which provides blistering performance and improved reliability.

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