Welcome to 1206 (Mercian) Squadron!

Important: The squadron phone lines are now operational and as such can be used to contact us on parade evenings.

Please contact us on; 01543 411 962

What's been happening at 1206?

Recent events...

Goodbye to Sergeant (ATC) Kerr!

[28th February 2017]

Tonight we sadly had to say goodbye to a member of staff from our squadron, Sergeant Kerr. Since 2013 she's always been there for the cadets,
taught fantastic first aid and even arranged visits to Whitemoor Lakes for us. She will be missed around the squadron. Good luck in your new job up in Edinburgh!

What've we been up to?

[9th February 2017]

Fantastic week had here at 1206. Whilst Senior and Master Cadets were studying and taking exams and Leading Cadets were learning Navigation skills, our newly appointed Wing Sector Commander Flt Lt Haynes had an opportunity to have a look around the squadron and meet the staff.
The cadets also had an opportunity to hear the Staffordshire Wing plan for the future.
Congratulations to Cdt Massey who was presented with her First Class certificate & Cpl Hall who received his senior classification certificate.

A Busy Week at 1206!

[6th February 2017]

Monday saw our new recruits join us and all passed their HeartStart First Aid - a great start to their ATC experience. Well done!
We also enrolled Cdt Massey, who took her cadet promise in front of the Squadron, and Cpl Quinby was promoted to Sgt. Cpl Fowler and Cpl Hall were also presented with their First Aid badges.
Finally, a big welcome to CI Lowe who received his CI certificate and HeartStart First Aid certificate - welcome to 1206 (Mercian) Sqn.

Cadets attend ATC Sunday

[5th February 2017]

On Sunday 5th February, cadets from 1206 joined a variety of cadets and staff from 1444 (Brownhills) Squadron, 196 (Walsall) Squadron and 1200 (Polesworth Squadron) at Lichfield Cathedral in order to celebrate ATC Sunday. Cadets were enrolled and prayers were read, and all the cadets renewed their cadet's promise. It was great for 1206 to be back once again in their 'adopted' church, with the service taken by 1206's own Padre, Canon Andrew Stead.

An evening of DofE and First Aid...

[31st January 2017]

This evening, Cpl Meer and Cadet Ray gave their presentations on their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition and talked about their experiences of DofE and what it's all about. We also had ex 1206 CWO Tom Brittain join us to discuss how he achieved his Gold. The squadron then practiced their skills of putting up a tent in moon light (With a little help from an iPhone torch!)
The staff were also busy with HeartStart training. Massive thank you to Sgt Kerr that made the journey back up from London for the evening to train everyone!

Plenty of certificates!

Congratulations Cdt Saunders and Cdt Long who have received their First Class Certificate and Sgt Mulvany, who received his Senior certificate.
Flt Lt Bailey and CI McInerney were also presented their HeartStart Certificates. Well done!

Welcome Back!

[14th January 2017]

Great start to 2017, congratulations to Cdt Hinsley, Cdt Wright, Cdt Pemberton and Cdt Mckeever who were presented their First Class certificates and Cpl Meer who received her Leading certificate!

Corp of Drums visit RAF in Concert 2016!

[20th November 2016]

On Sunday 20th November, the 1206 Corp of Drums went to Birmingham Symphony Hall to watch RAF in Concert. All of the cadets had a fantastic time listening to a wide variety of military and war time classics!l

Members of the 1206 (Mercian) Squadron Corp of Drums

Battle of Britain Service in Fradley

[18th September 2016]

Staff and cadets at today's service at St Stephens Church Fradley. Remembering those that lost their lives while serving at RAF Lichfield during the Battle of Britain. Well done Cdt Wright, Cdt Quinby, Cdt Z Hall, and Cdt Saunders who did a great job reading out the roll of Honour.

RAFA Collection in Lichfield

[17th September 2016]

Thanks to Sgt Bloomfield, Cdt Meer, Cdt Quinby and Cdt Rogers for supporting the RAF Association Wings Appeal today!

Congratulations to Tom!

[12th August 2016]

Very proud of the new Lt Tom Emerton, former ex CWO from 1206 Sqn, who graduated from RMA Sandhurst today. His next step is off to the Army Air Corps.

1206 Presentation Evening and Dinner 2016

On Friday 22nd July, the Squadron hosted over 200 guests at Lichfield Cathedral for it's 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps dinner and presentation evening.

Guests included Air Mshl Sir Baz North, Air Member for Personnel and his wife Lady Fiona North, Air Cdre Maria Byford Head of Future Healthcare from DMS Whittington, Wg Cdr Elliott Sharrard-Williams Officer Commanding Staffordshire Wing ATC, as well as local dignitaries including Mr Michael Fabricant MP and Squadron President, Cllr Janet Eagland Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Cllr David Salter Chairman of Lichfield District Council and Cllr Janice Greaves Deputy Mayor of Lichfield.

Also in attendance were a number of ex-cadets and staff of the squadron going back some 50 years, business leaders and representatives of all 3 armed forces and local charities including RAFA, Lichfield Bower and the Mercian Regimental HQ at Whittington.

The evening commenced with reception drinks on the lawns outside the main West End doors of the cathedral before Cadet Daisy Richards sounded the bugle to announce dinner. Piper Andy King of the Shirley Pipe Band then led guests in to the cathedral before the cadets and banner of the Squadron marched in to resounding applause.

Following a superb 3 course meal, the lights were dimmed as the Squadron's Corps of Drums put on an impressive light stick display which culminated in Auld Lang Syne before marching off to cheers and a standing ovation.

In addition to celebrating 75 years of the Air Training Corps, the presentation of awards recognised the outstanding levels of achievement of the cadets over the past 12 months, with Cadet Warrant Officer Sam Wyss being awarded the Best Cadet and Kevin Main Aviation Trophy, presented by Colin and Jean Main in memory of their son Kevin, an ex-cadet of the squadron who sadly lost his life in 2003 whilst serving on operations as an RAF Tornado pilot.

Flt Lt Chris Kelly, Officer Commanding 1206 (Mercian) Squadron said "75 years is an important milestone for the organisation and therefore we wanted to commemorate it by putting on something both special and memorable. I'm sure all who attended will agree that this was achieved. Lichfield Cathedral is such a unique and incredible venue and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to hold our dinner in a landmark iconic of the City of Lichfield"

 

The recipients were as followed;

  • The Community Award - presented by Cllr Janice Greaves to Cdt Harvey and Oscar Fowler
  • Sports Award - Presented by Flt Lt Chris Kelly to Sgt Jake Findon
  • Shooting Trophy - Presented by Cllr David Slater to Joseph Quinby
  • Cadets Cadet Award - Presented by Cwo Daire to Sgt Nick Paul
  • The Kay Sales Endeavour Award - Presented by Mr Michael Fabricant to Cdt Eloise Meer
  • The Millington Trophy for Leadership - Presented by Wing Commander Elliott Sharrard- Williams to Cpl Isaac Mulvany
  • The Best Non Commissioned Officer Award - Presented by WO Carl Tuckley to FS Walker- Smith
  • The Academic Achievement Award - Presented by Air Commodore Maria Byford to Cdt Brigid Ray
  • The Kevin Main Trophy - Presented by Mr and Mrs Colin and Jean Main who are the parents of ex cadet of 1206 (Mercian) Sqn Flt Lt Kevin Main who sadly lost his life in 2003 Whilst Serving on operation as a Royal Air Force Tornado Pilot to CWO Sam Wyss
  • Best New Recruit - Presented by Air Marshal Sir Baz North to Cdt Isabelle Long
  • The Best Cadet Award - Presented by Air Marshal Sir Baz North to CWO Sam Wyss.
  • Life Time Achievement Award -Presented by Flt Lt Chris Kelly to Flt Lt Bailey

Lichfield Bower 2016

 

On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, the cadets of 1206 marched alongside the ACO National Marching Band and several other squadrons from Staffordshire Wing and Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing in a parade with a tradition going back 800 years.

Banners of 496 (Kenilworth & Balsall Common) Squadron, 196 (Walsall) Squadron and 1206 (Mercian) Squadron

Hundreds of members of the public turned out to witness the parade to see the cadets, Morris dancers, the Bower Queen float and many more. 

The weather was hot but despite this the cadets marched on for over three hours, and we are so proud of them.

Well done to all, another fantastic Bower!

Wing Torch Relay 2016

1206 visit Downing Street and Parliament

From L to R: Flt Lt Bailey, CWO Daire, Michael Fabricant MP, Flt Lt Kelly and CWO Wyss

Cadets and their Commanding Officer Flt Lt (VR) Chris Kelly, from the 1206 (Mercian) Air Training Corps Squadron visited Number 10 Downing Street and Parliament with their Squadron President Michael Fabricant last week.

"This year is the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets forming and to celebrate this, Staffordshire Wing has created a relay torch that will tour each Squadron in Staffordshire, and this week it accompanied our visit to Parliament" says Michael Fabricant.

Photographs show Commanding Officer Flt Lt Chris Kelly and Adjutant Flt Lt John Bailey with our two Cadet Warrant Officers Alister Daire and Samuel Wyss outside Number 10 Downing Street and in New Palace Yard outside the Elizabeth Tower, also known as 'Big Ben.'

Cadet Drill Course at MOD Swynnerton 2016

Cadets from across the Wing alongside Wg Cdr E L Sharrard-Williams

Well done to the Cadet Drill Course candidates who completed the course at the end of January. An excellent standard achieved in some challenging weather.

Special congratulations to Cpl Mulvany, CWO Daire and CWO Wyss who represented 1206 and made us proud!

Welcome to 1206 (Mercian) Squadron

 

1206 (Mercian) Squadron is based in Lichfield in Staffordshire and has a thriving community of Air Cadets, uniformed staff and Civillian volunteers.

The Squadron has a long history, celebrating its' 50th anniversary in 2013.

 

Getting involved with the community and achieving successes are among our objectives. Take a look at the 'Squadron News Gallery' and the Squadron Twitter feed for photos and news from recent events.

 

As part of one of the largest youth organisations in the country we are tremendously proud of our Squadron and really feel that our positive attitude, sense of friendship and fun delivers a highly professional and rewarding environment.

The RAF Air Cadets enables young people to experience many exciting activities such as gliding, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and a host of other activities all designed to increase confidence and get you set for your chosen career when you leave school, college or university.

 

Every week our cadets aged 12 (Year 8) to 19 from all sorts of backgrounds get involved in everything the RAF Air Cadets has to offer. If you live in Lichfield, the surrounding areas or you go to school here and want to get involved, get in touch with us. We really want to hear from you.

 

Who knows, next weekend you could find yourself going flying, gliding, shooting, on an expedition, parachuting, playing sports, parading, or camping.

 

The sky is literally the limit.