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Another Charitable descent for Alan
Alan about to do his decent in 2012
I’m one of a hundred accepted to abseil the Leadenhall Building ‘Cheesegrater’ on Friday 8th September at one of the official events in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2017.
I’m keen to raise as much money as possible by undertaking this death defying, heart stopping, exhilarating, some might say foolhardy, 629ft descent from level 47 (four from the top) of the building and reckon it deserves ‘sterling’ support and some safe hands with a jump net on the day.
Charitable donations that can receive gift aid allowance and go directly to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2017, can be made via my ‘justgiving. com’ account.
Alternatively, please make a cheque payable to ‘The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2017’ and post it to my home address at 3 Northumberland Avenue, Kennington, Ashford, Kent TN24 9QG.
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Our Air Cadets
2433 (Ramsgate and Manston) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets
This squadron, affiliated to The Worshipful Company of Firefighters since the 1st March 2016, is currently competing for the National ‘Top Squadron’ Morris Trophy in competition with other Squadrons from London and Essex. Group Captain Lewis, Commandant, London & South-East Region inspected the Squadron during the evening of the 26th April, observing their training activities. This included working with a flying training simulator which the cadets themselves have constructed, under the guidance of their flying instructor.
The flying training simulator is part of an Aerospace Training Centre they have designed and created, The Centre replicates reception and briefing for trainees, a simulated control tower communications facility and the flying simulator itself which gives realistic hands- on flying experience of a Cessna light aircraft over the Manston area of Kent. The Centre is in its early stages of development which the Charitable Trust of our Company helped facilitate with a financial grant.
The cadets and their instructional staff have the will and enthusiasm to continue its development and make it something truly sophisticated. It will become a useful training facility to introduce the young people to the realism of flying operations and aircraft handling.
Soon after the inspection the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Geoff Hobbs-East, let us know that 2433 Squadron came out top of this inspection stage of the national competition and will now go forward to the final stage representing London & the South East. Further news since has put 2433 squadron as one of the top three cadet squadrons in the Air Cadets and a further inspection for the trophy is now awaited. Geoff firmly believes the flying training facility gave them the edge they needed to win through.
I’m sure we wish them every success.

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