Civilian Committee

This is a plea to all parents!

Looking back at 2012, it was a year to remember, with the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics/Paralympics, making it a very special year. Although tinged with great sadness upon the death of Bob Baker, an outstanding Squadron Chairman to 114 Squadron in October.

Flight Lieutenant Chris Brierley had a most successful first year in command and has settled very well into life at the very best of Middlesex’s squadrons. He and I were most fortunate to attend the Buckingham Palace Concert last May and with many others, had a whale of a time!

On a personal note, I retired as a Senior Staff Officer with Middlesex Wing in July after 25 years with the Corps, also retiring from the day job in September and getting married again in between!

25 years is no time at all in comparison with Mick Reed, a long standing Civilian Instructor with 114. Mick joined the Squadron as a recruit in 1954 and attained the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, the first at 114 Squadron in 1960. He had a 2 year break and came back as a Civilian Instructor in 1964. Mick has now done 57 years as a Cadet and Instructor with 114 and must be a Wing record !

It was only in March 2011, that we lost Dave Maloney the Squadron Treasurer, like Bob Baker, Dave was exceptional, a good friend and is also sorely missed. I am sadly reminded, that during my time as CO of 114, one of the very best Warrant Officer’s, Colin Worman also died in service to this Squadron in 1998.

It is fitting that a permanent memorial is made at 114 to commemorate the service that these 3 fine gentlemen made to the Corps. Bob's name will be added to the Book of Remembrance at the Station Church at RAF Northolt this September.
2013 has gone off to a flying start with various activities, one I attended was the annual Corps service at St. Clement Danes in London on 3 February. I was very proud to see several hundred, including 114’s, cadets marching down Kingsway and Aldwych to the Church.

The task of supporting the Squadron continues to be an important role for the Committee and I am still anxious to recruit one or two members to the team. The minimum requirement is to have no special skills and the ability to attend the quarterly meetings, it is not unusual to be found a small job to do, with a view of assisting with fund raising for the Squadron, taking part in such and other activities if one wishes to do so, on an occasional basis.

If you could spare a little time in support of the hard working Staff here and think you would like to join a very successful team, please make contact with either Colin or Caroline Jones on 01895 631431 and they will pass your details on to myself.

Roger Pavitt
Sqn Ldr RAF VR (T) Ret’d
114 Squadron Chairman

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