Steyning's magnificent seven

SEVEN air cadets have completed and been presented with their bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award '“ with two more due in the next week.

The cadets, from Steyning, had to complete practice and qualifying expeditions, including one night on each expedition camping out as part of the award.

During the expeditions, the cadets were fully self-sufficient, having to rely on the traditional techniques of map and compass work. They also had to carry all their own provisions, tents and plenty of water.

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The expeditions were just one section of the award and the cadets also took part in a range of service projects, including local community service and a conservation project, at a local Scout campsite.

They were also required to complete physical achievement and skill sections.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Norton, officer commanding, commented: "One of our aims for 2007 within Sussex Wing is to increase the number of Duke of Edinburgh's Award holders and this is a great start at Steyning.

"This would not be possible without the support of the staff here at Steyning and across the wing."

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The cadets are now planning their silver and gold awards and expect to have a busy year ahead of them.

The Air Cadets are always in need of new, dedicated staff to help these young people. For more information about the Air Cadets, the squadron and how to join, log on to or call 01903 813113.

'¢ Pictured with their certificates and badges, at the Steyning cadet centre, are cadet sergeants Lawrence Knott and Alex Mason, cadet corporals Justine Buckley and Mark Jackson and cadets Jon Ryan, Jon Harwell and Gavin Scott. Not pictured: cadet corporals Doug Hindson and Ryan Young.

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