497 (Daventry Squadron), Air Training Corps
We are a friendly and successful squadron, which prides itself on our excellent links with local communities in Daventry and the surrounding area. Our catchment area encompasses Ashby St Legers, Badby, Braunston, Bugbrooke, Dunchurch, Kilsby, Long Buckby, Priors Marston, Weedon Bec, Willoughby and many other localities around them.
We aim to:
- Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
- Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
- Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
Our mission is to offer, enable and support young people through the progressive implementation of these aims in the locality of Daventry and the surrounding areas. 497 squadron is exceptionally well supported and we insist on core values of respect, integrity, service and excellence. We also pride ourselves on giving our Cadets access to the full range of Air Cadet Organisation activities. We are intensely proud that the Air Training Corps enjoys the Freedom of the town of Daventry in recognition of the continuing involvement of 497 (Daventry) Squadron with the youth and community there.
In consultation with our Civilian Committee, we have agreement to seek an increase to our existing establishment by more than 35 cadets in the current financial year 2014/15. Accordingly, we are actively recruiting cadets and not operating a waiting list. Early application is strongly recommended and acceptance is subject to a short probationary period.
In fact – there has probably never been a better or more exciting time to join us!!!
We are also keen to hear from former cadets and staff and those who would like to help or support us in pursuing our objectives.