Bronze DOfE 2019

Posted 20 July 2019


Here is this years first Bronze Expedition team ready to go this morning! Duke of Edinburgh is a great opportunity for young people to learn valuable life skills and how to work together as a team towards a common goal. It encourages fitness, community spirit and identifying and improving your personal skills, all valuable assets to future employers. Unfortunately the cadets set off in less than perfect weather this morning so it will also be a test of their resilience and their waterproofs! 


Bronze expedition complete! 3 of the 4 were undertaking their assessed expedition and they passed! This means that with a little bit of work in the skills, sport and volunteering sections hopefully they’ll soon be proudly receiving their badges. Congratulations guys!

Swansea Air Show Parade

Posted 8 July 2019


Yesterday Cadets and Staff from 561 (Ardwyn, Aberystwyth & District) Sqn. ATC proudly took part in No. 3 Welsh Wing review. The Parade saw over 300 RAFAC personnel march though Swansea Air Show to be inspected by Gp Cpt Roger Simon, Regional Commandant Wales and the West.

The Day also celebrated and thanked Wg Cdr Mike Stones, OC No 3 Welsh Wing, who has now stood down after 8 Years Service. At the end of the parade he was presented with a number of gifts including a painting created by one of our members of Staff, Sgt Alecia Jackson.

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Cadets BBQ at Tan y Bwlch beach

Posted 5 July 2019


Tonight Cadets from 561 (Ardwyn, Aberystwyth & District) Sqn took a trip to the beach for a BBQ. Whilst there they swept the beach for rubbish to helpTan Y Bwlch maintain its stellar reputation.

Cadets gliding in Turnhill 

Posted 20 May 2019



What did you do this weekend?

Our Cadets made the most of theirs by taking the long journey to RAF Ternhill to experience the thrill of flying a glider. Hosted by the experienced instructors of 632 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, the Cadets were taken through Progressional Aviation Training Packages to familiarised with the practical principles of flight. They learnt how to work with the Viking T1 Winch Gliders both on the ground and in the air, even getting to take control of the aircraft in flight.

Whilst there we had the honour of seeing a fellow Wales & West Air Cadets, Cpl Jake Scott, fly solo for the first time and earn his Silver Wings. Congratulations Jake, excellent Sortie.

A fantastic day was had by all with four of our Cadets earning their Blue/Bronze Gliding Wings. They now look on to the opportunity of training for their Silver Wings and flying Solo.

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Wing Athletics 2019

Posted 28 April 2019


Small but Mighty.

An amazing day for 561 on the field today. A group of six cadets from Aberystwyth travelled down to Carmarthen to compete against the other squadrons in the wing, in track and field events including 100m through to 1500m, javelin, shotput, discus, long jump, high jump and relay.

CPLs Jones & Davies and CDTs Lawson, Gnat, Coverdale and Lawson all participated in three events each plus a relay, and almost all came away with a top 3 place. CDT Cerys Lawson in fact came away with a 1st place in all four of her events!

As a result of everyone’s hard work today, 561 has walked away with their heads held high. Out of 18 participating squadrons, and all whilst fielding only six cadets, 561 finished as the 3rd best placed Squadron overall - A phenomenal achievement.

The team also achieved 2nd for both Junior Boys and Girls, as well as 3rd overall for the Boys and 2nd overall for the Girls.

Junior Leadership Course 2019

Posted 19 April 2019

A massive congratulations to Sgt Owain Wilson who this week was one of 4 Welsh Royal Air Force Air Cadets to complete the Air Cadet Junior LeadersCourse 20. The Course is a challenging leadership course, over weekends spanning several months, that incorporates the Cadet's Navigation, Air Power, initiative, and Military Skills accumulating in a demanding test week. Well done Owain, what an amazing achievement.

Cadets Presentation And Awards Evening

Posted 7 March 2019

Yesterday Evening saw the Squadron hold its Annual Presentation Evening. This event is held to mark the dedication and achievements of the cadets.

Congratulations to all the award winners, you are an incredible group of cadets and an inspiration to the younger cadets.

We also presented Wing Commander Mike Stones (OC No3 Welsh Wing) with a plaque to Thank him for his support and guidance as our Wing Commander as he is stepping down in June.

Afan Argoed Challenge 2019

Posted 12 March 2019

561 Orienteering Team take Silver
A team of cadets from the squadron recently took part in the inter-squadron orienteering competition at the Afan Argoed Park in south Wales. The team were required to navigate through 10 checkpoints and at each checkpoint complete a quiz. Quiz subjects ranged from Music to the RAF & Air Cadets.
Well done to FS Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, Sgt Wilson, Cpl Davies, Cpl Jones, Cdt Lawson I & Cdt Lawson C

Senior Football Team of No.3 Welsh Wing

Posted 3 March, 2019

Huge congratulations to the Senior Football team of No3 Welsh Wing who came second in today’s inter-wing competition at RAF Cosford today.
The final against a strong Merseyside Wing Team was a close game finishing 1-1 despite 3 Welsh playing with only 10 players. It then went to penalties where we were unfortunate to lose.

Well done all.

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Lord Lieutenants Cadet 2019

Posted 14 February, 2019

A huge congratulations to Flight Sergeant Luke Webbon-Thomas on being picked as Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Dyfed. A well deserved appointment and I think a first for the Squadron in having 2 consecutive Lord Lieutenants Cadets. Just goes to show what a great bunch of cadets we have and also a committed staff team.

Well done Luke

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Lord Lieutenant Cadet

Posted March 16, 2018

FS Carwyn Lloyd-Jones with the Lord Lieutenant for Dyfed Miss Sara Elinor Edwards. FS Lloyd-Jones has been chosen as 1 of four cadets in Dyfed.

A great honour and a great achievement for a hardworking cadet.

Aberystwyth Show 2018

Posted June 9, 2018

The cadets of 561 Sqn. helped with marshaling the Aberystwyth show by managing the gateways/ horse pathway. 


Also a great opportunity to represent the Air Training Corps & for the public to test out the flight simulator.  

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Flying Day at Cosford
Posted September 20, 2017

8 cadets from 561 were lucky enough to be selected to visit 8 Air Experience Flight at Cosford this weekend. As part of the day, the cadets each got a turn to take to the skies beside an experienced pilot in a Grob Tutor, one of the training aircraft used by fast jet pilots.

A perk of the flight is that if the cadet felt confident enough, they were lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience and undertake aerobatic manoeuvres.

Thanks to the valuable experience these flying days grant them, many of our cadets are well on their way to earning their wings. A proud achievement for any cadet!  

Mr John Andrews
Posted May 18, 2017

The squadron was visited last night by long term friend of the squadron, John Andrews. John has been one of the main figures of the Aberystwyth RBL for many years, but it was about his life as a Royal Navy Submariner that he came in to talk us about. As well as cadets and staff, members of the civilian committee and parents also attended what can only be described as one of the best talks I have ever attended. John was Chief of the Boat during the Cold-War and his stories kept us riveted to our seats.


On behalf of us all, I'd like to thank John for coming to the squadron to give his talk and also for all the support he has given us over the years. A true gentleman.

Taking to the Skies

Posted May 17, 2017


A recent visit to RAF Cosford saw 8 cadets from the squadron take to the skies in the RAF's Grob Tutor aircraft. For some cadets, it was their first ever flight and for others they put into practice what they had previously learnt at the RAF St Athan ground PTT training.

The day started early with the cadets picked up by coach which had already picked up cadets from 1429 Cardigan Squadron. Then under the supervision of Flight Sergeant Scott Friel, the coach made its way to RAF Cosford.

While waiting for their turn to fly, cadets made good use of the Aircraft Museum at Cosford, which is a great day out in its own rights.

Cadets Learn to Fly while keeping their feet on the ground

Posted May 7, 2017


Cadets from 561 (Ardwyn, Aberystwyth & District) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, travelled the 220 mile roundtrip to MOD St Athan to complete part of their Aviation Training Package which is part of the new Progressive Training Syllabus.

They reinforced their knowledge of basic principles of airmanship, aircraft instrumentation and airfield layout; consolidating it on the part task trainer(PTT).

The cadets were confident in their abilities due to the regular use of the Squadrons recently built Flight Simulator, which certainly gave them a head start.

They are now looking forward to building on their experience by taking to the air, with a Volunteer Gliding Schools or Air Experience Flights, and achieving their flying and gliding wings.

The use of the squadron’s flight simulator proved a valuable asset to the cadets who attended the PTT training today. They built on their knowledge and experience by using the technology available and later this month, these cadets and others will have a chance to do it for real as the squadron has both gliding and flying to come on the forthcoming weeks.

Inter-Squadron Athletics

Posted April 23, 2017

Cadet from 561 have done the squadron proud at the inter-squadron athletics held at Carmarthen today by coming 3rd overall. Some great results will see a number of cadets being picked to represent the Wing and the regional competition which will be held next month at RAF Cosford.

The staff are really proud of all the cadets.




Cadets Spreading Christmas Cheer

Posted 21 December, 2018

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Tonight, Cadets from 561 Sqn. gave up their time to bring some Christmas cheer and thanks to our local emergency services, on what is often one of their busiest nights off the year. Stay safe all and we hope it's an uneventful one. 😃
Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Bronglais General Hospital
Rnli Aberystwyth
H M Coastguard Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth Fire Station/Gorsaf Dan Aberystwyth

Dedication Stone to 1511 Squadron

Posted 23 November, 2018

Cadets and staff from 561 (Ardwyn, Aberystwyth & District) Squadron attended Aberaeron today (Friday 23 November) for the unveiling of the dedication stone to 1511 Squadron, Air Training Corps.

Remembrance Sunday 

Posted 14 November, 2018

561 Squadron has had a very busy weekend.

On Saturday Cadets and Staff were busy collecting in Aberystwyth & Aberaeron, on behalf of their respective Royal British Legion Branches.
Sunday again saw Cadets & Staff turning out in both communities for Remembrance Parades. First in Aberystwyth and then in Aberaeron.

Our sincere thanks to both, Aberystwyth & Aberaeron RBL Branches.

A big thank you to all the Cadets & Staff who gave up their time.

Fieldcraft Weekend 

Posted July 1, 2018

Another busy weekend for 561 Cadet as they join Cadets from across No3 Welsh Wing - Royal Air Force Air Cadets in one of it's most successful Deployed Exercises yet, Ex Epynt Ranger 6/18, which saw over 25 Cadets successfully deployed at Sennybridge Training Area.

They completed 18 lessons covering everything from Camouflage & Concealment and Field Signals to Maintaining and Feeding themselves in the Field, and introducing them to Night Training. They now look forward to the next opportunity where they will be able to apply and hone their skills to Consolidate their Practical Training.

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