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was really impressive, the winning design

being a LED encrusted fighter plane with

buzzers ringing out as it whizzed down

the zip-wire. The student’s determination

and team spirit shone throughout the

day as they worked with their teachers

and RAF volunteers. Whether they won

or lost, the day was great fun due to the

amazing effort shown by all the teams.

For all those involved with Project

X, the lasting memory was seeing the

overwhelming sense of achievement from

each of the children as they watched

their models whiz down the wire. Just

seeing a group of enthusiastic youngsters

take a simple idea and create something

quite amazing, was well worth the time

invested by the RAF volunteers who will

hopefully be on hand to support the

Schools’ Challenge in 2010.

The Schools Challenge is just one of

many initiatives run by RAF Waddington

as part of its Youth Engagement Strategy,

in association with the Education

Business Partnership. If you are interested

in getting involved as a volunteer in any

future youth engagement event then

please contact Sqn Ldr Steve Welchman,

OC C4I Squadron. n

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PHoToS

LEFT MAIN IMAgE

Cherry Willingham

Community

School’s winning

design, a LED

encrusted fighter

plane whizzing

down the zip-wire.

BELOW

RAF Waddington

Stn Cdr, Gp Capt

Powell, along

with the winning

students from

Cherry Willingham

Community

School.

Points were awarded

for design, attention

grabbing paint schemes

and novel approaches to

delivering the egg. The

Judges were amazed by

the diversity of ideas, with

everything from a pink pig

design to a Vulcan look alike.

After nearly three years on

continuous operations in

Afghanistan, 1ACC – callsign

“Crowbar” returned to its base

at RAF Kirton in Lindsey after handing

over its role to the US Marine Corps on 1

December 2009. Operating from its base

at Camp Bastion in Helmand province,

the unit has helped save countless lives

since deploying on Operation Herrick in

October 2006. Its role was to use radar,

communications and information systems

and the expertise of its operators to build

an air picture to track the movement of all

aircraft in South West Afghanistan and

relay that to military commanders and

troops on the ground. Whenever mortars,

artillery or rockets are needed, or aircraft

need to deliver ordinance, the airspace is

restricted and cleared by 1ACC.

Hugh had served two tours in theatre and

with this connection in mind, the band was

delighted to accept the opportunity to head

up their homecoming parade through the

streets of Kirton. On a very cold and rainy

Lincolnshire day, the band led No. 1 ACC

down to the town where an enthusiastic crowd

cOMMuNITy MATTERs //

pIpEs ANd dRuMs

Pipes

& drums

Homecomings

& saint Barnabas

One of our neighbouring stations in

lincolnshire is Home to No. 1 Acc, and also

to Flight sergeant Hugh Higgins, a piper in

the raF Waddington Pipe Band.

showed their support and appreciation. They

were welcomed by the Mayor of Kirton-In-

Lindsey, Billy Boyd. Air Vice Marshal Dick

Garwood was the reviewing Officer, who

took the salute from the parading personnel.

Once again, the band was pleased to lend

its support to one of our local charities,

St Barnabas Hospice. Every year, on what

is normally a very cold night; the band

leads a large torchlight procession past

the Hospice, through the Bailgate to a

service on the steps of Lincoln Cathedral.

800 flaming torches lit up the evening on

what was a very atmospheric and poignant

occasion. If anybody wants to attend next

year’s procession or support this very

worthwhile charity then please contact the

Pipe Major at the band room for details.

The band has had a very successful year

playing at local, national and overseas

events, from Geilenkirchen to Hamburg,

Edinburgh to Southampton. It’s been hard

work but all very enjoyable. 2010 looks

to be another busy one so if you fancy

learning to play the pipes or to beat a drum

then come and join the RAF Pipe Band

Champions of 2009. n

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