Torrential rain fails to dampen cadets’ spirits

Steyning air cadets were praised for keeping busy at the car wash despite the rain
Steyning air cadets were praised for keeping busy at the car wash despite the rain

AIR cadets got wet in more ways than one as rain hammered down during their charity car wash.

But they battled the elements and, despite the terrible conditions, carried on cleaning on Saturday, November 9.

Seven cadets from 1140 (Steyning) Squadron were at the Mayberry Garden Centre in Portslade to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

The appalling weather meant they had to call time on the event early, but they still managed to raise £120, which was handed over at the Remembrance Sunday parade the next day.

Mayberry retail manager Stuart Thomas paid tribute to the cadets: “The rain was hammering down but they were not put off.

“We thank them for their efforts and thank our customers for supporting the event. We shall hope for better weather at the next one.”

Helped by the squadron’s staff, the cadets worked tirelessly, washing approximately 30 cars.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Emsley, officer commanding, said: “I was very pleased with the effort and enthusiasm shown by our cadets at the car wash, despite the appalling weather.”

A total of 32 cadets and staff from the squadron paraded from the Squadron HQ, in Shooting Field, to St Andrew and St Cuthman Church for the remembrance service. The cadets provided escorts for the Royal British Legion Women’s section and the Royal Air Force Association and carried the banner of their squadron.

Flt Lt Emsley said “The squadron had an excellent turnout Sunday for Remembrance Day.

“Their presentation and performance was a credit to themselves and the unit. I was very proud to receive praise from many local people.”

Following the service, Flt Lt Emsley presented Steyning Royal British Legion chairman Lewis Whittaker with the proceeds from the car wash.

As well as fundraising for other charities, the squadron is also busy fundraising for its own needs.

Its civilian welfare committee is working to raise funds for a squadron minibus, to make it easier to take cadets to activities.

Chanctonbury Lions donated £1,179, the proceeds of their book stall at Shoreham Airshow, and the committee is planning a sponsored swimathon and bag pack to boost the total.

If you have any ideas to help the squadron achieve their target, email

If you are interested in joining the air cadets, you must be between 13 and 15 years old. Steyning Squadron parades Tuesday and Thursday nights, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Cadet Centre, in Shooting Field.

The squadron is also in need of a band instructor, to enable a marching band to be formed at the unit.

Please phone 01903 813113, email or go to for further details.