Welcome to 358 Welling Squadron ATC

You want to join the Air Cadets.

Girls and boys just like you have joined the Air Cadets and taken advantage of the fantastic opportunities and challenges available and we would like to offer you similar opportunities. Many activities are free or highly subsidised, so well worth our joining fee & monthly subscription.

Also, don't forget that not only is the Air Cadets fun but it's all good stuff on a CV. Employers and universities find that Air Cadets have considerable transferable life skills e.g. leadership, commitment, self discipline, diligence and dedication. In short, cadets are the kind of people they want in their organisation.


JOIN US;  You have nothing to lose and a world of opportunity to gain. THEY DID, YOU CAN.





The squadron in action...
  • Exam Success

    A big WELL DONE to Cpl Katerina SALES & Cadet Oliver OFFEN on passing their senior and leading cadet examinations.


  • The LaSER Mag

    News from the ACO in London & South East Region - more 358 hits with FOUR articles! This does not happen without the dedicated hard work of you all - Thank you & well done. KJC


  • Cadet Exams

    All FIRST CLASS class cadets have the LEADING cadet subjects available to sit. Newer LEADING cadets have no senior subjects opened but the 'older' cadets have 5 SENIOR/MASTER subjects opened - follow the link for details on how to access your account - Any queries contact OC358.


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  • CVQO Adult Awards

    Sept 2013; Congratulations to Flt Lt Kris Cottier RAFVR(T) on graduating with his Graduateship of the City and Guilds Institute. Well done!


  • Model Cadets 2013


  • #rafaYOUTH

    #rafaYOUTH has been formally launched and Welling Air Cadet Tim LAWSON was there having won the rafaYOUTH prize draw...


  • Benjamin White - Aerobility flying

    Drum Major Benjamin White went 'AEF' flying with Aerobility - flying for the disabled, gaining his 'first flight certificate'. The flight was funded by The Rotary Club of Bexley.


  • British Safety Council

    June 2013; Congratulations to those cadets who have undertaken and completed the British Safety Council Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness (Entry 3)


  • Jack Petchey Foundation Awards

    Congratulations to Cadet Sergeant Joe RIDLER & Cadet Katerina SALES on being awarded Jack Petchey Foundation Awards. Joe has shown dedication in completing his First Aid at Work [GREEN badge] Award and Katerina is recognised for her achievements in marksmanship skills -  Well done to you both you are achievers. A full list of Jack Petchey Foundation Achievers is herewith...


  • Luke Arpino - ACO Pilot Scholarship 2013

    On the 4th March I left home at 07.00hrs and started the long journey to Tayside Aviation, Dundee by train, arriving at 17.30hrs...excited about the following day and the prospect of flying... On arrival we met the staff, everyone was friendly and hospitable, and next we were introduced to our allocated instructor. My pilot was Henri Liilunen from Finland. This is my report:


  • Quiz night and Fish 'n' Chips Supper

    Another fun night at squadron. The raffle over £100 for squadron funds. A really big thank you to all those who made the event a success. Thank-you all. 


  • Pancake Night 2013

    Feb 2013– Pancake Night.  The cadets had a night of merriment as they commemorated pancake night.


  • Santa's Little Helpers

    Cadets of Welling Squadron helped Santa on his merry rounds through Welling.


  • Promotions & Appointments

    Congratulations to the squadron's newest NCOs, promoted and appointed at Annual Inspection 2012; Flt Sgt Thomas Ridler, Sgt Luke Arpino, Sgt Callum Rye, Cpl Joe Greenstreet, Cpl Joshua Minchin, Cpl Alex Trueman, Drum Major Benjamin White.


  • Cadet Drum Major Benjamin White

    Congratulations to Cadet Benjamin White on his appointment as the Drum Major of the Welling Air Cadets Corps of Drums. A true inspiration. Well done!


  • Wizards of Wood

    Congratulations to the Recycling team on achieiving overall 3rd place in the Bexley Enviromental Challenge. 


  • Swimming 2012

    Oct 2012; Congratulations to Cadet Joshua Minchin on gaining a Wing Blue for swimming at the inter-wing competition. Also, for winning 3 silver medals at the Wing Swimming Competition. In Butterfyly, Breast-stroke and I.M. Well done! Lets hope you are called forward to represent Kent Wing with this stunning result. KJC


  • Congratulations!

    to CI Alana COPELAND on her appointment as a CI at 358 ATC


  • Communicators Badge

    Congratulations to Sgt Lewis SOUTHGATE on the completion of the ACO Communicators Award. Well done 


  • Success!

    June 2012; Congratulations to Adult Sgt, ATC Mark SULLIVAN on his appointmant as a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer.


  • Lewis MacDONALD; pilot scholarship

    During 2011 & 2012 I went to the Air Cadet Organisations prime flying school, Tayside Aviation at Dundee Airport to undertake a pilot scholarship sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.


  • Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers' £1500

    Welling Air Cadets were celebrating when they were told that the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (SMC) were sponsoring fifteen of them to undertake the Edexcel Level 1 BTEC in Teamwork & Personal Skills for Cadets. This qualification is undertaken in the early stages of a cadets training and recognises leadership training undertake by the Air Cadets.


  • DofE Award

    Congratulations to ex-Sgt Reece CRANAGE & ex-Sgt Jamie GROVES LOADER on the completion of their DofE Silver Awards. Well Done!


  • The Big Curry 2012

    Curry on Cadets! An evening of fun & 'fun'd-raising, first by watching "Carry on up the Khyber" and then eating a grand curry from local Curry House - "Spices" 02083116520. The event raised £47.50 for the ABF and a similar amount for the squadron.


  • Christmas Quiz 2011/12

    The quiz has been marked and I must congratulate all those clever clogs who entered, and thank all those who sold quizes. It ended in a three way tie, so you share the prize and your cheques are in the post [honest!]. The event was not a great fundraiser, but we learnt a lot and it will be back next year.


  • Double Honours

    DOUBLE HONOURS! Cadet Benjamin White (16) has recently achieved a BTEC Level 2 in Music Studies at the same time that his dad, Army Cadet Chaplain, Andrew White, [who is our own squadron chaplain] achieved a Graduateship of the City and Guilds Institute.


  • BTEC Presentations; Ironmongers Hall

    July 2011; South London’s cadets gain qualifications through educational charity; Educational charity CVQO celebrated the achievements of a very special group of South London young people this week, in the prestigious surroundings of the Ironmonger’s Hall, City of London.


  • The British Safety Council Quiz July 2011

    July 2011; “Flying Blues know how to be Healthy & Safe” Two teams of Air Cadets competed in a Health and Safety Quiz with the trustees of the British Safety Council (BSC) this week and won! The cadets from 358 Welling Squadron, Kent Wing were representing the Air Cadet Organisation at the event held at the British Safety Council Training Centre in Hammersmith, West London.


  • Bexley Voluntary Service Council Awards Night

    April 2011 - The formal group photograph went a little astray! The Bandsmen and Senior NCOs had a long and eventful evening. The cadets were a credit to the ACO as always.


  • BSVC - A thumping good night

    April 2011 report to follow


  • BSVC - Service to the community

    April 2011 CWO Alana Copeland & Flt Sgt Sarah Wilmott were awarded with certificates of outstanding achievement for their contribution to the voluntary sector in the London Borough of Bexley and the Air Cadet Organisation in particular, by Councillor Val Clarke, The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley. They are to be rightly proud of their achievements.


  • BVSC - Major awards...

    April 2011 CWO Alana Copeland & Flt Sgt Sarah Wilmott are awarded Deputy Lieutenant’s certificates for service to the Air Cadet organisation, from Major Dave Hewer, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Bexley


  • Bexley Civic Award for the ATC


  • Heros of Slade Green

    April 2011, The Squadron President and the Squadron Adjutant represent the RAF family at a service of commemoration for a local hero lost on HMS Welshman


  • Alana Copeland; Life on the ocean waves

    Over 130 specially selected teenage cadets from all over the UK assembled  at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth in Devon for a unique camp as part of ‘Cadet 150’, a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the UK’s cadet movement.


  • Sarah WILMOTT; pilot scholarship

    Congratulations to Sgt S Wilmott in completing her pilot scholarship


  • The Welshman 2010

    Cadets from 358 Welling squadron assist at the memorial service for HMS Welshman, on whom a number of RAF personnel perished when it was sunk during World War 2


  • Sports Trials

    Cadets pictured after KFC! Following the sports trials


  • Nepal 2009

    Cadets of 358 Welling squadron undertake an overseas expedition to Nepal; read the report printed in "Spotlight 14"


  • International Air Cadet Exchange 2009

    2009 - Cadet Warrant Officer Luke Harrison enjoys the experience of Israel


  • South Africa here we come..!

    Flt Lt Hill, staff and cadets prepare to depart for a 3 week overseas expedition to South Africa 2008


  • Chris HOBBS; microlight scholarship.

    During the period 10-25 August 2008 I travelled to RAF Halton in Bucks to undertake a micro light flying scholarship sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.


  • The Shackleton Trophy

    Flt Lt Hill, Staff and Cadets are awarded the Shackleton Trophy for the Best Overseas expedition of the Air Cadet Organisation for their 3 week overseas expedition to Peru 2007.


  • Peru 2007

    2007, Flt Lt Hill RAFVR(T) and cadets from the squadron went on an overseas expedition to Peru - later winning the national ACO Shakleton Trophy.


  • George WOOTEN; pilot scholarship

    George Wootten is the first recipient of Cadet Link pilot scholarship - a privately funded ACO pilot scholarship.


Welling Air Cadets
Annual Inspection Nov 2013





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