Chair’s Thursday Blog

13 Oct 2016

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Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future and give you highlights of the last week.

Member news

Roland Bailey

Many of you will remember Roland,  if you don’t please have a look at the cartoons in the bar, he did those.  Sadly he died last week, the funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.  His friend Alison has asked for no contact at the moment so we will wait until we hear more.


Following a course run at the beginning of the month 4 pilots, Matthew Cook, Tim Mason, Allan Reynolds and Mike Witton achieved the required standard for issue of the BGA Standard Aerobatics Badge.


This is back in action after the completion and paperwork of the hours check.

Caravan park and disposals

Guy Hartland has been doing a fabulous job on re organising our caravan park.  However we are really stumped on old caravan disposal.  It transpires that anything over 20 years old is unattractive to the scrap merchants.  If anyone has any experience of disposing this type of material please can you let me know.

Weekend outlook:

Your team this weekend is Neal Clements, Mike Greenwood, Denise Hughes, Peter Orchard, Ed Jones and Tony Dietrich.  The weather looks like it will be a mixture of showers but don’t be put off,  if you need any work doing toward Bronze then we will oblige between the flying.  Look on the bright side, it will probably be a Southerly wind.

Forthcoming events:

North Hill

We will be welcoming North Hill week beginning 22nd of October, they will be bringing their juniors as well.

Half term for Juniors

Just a reminder

The Club will be running  a non-residential course during half term in October (24th to 28th) for junior members of the Club.  There will be lots of flying if the weather is good, and briefings and lectures if not, but October weather often brings westerly winds with ridge soaring and wave, and even the odd thermal. This will be a great opportunity to have some concentrated flying training to prepare you for going solo, that once in a lifetime moment!

If you are interested, please call or email the office to book a place.  You can join the course just for one day or all five.

You will need to arrange transport (a lift may be available from Church Stretton mornings and evenings) plus food.

If you are under 18 years, the consent of a parent or guardian is required.


Bonfire night  November the 5th

Coming up very soon, please reserve the 5th of November in your diary.  This is always a fantastic evening but this year it is going to be spectacular.   The office is now ready to accept donations for the fireworks.  Denise Hughes is coordinating the evening entertainment and refreshments so please let her know if you can help out.

Christmas dinner

Please don’t forget to put December the 10th into your diary for this wonderful evening.  More details will follow but please get the date secured now.

Winter lectures

We have a firm booking with Hugh Browning on the 4th of March and Pete Harvey the Chair of the BGA has kindly volunteered.  Please liaise with Denise Hughes if you have any ideas of speakers.  The more the merrier,  these lectures help keep us active over the Winter.