Chair’s Thursday Blog

04 May 2017

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Hi everyone,  this is the regular Thursday posting to let you know what is coming up in the near future

Last week:

Access road

There has been a lot of activity on the above since the AGM and Tim Mason, Charles Carter, Howard Bradley with the help of John Warren (an ex member who has very kindly offered his expertise) are getting ready to do the first phase of work.  More details to follow.

Retrieve winch

Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the woods.  We have now discovered a problem with one of the retrieve winch guillotines and Skylaunch are giving a lot of help and effort in helping us to resolve this as quickly as possible. 

MT kit

We have a Shogun!  Julian Fack is now being helped by Rob Hanks and Marc Williams to rapidly get us into the position where we have appropriate,  reliable,  cost effective ground vehicles.  The effort that is going into this is immense and we are extremely grateful to Julian for this.

Weekend outlook: 

Your team this weekend is:  Steve Male, Mark Sanders, Mike Witton, Nigel Lassetter, Peter Orchard, Dave d’Arcy, Dave Cole

Forthcoming events:


Please,  if you haven’t paid your subscription,  contact the office.  Our club needs your subscription in order to survive and thrive. 

June the 3rd 4th and 5th. Aim Higher practical

This course is filling up fast, and I urge you to get your bronze so you can take advantage.  I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Kevin has agreed to provide a “practical” aim higher course on the above dates.  This means we get the best of both worlds, the theory then followed by the practical after we have all had a chance to practice.  We are really privileged to be able to offer this combination this year so get your bookings in to the office as soon as you can.  

Summer celebration

Mac is organising this “longest day, open day” recruitment drive on the 24th of June. The promotion for this is well under way now. If you can help by putting a poster(s) up in your locality, please grab one from Martin. We will also be emailing it out as a pdf this week & would be grateful if you could circulate it to your friends who may be interested in booking a flight slot (for just £25). There will be tours, talks, catering, video displays, so it should give people a really good ‘Taster’ to see if membership could be for them. You can also encourage them to find out more details on our facebook page here.

Here’s how we’re approaching it: “If you’ve always wanted to learn to fly, please join us for a Gliding Taster Day on the Longest Day of the Year. We will be flying from 5am until sunset around 10pm!
Bookable flight slots £25
Experience flying over beautiful Shropshire & Wales at dawn or dusk
Discover what gliding is all about
Gliding talks & presentations
Guided tours of the airfield, clubhouse and facilities
Meet all the members, staff & volunteers (we’re very friendly & don’t bite!)
Find out if gliding is for you
Special deals & offers available on the day for those wishing to become members
REGISTRATION & PRE-BOOKING ADVISABLE, although you can also turn up on the day & we will aim to fly everyone!
To book a flight slot for you and your family or friends, please contact Martin on 01588650206 or”

In addition we want to increase the activity and the interest for members.  Years ago we used to run a “dawn to dusk” day and we are going to combine the two.  It is fantastic fun, we run in shifts and do “shedloads” of launches (or words to that effect).  Flying starts at 5am and continues until 10pm. Please drop me an email at the address below if you would like to help out for a shift, everyone is welcome and I guarantee you will have a great day.

MGC Wood Week & MGC Task Week

These are coming up in the next 2-3 months & you will start to see more about these in the next blog. Again, if you’re planning on coming, please book in so that we can start to know numbers. And if you know of people who may wish to join us, please do ask for the info/links (being set up at the moment) so that you cna share it with them.