Chair’s Thursday Blog

30 Nov 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.

This week.

LUV is up and running

See the photo below of an extremely happy Steve Rudge.  This is a great opportunity for you to try your type evaluation skills. See if you can find the differences from EVV.



It looks as if our CFI will be out of action for at least 3 months so until further notice all CFI matters are to be addressed to Simon. We all wish Steve a rapid recovery.

Members evening

The members evening was extremely well attended. So much so in fact that next time we will have to get a public address system. We were lucky to get the main part of the meeting done by the time the electricity went off!  The kitchen did a fantastic job and laid on a candlelit dinner. Simon Towers the treasurer gave a very clear explanation of the finances,  Sarah Platt showed what we are doing re the marketing and Simon Adlard stepped in for Steve Male and presented the current strategy and questions relating to the fleet.   The purpose of the meeting was to improve the communications to and between the members and help the committee on the members desires for the future. Please email me if you can offer any improvements to the content or format.

Astir single seater

One of the points to come out of the meeting was that we want as many “plastic” gliders as possible at the launch point available for solo flying. To help deliver that we are now using the Twin Astir as a solo machine for those who have been briefed on flying it. To quote one happy customer “I will happily fly it solo on the grounds of comfort and general performance.”.  On the Sunday it flew more than any of the single seaters.

Len Dent funeral

 Len Dents Funeral will take place on Tuesday the 5th of December at 12 Noon.

It will be at Birtley crematorium, Windsor road, Birtley Chester Le Street DH3 1PQ.

Tel no 0191 410 2381.

Some photos of Len can be found below


As you can see on the website we have a problem with the imaging and information overlays of the webcams. Our webcam IT team are working to  resolve this.

Your team this weekend is:

Saturday:  Simon Adlard, Stephen Alexander, Liz Adlard

Sunday:  Chris Alldis, Denise Hughes, Stephen Alexander

Forthcoming events

Trailer Hitches

The electric supply to the North Rail is complete. Call the office if you wish for a connection.


As part of our campaign to increase membership and sell trial lessons as Christmas presents, we have taken a stand at Shrewsbury Winter Festival on the 9th & 10th of December.   If you can help with any of the following, please let Sarah know asap by emailing her at or calling 07754 070357.

  • Setting up (Fri 8th), 
  • Taking down (Sunday 5pm), 
  • During the show itself (the show is open 10am-6pm on Sat, and 10am-5pm on Sunday HOWEVER we are only asking people to do a morning or an afternoon slot).

Many thanks!”

Christmas dinner  9 December

Peter Turner has once again “volunteered” to run the raffle, however we need prizes.  Words of encouragement from Peter :-

“Dear members it’s that time of year when we ask you to be generous again and come up with some prizes for the Xmas lunch raffle. You have been so generous in the past which helps to bolster the social fund to provide the cash for some of those extras that the club budget might not be able to support.”

Winter talks

Denise has worked out a superb schedule for this winter’s lectures. They all start at 18:00 and if we have a speaker then we do ask for a small donation on the night to cover their expenses.  Book the date,  have a few flights, enjoy the talk then have a superb evening meal.

January 13 – National Trust.  All of your questions answered (who does own the horses?) and the trust’s plans for the future development of the Mynd.

February 24 – Julian has very kindly offered to talk about Euro Glide with us.  More details closer to the time but I can assure you it is absolutely brilliant and will inspire you.

March 10 – Hugh Browning the BGA safety wizard.

March Expedition 2018.

We have the opportunity to go to Llanbedr next year for the week commencing 10th March 2018, with the prices the same as last year, £20 per aircraft and £12 per person per day. This is a huge airfield with massive runways and access to Snowdon and the Welsh mountains, but it is quite expensive, we have to pay a one off fee in advance and there is no refund if the weather is bad.

The alternative is to go to Lleweni Park in Denbigh. This has a single narrow runway, it costs a £40 deposit plus £17 per day that you are there, and has a Skylaunch winch and a huge ridge and is a good wave site. We would probably also have access to a tug. It is more difficult to fly from, more difficult to get into Snowdonia but cheaper.

Please email if you want to go on the expedition, and your preference of where to go. If not enough people want to go to Llanbedr we will go to Lleweni Park.