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Below is a message from our Chairman Peter Evans (with edits 24th July):

"We plan to have a flat field day up at the Jeffrey’s farm at Charterhouse next Sunday, 27th July.

We should be able to park on the field and the plan will be to fly pretty much anything that we can get into eg IC, electric, bungee, electric winch launch and we may even get Gary Page to come along to do a bit of aerotowing although that has yet to be confirmed. After this weekends aerotow event at the farm the field has a 100m diameter mown circle in the centre which should help with take offs and landings. As usual there will be a small charge to attend for each car (£1.50) and £1.50 per pilot.
 
Bob Flook has some WMSA BBQ coals ready for you to cook some food (you will need to provide your own food) although we have yet to get hold of a portable BBQ so if you have one you can bring along please let me know.
 
Start time will be around 10.00 and finish time when we are all worn out or too wet and cold to carry on!
 
Hope to see you there

Cheers

Pete"


For those members that have forgotton how to get there or others who have never been, below are directions to the site:

To get to the farm, going South on the A38 turn left about 0.5 mile past Churchill just after the petrol station, go through Shipham and take the first left onto Longbottom. Go a couple of miles and turn right at the T junction. The farm is on the left a couple of hundred yards down the lane.

To get to the farm, going North turn off the A38 towards Cheddar (Cross Lane and then A371). At the petrol station turn left onto Shipham Road. After about a mile or so look for a right turn onto Longbottom. Go a couple of miles and turn right at the T junction. The farm is on the left a couple of hundred yards down the lane.

If you have satnav you can search for BS40 7XU.

The bad news is that we did not hold the Xmas Cross Country today. The good news is we will try again on the 12th January.

Nine people turned up in the car park today where we debated whether we should go up. At that period of time (10:00 to 11:30) there was some light rain. Then at about 11:30 one intrepid soul broke ranks and went for the hill. This led to a stampede by the rest of us to follow (herd instinct had a part to play). We made camp on the Razor - rain had stopped but wind was about 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Most flew foamy wings, but a couple of people flew “real planes”. After lunch the wind picked up to over 30mph with gust much higher so any thoughts of holding the competition were abandoned. However, flying continued until about 14:30 and then rain was seen to be heading our way, so we all went home.

Club members are reminded that we have a Club meeting on Thursday, 12th December. As usual at this time of year we will be holding the 12 inch span (that’s a maximum of 12 inches) indoor glider competition. There will be three classes: Scale, Xmas novelty and rubber power duration. Prizes to be awarded to the winner of each class so get building! We will also have the bumper Christmas raffle where we have around £200 worth of prizes. If that wasn’t we have some eats including hot sausage rolls and mince pies.

Another date for your diary is the Christmas Cross Country Comp planned for Sunday 15th December. Any glider is eligible and as usual any members that do not want to participate in the competition but want to fly are welcome to do so. Note: If for some reason the competition does not take place on the 15th, the back-up date is 12th January 2014. However, if we do manage to hold the Xmas Cross Country this month, it is propose that the empty slot on 12th January be used for the Limbo competition.

With luck we should have hot food and sherry provided up the hill. We will be looking for some volunteers to help with the cooking and carry stuff up the hill. We usually each bring along a small prize (around £3) to be shared out after the competition, winners get first choice.

Because rain has been forecast for Sunday (15th December) the festivities up The Peak have been cancelled – so no hot food and sherry. This is a particular disappointment to me as Clive Cheesley had promised me a “Full English”.

However, at the moment we still plan to have a Xmas Cross Country. We realised weather and/or lack of contestants will cause this event to be postponed, but we are going to try!

See you up the Peak

Andy D

At the last WMSA General Meeting (14th November) it was agreed club membership fees for 2014 would remain at 2013 levels. However at the meeting, Bob Flook (Treasurer & Membership Secretary) requested members delay paying their WMSA membership fee until the outcome of a BMFA meeting in early December was known. We now understand that BMFA are also holding their membership fees for 2014 to 2013 levels. A revised application form is now available on this site.