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Barely a year ago East Riding Council of Yorkshire Council rejected a planning application to build a housing estate just beyond the threshold of runway 18 of Wolds GC’s airfield at Pocklington. The same application has now been resubmitted (as application 17/01421/STOUT). If this application is approved it will almost certainly bring to an end national competitions like the annual two-seater competition at Pocklington. It might even lead to the closure and loss of the airfield, after 50 years of development to national importance in gliding. It is the East Riding’s only gliding site.

If you don’t think this is a good idea and you want to see gliders continuing to fly in East Yorkshire please make your objections to this planning application (you will need to register) at 

https://newplanningaccess.eastriding.gov.uk/newplanningaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=OOYHD5BJ0T600

or you can write to the case officer, Mrs Susan Hunt at  East Riding Of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9B, quoting the application reference.

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Viewers throughout the country will have an opportunity to see gliding at Pocklington on tv when the second part of the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire programme about the Yorkshire Wolds Way airs nationally on BBC 2 at 20.00 on Saturday 20th May (England and Scotland, other times Wales and NI). The programme will then be available on iPlayer.

Find out about ten Hidden Treasures of the Wolds, including our airfield at Pocklington, on the BBC website at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3X0xHw17dyqstFXB1rZBtRJ/hidden-treasures-of-the-wolds-way

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Joel Hallewell, 15, a junior member of Wolds GC, and parents Andrea and Neil, were interviewed on BBC Radio York this week. Joel learned to glide at Pocklington and flew his first solo there on his fourteenth birthday. Since then he has developed a passion for the very specialised sport of glider aerobatics – so much so that he is aiming to be able to compete in the 2018 World Glider Aerobatic Championships in Zbraslavice, Czech Republic. It was his glider aerobatics and ambitions to get to the World Championships that he was being interviewed about.

You can hear the interview on BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0512dkz#play at 1h 49m into the programme.

Joel aeros

You can see a short video of Joel flying aerobatics on the BBC York Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BBCYork/ and more on YouTube - search for Joel Hallewell_Aerobatics.

Joel is fundraising at the moment to be able to get to the World Championships. If you would like to see more of Joel’s story and help him get to the 2018 World Glider Aerobatic Championships go to the crowd funding page  at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Joelhallewellaerobatics

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A bright and breezy Monday in April saw the first course of 2017 underway at Pocklington. This year’s courses are being run by instructor and tug/motor glider pilot Steve Wilkinson and instructor and winch driver Bernie Svenson. There’s a course every month during the summer and a course is the ideal way to get a flying start if you want to take up gliding.

And to show how gliding appeals to people with a wide variety of experience and backgrounds this course has members who are a student, a teacher/youth worker and a retired bank manager respectively.

For more information on gliding courses at Wolds GC, Pocklington see http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/holcourses

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Wolds GC featured in BBC North's Inside Out programme on 20th January. Two days filming during last year's Two-Seater Competition produced seven minutes on screen with cameo appearances by Chairman Graham Wadforth and also Eddie Room but the new star was Gordon Basey. Interviewed by presenter Paul Rose about prospects for the day's racing Gordon, who has flown in the competition for many years, said "We always fancy our chances. It's a fun event... and we like winning". You can watch the programme, which will be shown again nationally on BBC 2 later in the year, on BBC iplayer at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bbmyb/yorkshire-wolds-way-episode-2

Graham Wadforth glider instructor

Eddie Room tug pilot

Gordon Basey glider pilot

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