Last month the Pocklington Post published an article about our fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at this year's Two-Seater Competition and Annette Bendelow's sponsored running in the YorkMarathon series. In addition a further £100 has been donated through John Pursey of Devon and Somerset Gliding Club who "enthused by ale and fund raising for YAA" at the Two-Seater Competition was challenged by his friend Lin of Knaresborough, to lose a stone in eight weeks - and he actually lost eighteen pounds.
The Press, York, carried our story of how Gordon Basey and Derrick Roddie of Wolds GC are preparing once more for our Two-Seater Competition, this year the 31st for the unique event that sees gliders (and pilots) of all ages pitted against each other.
Although the article mentioned that Derrick and Gordon have been “flying together for a number of years” they didn’t print the photo from thirty years or so ago of the pair at the Enstone regional competition, so for those that missed it on Facebook last year here it is again.
Pocklington Post reporter Poppy Kennedy and photographer Paul Atkinson flew with Wolds GC at our Taster Day on 23 July 2016 and last week the Post published a two page spread report and pictures from the day under the headline "Looking down at Wolds with a bird's eye view"
Altogether there were 115 visitor flights and Wolds GC will be donating £115 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance from the day's proceeds.
The prize for getting into the most photos goes to Club CFI John Norman who appears in three (can you spot him, he's smiling in all of them!).
The Post also published our press release before Taster Day and the day had very good support from Pocklington residents, many of whom took the opportunity of an early morning flight. The furthest anybody had come was from a New Zealand address, but it turned out they just happened to be passing the airfield the day before and saw one of the banners, and not that the advertising campaign had reached the other side of the globe.
And from before Taster Day......
This week’s Pocklington Post (12-May-16) had articles on the refusal by East Riding of Yorkshire Council of the planning application to build houses opposite the end of one runway at Pocklington Airfield and on the Flying Man Festival.
The Post discovered that the application had been dealt with internally by the Council rather than going to a planning committee. An ERYC spokesperson told them “No letters of support were received for the proposals”. However, the Post also reported that the applicant had told them “It’s early days, we only got the decision from the East Riding last week and I am currently considering my options.”
Last weekend also saw the Flying Man Festival, raising funds for All Saints Church in Pocklington. On the Friday evening Wolds GC instructor Will Blackburn flew with Flying Man committee members Jonathan Mardall and Alec Ramsden and several Pocklington residents to get the Festival off to a flying start. The Wolds GC simulator spent the weekend in the church generating considerable interest again this year and raising about £60 for church funds.
The planning application to build houses on a site north of the airfield at Pocklington, directly on the approach to one of the main runways used by Wolds Gliding Club, has been REFUSED by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Wolds Gliding Club chairman Graham Wadforth said “The Club is very grateful for the support it has received from Pocklington Town Council, Barmby Moor Parish Council, the British Gliding Association, Sport England and the many local residents who objected to the planning application. It has taken forty five years to develop the Club to where it is today and this application presented a great threat to its future”.
In the decision notice ERYC said “The Club is an important recreational, social and economic asset to the town of Pocklington and the wider area. Sport England have designated the Club a Significant Area for Sport of regional importance. The residential development of the site would affect the continued safe and effective operations of the Club in terms of safe flying operations and potential impact on the safety and amenity of future occupiers ... as confirmed by Sport England, the British Gliding Association and Members of the Wolds Gliding Club. The significant potential impact upon the Wolds Gliding Club would cause harm to this locally and regionally important recreational and economic asset.”