Eddie Room, our tugmaster for 43 year at Pocklington, wanted to take one last glider tow on his 90th birthday and the Pocklington Post published this story.
Sunday 18th August 2019 sees the opening of the 34th Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition at Pocklington airfield. We'll be trying to keep you up to date throughout the competition here.
Sunday 25-Aug-19 13.00 Close and prizes
The 34th Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition at Pocklington airfield has closed and the prizes have been presented by Anne Melville. There were five flying days with 38, Richard Large, the Overall Winner, JAV, Mike Jordy, the Intermediate Winner and, once again, BBB, John Pursey, the Best Wood. Full final results tables are below. Special mentions today went to Mo Haddon for organising the week’s entertainment and Ann Wilson and her team for the catering. More than a thousand sausages and fifty eight gallons of beer contributed to the success of the comp. Until next time them, but a photo further down for you to ponder.... how did they get there?
Overall winners 38 Best wood BBB
Mo Haddon (l) and Anne Melville Ann Wilson
How did he get there....?
Sunday 25-Aug-19 10.30
With the state of the art Wolds Gliding Club x-wind indicator hanging limp under a hazy blue sky the writing was on the wall for the final day of the 34th Two-Seater Comp. Highlight of the briefing was a virtuoso performance by Mike Jordy to auction a unique engraved bottle of York gin donated by our administrator Tonita Day and raising £151 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Saturday 24-Aug-19 22.00
Soothed by the cooling breezes from a portable air conditioner in the scorer's hut Dick has produced preliminary Day 5 scores and totals. A total of eleven gliders landed out, while eight tackled task D but for everyone Doncaster was a turn point too far with a mid afternoon launch and the hot blue conditions so familiar in the Vale of York.
Saturday 24-Aug-19 17.30
Eight or so gliders in fields, a dozen or so back at Pock, the rest heading home. No one seems to have wanted to go to Doncaster.
The Eagle trailer has just gone past. I have learned, Master, that this sign means "The Eagle has Landed"
Saturday 24-Aug-19 16.00
After the sniffer's second launch grid went from 14.30 and launched within an hour with five tugs operating. Leading gliders round Harrogate and on way to Wetherby
Saturday 24-Aug-19 12.00
Day 5 task sheet for Saturday, updated totals and day scores for Friday, day 4
Saturday 24-Aug-19 11.30
Blue skies, gliders gridded on 18, longest task 200 km but no launch before 12.30. Coming soon the task sheet and scores after yesterday day 4. In the meantime here is our air space man, Dave Smith, who rings round early in the day to let people who could find thirty two two-seaters heading towards them know they might be coming. Somewhere down at the grid will be Andy MacDonald, marshalling the goings on.
Dave the airspace... .... and Andy the launch marshall
Friday 23-Aug-19 18.00
Just about everyone back on the ground or accounted for. Four landouts only as far as we know.
Friday 23-Aug-19 16.00
A couple in fields, about half a dozen back on the ground and the field spread out with some turning CTT
Friday 23-Aug-19 14.00
Grid launched by 13.30, one relight but most well established, front runners on track for BEV. Much sprinting about in the heat by the members of the Fairly Honourable Company of Wolds Rope Runners directed by Andy MacDonald.
Friday 23-Aug-19 11.00
Blue sky, set fair - and there's a Bank Holiday coming up!?- longest task today 320km. Tugs lined up, tuggies briefed. First launch not before 11.15
Thursday 22-Aug-19 14.00
Dick Midwinter has briefly emerged from the scorers hut with the updated Day 3 scores and Day 3 totals. In case you don't recognise Dick here is a rare photo of him, taken in the hut. You will have seen assistant comp director and control supremo Bernie Svenson though or at least spoken to him on the radio.
Scorer Dick.... .... and deputy director Bernie
Thursday 22-Aug-19 11.00
Owain was right about blustery. The day is grey and the cloudbase modest. The covers were still on and the runways empty, although at least you can see the Wolds - not always the case at the Two-Seater Comp! The news that the weather wasn't going to get better brought no surprises at the briefing and the day was scrubbed.
With no flying today there's an opportunity to credit some key players - comp director Bob Holroyd, met man Steve Wilkinson and task setter Mike Jordy. They all look reasonably cheerful while having to cope with reports of suspicious offers of cake, the weather and looking for suitable tasks in the conditions.
Comp director Bob Met man Steve Task setter Mike
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 22.30
Hot off the computer from Dick in the scorer's hut here are the preliminary results after Day 3, the amended results from Day 2 and last but certainly not least the preliminary totals after Day 3. Seems that 38's flying start down to Newark carried the day but the stealthy 94 leads overall. Owain is promising a warmer but blustery day tomorrow....
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 16.30
Six or eight gliders landed out, as many again still in the air south of the Humber including four around Lincoln, the rest landed at Pock where there is now light rain. Here's JZK landing a little while ago.
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 15.00
Grid long since launched. 38 appears to be the front runner, just turning Newark. Here's a photo of some nice clouds and the Eagle trailer which has just gone past. What does this sign mean, Grasshopper?
Wednesday 21-Aug-19 11.00
Tasks set for today. Once again the weather looks more inviting south of the river so today's furthest turnpoint is down the Trent again, this time to Newark. Updated Day 2 results will be posted later
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 20.30
Here are the preliminary scores and totals for Day 2 - it must have been stealthy Bob Bromwich's trace and not BTR's going round Bottesford - very tricky all these squiggly lines on Spot the Gliders!
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 16.30
Looks as if both BTR and HNA made Bottesford; earlier AL appeared to be returning from an intermediate point.
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 14.00
Field spread out with AL leading the way (again) and quite a few either at or very close to Pock (again)
Tuesday 20-Aug-19 11.45
The grid is launching with the longest task today to Bottesford, via Rufforth South and Goole initially. When he's not wrangling the scores Dick Midwinter has been taking some photos - clearly he has a very long pole for his GoPro! - the grid this morning and also in the sun that followed the rain yesterday, which was scrubbed.
Our crack scoring team have worked long and hard into the night to produce the preliminary scores. Clearly they have advanced knowledge of something because they have only budgeted for up to six days in their table. Seems that AL was one of the last home because it had been a long way.
Sunday 18-Aug-19 19.00
All gliders accounted for including eight landouts but some appear to have completed the longest task including the ASH D-KBAL, one of the last aircraft home
Sunday 18-Aug-19 15.30
Grid launched from about 13.00. With one tug dropping out launch took a bit longer than usual. With stiff south west winds field is spread out. A couple of gliders have landed back at Pock and several are on the ground elsewhere.
Sunday 18-Aug-19 11.00
At the start of proceedings this year's comp director Bob Holroyd mentioned the recent sad loss of club stalwart and long time Two-Seater Comp task setter Andy Melville. and Anne, Andy's widow, was invited to open the competition.
Day 1 tasks are set through POC-NDU-MAW-BUS-TUJ-SCU-PUC, first launch not before 12.30
Sunday 18-Aug-19 09.45
The day has started bright and breezy. Gridding on runway18.
August 2018 - Please note that although Hodsow Lane is partially closed the main entrance to Wolds Gliding Club is open but can only be accessed from the York Road, A1079, end of Hodsow Lane (despite the “Road Closed” sign at Starbucks/Shell Garage - there is a small sign later on saying there is still access only to 'glider club')
Congratulations to Tim Milner who last month won the Club Class of the Flight Challenge Cup at Prievidza, Slovakia, for the third year running. During the nine days of tasks Tim was never lower overall than second place in the total scores and led after the two final days.
Tim writes “One of the most popular international gliding competitions attracting entries from as far as Australian and South Africa. Briefings are given in English and the airfield has excellent facilities. The club will host the 2019 European Championships. In April the flat wide valleys have short crop making for comfortable outlandings. Many of us have also experienced the areas where it’s best not to get too low! Longest tasks flown were 500km with a cloud base of 9500ft it was possible to soar the 8500ft Tatra Mountains which form the western part of the Carpathian range. Flights can also include the occasional trips into Poland, Czech Republic and as far south to the flatlands of Hungary.
105 competitors in 3 classes Club, 15m and Combi. Class winners were (Combi) World number 1 Sebastian Kawa from Poland, (15m) Czech Champion Miloslav Chink and (Club) Tim Milner UK, who won for the 3rd consecutive year.”
Tim, crew Colin Hayes and Tim’s Cirrus “VS” at Prievidza, and a view from the cockpit
Travel writer Paul Miles visited Pocklington in February to research an article about the 200th anniversary of the Pocklington canal. While he was in Pocklington he had an opportunity to fly from Wolds GC with instructor Mark Ridger and see the canal, the town and the Wolds from a bird’s eye view. He wrote about his experience in the article which appeared in the Daily Telegraph in mid-May.
“Today, the former airfield is the home of the Wolds Gliding Club. For £90 you can enjoy a peaceful tandem flight, sitting in the front seat of a one-ton fibreglass glider with a 62ft wingspan, the pilot behind you. Far below, the Vale of York, the twisting canal and the gateway town are fairly unremarkable; but the experience of flying like a bird is out of this world.”
[Note: 2018 price for a voucher flight was set after the article was written and is £95. The ASK21 glider Paul flew in has a maximum takeoff weight of 600kg and a wingspan of 17m (56ft)]
You can read Paul's article online at
Paul Miles and Mark Ridger prepare to launch at Pocklington in February
The Wolds GC Annual Dinner was held on Saturday 08 March in the clubhouse with more than 80 members and guests attending.
Club CFI John Norman reviewed the year and presented the trophies.
Bob Holroyd Cup (Ist 100km of the year) – Will Blackburn, for 185km on 09 May 2017
Most Progress – Jonathon Richardson, bronze and silver badges and BI rating
Most Meritorious Flight – Derrick Roddie and Gordon Basey, Sutton Bank and Masham in a gale
Longest Flight – Derrick Roddie and John Norman, 463km
Barbara Walker Cup (best two-seater flight) – Lloyd Finlay and Sam Roddie, winning the day in the two-seater competition in a K21
Club Ladder – Will Blackburn, with 50 points more than last year.....
“The Rock” (for notable retrieves) – Andy Melville, for an (uneventful) retrieve of the new K21 trailer from Germany
Al McWhirter Shield – Graham Wadforth and Steve Wilkinson, for services to the Club in the previous year
Les Cooper Cup – Eddie Room, “we have decided to award the trophy to people who have had a long term input and.... as the first recipient there isn’t anyone with a longer sustained input than Eddie Room.”
Congratulations to Joel Hallewell, a Junior member at Wolds GC Pocklington, for his success in winning the Advanced Trophy at the British Glider Aerobatic Championship at with the highest score ever by a British pilot at that level. Joel featured in the Pocklington Post, other Yorkshire papers, on local radio and in the national Sailplane and Gliding magazine for his remarkable achievement at only 16, just two years after he flew his first solo flight on his fourteenth birthday at Pocklington.
Next comes the World Championships in 2018 and you can help Joel on his way at
A group from Huttons Ambo village near Malton came on an evening visit to try gliding at Wolds GC earlier this year and wrote up their visit on their village website.
You can see the full story at http://huttonsambo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/huttons-ambo-gliding-evening.html
As the BGA says “... there is no upper age limit for gliding”. This year our visitors at Pocklington have included Doug, 93, Harry, 90, Alice, 90, and, most recently, Jean, 88. They had all received gliding vouchers to celebrate their various birthdays. Harry and Alice were also doing it to support good causes – Harry raising almost £1,000 for Lupus UK and Alice more than £1,500 for Arthritis Research UK.
When the dust settled after the 32nd Two-Seater Competition there was one major trophy still to be awarded, the Pete Redshaw Trophy, donated by Lakes GC, for the Most Meritorious Flight during the competition. For 2017 it goes to Steve Nock for the Janus TV’s day winning flight down the Trent Valley to Belvoir Castle. The trophy will be personally delivered to Steve by Wolds GC chairman Steve Wilkinson.
Devon and Somerset’s team have again produced their own account of the competition, much influenced perhaps by the application of the “waters of Jura” which flow liberally in their narrative which can be read at
The prize winners for the competition days and overall winners are summarised below.
|1st||2nd||3rd||Best Wood||Best Intermediate|
Sun 20 Aug
Mon 21 Aug
Fri 25 Aug
Sat 26 Aug
Sun 27 Aug
Sunday 20 August 2017 sees the start of the 32nd Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition.
Daily news about the competition can be found through this link:
On flying days you can follow progress of the (Flarm equipped) gliders on the website
Sunday 27 August 18.00 Close
With all the results in competition director John Norman thanked all those that had contributed to the success of another Two-Seater Comp, with five days of racing. He presented the day and final competition prizes. Best wood today was BBV and GBV won both the intermediate and overall classes for the day. Lloyd Finlay was elected to describe his flight today, which he did, explaining that it was his first competitive cross country flight and that he had been ably assisted by Sam Roddie.
For the competition the best wood class was won by BBB (John Pursey), intermediate by JAX (Mike Jordy) and overall winner was Bob Bromwich's 94, with TV second and XX third. Accepting the trophy Bob declared himself "dumbfounded" to have beaten TV after a day when he went to Goole and back and took a restart.
The next briefing will be next year.....
Sunday 27 August 17.00 Day 5
All competition gliders accounted for. Among the gliders completing the full task was Wolds ASK21 GBV piloted by Sam Roddie and Lloyd Finlay.
Sunday 27 August 15.00 Day 5
Gliders turning Gainsborough and Kirton and on track for home. Some that have done shorter tasks safely landed at Pocklington. A handful of landouts reported so far.
Sunday 27 August 13.00 Day 5
Grid launched in fifty minutes from 11.50.
Several gliders have turned Goole with 563 furthest on track having made Beverley
Sunday 27 August 10.30 Day 5
The stress may be getting to scorer Martin who appeared to have laid in supplies to get him through the briefing.
Derrick announced that Saturday had been a good day with winners wood FYR, intermediate Z35 and overall KAX. Tom Pavis described his flight saying he just followed his leader (into cloud), some chap called Tim Milner apparently. The scores are close after Day 4 with TV leading 94 then CUS.
After a short auction of some classic gliding texts by Derrick in aid of YAA Bill appeared to riotous applause (at the second attempt) and proceeded to once again forecast a good but short day. Andy set tasks POC GO2 BEV SCU GA2 KIR POC 180 km.
Sunday 27 August 08.30
Another suspension of news yesterday due to an unscheduled visit to a field for a retrieve. For the first time in several years the second Sunday of TSC has started bright – gridding on 31 before briefing.
Saturday 26 August 2017 13.00
Grid started launching at 11.45 and completed at 12.40.
Sky looking better south and east gliders on track into Lincolnshire.
Saturday 26 August 2017 11.00
At the briefing John John announced yesterday’s winners as Wood BUR, Intermediate JAX and overall TV (again) and Steve Nock described how they did it (again).
Derrick took the baton as today’s comp drector, Bill described the weather as “possibly the best we’ve seen this week” and Andy has set tasks to the south as far as Belvoir POC BUS GA2 LSW BVR GOO PCT POC 293 km.
Saturday 26 August 2017 09.00
A bright clear morning over the Wolds and the Vale of York. Briefing at 10.00, gridding now on 31.
Friday 25 August 2017 16.30
After delivering his met brief Bill was subjected to a re-enactment of the stoning of Hope the Hermit which unfortunately was not caught on camera. Andy stepped in to set tasks to POC TOC BEV SCU GAI TUJ BOT. The grid launched from 12.00. It was clear (well it was murky, actually) that reaching TOC was going to be a challenge for some of us. There was a reunion of a number of comp gliders, including your correspondent’s, on the runway at Rufforth and others were down at Elvington.
Nevertheless some gliders did make it further and by 16.30 Spot the Gliders was looking like this
Friday 25 August 2017 09.30
Another bright, still morning – still enough for balloons to be up early. Briefing at 10.00, gridding on 31.
Thursday 24 August 2017 1500
There might be an alternative version of Hope the Hermit’s chorus that goes
Wednesday 23 August 2017 12.00
Folowing a thunderstorm and with no prospect of cloud clearing for a while the day has been scrubbed
Wednesday 23 August 2017 10.30
This morning’s photo looks a bit clearer than Tuesday’s – you can at least make out the Wolds (just).
At the 10.00 briefing Punxsutawney Bill emerged, declared that he couldn’t see his own shadow, and forecast that spring would soon be on its way, possibly as early as 14.00 today. He had spurned the Met Office view and preferred to rely on the teaching of Hope the Hermit (see TSC Daily News 2015 for a full description of Hope’s method). Here’s Bill doing the shadow check.
With ruthless efficiency John (he's the other Comp Director) announced the day might be scrubbed, with a further briefing at 12.30. Had another Groundhug Day begun? Meanwhile Layton and Tony arrived with their surfboards on the car, having heard a mention of wave the other day.
Tuesday 22 August 2017 10.00
With gliders parked up on a grey day at Pocklington ....
... Derrick Roddie presented the prizes to yesterday’s winners Wood BBB, Intermediate JAX, Hotships TV. TV’s Steve Nock described their flight in through mixed conditions in which they managed to complete Task F (POC GOO FRI MAL NDU SOF POC)
Bill strove to put the forecast in the best light possible, predicting that conditions would improve to “awful” by the afternoon but warned they might deteriorate again after that.
Monday 21 August 2017 Day 2
For technical reasons, the indisposition of our correspondent, who had gone to visit a field near Goole, the Day 2 report is late....
Day 2 started with a new Comp Director, the second in two days, and Derrick Roddie stepped up to the plate.
Day 1 winners were Wood BBB, Intermediate Z35, Hotships 563. Met man Bill and task setter Andy were complimented on an excellent job which saw all available tasks being completed by at least one glider.
With an even shorter window predicted on Day 2 the grid started launching at 12.00 and, with seven tugs in action, finished at 12.48.
By 14.00 gliders which had managed to turn the first point at Goole N were finding better conditions as they went north (POC GOO FRI NDU....) but Goole had already accounted for several land outs.
Sunday 20 August 2017 Day 1 17.15
Met man Bill's "small window" stayed open longer than some might have expected and the last gliders have now landed back at Pocklington following some notable flights. There are two or three that have had to be retrieved but most teams completed a task.
Sunday 20 August 2017 Day 1 13.30
Bill predicted a "small window" from 12.00 on and Andy set tasks to Beverley Scunthorpe and into Lincolnshire. The grid launched from 11.55 on and the gliders are spread out on track with FYR already back from Beverley.
Here's a cheerful Graham Wadforth getting ready to sniff the air
.... and here's the state of play at 13.30
Saturday 19 August 2017
Tomorrow sees the start of the 32nd Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition. With over thirty entries ranging from Blaniks and Capstans to the modern machines in the “Hotships” category there will be tasks to suit all. And lurking in the background on the glider park is last year’s winner HNA.....
Hull Daily Mail (25 July 2017) reported on the ERYC planning committee meeting which refused the resubmitted application to build houses close to the main runway at Wolds GC’s Pocklington airfield
On Thursday 20 July 2017 the ERYC Planning Committee unanimously REFUSED the resubmitted application for a housing development on land just beyond the threshold of the main runway at Wolds GC’s Pocklington airfield.
In refusing the application ERYC reiterated the local and regional importance of Wolds GC as a recreational and economic asset.
The Pocklington Post published this item about the threat to Pocklington airfield operations from a proposed development on the approach/departure path for the main runway. Ironically it appeared in the paper opposite the previous story in “Press and Reviews” about how we are training world class pilots at Wolds GC!
Chris Edmunds recently flew his first solo on his fourteenth birthday at Wolds GC, Pocklington, and his achievement was reported by the Pocklington Post and the York Press.
Please note that the Taster Day on 24 June referred to has been cancelled for operational reasons.
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