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Yea Story of yea Tournament of Pocklington AD2016

We have been fortunate to receive word of a manuscript of great historical importance relating to events in the recent Two-Seater Competition at Pocklington. Unlike many heroic sagas of old recounted in the great halls it is believed that the scrivener, one Sir Pursey of the S Hams, himself witnessed many of the events related, rather than relying on the ale befuddled memories of ancient combatants.

The original document may be viewed at source at

http://devonsomersetgc.blogspot.co.uk/

but is reproduced and preserved herebelow for the  knowledge of future generations.

 

Yea Story of yea Tournament of Pocklington

AD2016

 
And so it came to pass that the noblemen of the lands of Yorkshire did summon their heralds to proclaim the annual two seat tournament of Pocklington. Word reached the southern estates of Lord Jones of Hemyock and he did call upon his Faithfull knights to give service in the quest for glory in forth coming contest.
It was with good heart that the Lord and his band of Sir JB of Taunton, Sir Phillip of Exmouth, Sir Pursey of the S Hams and the enchanted man known as Magic Malcolm trekked north in a cavalcade of wagons taking with them many and various vittles with which to endure in the forth coming battles. Precious caskets from the lands of Jura did sit prominently in Lord Jones’ wagon as he navigated the pilgrims’ route known as the M18. His fortress established with dining hall, kitchens and knights’ quarters, a flag was raised and feasting commenced. Much merriment was had and foods from exotic lands prepared in the kitchens and consumed along with much ale and wines. The precious caskets from Jura were broached…

Best Wood for yea Team Eagle
Suitably prepared and emboldened, the knights started the first round of the tournament.
Strong winds from the NW brought much turmoil and excitement to the air, with clouds showing varied forms and heights. Sir Phillip took with him the wizard as he prepared the mighty Albatross, his faithful steed. Sir JB and Sir Pursey brought forth the noble Eagle and sat in trepidation as the men of the north readied their craft. The day proved a challenge too far for the more venerable craft with all but the Eagle retreating to the land of Pocklington as the demons in the sky showered rotors and eddies to tear the craft from the sky. Sir JB with much skill fought to keep the Eagle aloft but skimming a magical forest and with wild hogs adjacent, a field recently cleared by local peasantry was a welcome refuge.
Yea giant fields of gold
Meanwhile with enchantments from the wizard, the Albatross prevailed and rode to lands beyond the Banks of Sutton and back down the glorious Vale of York. Sir Phillip came unstuck when a wicked weather goblin filled the sky with clouds and cast the mighty Albatross down into a field near the parish of Wetherby. Lord Jones sent knights and local serfs with the loyal Disco 4 to retrieve for the Albatross had endured a weakness in it's main gear on settling. Sir Phillip tended his steed and all was well. Lord Jones decreed that feasting should commence and all manner of fine foods procured from a guy operated by a maiden from the East. Ale was consumed and the caskets from Jura broached.
The next day brought rain but the heralds summoned the combatants and proclaimed Sir JB the day winner for venerable craft. Lord Jones announced that a banquet should be held and sent word to the visiting knights with craft of Wood. Fires were lit and Paella was served, much ale and wine consumed and all was good. 
Sir Pusey's Paella Pan
The weather demons retreated the next day and in doing so left few markers of atmospheric excitement. Hot winds from southern regions made the knights sweat as the craft were readied. Sir Pursey took the Lord Jones on a mission of folly and exhausted all his energies low over the Planes of Elvington. A cruel trickster of a buzzard led the Eagle to where grains had been recently harvested and day was over. Sir Phillip and Sir JB made light work of the demons work and despite the chastening of the previous graze, took brave passage to Knaresborough and beyond returning triumphant. Lord Jones decreed that a feast be held and the band took to a tavern, joined by the fair maiden, Linden of Knaresborough. Many tales were told and all was good. 
Yea mighty Albatross of Sir Philip
The following day the heralds revealed that through knavish trickery the venerable craft were also to compete with the white beasts from the land of Puchacz! Sir JB sought the skills of the wizard and Sir Phillip took Sir Pursey on a quest across and up the Vale. Lord Jones’ knights prevailed and returned safely so he decreed that feasting should commence and the caskets of Jura opened. 
 
The rains arrived and so the Lord ordered an inspection of the northern lands. The Lady Gill of Exmouth prepared a feast for the Lord’s return and much merriment had. On the advice of the maiden Linden, a magic potion known as Gaviscon was used to supplement the waters of Jura. 
 
Friday brought the news that the wise elder of met had had visions of great joy in the sky and so urged the knights to be ready to visit the whole realm. Sir Phillip took on Alan of Essex, a loyal footman of Sir Pursey and the Lord of Hemyock challenged Sir Pursey to leave the Vale. And so came the mighty deciding battle. Fresh winds made the melee at first castle North of York a challenge and brought much urging of the venerable Eagle to prevail. From almost tree roosting height, below the tops of the Wolds, the Eagle endured and brought it level with the venerable craft of dastardly Baron Fox, the king’s own ambassador for flying tuition. From here varied routes were taken under the clouds but both craft crossed the Humber together heading south to the Vale of Trent where legend has tale of dragons breathing fire from monstrous nostrils that line the Trent. 
Nostrils of the Trent?
Sight was lost of the by now lower Baron and Lord Jones declared it a sign that his forces would triumph! The untouchable Albatross romped down the Vale to Grantham and then out west before sailing home. However much flying was being exerted to take the Eagle to the parish of Newark and then to head north. Word was received that those knavish folk of Puchacz were in a mighty quest and indeed one was sighted as the Eagle sought refuge round the dragons nostrils. Sadly the dragons did not breathe on that day and Sir Pursey had to resort to enchantments and holy recitals to survive. One mighty climb over the hamlet of Scunthorpe to the pair to 5000’ but the sky demons had added high cloud and removed all traces of usable lift. Sir Pursey took Lord Jones to another area cleared by locals and only 15k from the Land of Pock. By careful manoeuvring the Eagle took down with its talons a goblin disguised as a hare. The lord summoned his Disco 4 and in act of pity the dead goblin placed in a magic Tesco “bag for life” but alas the poor creature had already gone to enchanted lands. With 230k recorded the Lord declared it time for feasting and rejoicing. Fires were lit and the young squire Williamson sent for vittles. Late into the evening went the tomfoolery and japes before fatigue hit all. 
Yea goblin hare struck down by giant eagle
The next day the herald’s cry brought news that Lord Jones’ and Sir Pursey’s efforts had brought the most slender of leads. With poor weather forecast Lord Jones declared it a holiday, promptly drank a flagon of wine and went to sleep. That evening much merriment was had. 
Much merriment!
 With rain to follow the nobles of the North declared the tournament over and proclaimed the Eagle as the best wooden craft. Sir Phillips efforts were valiant but by knavish twist the size of his steed was made to count against him and more nimble craft prevailed.
Lord Jones then issued orders to return to the southern land and the flag was lowered. So ended the 2016 Tournament of Pocklington. - Sir JP
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Wolds GC Summer Draw 2016 Winners

The winners of the Wolds GC Summer Draw 2016 were expertly drawn by Amy of Team BUR at the close of the 2016 Two-Seater Competition on Sunday 28 August 2016 from club bucket "Lancelot"  which was equally expertly held by comp director Steve Wilkinson.

Z summer draw

The winners were

1st Prize – Evening Visit for 10 - R. Wallis, Melbourne

2nd Prize – Gliding Voucher Plus – L. Jagger, Wakefield

3rd Prize – Gliding Voucher – J. Sleigh, Millington

All winners have been contacted.

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Opening of the 31st Two-Seater "Olympiad", 2016

Geoff Sheasby, Pocklington Town Crier & Official Ale Taster to Brass Castle Brewery opened the 31st Two-Seater Competition at Wolds GC on 21st August 2016

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31st Two-Seater Comp, 2016 - Daily News, Tasks and Results

The rolling news page for the 31st Two-Seater Competition is here:

http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/tscdailynews16/entry/31st-two-seater-comp-2016-daily-news

The full Daily News Blog is here:

http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/tscdailynews16

The Daily Tasks are here:

http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/tasks2016

... and the Daily Results here:

http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/results2016

... and you can follow progress live on the "Spot the gliders!" website at:

Spot the Gliders!

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Les Cooper (1929 - 2016)

 

Les Cooper (1929 - 2016)

 

Les 05 crop 5Les at the opening of the "new" clubhouse at Pocklington, 1984

by Jon Smith (Wolds GC Club Manager 1993-1994, CFI 1998-2001)

It is with a heavy heart that I write this news of the passing of Les, one of the most popular, inspirational, influential and important members in the history of the Wolds Gliding Club.

An entire book could be written about Les. We now only have a couple of members remaining who were around when he joined the club - we believe it was in the mid 1960's. Many of our more senior members and instructors nowadays who joined in the early '70's were instructed by him.

From the early '70's Les served in various roles on the committee, including a very successful period as chairman. He was extremely motivational in the decision at that time to purchase the freehold of our airfield thus securing the club's permanent tenure. In those days our current position must have seemed out of reach to most people but it was Les's vision that drove this ahead and is allowing us now to reap the very rich rewards of his policy, the loans for the land having been paid off many years ago. He was also very practical and indeed responsible for much of the club's existing infrastructure. Our first club house was originally a wooden bungalow in South Cave that had reached the end of it's natural life. Les was the prime motivator in organising large working parties to collect and re-erect it on the airfield; this served as our club house for another 25 years and was only superseded by our current luxurious brick-built club house, the financial foundation for which can largely be attributed to Les's careful guidance years ago.

Oh - he did actually have a proper job too, his career was in the police force and for over 20 years was an officer in the traffic division as a patrol car driver. His driving skills were sufficiently above us normal mortals' such that a trip in a car with Les could be strangely unnerving in an oddly very calm way! There are rumours from the old days of on the odd occasion, out of necessity a patrol car being put to very good public use by towing out the winch cables down the runway!

In his (supposed) retirement in the '80's Les saw the opportunity to successfully develop the club further with a professional dimension - he became our club's manager and employed staff to run the airfield full time including the provision of holiday courses. There were only one or two of the very biggest clubs doing that then and it was almost unheard of for a club of our size to do so. As a holiday course provider we needed a bunk house, so Les built one - and very good it was too! This was when I first met Les - he employed me as a youthful 19 year old to be the summer holiday course instructor. That period of the late '80's/ early '90's was the heyday of gliding holiday courses and Les capitalised on it fully; we ran courses for six months each summer and every one was always fully booked in advance. For me, Les quickly evolved from employer to gliding colleague to close family friend.

Many of our current members joined during this period. Les was "always there" and was usually the first person a new-comer to the airfield would meet. Such was his infectious enthusiasm and genial personality that for any member of the public setting foot on our airfield it was rather like entering Aunty Wainright's shop in Last of the Summer Wine (but in a very nice way!). They would always leave with something, usually having experienced a flight in the K7 and more often than not would leave as a fully signed-up new member!

Les was a very talented pilot. He was the first person to complete a Diamond Goal from Pocklington, finally gliding home after a number of very low scrapes!   On 18th April 1980 during a club expedition, he started and finished one of the most memorable day's flying from Portmoak. An early morning of beautiful wave bars over the loch encouraged Les to round up a tug pilot and launch at 8.0am and achieve his Gold Height, returning to allow his syndicate partner to have a go, whom along with others achieved their Diamond Heights. On this same day Dave Benton climbed his Nimbus from Portmoak to break the British height record. During the afternoon the wind strength and turbulence made ground handling unsafe so launching was stopped for the day. Late in the afternoon however the wind eased a little and Les persuaded the winch driver to give him a launch. In the gathering gloom he contacted wave over the Loch at 700' and nipped up to get his own Diamond Height, returning for supper with Audrey. When his successful Diamond Height claim was returned it was annotated "By the skin of your teeth...."!

Other legendary memories abound. As mentioned he was practical; his syndicate DG100 needed a new trailer so he built one, a considerable amount of angle iron was involved as with many of Les's projects but it would have survived a nuclear attack and towed beautifully (with a big car!). We all remember the fantastic story of when during a club expedition to Portmoak one of our K7's "landed" on top of the Bishop (hill). The locals said "burn it, you won't get it down". The word "impossible" was not in Les's vocabulary so he arranged a working party to collect it, driving his Vauxhall Cavalier plus trailer as far as possible up the mountain then carrying the K7 long distance in pieces across moorland and stone walls!  

K7 retrieve cropLes and pipe supervise the K7 retrieve

 

Many members remember learning to thermal with Les in the K7 - you knew you were doing well when pipe smoke started to drift forward from the rear seat! So many of us have fond memories of the hospitality and wonderful meals provided by Les and Audrey in the club house over the years during club events, holiday courses and their fantastic barbecues for evening groups - barbecues cooked on a converted oil drum in a converted garage, all of which Les built of course!

Of the many many tributes to Les on our club's Internet forum, members describe him as the "father" of our club (Audrey of course is our "mother"!) and nearly all said that they were "introduced to gliding" by him. He was superbly articulate, a true wordsmith, with his own endearing style of writing that benefitted the club enormously, especially with his successful way of dealing with all forms of external officialism! He had forged a unique relationship with most local landowners, businesses and dignitaries during his police service which was also of much benefit to our club. He was the master of the one-liner too; I always remember Les - who enjoyed an "occasional" glass of red wine saying one day he'd heard that American scientists had statistically proven that drinking two glasses of red wine a day would halve the risk of health problems in later life. So he would therefore drink four glasses a day and eliminate the risk altogether!

Whilst no single individual should ever be regarded as being bigger or more important than a club itself (we have had and still have quite a few very significant and valuable people over the many years), I truly feel that without Les having been there the club would certainly be very much the lesser and poorer today.

Our deepest sympathy to Audrey and all the family.

An abridged version of Jon's obituary of Les will appear in Saliplane and Gliding, October 2016

 

 

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Busy Start to Week at Pocklington

It’s been a busy start to the week at Pocklington. Will Blackburn has been flying East Riding school pupils as part of the East Riding Councils “School’s Out” programme of summer holiday activities for local schoolchildren. Here’s Will (he’s the one at the back – well he is also a school pupil after all) preparing to launch with Jack Coulam, 10, of Bridlington while Tony Snowden lends a hand to keep things running smoothly.

 

Jack Coulam 1 comp

At the same time there has been aerobatic training with advanced aerobatic instructor Paul Conran. Paul (standing, second from right) and the other pilots donned their dark glasses for this photo with the ASK21 they are using, but can you spot Eddie Room? Don’t forget the 2nd Pocklington Aerobatic Competition which is taking place later this week, Thursday and Friday, and we’ll find out what they have learned.

Aeros training 25-Jul-16 comp

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Taster Day 2016 Live Updates

19.00 Saturday 23 July

Taster Day 2016 is winding down with Club members having a flight. About 120 visitor flights including reporter Poppy Kennedy and photographer Paul Atkinson from the Pocklington Post. Last visitor to fly, at about 18.00, was Lucy Pywell from Wilberfoss who flew with instructor Patricia Ridger.

Last visitor

12.45 Saturday 23 July

The Puchacz is in action as well now. Wait times very short 83 booked in and most have now flown.

Puch Lunchtime

08.45 Saturday 23 July

Taster Day 2016 is under way. We've flown about 25 visitors so far with about 15 more booked in to fly. The day is warming up....

Our first visitor, Louise Butchar of Bishop Wilton, flew at 05.25. Here's Louise looking cheerful on the way up the launch. Instructor Andy Butler is in the back seat out of sight (honest!)

First flight

21.00 Friday 22 July

Less than eight hours to dawn on Taster Day 2016

The forecast for tomorrow is up to 24 C in the afternoon with sunshine, some clouds, no rain and a light southerly wind. It may be hot and bright on the airfield so don't forget the suncream and the sunglasses.

We were flying this evening and hope tomorrow will be the same. Here is one of our two-seater trainers taking off on a winch launch this evening with the Wolds in the background

Night before

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Saturday 23 July is Taster Day 2016!

Taster Day 2016

 NB  The original proposed date for Taster Day 2016 has had to be changed and it  is now Saturday 23rd July

Don't miss this opportunity to exprience flying a glider over the vale of York with one of our fully qualified instructors at this very special offer price! The day will run from the crack of dawn until dusk just for the one day. During the day you will be able to find out all about gliding and flying in general from our instructors and members. You can also try our gliding flight simulator to learn the basics to help you get even more out of your flight. A pre-flight briefing video will also be showing in our extensive clubhouse

You can also learn a lot about the history of Pocklington airfield and it's involvement in the second world war. We have quite a few momentos, photographs and accounts of the people involved and activities carried out here. We also have a memorial dedicated to the men who flew from here in the 1939-45 conflict. Read more....

Taster Day 2016 – Some FAQ s

  1. Do I need to book for Taster Day? There is no booking for the Taster Day – we will fly people in the order they arrive and book in on the day. During the rest of the year we do offer voucher flights at the weekend with a pre-booked date and time.
  2. How long will I have to wait? Waiting times are shorter at the beginning and end of the day. Last year the wait time built up to an hour or two by lunchtime and into the afternoon. We will try to keep the blog page http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/taster-day updated during the day with weather news, wait times and photos.
  3. Are there any age limits? There is no lower age limit but anyone who is very light may have to fly in the rear seat and if they are not very tall they might not get a very good view.
  4. Are there any upper size limits? Almost all gliders have been designed for many years now with a maximum allowable pilot weight of 102 kg (16 stones, 225 lbs) and for safety reasons this limit has to be strictly applied. The instructor will ask you if you are between the lower and upper weight limits for flying in the glider. People taller than about 6 feet 3 inches (199 cm) may find it difficult to fit comfortably in a glider – the canopy must close fully without touching the pilot’s head.
  5. Are there any medical requirements? Any condition that would prevent you from driving a car - generally anything that could cause you to suddenly blackout – would mean that you could not fly. Otherwise getting into and out of a glider is much like getting in and out of a bath.

If you can't make it on the day why not come along another day for a trial lesson or get a group together for one of our summer evening visits.  Why not give that special person a Gliding Gift Voucher and pre-book their flight time on a day of your choice with winch launch, aerotow or motor glider options.

 

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Club Class Nationals 2016

In the end there was only one day's flying in the competition, 28-May-16, which was won by Derrick Roddie of Wolds GC who therefore also won the competition with G Dale second and Ayala Truelove third.  A smiling Derrick Roddie (right) received the trophy and the prize of an LX Avionics EOS vario from competition director John Norman.

Derrick John

03-Jun-16 Scrubbed - more of the same but there is hope for better tomorrow.......

02-Jun-16 Scrubbed - cloud cover anticipated all day. John and Hugh briefed a noticeably sparser audience at 09.00 local today

Briefing 02-Jun comp

01-Jun-16 Scrubbed - the strong northerly winds and low cloudbase persist. Let's see if it's better at Lasham....

Lasham webcam 01-JUn-16

31-May-16 Scrubbed after Hugh's forecast....

Hugh 31-May-16

30-May-16 Sniffer reported cloudbase 1200', scrubbed

29-May-16 Launched, recalled, rebriefed, scrubbed; sniffer airborne for five hours.....

28-May-16 Flew, winner Derrick Roddie

The Club Class Nationals are being held at Wolds GC Pocklington from 28-May to 05-Jun 2016. There will be occasional News, Tasks and Results postings on the Competitions page blogs.

You can follow the tracks live once the grid has launched on the internet on Spot the Gliders

You can  see competition results on the Soaring Spot website 

28-May-16 Grid waits comp

 

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The Flying Bendelows (part II)

Annette Bendelow, wife of Wolds GC member Mark Bendelow, has now completed the first two races in the Yorkshire Marathon Series 2016. She was very pleased with her time in the first event at Sheffield on 10-Apr when she beat her personal best by 18 minutes. Last Sunday’s race in Leeds was also the hottest day of the year so far but she still finished well up the field at 102nd of 2083 female entrants and 23rd of 362 in her age group.

Annette isn’t just doing this for fun, she’s also doing it for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (one of our favourite charities too) and you can sponsor her through her  Just Giving page.

The results so far

Leeds Half Marathon                      08-May-16          1h 47m 26s          1058 of 8000 plus overall

Sheffield Half Marathon                  10-Apr-16           1h 41m 35s          965 of 5948 overall

               

Here’s a photo of Annette looking radiant after her run round Leeds on a very hot day, probably looking forward to the three 10Ks and one full marathon still left in the series.

Annette B II comp

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Wolds GC at Pocklington Flying Man Festival 2016

Wolds Gliding Club is supporting the All Saints Church, Pocklington, Flying Man Festival 2016, Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May. This year as well as having a stand and our gliding simulator in the church on Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May we are offering evening visit flights on Friday 6 May from 18.00. Visitors will have a opportunity to see the church and Pocklington town from a pilot’s eye view on a winch launched glider flight. To book your flight email George Morris at .

Flying Man Festival 2016

Flying Man Festival – History, from http://www.pockflyingman.org.uk/index.html

“The annual Flying Man Festival is held in honour of Pocklington's most infamous Flying Man Thomas Pelling. The Festival lasts three days over a weekend in May and there is an array of exciting and interesting activities to take part in and watch.

Thomas was a travelling showman who toured the country offering his amazing dare devil exploits "flying" from building to building. He came to Pocklington in 1733 to display his courage and expertise.

But sadly, as he descended from the roof of All Saints to The Star Inn, his complicated mechanism of ropes and pulleys failed and he came to an untimely end. You will find his memorial plaque outside on the church wall by the East window.

More recently, Pocklington was one of the main bomber airbases in the second world war. The sacrifice and contribution of all those who served here is remembered with pictures, photos, displays and a memorial lecture at the conclusion of the weekend.”

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Summer Gliding Courses 2016 at Wolds GC

If you want to get a head start learning to glide, or you want to polish your skills if you’ve already tried gliding, there are five-day courses available at Wolds Gliding Club for summer 2016.

You can see full details at Wolds GC Courses and download the information and booking sheet at Wolds GC Courses 2016 Information and Booking

This year’s course instructor is Steve Wilkinson. Steve is a Full Category Instructor with 3200 hours in gliders and is a regular competitor in regional and national cross country competitions. He is also a BGA motor glider instructor (MGIR) and holds a European Private Pilots Licence (EASA PPL) as well as a being Flight Instructor on Touring Motor Gliders (TMG) with National and European licences.

Photo: Steve being presented with the trophy for winning the "Club Ladder" for cross country flying during the 2015 season at Wolds GC

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The Flying Bendelows

Our first visitor to fly on the Taster Day in 2015 was Mark Bendelow and he enjoyed the experience so much that he joined as a club member on the day. Mark’s wife Annette hasn’t been tempted to take up gliding yet but instead this year she is taking on the Run for All Yorkshire Marathon Series. The series consists of three 10K events and two half marathons leading up to the York marathon in October. Annette’s chosen charity for sponsorship is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a very good cause which Wolds GC has itself supported for some years now. Wolds GC is supporting Annette by donating a voucher for a glider flight for a lucky sponsor.

You can sponsor Annette through her Just Giving page.

The first race is the Sheffield Half Marathon on 10 April 2016 and we’ll let you know how Annette gets on.

Meanwhile watch out for Mark’s gliding blog where he’ll be charting his progress from Taster Day visitor to pilot as he learns to glide at Pocklington.

Annette Mark comp

Annette, looking refreshed after running 10 miles to Pocklington and Mark Bendelow (we think he drove there).

The Yorkshire series 2016:

10 April     Sheffield Half Marathon

08 May      Leeds Half Marathon

19 June       Hull 10K

10 July         Leeds 10K

07 August    York 10K

09 October  York Marathon

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Kazoo Combo Headline Annual Dinner 2016

On a star studded night at the Wolds GC 2016 Annual Dinner members and guests were astonished by the musical virtuosity of the committee’s Kazoo ensemble which accompanied the evening’s band, The Foresters, in a remarkable arrangement of “When I’m Dead and Gone”.

Kazoo1

Chairman Graham Wadforth opened proceedings after dinner by welcoming everyone, thanking Anne for providing another excellent dinner. He also thanked numerous members for their contributions throughout the year and highlighted many individual achievements. As he spoke CFI John Norman was seen vigorously crossing out parts of his own script section by section until he was invited to present the trophies for the 2015 season using the remnants of his speech.

And as the Chairman also said,“...and the winners were....”

Bob Holroyd Cup (first 100k) – Steve Wilkinson

Most Progress – Joel Hallewell

Most Meritorious Flight – Will Blackburn

Longest Flight – Mal Gibson

Club Ladder – Steve Wilkinson

Barbara Walker Cup (two-seater flight) – David Wheeler

The Rock – John Norman

Al McWhirter Shield – The Wednesday group, Patricia Ridger on their behalf

Dinner 2016 Awards

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The new MT shed opens for business

The new MT shed was largely structurally complete by Christmas with the cladding on, the door rails concreted in and the doors hung. Some further work is needed inside and outside to finish the project but the new home for our ground equipment is now in use.

MT Shed Open red

 

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.... and a Happy New Year!

We all had a great night at the Club on New Year's Eve and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

With the doors on the new MT shed now perhaps we can have a house warming party in there too when its stops raining.....

New Year 1 comp

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Onwards and upwards with the MT shed

The MT shed really is taking shape now. Until this week all the work had been at ground level.The reinforced concrete floor was laid around 12 November. Conditions had not been ideal with a lot of rain before and there was a constant battle against autumn leaves when the rain finally stopped and the concrete could be put down.

MT Shed Comp dates

The concrete was left to go off for a while and the steelwork started going up this week. It will take a few more days to get the cladding on.

New MT shed 4

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October Aerobatics Course at Wolds GC, Pocklington

BGA Advanced Aerobatics Instructors Paul Conran, Charles Baker and Alex Harris were at Pocklington during the last week of October to run a glider aerobatics course. Despite the generally poor weather a great deal was achieved both in the air and the briefing room. In the air Joel Hallewell obtained his Sports rating. Lewis Kell progressed towards his Sports rating and Will Blackburn towards his Intermediate and he was signed off to practice rolls solo. Several other members, Messrs Carter, Cooksey, Hunt and Morris, also participated, taking their first aerobatic training flights or continuing their training. Briefings covered topics such as safety, glider limitations, glider types, figures and competitions.

Aeros Oct 15 resizedPaul Conran describes the finer points of the loop for the course.

We also rigged John Hunt’s newly acquired Pilatus B4 G-PILY, recently offered on our Facebook page by young Mathew Fox. It is the AF version, specially strengthened to cope with Advanced aerobatics and the same model won the Advanced World Championships in 2010. Will Blackburn had his first flight in it on the Friday.

Pilatus 2 cropped

Will Blackburn in G-PILY, with Paul Conran, photograph by Trevor Dale

Paul Conran said “With good equipment and facilities and momentum building amongst club members to learn aerobatics Pocklington is rapidly establishing itself as the site in the north of England for glider aerobatics.”

It is planned to operate further aerobatics courses at Pocklington in February 2016 and also in July 2016 immediately before the Pocklington Glider Aerobatics Event (28-29 July 2016).

Will and Joel have have formed a Wolds Aerobatic Team with the aim of competing nationally and internationally. To do this they will need some help with sponsorship. If you can help them or want to find out more please visit their page at

http://gofundme.com/md85mhf8

 

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The new MT shed takes shape....

.... and as you can see it's going to be rectangular.

Work has begun on the new building for our ground vehicles. There’s not much to see yet but the site has been levelled ready for the foundations and floor to go in and the holes have been dug for the main uprights. The concrete floor will then need to set for a couple of weeks before the main steelwork goes up.

Eddie MT foundations

Eddie Room inspects a stanchion hole, which struck gravel, as he had predicted, about half a metre down.

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Winter's in the air....

Phil Winter, that is, of the Goole Times, who came to Pocklington on 17 September to try gliding, so we fitted a GoPro in the cockpit with him. Here’s Phil in the front seat and instructor Chris Price. They are getting towards cloudbase after a winch launch, with Pocklington town and the airfield to the left in the photo. Phil is writing an article about his day with us which is expected to appear later this year, probably towards Christmas time, when winter probably really will be in the air.

PW1 cropped

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