Three of the members volunteered to becoming Chairman (Bob Mellor), Secretary (Brian Adams), and Treasurer (Ivan Bradbury), and after much corresponding with various landowners arrangements were made for the use of flying sites providing a yearly fee was paid.
Although the club was formed in 1973 many people had been using the sites since the 50's when 'primitive' single channel was all the rage, and free flight was probably the most popular form of gliding.
Today the club has over one hundred members and six flying sites that are used all year round.
A newsletter was at one time distributed to members to keep them up to date on issues and events, and competitions are held in the summer months.
Please read them, they are for everyone's benefit.
The flying sites are for members only, or their invited guests. So if you wish to join us go to our membership page, and be directed to a simple form.
If you would like to fly at our sites as a visitor, then please contact us first. Whilst we have always made fellow slope flyers welcome on our sites, we must ensure that anyone who flies has the benefit of annual BMFA Insurance, for obvious safety reasons.
In accordance with CAA regulations, your operator's ID must be clearly displayed on your glider. For further information see our Flying Rules page here. Your operator ID is displayed on your membership card.
Stickers for aeroplanes can be supplied with your details endorsed upon them by contacting our Club Secretary via our club shop
Thus visitors to our sites must carry, and may be asked by a club official to show, either a current BMFA insurance certificate or a current LMMGA photo identity card which is only issued when proof of BMFA insurance has been established. You may be asked to show either if asked
Our club membership fee is very modest and enables us to pay the site rentals. It is not unreasonable to expect frequent visitors to join our club. We hope you understand.