White Sheet RFC Established 1960
Gliders

Welcome to the Whitesheet Radio Flying Club

White Sheet Radio Flying Club (WSRFC) operates from White Sheet Down, a slope soaring site near the small town of Mere on the A303 in West Wiltshire, England. Members of the club enjoy constructing and flying “Silent Flight” model aircraft, more generally known as gliders. We have a broad range of interest from thermal soaring to flying scale replicas.

All skill levels are accommodated. WSRFC is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA). No matter what your interest, as long as it involves flying a glider off a slope we think White Sheet RFC will cater for you.

Maybe you are not a modeller but want to know more about our hobby. Just come along to the slopes and have a chat, we will be more than pleased to talk to you.

We use two slopes on Whitesheet Hill, one South Westerly and one North Westerly through to Easterly. The landing areas are huge with no rocks or bushes in the way!

The area of Whitesheet Down that we use is a National Trust property and adequate insurance is mandatory. The National Trust ask that all visiting flyers contact the Club before flying. We ask that you read the ‘Club Rules’ before your visit to ensure this site remains available to us.

The White Sheet RFC provides This site as a Service to it’s members, visiting flyers and the general public who may be interested in our sport. We make every effort to provide accurate and up to date information. The committee, members and web site maintainer cannot take any responsibility for errors or omissions of any kind.

Recent News

BMFA FEES for 2019

membership fees for 2019

The BMFA have released 2019 membership fees.

The fees agreed for 2019 are as follows:

  • Senior £38
  • Junior  £17
  • Family Senior  £38
  • Family Partner  £25
  • Family Junior  £13

***Renewals available from 1st December 2018***

 

 
 

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Southern Winter League F3f 2018/19.

 
  • Here are the dates and details of the coming Southern Winter league F3f competitions. Hopefully the weather will be much kinder to us than last year when only 2 comps were staged, one of these being at Whitesheet the other at The Long Man, Eastbourne.
  • The venues for the coming competitions are Whitesheet, Butser Hill & Eastbourne.
  • Whitesheet for all wind directions including & in between NNW- S
  • Butser Hill, NE winds
  • Eastbourne. N-E-S winds 
  • The chosen venue for each competition being dependant upon the forecast wind direction.
  • A ‘venue & weather call’ will be made on the Friday evening before each competition, note ;- earlier if the various forecast allow. This decision will be announced / posted on the Whitesheet RFC website, the
  • BARCS forum Southern Winter league thread, & via an email to all WRFC members.
  • Competition dates ;-
  • Round 1 ;- Sunday Oct 28th,   –  Competition cancelled
  • Round 2;- Sunday, Nov 25th.  –  Competition Cancelled.
  • Rds 1 & 2 reserve;- Sunday Dec 9th.  This date is NOT required 
  • Round 3 ;- Sunday, Dec 23rd.
  • Round 4 ;- Sunday Jan 27th.
  • Round 5 ;- Sunday Feb 24th.
  • Rds 3, 4 & 5 reserve ;- Sunday Mar 10th.
  • The Regional winter lg comps are the perfect introduction to this very exciting branch of our sport. Newcomers are encouraged to come along and try F3f for perhaps their first time, always being guaranteed a very warm welcome. Hints, tips & advice on model set up & flying the course are always freely given. Most sports models are perfectly suitable to use, you don’t need an expensive F3f mouldie. It is through these comps that most of us regular F3f pilots ourselves started.
 
  • Round 3 Sund Dec 23rd ;- Entry to this competition is now Open.
  • Venue advisory ;-  From studying the various forecasts the venue advisory is that this competition will be staged at Whitesheet . please visit the F3f page for entry / full details. 
   
  • PLEASE NOTE ;-
  • Whitesheet slope closure information.
  • For reasons of safety, the Whitesheet slopes will be closed to all flying other than for that of the competition while F3f competitions are in progress.
  • Competitions run from 9.00am- until / at around 5.00pm.
 
  • Thank you very much for your understanding & cooperation regarding this.
  • Stuart Wallace, Whitesheet Competition secretary.

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Photos from the September Open Slopes

A fine finale for the Open Slopes Season

Nearly thirty pilots turned up for the last Open Slopes event of 2018

What better use of the mound on top of Whitesheet’s SW bowl

Once again we got very lucky with the weather, though the conditions at times were quite light, but a great day of flying and larks was had by all

See you for more next year!

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TVSF Day Out – September 2018

The Thames Valley Silent Flyers Association are organising one of their get-togethers, Thursday September 6

Here is a note from Graham Stallard, Chairman of TVSF

Finally the weather appears to be co-operating. I have left calling this on until closer to the time to save calling it off. The venue will be confirmed on Tuesday/Wednesday. However the forecast is NNE to NE so the probable venue is Watership Down NE bowl.

Attached is an updated brief (click here!) on location and directions.

Look forward to flying with you Thursday. Looks like a cracker so for.

Best Regards,

Graham Stallard.

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Training Post for AB

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Link to example pdf here!

 

Link to external Government consultation page: here

 

Link to pdf here

   

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Photos from the English Open

Photos from the English Open Last Weekend

Photos below from the English Open F3f event last week – full report to follow! Photos by Mike Shellim and Chris Lamming Link to full set of Mike’s shots here, with a report of the event here

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July Scale Day A Great Success!

Finally a Scale Day ran this year in fine weather – here are a few pictures from the event!

Photos – Alan Brocklehurst, Geoff Crewe, Chris Williams and Chris Lamming

 

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Scale Fly In

Alas (and Alack) Forecast of the Damned, once again! Tomorrow’s scale fly in is OFF. The next cancellation is due just before September 2nd :D The score so far: Weather: 5 White Sheet: 1

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July Open Slopes Photos

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Scale Fly In

Tomorrow’s SFI is ON. Expect light lift so bring your scale floaters

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Open Slopes June – Photos

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White Sheet Scale Day – 1st July – Cancelled

Hello All, The superb weather, whilst very nice, means that Easterlies affect us again. Nice to be sunbathing, but if you cannot fly then not so good! Chris Williams has therefore called-off the Scale Day.

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Open Slopes June 10, Weather Call – We’re ON!

June Open slopes is ON!

We are in for good, fine weather tomorrow, although the wind will have quite a bit of East in it, so it will be a chance to fly in some of the further reaches of Whitesheet Downs.

Bring along a floater and maybe an electric assisted model to make sure you have the best chance of some good flying on the NE slopes.

All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

David, Stuart and I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as we did last month, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

cheers,

Chris

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Club Privacy Policy

The club privacy policy has now been uploaded and can be downloaded on the club rules page, which has now been renamed ‘club documents’. Hopefully this is not too confusing!

Please go here to see the new policy

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Open Slopes Photos, May 2018

Open slopes a success again!

Sunday May 13th saw the return of the Open Slopes events, with the second scheduled event of the year running in absolutely stunning weather.

A good showing of twenty pilots over the day, together with around fifty models between them meant that the sky was filled with models of all kinds all day.

Free bacon rolls for all were very well received as ever!

Why not come along to the next event, to be held on Sunday June 10.

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FRSKY RECEIVERS AND FUTABA TRANSMITTERS – LINK INTEGRITY

Ladies and Gentlemen.  A cautionary note on FRSKY RX and Futaba TX combinations. Please check that your FRSKY RX link cannot be broken by other 2.4 Ghz TX’s. Refer supplier or manufacturer for relevant firm/software upgrades.  Info obtained from Ian Duff and Chris Williams via SSUK and others.  

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Open slopes May 13, 2018 is ON

After a few months of dreary weather, we are in for a good day tomorrow, with a gentle breeze and no rain forecast for our second Open Slopes event.

All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as last year, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

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3 Way Club Day-Out – Thursday 19th April 2018

Thames Valley Silent Fliers Joint Event

It looks like we are at that time of year again and Thursday 19th April will be our multi-club slope day out again… weather permitting. TVSF will publish on the TVSF.co.uk web site as to what location will be likely suitable for the 3 way club get together.. and hope fully see you there.

See here on BARCS for more details.

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SLOPESIDE SEEN and EMERGENCY PLAN

ADDITIONAL PAGES HAVE BEEN ADDED FOR “SEEN AT THE SLOPE” AND EMERGENCY PLAN

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Baseball Caps – White Sheet Logo

They are here! Pics to be posted – £7.95 each from Vice Chair

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2018 Handbook now available to download

The 2018 Whitesheet Radio Flying Club Handbook is now available for download… HERE!

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Minutes of the 2017 AGM

The minutes of the 2017 AGM can now be downloaded and read.. HERE!    

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Winter League F3f

WSRFC organise (Stuart Wallace) a winter season of F3f competitions.
  • These comps do involve a fair amount of hooning around at high speed, with resultant requirement of safety precautions.
The White Sheet is used if the wind direction is good and so we advise fliers that the slope will be closed to general flying on the following dates.
  • October 29th
  • November 26th
  • January 28th – yes nearly 2018 already!
  • February 25th
  • Please have a look at Stu’s posts under F3f on dates and venues.
  • We will try and update the interweb if the comp is on, and at which venue.
  • Southern Winter Lg 1 Oct 29th venue announcement. After study of the various forecasts, the venue for this event is to be ‘The Long Man, Wilmington, nr Eastbourne. The Whitesheet slopes are therefore OPEN as per usual to all WRFC members.
  • OPEN SLOPES 2018 news from Chris Lamming coming soon ……

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WS Scale Fly In

SSW and a side order of rain…not the forecast I had hoped for, but He Who Dares, Flies. The White Sheet Scale Fly In is ON, but bring wellies and a sou’wester…

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Scale Fly In Sept 17

Forecast consensus: close, but no coconut… Tomorrow’s event is therefore off. One more roll of the dice, then, for the backup date Oct 1st

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September Meeting Date Change

Hello All, We have had to reschedule the September meeting date from the 13th to the 20th due to other commitments. Venue at Maiden Bradley. David

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Weather call for tomorrow’s Open Slopes Event

Weather call – it’s ON

Apologies, not quite noon, but near enough for jazz. Weather tomorrow looks pretty good – we might get a spot of the wet stuff in the afternoon, but perfectly flyable in the morning with a good SW breeze. Hopefully see you there – I’ll be the one in the tent, on bacon butty duty. Please note we are NOT on the flat field – we are up the slope!

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Open Slopes Event 5/5 : Sunday September 10th

Plan change – Now a Slope Event up the hill

Due to the wind conditions and possibility of rain in the afternoon, this Sunday’s event has now changed to a slopeside event, either at Morgans or in the SW bowl of Whitesheet. A weather call will still be made around noon on Saturday, which will be mailed out, posted on barcs and put on the website here, but right now it looks like it will be a good day for the hill, if not for the original plan on the flat. I’m making this call early as this will give those who were kindly preparing food to bring a chance to change plans. I will be taking my camp stove up to Whitesheet as I did for the English Open, and will be supplying bacon rolls and tea/coffee.

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Three Way Day Out

The second of this years Three Way Day Out will be held at Whitesheet hill tomorrow. The plan is to start at 10:00 fly all day and dodge the rain and then go to the White Lyon for a meal. All our members are welcome to join in, last year I had a good time on the slope and at the meal.

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Fantastic day at Whitesheet for the July Open Slopes Event

Perfect weather and a great turn out for the third Open Slopes Event of 2017

More info to come, but for now, here are the photos.

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Open Slopes Event Tomorrow! Sunday July 9th

Tomorrow’s Open Slopes Event is ON!

The weather looks light tomorrow with gentle winds from the SW

All welcome to come along and fly at Whitesheet. There will likely be some of us with bungees, dlgs and electric assisted models.

As usual, tea, coffee and doughnuts will be provided, free of charge!

Hopefully see you there

Last month’s fly-in

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Open Slopes ’17 Event 3 of 5

Fly-in Event This Weekend (July 9th 2017)

Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins.

All are welcome!

A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on BARCS: www.barcs.co.ukThe club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models – this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying – just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill).

Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions – the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site.

The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you!

cheers,

Chris Lamming
WSRFC

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Scale Fly-In

Tomorrow’s scale fly-in is ON, with a WNW wind forecast. Please give the scale machines reasonable priority if you plan to fly

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Photos from the Scale Day On May 4th

Scale day at Whitesheet draws large numbers

Despite the threat of rain, there was finally a chance for the Scale fly-in to run on May 4th.

Here are a few of the pictures

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Concorde flies at Whitesheet!

Pete Evans’ Concorde takes to the skies

Proving that it takes all sorts at Whitesheet and following on from the success of the Princess flight at the May Open Slopes event, Pete Evans’ brought a Concorde of all things to the Scale Event that ran last week. Here are a few snaps of it on launch

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Open Slopes June 11th Event

Great day’s flying with top people

Thanks to all for turning out to another good event today, coinciding with near-perfect weather at Whitesheet, for haring around the skies. Next event July 9th.

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Second Social Fly-in of 2017, this Sunday. Event is ON!

Fly-in Event This Weekend (June 11th 2017)

Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the second of the 2017 social fly-ins.

All are welcome!

The weather is set to be fine with a good breeze into the SW bowl – the event is therefore ON!

Once again, the club and the hill look forward to seeing you!

cheers,

Chris Lamming
WSRFC

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WS SCALE FLY-IN

At last, a half decent forecast… The scale fly-in is ON for tomorrow (Sunday 4th)

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Blackdown RCFC Fly-in 2017 Smeathorpe Airfield (EX14 9RQ) 3rd & 4th June All experience welcome (BMFA and or LMA insued) Free camping available from the evening of Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th.   Upottery Airfield halfway between Honiton and Taunton about 4 miles NW of the junction of A30 &A303 The access point is at the south west corner of the airfield adjacent to the car speedway banger track. Contact 01823 619039 / 07588302334 Email events@blackdownrcfc.co.uk  

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WS Scale Fly-In

With winds forecast as due south, going SE later, it was close, but no coconut…Attention now moves to the backup date 4th June 🙁

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Weather call for Open Slopes ’17, May 14

Weather call

As I will be busy all day tomorrow (Frome Chess Congress if anyone wants to come and spectate 😉 )  where I won’t have access to the internet, I have decided to make the weather call for Sunday now. Crazy talk.

It’s ON!

The weather looks suitably good for a jolly nice day’s flying at Whitesheet, with a gentle to moderate SW breeze forecast. Some wet stuff may make an appearance later in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about this if you would like to come along and have a fly.

Fingers crossed for a good inaugural event!

cheers,

Chris

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Open Slopes ’17

Fly-in Event This Weekend (May 14th 2017)

Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins.

All are welcome!

A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on BARCS: www.barcs.co.ukThe club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models – this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying – just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill).

Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions – the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site.

The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you!

cheers,

Chris Lamming
WSRFC

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WS Scale Fly In

Due to inclement forecast, the scale fly in has been cancelled

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Scale Fly In

So, winds gusting 26mph from an uncertain direction, with a side order of showers. I think we will give this one a miss and roll the dice one more time. Event cancelled, backup date 30th April now under the microscope…

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Three Way Day Out

As you may know Thames Valley Soaring Association have for many years arranged a slope day out at least once a year This is dependant on the wind direction on the day so a number slopes for all wind directions have to be arranged. To make the most of all this organising we have been invited to join them and Meon Valley SA on their day out. It is a full day and a meal is organised for the evening. The days chosen this year are 27 April and 7 September. The slopes are, clockwise from South, Knap Hill, White Sheet, Westbury, Watership Down, Mercury and Martinsell. The selected direction will be posted the day before on the TVSF web site (see www.tvsf.co.uk) and on ours. This is a general invitation to all members just keep in touch for the final location. THE MEETING WILL NOT TAKE PLACE DUE TO THE WEATHER FORCAST FOR TOMMOROW There is another meeting planned for September 7th look out for notification here closer to the date.

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Blackdown Swapmeet 2017

  Blackdown RCFC would like to invite you to the Swapmeet event held at Throgmorton Community Hall, Culme Way, Highfield Road, Dunkeswell, EX14 4JP situated in the Blackdown Hills approximately halfway between Honiton and Wellington. (Highfield Road is a turning off the road from Dunkeswell to Honiton, about 1 1/2 miles south of the centre of Dunkeswell village. Follow Highfield Road around to the left and then turn left into Culme Way.) The event will consist of:-  All model aircraft related items  Table top sale of models ( No table charges)  Tea, Coffee, Bacon Rolls etc   Swapmeet:10.00am-1:00pm Saturday 4th March 2017 Blackdown Radio Control Flying Club Please contact Howard Monks and/or Kyle Millett for more information. SAT NAV’s enter EX14 4JP for the venue. Phone: 01823 257023 (Howard) 01823 619039 (Kyle) Email: h_monks@sky.com events@blackdownrcfc.co.uk

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Key Outcomes of the 2016 Whitesheet Radio Flying Club AGM

Dear All,

Many thanks to those of you who attended the meeting last Saturday. Turnout was excellent and the meeting went very well with contributions from everyone, which was great.

Thanks also to all of you who sent apologies – 21 in total – it made a big difference to know who was not coming and how you wished to vote on the electric assist rule change.

The meeting seemed to run well in the Dolphin pub and an afternoon slot seemed to suit a good number of people. I am sure we will be using this venue again next year.

Below is a summary of the key points that came up in the meeting. The full minutes will be written and circulated as soon as possible.

I hope you all have an excellent winter with flying and or building – 2017 promises to be a good year for WSRFC – I look forward to seeing you sometime up the hill.

best regards, Chris

   

Rule Book Changes

The new club rules and associated version of the club handbook were discussed and the matter of accepting the new proposal, to allow electric assisted flight, was voted on. The motion to accept the new handbook and rules was carried, with a unanimous vote for at the meeting, plus 21 further votes for and 1 vote against by proxy .

This change has immediate effect and is simply a continuation, in permanent form, of the trial that has been running for many years.

Please be extremely considerate and conscious of the fact that electric-assisted flying is permissible for height gain only and in general terms for the allowance of soaring when the lift is very light or when it is not on the slopes. What we as a club must avoid, is giving the impression to visitors and other non-members that e-flight in general is allowed at Whitesheet – which it is not.

The club committee (and also the club membership) will continue to monitor the use of e-soaring in 2017 and the matter will be reviewed again at the 2017 AGM. Minor tweaks or rule changes can then be made if necessary.

I very much hope that the changes will allow more soaring to take place at Whitesheet, more of the time. I also hope that these changes will encourage greater membership and better participation in future events at the hill, as our flyers will be encouraged to make the journey and meet up, knowing that the weather conditions have a lower impact on whether or not they will get some flying in.

Let’s all make the most of this opportunity in 2017.

Please note the new handbook which is now in effect is available to download here: http://whitesheet.org.uk/club-rules-constitution/

Club Funds

The club remains in a healthy state, financially. On the 7th November, the closing balance of the main club account stood at £5346.21. The balance of the road funds account stood at £392.87.

It was agreed that in order to simplify the accounting burden on the Treasurer, the funds in the road repair account will be transferred to the main account. The road fund account can then be closed.

The fund in the road repair account will however be ring-fenced in the club accounting documentation, to reflect that the source of this money was from donations specifically for the repair of the road. Should road repairs be funded by the club in future, this money will remain available for this purpose.

The club had made more effort in 2016 to spend the money it received from subscriptions. This had taken the form of gratuities for land owners, stickers and posters for members and prizes for the competitions. Ignoring BMFA fees (which come in and go out of the accounts in equal measure) the club expenditure was £824.95 against an income from membership fees of £860.

Some of the expenditure in 2016 (sticker materials, vagabond prize for example) will roll over to 2017 and these costs will not reoccur next year. The committee will continue to think of ways of using the club funds to benefit the membership in 2017. Anyone with good ideas are encouraged to get in touch.

With the aim of avoiding further excess accrual of funds in the club account, it was generally agreed that the club was spending at around the right level, along with setting appropriate fees for the membership.

Committee

The following committee was proposed and voted for at the AGM:

  • Chairman – Chris Lamming (I’m afraid you are stuck with me for another year!)
  • Vice chair – David Bradfield
  • Secretary – Julian Yelliah
  • Treasurer – Ian Duff
  • Membership Secretary – Den Larking
  • Competition  Secretary – Stuart Wallace
  • Scale Secretary – Chris Williams
  • Additional Committee Member – Jess Nichols

Membership Fees and BMFA Renewal

The present fee rate of £10 for adult members and £0 for juniors was proposed and accepted. This will remain the fee rate for the forthcoming year.

If you are intending on renewing your BMFA membership through the club (which is encouraged), please could you forward your membership fee and BMFA fee to Ian as soon as possible, preferably before the end of December. This makes the job of processing the membership applications with the BMFA much easier, in terms of the group-order/bulk purchase of membership. Please see the join page for Ian’s details:

http://whitesheet.org.uk/application-for-membership-form-2/

Note that the BMFA have just announced that there are no changes to the renewal rates in 2017, see here for details:

https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2421/BMFA-Subscriptions-2017-No-increase

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Winter League F3f

Southern Winter League F3f

Please see the new ‘F3f’ page for details of the forthcoming Southern Winter League F3f events.

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AGM Reminder

AGM Reminder

The 2016 WSRFC AGM is being held this coming Saturday, November 12th at the Dolphin Public House in Gillingham. The meeting will start around 230pm. The Dolphin Peasemarsh Gillingham SP8 4HB 01747822758 All attending will be entitled to a free drink and food will be provided. So far I have received 5 apologies with proxy votes in the proposed vote on the handbook changes. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting or instead register your vote on the handbook changes. Please email your vote to me using… cpglamming*at*googlemail.com. Or call me on 07833 680723 if you prefer. If you wish to remind yourself of the wording proposed for the changes, the new version of the handbook can be downloaded here: http://whitesheet.org.uk/proposed-new-whitesheet-radio-flying-club-handbook-rules-2017/ For the AGM to be quorate we require 15% of the membership to turn up – please do your best to be there.

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