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Level 3 Update – 17th September 2020

Revised Level 3 Flying Restrictions from 14/9/2020 until further notice

Your Committee have reviewed updated BMFA advice and advise the following for members and visiting fliers. This is in addition to the advice already supplied about ensuring your fitness to go to the Down and fly. 

It’s a game of two halves, everyday flying and competitions/events

Everyday Flying:

We cannot provide a person at the slope at all times to ensure compliance with social distancing with the result that the default number of people from different households allowed to fly at any one time is 6. In order for this to happen it is important that you email name, date, time in and time out to our track and trace email database at:

tandt@whitesheet.org.uk

We will keep an eye on it and if it is looking busy we will try and let you know.

This data will be kept for 21 days for NHS use if there is an outbreak.  It is also important that you also email the above address if you develop symptoms after visiting the Down so that we can inform NHS.

Some members (actually, just Midweek Mike and me) have volunteered to be covid policemen at the time they are at the slope, so it may be possible to run two groups of 6 providing track and trace data and social distancing happens.

Given that social distancing is required at all times, we suggest a flight-line max of 4 people as this should ensure clarity of communication between fliers over the 6 metres

Competitions and Events:

We will do a number of things before hosting an event:

1/ Risk assessment

2/ BMFA questionnaire

3/ Provide a volunteer covid policeman/woman for the duration

4/ Make use of the tandt@whitesheet.org.ukto provide registration and track and trace address.

Once again, we will opt for a flight line max of 4 people and ask that any covid positivity post event is reported to the above email.

Please do use the WSRFC WhatsApp group to let other fliers know of your intended visit.

Please do look and follow the advice given by BMFA on their interweb, our advice, and of course the national orgainisations (Government/NHS/PHE)

Finally, as with any prospective flight, if in doubt – Don’t

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What 3 Words

The What3words app can be used to aid location in times of emergency. It can also be used for navigation by anyone who has the app on their phone or device. The relevant words for each of our main slopes will be posted, in this case, starting with the SW bowl, they are stressed.reinvest.clash

Had to chuckle as these words can describe some of the emotions that go through our minds when we are contemplating flying.

NE Slope – reforming.continued.tins

Morgans – to be posted

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Open Slopes, Scale Days, F3F and Other Events

We have issued various advice since the start of lockdown, from “No Fly” to “Turn Up, Fly, Go Home” whilst always urging members to follow the over-arching advice that emanates from Government and other bodies.  Indeed the BMFA generated the “Turn Up …” which is still a good one.

We reiterate this advice and ask that people use their common sense in its application.  Health and safety both on the ground and in the air is a two way street. Whilst we will provide some sanitization facilities, it is also incumbent on members to follow social distancing and sanitization guidelines, including provision of your own PPE and anti-bac. This is particularly appropriate for touch points over which we have no control, the gates for instance.

At events prior to the bug we have always kept a log of attendees.  This continues and takes on additional relevance as it provides our track and trace information.  We therefore ask that you provide your name and contact telephone number to whoever is organizing an event (that includes you, Pike) 

We do ask that you observe proper distance when setting up your kit and communicating with other members. Clearly, another member, or their glider, is a touch point, so please exercise caution even if it is the latest bright, shiny scale or Baudis model!

Events are by their nature, Outdoors, and we understand this to currently entail a maximum attendance of 30 persons.  With many members shielding we have not got anywhere close to this number this year, but do not be surprised if the organizer suggests that we are at max and urges attendees to act accordingly.

It is important that any visitors to an event are made aware of the above, whether fliers or observers.

Anyhow – this is as of 2nd September, it could all change and we will endeavor to review accordingly.

PS – apologies for the z in sanitisation – Microsoft keeps thinking we are all American

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Brief History and Update on the Road from the Public House

It is a managed highway, the responsibility of Wiltshire Highways.(WH) The route clearly dates back centuries to Bronze and Iron Age times, but fundamental structure was provided under Roman rule. This historical road structure was ruined by Wessex Water when they created a channel in the centre of the road for the main water feed from the reservoir tanks by the SE bowl. The road condition continued to degrade as a result of erosion from use and weather that works on the weaknesses to the structure caused by the pipeline works. In recent years WH have maintained the road with major support from WSRFC (WS) (of around £5K which included crowd-funding via BARCS and donations from club members) Minimal contributions from NT and others, none from Wessex.  The outstanding undamaged piece of the work is the stretch from Morgans to the Kissing Gate that was basicilly provided by WS Current works by WH have improved road from the other side to the tanks, and some remedial work to storm run-offs on the hill to Morgans. The consensus of opinion amongst the committee is: Any monies that are donated by WSRFC will end up being washed to the bottom of the Hill unless they are invested in infrastructure like drainage,  which is unlikely to meet with NT agreement However, we do want to continue to be able to use the road so we should work with WH and report back to Committee and Members should the need arise to either update or seek funds. It was agreed at the Committee Meeting on 17th April that the remaining balance of the Road Fund (£392) be made available as a contribution to Wiltshire Highways for works recently completed. This facilitates WH application to the local parish for funding D Bradfield 21st April 2019

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