White Sheet RFC Established 1960
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AGM

Your clubs 2021 AGM

27TH NOVEMBER 2021
TIME 7PM
LOCATION: ONCE AGAIN, WE WILL BE HOLDING THE AGM ON THE ZOOM PLATFORM
NORMAL BUSINESS WILL RETURN IN 2022

 As is always the case, all are invited to “YOUR” AGM & your Chairman, David, will notify you of the relative “Zoom link” closer to the event

We hope to see you there


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White Sheet History – an update

Jess Nicholls and I (Chairman) were at the slope (topically Morgans) over the weekend.

Mr Cooper was visiting (owns Retro-Modeller). Although now living in Boston, Lincs, he did originate from the area, indeed, his Father was one of five Council tenant farmers (White farmhouses visible from the slope) The 5 farmers had communal grazing rights on all of White Sheet Down

One of the Farmers was Rob Morgan, who did originally object to Model fliers but was persuaded to the contrary by Mr. Cooper’s Father in around 1970. Thus model flying got the official go-ahead and also explains to me why the slope is called Morgans even though it is now farmed by Mr Neish. Of course, Spencers bowl is named after the Spencer family who farm below the SW bowl, whilst Cowards bowl is farmed by the Coward family near Mere.

Thanks to Jess.

D Bradfield

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White Sheet History – Peter Fell – February 2021

Memories of White Sheet RFC 1966 -1976                                                                                                                       

Following my initial visit in 2019 and on my return to flying at White Sheet in 2020 after 30 years absence I was encouraged by the warm welcome I received from the Chairman David Bradfield and members present. It also was apparent that the club was thriving with an active membership and a busy calendar of events.

In conversation I was asked by David if I could write a few words on the history of the club to which I readily agreed and said would get in touch with Keith Thomas the founder of White Sheet RFC.

Well here goes with some happy memories of flying at White Sheet.

Good slope soaring locations like Crooks Peak, Win Green and the White Sheet downs have been the preferred local flying sites for many years and for those modellers who can recall the 1960’s and 70’s will remember the likes of Eric Poole, David Bond, Pete Slater, Brian Cooper, Slim Sear, Pete Fell, Robin and Chris Saunders, Rowland Hackett, Dave Pederick, George Chambers and Alan Brocklehurst from the Westland Aero modellers club based at Yeovil.

However, more importantly the local group of modellers namely Keith Thomas, Bill Gibbs, Derek Stone, Pat Haxell ,Mike Cooper, Ken Herridge, Pat Suter, Harold Lidbitter, Chris Wynn,  Chris Williams, Vic Grist, Tony Doman, Chris Morton and Jess Nicholls to name a few were also regular flyers at White Sheet during the 1970’s.

Current and past members who were active the 1970’s will recall the days of 27 MHz Radio, CB Radio and sharing the flying sites with the new sport and potential hazardous hobby of Hang Gliding!

The inherent risks of flying model aircraft using the same airspace as Hang gliders was a great concern to the model flyers which resulted in the formation of the White Sheet RFC in 1975 lead by Keith Thomas who gave the club an identity and created the acclaimed Ghost club logo.

Having established an identity and a working relationship with the National Trust and local farmers the club steadily gained recognition and popularity with modellers in the surrounding area and beyond.

Initially Slope Soaring was the primary activity of the club however there was a need to provide some structure and encouragement to fly safely and members were encouraged to take part in the friendly competitions that had been developed by the Westland club to provide a personal challenge, discipline and achievement for members who wished to advance their flying skills.

The local Red Lion Pub Kilmington was also a welcome retreat from the wet and windy slopes and provided the perfect base for Club meetings and post flying sessions chat with Beer and refreshments on tap.

Social events for members and family were also an important part of the club activities with Bungee flying, Bonfires and BBQs hosted by Brian and Wendy Cooper (Proprietor of the Digi Hangar Model Shop, Yeovil.) at their home near Blandford Forum.

Jess had his own flying patch on his farm where members could either fly motor gliders or aero tow using the J3 Piper Cub built by Cliff and hosted the annual club aero tow and BBQ event.

The annual Christmas Dinner and prize giving at the Butt of Sherry in Mere or the Grange at Oborne was the norm for many years.

As previously mentioned friendly competitions were a regular occurrence on the slope which included Loops and Spot, Pylon racing, Nominated Manoeuvres, Slalom, Somerset Trophy (Loops and spot), Time and spot and latterly the Woodstock Flying Wing challenge.

For those windless summer day’s members and their families retreated to Lower Barn Farm to enjoy some relaxing flat field Thermal and Multi Task flying.

Participating member’s achievements from each of the many varied competitions were accumulated towards the prize of winning the prestigious Keith Thomas “Tallis” trophy presented at the annual club dinner with family and friends.

Building and flying Scale Gliders was also a keen interest to members and the White Sheet club has attracted the skills of some of the best Scale modellers in the UK namely Pat Teakle, Chris Williams, and Cliff Charlesworth who have all been an inspiration to many members.

Initially, the Scale Competitions were limited to club Members however in 1980 the event became an open event and attracted many visitors and I am pleased to say it still continues today under the leadership of the prolific Scale Glider enthusiast Chris Williams.

How many members remember Sean Walbank the very keen and competitive member who being a talented School teacher at Sherborne School had the skill and dedication to produce the famous White Sheet Magazine which was produced solely by him and attracted a worldwide circulation!

To conclude, I would like to thank Keith and Rowland for their memories and contribution and hope members present and past members have enjoyed these vintage ramblings of the early years at White Sheet. However, if you feel there are any inaccuracies or omissions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards

Peter Fell. 

 M. 07973147177

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6th January 2021 Important Update

BMFA COVID LEGISLATION & RC Flying 06/01/2021

England — TIER 4

The legislation relating to COVID-19 restrictions in place from January 6th has been published.

All areas of England have now been placed in to Tier 4. 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 have also been amended.

Whilst outdoor exercise is still allowed, either alone or with one other person, we are now no longer permitted to leave our homes to visit public outdoor places for the purposes of open air recreation.  The definition of public outdoor places has also been amended and now no longer includes outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities.

Outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities (which includes model flying club sites and BMFA Buckminster) have also been added to the list of venues that must close.

Guidance relating to other areas of the UK remains the same as in our update of 22/12/2020 seehttps://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2707/COVID-19-Regulations-Update-22-12-2020

BMFA insurance remains in place when flying lawfully and the personal accident cover is in place should you do something untoward to yourself in the workshop. The day to day work protecting model flying and assisting members and clubs is ongoing and the BMFA office remains manned and open during the lockdown period.

British Model Flying Association

The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers Limited T/A

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New Covid Rules from 2/12/2020

From the BMFA …..

The Government have released updated guidance that comes into effect from 2nd December when local restriction tiers will replace the current National restrictions in England.

Based on this guidance, and subject to Parliamentary confirmation, Model Flying Clubs in all Tiers can re-open; however, you are expected to operate in a Covid secure way. See https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure

The rule of 6 also applies in all Tiers and you should not organise gatherings of more than 6 people. However, should more than 6 people independently attend a flying site this does not appear to be a breach of the regulations provided that they do not mingle.

Members should avoid travelling in to and out of Tier 3 (Very High Alert) areas.

White Sheet Down is currently in Tier 2. All Tiers will be reviewed on 16th December apparently

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The 2020 Scale Day

The Scale DayWith the bug obliterating the 2020 fixture list it was extremely heartening that the Scale Day ran in September.  CW words follow, together with a selection of his fabulous pics

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CW Words of WisdomWSRFC SCALE FLY-IN SEPTEMBER 13TH Under the twin threats of the ire of the Weather Gods, and the next-day clamp down of Covid restrictions, this event was pretty much star-crossed before it began. Imagine the all-round surprise, then, when the most favourable forecast in a decade was thrust upon us. 9-14mph, direct on the SW bowl, and no vertical dampness on any horizon!The Gremlins got in early, though, when the 150 or so emails sent out to declare the event very much On via the Mailchimp app, all seemed to end up in everybody’s Spam box. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, as a very healthy 20 or so fliers turned up for the festivities, comfortably below the statutory 30 max allowed by the soon-to-be outdated Covid regs. Of course, nobody was that surprised that the forecast had been overly optimistic regarding the reliability of the wind, so as far as the lift went, it was a case of ‘the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away… This kept a few gliders on the ground, but when the Lord Gaveth, he gaveth big, and some great flying was to be had. Pat Teakle’s masterful land out in ploughed field earned him the Sub-Standard-Hat-of-Commiseration. (The hat was sub-standard, not Pat) Everyone was well-behaved and most of the models went home in one piece so, despite the Sub-Standardness of 2020, not the best of years, at least this event gave us a glimpse of what-used-to-be…cw
before we get to the pics …..Thanks to CW and All for running the day and managing the ’30’.  

Thanks also to CW for volunteering to act as Scale Secretary Supremo for 2021

In case you haven’t seen it, there is a really useful CW article on aero – towing in the current issue of RCM&E, plus, the closing pics in the mag of some Petrels.

Am glad that the hats got some use, am guessing that CW is keeping the rest for future land-out commiserations.

Also good to hear that our new member, and examiner, Jonathan Smith has volunteered for future retrieval duties following his yomp to pick up Pat’s Skylark

David

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