White Sheet RFC Established 1960
Gliders

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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Correction on the advertised dates for F3f and Scale in March, 2019

Minor correction to March Dates

Please note that the dates for the first scale event of 2019 and the March backup F3f date have been ammended and are not as advertised on the club events poster that has been sent out.

Please check the dates on the calendar and F3f pages, before setting out for Whitesheet

The correct, revised dates are

March 10th – Winter league F3f

March 17th – Scale fly in

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Southern Winter league F3f, reserve Sund March 10th

  • Yikes !  68mph W-WNW.

  • On Arriving at Whitesheet at around 8.30, my wind meter showed that we had a steady 30 gusting to 35 mph W – WNW
  • Andy B & I walked out in advance of everyone, to the very far end of what is known as ‘Morgans’ .
  • Whilst I set about marking / measuring out the course Andy had a fly to test the conditions. Within 5 minutes of him launching the wind had picked up significantly, this I recorded as 50- gusting to 55 mph .
  • Credit to Andy, he stuck with it for several more minutes in what would best be described as being a bit of ‘challenging air’ lol.
  • After a few more minutes of being truly battered by the wind, Andy’s quick & crisp footwork to keep his balance would have scored him a perfect 10 on ‘Strictly’ lol
  • While taking a further windmeter reading it had now averaged a steady 55 – 60, with a highest measured gust of 68 mph THUD !
  • By now watching Andy’s deft footwork to keep himself upright was like watching Michael Flatley in Riverdance
  • With the wind still picking up, Andy then brought his model around to score a perfect 10 landing .
  • The result……….a round of applause to Andy B & Comp cancelled .
  • Windswept Stu. Whitesheet Comp Sec.

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For White Sheet members (2018 AGM Recap)

Happy New Year to all.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the festive season and the start of 2019 has gone well for you.

If I may, I’d like to take you back to 2018 for a short time to tell you a little about your clubs AGM.

For anyone interested a detailed account of the 2018 White Sheet Radio Flying Club AGM, what was said and done,  can be accessed from the link at the end of this page.

For a brief account of the day read on.

As always, every member is invited to attend White Sheet’s Radio Flying Club AGM, and many do.

We also understand that many of you have other commitments especially as the festive time of year is imminent.

One example is that the 2018 AGM fell on the same day as one of the many F3F competitions that are held throughout the year.

F3F, a class of competition for radio-controlled model gliders, administered by the Fédération Aéronautique International. The competition involves flying 10 consecutive laps of a 100m course as fast as possible. Why not come along to one of the F3F events held at White Sheet and see what it’s about. There is always plenty of people willing to talk to who will be pleased to explain what is going on and demonstrate the gliders being used.

White Sheet has a solid core of F3F participants and given the choice of AGM or flying, understandably, for most, flying won the day.

The exception was our honourable competition secretary Stuart Wallace. Who’s dedication to the club is genuinely apparent. He carried out his club duties, very honourably, putting his own desires aside, and attending the AGM, over what must have been a very difficult and compelling choice of flying and competing in the F3F competition.

We know this must have been a very difficult decision and we commend Stuart in his actions.

We wont talk about another member of the committee, “he who must not be named” as the individual chose, not to, attend the AGM, in favour of traipsing miles across the country to some event where, one unruly gang of men fight another unruly gang of men to posses a synthetic, waterproof, bag of air!  I haven’t finished… After all that effort, when they’ve got the synthetic, waterproof, bag of air, what do they do?  put the synthetic, waterproof, bag of air, back on the ground!

I know, go figure, as they say in the America. 🙂

Only jesting, Dav… woah! I nearly slipped up. As in the world of Harry Potter we had better refer to this person as “he who must not be named”… Who knows what magical terror would befall us, if revealed. 🙂

Overall the meeting was a very friendly and relaxed affair. Everyone has a chance to contribute and many do.

Our honourable chairman Chris Lamming captained the meeting in a friendly and progressive manner, making sure we covered all required areas whilst continually encouraging participation by everyone.

After the AGM agenda was presented and signed off by committee and members, Mr Mike Bleathman volunteered to take centre stage as presenter, of the 2018 “White Sheet Radio Flying club Presentations”

This was an entertaining part of the days proceedings, as Mike spoke about the awards, contenders and winners. Finally finding the ultimate award winner was himself. Mike continued with professionalism and modesty, remaining humble, as he presented the 2018 Arborist of the year award, to… himself!

Well done Mike. Keep practicing. The 2019 Arborist award could also be yours…

Chris Lamming wound up the days event by presenting White Sheet Radio Flying Club 2018 promotional Hoodies to those who qualified. We must express deepest commiserations for Mr Ian Duff, our honourable treasurer, who missed out on his White Sheet hoodie by one,, little,, tiny,, round, sticker. I’d like to say, for Ians benefit, that the hoodies weren’t all that great, quite awful really, but… unfortunately Ian, the hoodies are of a superb design and quality that I’m positive will be unmatched this side of the South Pole!

Finally, to remember the day, a group photo of attendees was taken, by our multi talented chairman Mr Chris Lamming.

After close of the AGM, many remained to talk, laugh and cry, with friends new and old.

From the mixture of mingling chatter and laughter in the room it was apparent that White Sheet Radio Flying Club has a knowledgeable and amiable association of members that, I, myself and I am sure all of you are proud to be part of.

It was apparent that the days events were very successful and a credit to all our committee and club members. Those present on the day, and those away, who also contributed to the event in their absence. Notice I didn’t reveal “he who must not be named” 🙂 Mr, Master, Sir, Vice Boss, Big D…d, thank you for all the hard work and contributions that assisted us minions with the smooth running of the 2018 AGM.

For a more detailed and a slightly more sensible account of the days proceedings you can access your clubs AGM minutes from here:

http://whitesheet.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/White-Sheet-Radio-Flying-Club-AGM-2018-Minutes-SW-edit-1.pdf

Thank you all, for your continued support of the wonderful White Sheet Radio Flying Club.

I wish you all many fun filled enjoyable hours flying on the hill in 2019, as Buzz Lightyear says, to infinity and beyond…

Regards,

Andrew Beaven (club secretary)

Disclaimer: only prescribed drugs were used whilst writing this account.

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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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**** White Sheet Radio Flying Club 2018 AGM ****

 

White Sheet Radio Flying Club invite all members to the 2018 AGM 

THE DAY—>       Saturday 17th November

THE TIME —>      Commencing 2:30pm

THE PLACE —>     The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham. Dorset


 

Hello, fellow static aviators…

Hopefully you have all enjoyed a fabulous year flying in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside up on White Sheet Down.

     

<—Open Slopes events were very successful—>

 

Fortunately we were blessed with fabulous weather this year

     

2018 was a great year for “F3F” at White Sheet

Practising, competitions or just for the sheer enjoyment of flying the pinnacle of sailplane technology

     

Piloting skills are superb and the accompanying soundtrack of an

F3F airframe howling across the sky is quite exhilarating

 

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Organised events have all run very successfully in 2018,

with one exception…. You knew it was coming…

Scale !

 

What happened?

These guys don’t know…

 

When all the sky gods cooperate and scale birds get airborne,

 it is always a marvellous sight to see.

       

No! this gentleman is not relaxing.

Contrary to what this photo may suggest, actually,  this gentleman is navigating for a fellow pilot.

A very important job and proof that, yes, pictures do lie.  Honest…

 

We all wish you better luck with your scale events next year Chris

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TO BUSINESS,  LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.

2019 is fast approaching, and the winter season will soon be upon us again.

As always this signifies that it is AGM time once again.

Yes!

I am positive every one of you just shouted Yes…

   

Please add WSRFC AGM to your diary

 

As in previous years, the 2018 AGM will be held at

The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham, Dorset.                      Kicking off at 2:30pm.                                 Saturday 17th November 2018

       
       

How to find us …

For those of us who haven’t been before the postcode for your SAT-NAVs is —>

SP8 4HB

 

For those without all that newfangled pesky technology —>

 

The Dolphin Inn can be found on the B3092 on the outskirts of Gillingham Dorset.

If you drive through Gillingham on the B3092 looking to your starboard side and do not see The Dolphin Inn, turn around and drive back through Gillingham.

Once again, survey the starboard side and you will be sure to find The Dolphin Inn.

If not, turn around and repeat all the above until you do….

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The Agenda

(Revision 1*)

  1. Minutes of 2017 AGM.
  2. Matters arising.
  3. To receive an annual report from each member of the Executive Committee.
  4. To review an audited statement of the funds of the WSRFC. The audit shall be carried out by a member who is not on the Committee.
  5. Consider and adopt, WSRFC Handbook Amendments, for 2018-2019
  6. Approve charitable donation proposed at the previous year’s AGM.
  7. Select charity for support in 2019.
  8. To hold elections
  9. To set the Annual Subscription for the ensuing year.
  10. Consider proposed, WSRFC Handbook Amendments, for 2019-2020
  11. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 open slopes
  12. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 Scale meetings
  13. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 F3F competitions at White Sheet.
  14. Other Business
  15. To vote on motions listed on the agenda.
 

And finally,

Prize giving ceremony

Mike Bleatham has kindly agreed to be presenter for the 2018 Open Slopes Prize giving ceremony.

Thank you Mike.

 

CALLING ALL White Sheet Radio Flying Club Members

 

White Sheet Radio Flying Clubs AGM is YOUR chance to have a say in how YOUR club is run so please do come along.

If you have anything you would like to propose please comment via the links below.

Any comments not relevant to the AGM agenda will be thoroughly ignored and deleted ….

Sensible comments & your proposals please, to your: 

Chairman  chairman@whitesheet.org.uk

Secretary    secretary@whitesheet.org.uk

 

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  The main event is the AGM but of course this is also an opportunity to meet with friends new and old, chat about this years interesting landings, the latest F3F technology, scale gliders or just about anything. There’s always something to talk about, and then there is, free food…

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Thank you for taking the time.

We hope to see you soon.

Regards,

Andrew Beaven

WSRFC Secretary 2017-2018





 

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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.
  • Southern Winter League Competition dates ;-
  • Round 1 ;- Sunday Oct 28th,   –            Cancelled
  • Round 2;- Sunday, Nov 25th.  –            Cancelled.
  • Rds 1 & 2 reserve;- Sunday Dec 9th  – Date not required 
  • Round 3 ;- Sunday, Dec 23rd.  –           Cancelled.        
  • Round 4 ;- Sunday Jan 27th 2019    –  Comp staged at Whitesheet 
  • Round 5 ;- Sunday Feb 24th 2019    –  Cancelled 
  • Rds 3, 4 & 5 reserve ;- Sunday Mar 10th 2019. –  Comp cancelled on day due to 68mph winds ! 
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Visit the F3f page for full competition details . 
  • Stu, Whitesheet Competition secretary.

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Notice for all White Sheet RFC Members

  • This month’s club meeting, (October 2018) usually held at the Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley, will NOT take place.

Please note:

  • Unlike normal club meetings, generally scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, Novembers meeting is scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month.
Please be sure to update your calendars accordingly.
  • Wednesday 7th November 2018, commencing at the usual time at or before 8pm, and the usual place, The Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley.
Remember all White Sheet Radio Flying Club Members are always welcome to join us there.
  • Please continue to regularly check the website for updates.

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BMFA AGM

  Formal Notice Of The 71st Annual General Meeting Of The Society Of Model Aeronautical Engineers LTD
Patron:             HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG.           President:       Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Alcock.
British Model Flying Association,
Chacksfield House,
31 St Andrews Road,
Leicester.
LE2 8RE

Tel: (+44) 116 2440028.       Fax: (+44) 116 2440645.     Email: admin@bmfa.org

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The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, A5 Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3JA (Junction 1 off the M69 signposted Hinckley/Milton Keynes A5), on Saturday 17th November 2018 and will commence at 1:30pm. Registration will be from 10:00am. The following nominations have been received for the vacant Elected Officer’s posts on the Council of Management:
  1. Chairman **                             (1 year term)      Ian Pallidter FSMAE
  2. Vice-Chairman                         (2 year term)      Peter Halman FSMAE
  3. Honorary Secretary                  (2 year term)      Mark Benns
  4. Competition Secretary             (2 year term)      Jo Halman FSMAE
  5. Records Officer                        (2 year term)      Simon VaitKevicius
  6. FAI Delegate **                        (1 year term)       Julie Fisher
** Co-opted at Full Council Meeting January 2018 until the AGM ON 17th November 2018. There are no ballots required for Elected Officer’s posts. There are no ballots required for Technical Committees. Biographical details of all candidates will be included in the BMFA News. PROXY FORM’s for the use of Fellows or Clubs who are unable to attend the AGM must be returned to the Chief Executive to arrive not later than 1:30pm on Friday 16th November 2018.  
  • Proxy Voting Form:                  Click Here
  • Prize Giving Dinner Form:       Click Here
  • Accommodation:                     Click Here
  • AGM Programme:                    Click Here
   

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