Contents Chairman’s Chat Steve Williams

Hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you all a happy new year.

The past few months have been varied with some good late season flying and some periods of “changeable” weather.  So far we have seen only a few limited northerly wind days, let’s hope for some good northerlies in the New Year.

The clubhouse refurbishment is coming along well and should be completed towards the end of January. It will then take a week or two to move back in and set up.

The upstairs is practically complete with the new kitchen and appliances installed, bar refurbished and the clubroom carpeted. A new bar fridge and fridge for vending soft drinks, chocolates, sandwiches etc. have been delivered. The builders are working on the toilets and hall area downstairs at the moment.  The central heating has been installed and is operational.

The furniture for the clubroom has been ordered and Dave Clews is organising photographs and framing for the clubhouse with the help of a number of other members.

Thanks to all for putting up with the temporary cabins, which I think have worked out ok (Southdown GC goes camping!!).

Farnborough airspace changes are a continuing issue with the CAA approval of the TAG Farnborough airspace proposal with some modifications. A Judicial Review is being mounted by Lasham to challenge this ruling. I know that many members have made contributions to the Lasham fighting fund to support this.

Southdown GC has a very specific issue with the 3500ft spur of airspace south of Oakhanger through which we need access to final glide back to Parham. If the proposed airspace stands, a letter of agreement to allow us access to this airspace will be required and an initial contact has been made.


The winch has been reviewed recently and a number of critical safety concerns and maintenance requirements identified. At present the winch is out of action and a meeting will be held in the next week to review all the options for bringing the winch up to a suitable operating specification. We will update you on developments.

I wish you all an enjoyable and safe 2019.