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Rob Golding has retired after two three year terms

We had a great turn out for the AGM on March 17th. This was despite the cold and snowy conditions AND the England v Ireland 6 Nations rugby match on TV! We even had to get some more chairs from the store room!!

Southdown GC is one of the largest volunteer gliding clubs in the country and I would like to thank all the volunteers who help to make our club work well for all of us. Thanks must go to the committee, instructors, tug pilots, duty pilots, cross country coaches, maintenance team, roster management, the office, the magazine and newsy bits editors and to all the many others who make our operation work.

The committee elections were held and I am pleased to say that Maggie Heslop will continue as Treasurer and Dave Clews will continue as Membership Secretary. Kevin Dart was elected as the new Facilities Manager, welcome to Kevin and thanks to Will Greenwood for his work in this position over the past years.


Rob Golding has retired from the position of Secretary after a very successful stint of two three year terms (many thanks Rob), but we have had no nominations to fill this position. So, as of now, we are technically without a Secretary. We asked for a volunteer to come forward at the AGM, but so far we have no one to fill this position. This is an important role in the running of the club so we need to fill this position urgently. If you are interested in spending some time on the committee and would like to know more about the role, or know of a likely candidate, please contact either myself or Rob Golding. Thanks.

2017 was not a great year for cross country flying but there were some notable successes including 3rd place in the UK Standard Class Nationals for Paul Fritche, a 750km flight by David Sanders and 4th overall in the 20m Multi-Seat Nationals for Julian Hitchcock and Ian Symms.

Airspace is a major issue at the moment. This was discussed at the AGM and Craig Lowrie gave a presentation at the end of the meeting which has been published on Newsie Bits and through the website forum.

FARNBOROUGH. The airspace proposal from TAG Farnborough is with the CAA for consideration and awaiting a decision. This will significantly impact our cross country flying. Southdown is working with the BGA, Lasham and the GA Alliance. TAG Farnborough have shown no interest in discussing compromises and have tried to split the group by requesting individual meetings with participants, but are not prepared to meet the whole. We are awaiting the outcome and what happens next.

Will Greenwood has Retired