Pocklington Post published our story, kindly contributed by Club member Mike Drayton, in the 17 July 2019 edition, about former member Madge Hulme's flight to celebrate her 90th birthday with instructor Patricia Ridger
Travel writer Paul Miles visited Pocklington in February to research an article about the 200th anniversary of the Pocklington canal. While he was in Pocklington he had an opportunity to fly from Wolds GC with instructor Mark Ridger and see the canal, the town and the Wolds from a bird’s eye view. He wrote about his experience in the article which appeared in the Daily Telegraph in mid-May.
“Today, the former airfield is the home of the Wolds Gliding Club. For £90 you can enjoy a peaceful tandem flight, sitting in the front seat of a one-ton fibreglass glider with a 62ft wingspan, the pilot behind you. Far below, the Vale of York, the twisting canal and the gateway town are fairly unremarkable; but the experience of flying like a bird is out of this world.”
[Note: 2018 price for a voucher flight was set after the article was written and is £95. The ASK21 glider Paul flew in has a maximum takeoff weight of 600kg and a wingspan of 17m (56ft)]
You can read Paul's article online at
Paul Miles and Mark Ridger prepare to launch at Pocklington in February
Congratulations to Joel Hallewell, a Junior member at Wolds GC Pocklington, for his success in winning the Advanced Trophy at the British Glider Aerobatic Championship at with the highest score ever by a British pilot at that level. Joel featured in the Pocklington Post, other Yorkshire papers, on local radio and in the national Sailplane and Gliding magazine for his remarkable achievement at only 16, just two years after he flew his first solo flight on his fourteenth birthday at Pocklington.
Next comes the World Championships in 2018 and you can help Joel on his way at
A group from Huttons Ambo village near Malton came on an evening visit to try gliding at Wolds GC earlier this year and wrote up their visit on their village website.
You can see the full story at http://huttonsambo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/huttons-ambo-gliding-evening.html
Hull Daily Mail (25 July 2017) reported on the ERYC planning committee meeting which refused the resubmitted application to build houses close to the main runway at Wolds GC’s Pocklington airfield
The Pocklington Post published this item about the threat to Pocklington airfield operations from a proposed development on the approach/departure path for the main runway. Ironically it appeared in the paper opposite the previous story in “Press and Reviews” about how we are training world class pilots at Wolds GC!
Chris Edmunds recently flew his first solo on his fourteenth birthday at Wolds GC, Pocklington, and his achievement was reported by the Pocklington Post and the York Press.
Please note that the Taster Day on 24 June referred to has been cancelled for operational reasons.
The April/May 17 issue of Sailplane and Gliding published Wolds GC Chairman Graham Wadforth’s observations on being involved in the filming of the BBC Look North programme about the Yorkshire Wolds Way – you can just see him in the rear seat behind presenter Paul Rose in the main photo.
The programme was transmitted locally on BBC One Yorks and Lincs in January 2017 and a national transmission on BBC 2 is anticipated in early spring 2017.
Last month the Pocklington Post published an article about our fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at this year's Two-Seater Competition and Annette Bendelow's sponsored running in the YorkMarathon series. In addition a further £100 has been donated through John Pursey of Devon and Somerset Gliding Club who "enthused by ale and fund raising for YAA" at the Two-Seater Competition was challenged by his friend Lin of Knaresborough, to lose a stone in eight weeks - and he actually lost eighteen pounds.
The Press, York, carried our story of how Gordon Basey and Derrick Roddie of Wolds GC are preparing once more for our Two-Seater Competition, this year the 31st for the unique event that sees gliders (and pilots) of all ages pitted against each other.
Although the article mentioned that Derrick and Gordon have been “flying together for a number of years” they didn’t print the photo from thirty years or so ago of the pair at the Enstone regional competition, so for those that missed it on Facebook last year here it is again.
Pocklington Post reporter Poppy Kennedy and photographer Paul Atkinson flew with Wolds GC at our Taster Day on 23 July 2016 and last week the Post published a two page spread report and pictures from the day under the headline "Looking down at Wolds with a bird's eye view"
Altogether there were 115 visitor flights and Wolds GC will be donating £115 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance from the day's proceeds.
The prize for getting into the most photos goes to Club CFI John Norman who appears in three (can you spot him, he's smiling in all of them!).
The Post also published our press release before Taster Day and the day had very good support from Pocklington residents, many of whom took the opportunity of an early morning flight. The furthest anybody had come was from a New Zealand address, but it turned out they just happened to be passing the airfield the day before and saw one of the banners, and not that the advertising campaign had reached the other side of the globe.
And from before Taster Day......
This week’s Pocklington Post (12-May-16) had articles on the refusal by East Riding of Yorkshire Council of the planning application to build houses opposite the end of one runway at Pocklington Airfield and on the Flying Man Festival.
The Post discovered that the application had been dealt with internally by the Council rather than going to a planning committee. An ERYC spokesperson told them “No letters of support were received for the proposals”. However, the Post also reported that the applicant had told them “It’s early days, we only got the decision from the East Riding last week and I am currently considering my options.”
Last weekend also saw the Flying Man Festival, raising funds for All Saints Church in Pocklington. On the Friday evening Wolds GC instructor Will Blackburn flew with Flying Man committee members Jonathan Mardall and Alec Ramsden and several Pocklington residents to get the Festival off to a flying start. The Wolds GC simulator spent the weekend in the church generating considerable interest again this year and raising about £60 for church funds.
The planning application to build houses on a site north of the airfield at Pocklington, directly on the approach to one of the main runways used by Wolds Gliding Club, has been REFUSED by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Wolds Gliding Club chairman Graham Wadforth said “The Club is very grateful for the support it has received from Pocklington Town Council, Barmby Moor Parish Council, the British Gliding Association, Sport England and the many local residents who objected to the planning application. It has taken forty five years to develop the Club to where it is today and this application presented a great threat to its future”.
In the decision notice ERYC said “The Club is an important recreational, social and economic asset to the town of Pocklington and the wider area. Sport England have designated the Club a Significant Area for Sport of regional importance. The residential development of the site would affect the continued safe and effective operations of the Club in terms of safe flying operations and potential impact on the safety and amenity of future occupiers ... as confirmed by Sport England, the British Gliding Association and Members of the Wolds Gliding Club. The significant potential impact upon the Wolds Gliding Club would cause harm to this locally and regionally important recreational and economic asset.”
It was, at number three, on Will Ramsay’s on 02 April 2016 in the Weekend section of the Hull Daily Mail. At number one was 'Pose naked with Spencer Tunick'. Of course there has long been a rumour that the the first flight on a 'Dawn to Dusk' day at Pocklington some years ago was flown by a pilot wearing no more than a parachute but Spencer Tunick wasn't there to photograph the event.
Here’s Will’s full list:
1 Pose naked with Spencer Tunick
2 Abseiling from the Humber Bridge
3 See East Yorkshire from high in the skies (that’s us)
4 Dine with sharks at the Deep
5 Skydive from 10,000ft above the coastline
6 Take a trial flight in a helicopter
7 Eat a meal with a Michelin starred chef
8 See Hull from the big wheel
9 Run the Humber Bridge Half Marathon
Not only honourable mentions for Sam Roddie in the latest, Feb/Mar 2016, Sailplane and Gliding for his bronze in the World Junior Championships in December in Narromine,Australia but also a cover photo from this year’s Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition by our own Des Ashton! Photos by Des also illustrate the article “Why Fly Comps?” in the magazine.
COVER STORY Air in turmoil: K-21 ‘GBV’ (sniffer P1 – Mike Fox, P2 –Steve Ruffell) returning from an unsuccessful sortie during Pocklington’s 30th annual two-seater comp, before the day’s flying was scrubbed. Some local soaring in the background: the Pawnee ‘G-AXED’ is towing T-21 ‘DAR’ (Des Ashton)
For the "Must visit.... Pocklington" article in the February 2016 Yorkshire Life magazine, p172 Yorkshire Life photographer Joan Russell came along to Wolds GC in December to take some photographs around the Club to illustrate the piece and here we are ..
Just in case you think this is a quick snapshot here's what you need:
- A photographer with a wide angle lens
- A stepladder (with a competent holder) for the the photographer to stand on
- A couple of strategically placed gliders
- Even more strategically placed Club members able to lean at the appropriate angle, look up and smile (?) at the same time numerous times
- Someone else to take pictures of the photographer taking pictures (thanks to Chris Price for the photo)
Many visitors to the Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington will also know The Plough at Allerthorpe. Last summer Greene King sent out video cameras to about fifty pubs to make short films of what goes on in their area as part of an advertising campaign for IPA and we contributed to The Plough's video.
You can see The Plough video by clicking on the image below and a compilation of a number of the videos at http://www.tothepub.tv/#/
Congratulations to Wolds pilot Sam Roddie who won bronze at the World Junior Gliding Championships in Narromine, Australia earlier this month as reported in the Pocklington Post on 17-Dec-15
This is based on Derrick Roddie's press release report which is reproduced in full below. You can also hear Derrick's interview on West Wolds Radio at
Here's Sam (right) on the podium with his bronze medal along with team mate Tom Arscott (centre) who took the gold, a great result for GB Gliding while German pilot Philipp Schulz (left) took the silver
Selby Pilot Wins Bronze Medal At World Gliding Championships In Australia
After a gruelling 10 days of flying in temperatures of up to 40C, 25 year old Selby glider pilot Sam Roddie has triumphed to win Bronze medal at the World Junior Gliding Championships in Narromine, Australia.
Over the 10 days, Sam has flown more than 3,500km (2,170 miles) in 35 hours 21 minutes of flying time and finished with a total score of 8,975 points, just 180 points behind the new World Champion, GB team mate, 23 year old Tom Arscott from Hampshire.
What makes this achievement even more fantastic is that before the start of the last day, Sam had fallen to 7th place overall, but a combination of brilliant flying and superb strategy, enabled the British team to completely outfly the 3 German pilots who had been beginning to dominate during the last few days.
25 year old Sam, an ex-pupil of Selby High School and Selby College, had his first glider flight at the age of 5, going solo at 16 and flying his first national competition at just 17 years old.
Although now living and working as an aeronautical engineer in Derby, Sam still flies alongside his father Derrick, as an instructor with the Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington.
Dad Derrick (who was also Sam’s crew when he flew in the 2013 World Championships in Poland) said “I have been gliding for 35 years and this feels like the highlight of MY flying career, even though I’m 12,000 miles away. I can only begin to imagine how Sam, Tom and the rest of the team are feeling right now”.
All of Sam’s family (along with many in the UK gliding community) were up at 4am today, in order to watch the flights live, via a satellite tracking website. “I was living and breathing every moment of the flight” said Sam’s dad “and we simply could not believe it when the final scores started to come in. I can honestly say that there were tears and cheers in the Roddie household”.
“All of the family are extremely proud of Sam’s gliding achievements, but full credit must go to all the members and instructors at the Wolds Gliding, Pocklington, who have supported Sam to where he is today. Gliding is a sport which demands personal discipline, team work, and respect for those around you as well as basic flying skills and an ability for 3 dimensional tactical decision making. When flying in competition, you really do not spend much time thinking about the view!”
This will be Sam’s very last competition as a Junior pilot though he will continue to fly at senior level (where he has also been flying since 2011).
However, for the Wolds Gliding Club, this is neither the beginning or the end of the story, as the club has been the source of Junior pilots in virtually every World Championships since 2007 and has a real crop of talent snapping at Sam’s heels.
A recent law change means that the minimum age for solo flight has now been reduced from 16 to 14 years old and a number of really good pilots have already taken advantage of this at Pocklington. In particular, look out for Will Blackburn of Seaton Ross, Joel Halliwell of Wilberfoss and Lewis Kell from Driffield, all of whom look set to challenge for World Championship glory in the coming years.
The Wolds Gliding Club is always open to keen new members and for junior pilots in particular, there are numerous bursaries available to provide financial support to those who show a real passion for the sport.
Wolds Gliding Club Chief Flying Instructor John Norman added: "Sam’s achievement is a personal triumph and his selection to represent Great Britain is a positive reflection on the Wolds Gliding Club. I can't say how much this will inspire junior pilots who now realise that competition at World Class level is achievable and affordable. His own dedication over the past 20 years has been equalled by the support from his mentors and fellow gliding club members, we can bathe in his reflected glory. He is the fourth member of the Wolds to be selected at Junior level, and I suggest he won't be the last. I have no doubt he will continue to fight for a place in the Senior Team. We already have two Senior representatives at European and World championship level."