Eddie Room, our tugmaster for 43 year at Pocklington, wanted to take one last glider tow on his 90th birthday and the Pocklington Post published this story.
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/#/