Bulletin October 2011


This month’s crisp fiver goes to Graham Koller for his stunning photo of flying in the Dolomites.
Spot the glider competition: Whoever puts a circle closest to the spot where the paraglider is wins a year’s subscription to the club bulletin!

KHPA’s “good bye to summer and all that” do

In an effort to stave off the “here-comes-bloody-winter” blues for a little longer, Chairman Steve arranged a little get together for the club at the Sandsifters in Gwithian. It was also a bit of a ploy to lure ex-Chairman Mark Woodhams back to Cornwall, so we could say an official “A bientot” to him, now he has relocated to Hampshire, or Latvia or somewhere.

So, on the evening of Friday 14th October, a good proportion of the club arrived salivating at the prospect of some good tucker and uninterrupted flying talk. And so it turned out. The food was very good, the wine and beer flowed, and a good time was had by all. Chairman Steve made a speech for Mark, reminding us all of the sterling work he has done for the club over the years, and presented him with a year’s membership of the National Trust…or would have done if the paperwork had arrived in time, but Mark didn’t mind and was very gracious in his acceptance! Mark said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time in Cornwall. He said that he had found Kernow to be the friendliest club he had been a member of, and promised to continue with his support by driving retrieve for the club coaching weekends and BOS.

Steve also took the opportunity to bid farewell to South African Derek, who has spent the summer in Cornwall, and fitted in with the club rascals very well! He is off bumming around the ski slopes for the winter, but is threatening to return to Kernow next summer. Steve presented him with a pair of rear view glasses, to aid with his backward flying!
It turned out to be a very pleasant evening, and hopefully sets the tone for future social gatherings, to relieve our loved ones at home of the chore of listening to all our flying tales.

Tim Jones

Farewell Mark

Dear All

I was delighted to be asked down for the KHPA End of Season do at Sandsifters on Friday 14 October. It was such a pleasure to see so many friendly faces and the food was excellent. I must admit it made me very nostalgic and wonder why on Earth we decided to leave Cornwall – but we do need to be closer to our kids and their children.
Steve Dredge said some very nice things about my contribution to the KHPA over the years, and I was absolutely delighted with the Club’s gift of a year’s National Trust membership. Thank you all so very much, it really is so appreciated.
Once we are established in our new house in Andover, I’ll let Tim know where we are and hope very much to see some of you at the end of a retrieve or en route to a comp or flying site. Fly safely.

Regards, Mark Woodhams.

Carbis Bay Parking

Thanks to the hard work of Nigel Waller and Steve Macilduff there is a new, enlarged parking area at Carbis Bay site. This is on the left of Church Lane coming from the St Ives end, before the entrance to the flying field. Can members please park so that we can get in as many vehicles in as possible, i.e. vans etc. in the largest part of the parking area, and at right angles to the road. There should be enough space now for ten vehicles if we park sensibly, and should mean that we don’t have to restrict the road or field entrances.

Thanks Steve Mac

Coady Comes a Cropper

Most of you will have heard of Pete’s accident at Godrevy on 15th October.
You’ll be glad to hear no permanent damage was done (to him or the field) and he’s on the mend. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Kernow Christmas Do

The Christmas do and disco will take place on Saturday 17th December at Gwel an Mor in Portreath.

 

Menu

Starters
Cream of tomato, basil and mascarpone soup
served with garlic croutons
Tian of prawn cocktail, wrapped in smoked salmon
Salade gourmande of smoked duck and Parma ham
served with crispy pancetta. Pine kernels and balsamic reduction
Salad of Cornish blue with pear and walnuts

Mains
Westcountry saddle of turkey, chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets
served with traditional festive vegetables, roast potatoes and cranberry sauce
Roast striploin of Westcountry beef with Yorkshire pudding
served with Dauphinoise potatoes, French beans and bacon in Bordelaise sauce
Grilled fillet of seabass and king prawns
served with bok choy, baby potatoes and saffron beurre blanc
Risotto of wild mushrooms and toasted walnut
served with parmesan tuile, rocket and mascarpone

Desserts
Traditional Christmas plum pudding with brandy sauce
Chef’s best ever brownie with homemade vanilla ice cream and crème Anglaise
Iced nougat glacce with sauce caramel
Vanilla crème brulee with sable bisuit

Tea and coffee
Crackers with novelties
The price for the three course meal and disco is £29.95 per person. Please let Tim know of your intent to come ASAP on 01209 832234 or e mail tjtjones@talk21.com

Special offer
Stay overnight in one of the 5 Star luxury Lodges, with use of all facilities: pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym.
Each lodge sleeps six, and is priced at £250 for one night, or the special offer price of £320 for three nights. Go on…spoil yourself, and that special someone in your life!

Book your lodge early to avoid disappointment, by ringing 01209 844135, or e mail jenny.phipps@gwelanmor.com

Minutes for the meeting of the Kernow Hang gliding and Paragliding Association held at St Rumon’s Social Club on Thursday 13th October 2011

Welcome Chairman Steve welcomed 12 members attending and opened the meeting at 8.10
Apologies Mike Cowley, Pete Coad, Mike Clelford, Derek, Kaz.
Welcome new members None
Monthly photo comp. Won by Graham Koller.
Minutes of last meeting. Proposed by Chris Whittaker seconded by Andy Rogers.

Matters arising

Christmas Do: Kaz has arranged a “do” at Gwel an Mor in Portreath, for Saturday 17th December. Meal and disco will be £29.95 per person, and she has arranged a special deal on luxury lodges of £320 per lodge for up to three nights, split between six, which is what they sleep, that’s a good deal! She wants to know numbers for the meal ASAP, and suggests that lodges will need to be booked early.
Website host Andy said that he had been unable to find who was paying for the website, so he had started afresh with a new host. He reported that the website is up and running, but still needs work. He has registered the site with Twitter, but was struggling to find how to make Twitter re-tweet any tweets from members to have a system of instant messaging…
Chairman Steve thanked Andy for all the hard work he has put in.

Regular reports

Competitions: Pete was not present to report.
Club flying: People had had several good days at Chapel Porth, and several at Godrevy. Perraporth had been good for hang gliders. And apparently the Dolomites have been good too! Graham Koller told tales of his adventures on a guiding trip he took in the Dolomites with Kelly Farina. They flew three days out of seven, had some booming thermals, and a heavy dump of snow on one day!
Incidents: No one owned up to any.
GoPro Camera: Graham Phipps took it to take to Algodonales.

Other business.

Club night to Culdrose ATC Chairman Steve organised a guided tour of Culdrose ATC on the evening Portreath Village Hall was not available for Pilot lectures. By all accounts it was very informative and useful. Steve said the offer was made for a return visit, so it may be interesting for a whole club night out.

Format of monthly club meetings. Suggestions were discussed to streamline the club meetings, and it was suggested that a good idea would be to have regular social meetings at various venues. This was agreed upon, starting with the gathering at the Sandsifters on the following evening. With the Christmas do in December, it was thought that the Frostbite Competition would be a good focal point for the next social.

Clay tips Chairman Steve wondered whether any more had been heard of the scheme to allow us to use the clay tips since Dave Stevens’ departure. It was suggested that Bill Scott may know who to approach at Imerys, and Pete Coad could contact Bill in the hope of opening up negotiations.

Steve Macilduff reminded everyone that the free competition to win a GoPro camera, that that jammy b****** Tim had won, was still on, and encouraged everyone to enter. He also reminded everyone to upload any video they filmed on to the KernowHPA section of Youtube.

Andy Rogers thanked the club, on his wife’s behalf, for the gift of flowers.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.15