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Tom Crompton Dave Whitehouse Tom Tomlinson
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The price of hiring such a good hall is high, but we usually manage to just about balance the income/ costs, providing we get support from regulars. Flying charges are kept to a minimum (currently £10 per day) and we have tried to build a small buffer for meetings where we don't cover costs. Spectators and juniors are free.
We are in unanimous agreement about retaining the style of the meeting as primarily being for indoor freeflight, but that we would welcome micro radio, if flown thoughtfully with respect to fragile freeflight models.
As the meetings are now 2 hours longer, we would like to try the following format to see how it goes:
We will run the competitions from 11:00am to 2:30pm This gives 3.5 hours to get a good competition time in. It also means results and prize giving would probably done before 3.00pm This leaves a fair amount of time for general flying before a 1 hour lightweight duration slot at 4.00pm. Size and weight of models should be within the NORWIND rules (ie. max wingspan 24" max weight 28 grams)
4.00 - 5.00 Lightweight Duration only (P/P, F1L, F1M, F1D, etc.).
See the "About Us" page for information re types of models flown at NORWIND
FLYING ETIQUETTE - some observations from Tom
Indoor model aircraft flying took place at Clayton Green for many years, well before indoor radio flying was a real possibility. The group is made up of like-minded model aircraft fanatics who come together between the months of September to April to have FUN! For many years, the cost of the meetings was underwritten by Derek Hardman (Mr. Solarfilm). After Derek, Chris Fouweather organised the meetings before moving away from the area.
When Chris moved from the area a few years ago, the meetings were set to close, as there was no alternative organisation. Tom Crompton, Dave Whitehouse and myself , decided that we would underwrite any financial loss incurred and would try to set Clayton off on a sound footing for a few years to come. In April 2017 flying at Clayton Green was no longer possible (see the notice below)
AFTER 25 YEARS, WE WERE INFORMED THAT WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO BOOK CLAYTON GREEN AS OUR FLYING SITE. THIS COINCIDED WITH THE SUDDEN DEATH OF JOHN O'DONNELL WHO WAS A REGULAR MEMBER OF THE GROUP AND A MUCH RESPECTED AEROMODELLER.
We have received support from the BMFA group who were using Rochdale and we managed to arrange separate meetings there on a permanent basis.
This is a big, well lit hall with easy parking and we get 2 hrs more per session!
We worried that individuals would drift away because of the change of venue, but the opposite has happened. We can only sustain the group with your support.
Thanks to the members of the group for their support.
The new Rochdale venue is:
Kingsway Park Sports Centre
(also known as Springhill Sports Centre)
Turf Hill Rd
11.00am until 5.00pm
Turn into Springhill School, turn left before buildings, drive past building.,
turn right through gate, head down slope to rear parking area adjacent to hall.
(See map on Map Page)
THE NAME NORWIND WAS CHOSEN BY THE MEMBERS AS A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP AND PROBABLY THE BEST FREE FLIGHT COMPETITOR THE UK HAS EVER HAD. JOHN RAN THE ORIGINAL NORWIND GROUP FOR MANY YEARS AND INTRODUCED MANY CURRENT MEMBERS TO INDOOR FLIGHT
JOHN O'DONNELL (14.8.1932 - 18.4.2017)