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Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks

We are arranging another really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something organised most Saturdays from the bonfire night party through to Easter. Most events will be free of charge, unless stated otherwise and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members and members of other clubs are also most welcome. Some dates and talks might change and some not are yet fully arranged but listed below is the current situation. Updated lists will be issued as the season progresses.

Saturday talks will usually commence at 6pm and will be held in the Brown Elephant briefing room. Although most of the events are free of charge it is customary that a silver collection is be made at the end of each talk for the Lasham Trust or other deserving cause of the speaker’s choosing. Dinner will be available in the restaurant afterwards. Booking is advisable at Or 01256 384910. The bar is also available to members and visitors at all times.

All talks will take place at Lasham Gliding Society, Lasham Airfield, Avenue Road, Basingstoke, Hants, GU34 5SS. Telephone 01256 384900. All events are subject to short notice change so if you are coming a long way please check first to see if they are still taking place.

Saturday 28th October 2017 – Lasham’s traditional bonfire party and firework display. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and the firework display will commence soon after 7pm. Entrance will be free for members but a small charge of £2 each or £5 for a family will be made to non-members. Food and drink will be available.

Saturday 4th Nov – Dr. Martin Kellet will present a talk about Aerial Archaeology. Martin is an aeronautical engineer who also flies light aircraft and has a passion for archaeology. He has flown and photographed much of the Wessex landscape and has been the project pilot for a number of historic landscape research projects.

Saturday 11th Nov – Two events on this evening. At 18:00 Charles Elsden will present a video show of some of the very good video work he has done around Lasham and at 18:30 our caterers, the Golden Glider have arranged a wine tasting quiz with top prizes Quiz entry with roast supper included will cost £19.99. The quiz and dinner is a ticketed event and tickets will be available from the Golden Glider folks at Lasham’s on site restaurant.

Saturday 18th Nov – Lasham Gliding Society Open meeting – This event is for LGS members only and will commence at 1600 hours.

Saturday 25th Nov – “Turbulents, Tiger Moths and display flying” – a talk by Jon Bastin on the good work that he does as a member of the Turbulent team, This is the team who kicked off the aerobatic display at the opening of the Europeans last August.

Saturday 2nd Dec – The Diamond Light source. Dr David Allan, who is a member will tell us about the Diamond Synchrotron at Harwell. This is that circular building near Didcot.

Saturday 9th Dec – A talk by Graeme Gow from the Air Accident Investigations Branch and the good work done by the AAIB.

Saturday 16th Dec – Lasham’s traditional Christmas dining in night. Members and guests are welcome and tickets will be available from the Golden Glider nearer the time.

Saturday 23rd Dec – No Lasham event will be planned.

Saturday 30st Dec – No Lasham event will be planned

Sunday 1st  January 2018 – Traditional New Years Day Charity “Fun Run/Walk/Stagger /swagger around the peri track. Arranged by Marjorie Hobby in aid of “Canine Partners” charity. Meet at the Clubhouse for an 11:00 AM start.

Saturday 6th Jan 2018 – We start off the new year with another talk by Paul Stickler on historical murders in the 20th Century and before. Paul’s talk was very well attended in previous years and this is the next episode. More info on Paul’s excellent web site:

Saturday 13th Jan – A talk on Autogyros and flying them by Steve Boxall

Saturday 20th Jan – A talk on the Cameron Balloon around the world flight by Cameron’s Chief Engineer, Dave Boxall

Saturday 27th Jan – An event is planned and will be advised in due course

Saturday 3rd Feb – A talk by Nik Christides on London Taxis, the knowledge and London oddities. Nik is half of the Golden Glider and is our head chef at Lasham. Before he moved into catering, many will not know that Nik was a London Cabbie.

Saturday 10th Feb – Two videos presented by Glyn Bradney. The first is about Anne Welch OBE, who took a prominent role in the development of British Gliding. The second was made in the late 1960s and is called “gliders in the sky”.

Saturday 17th Feb – Flight over Germany – Flt Lt Russell ‘Rusty’ Waughman DFC – A chance to hear first-hand from a WW2 Lancaster Veteran. Flight Lieutenant Russell “Rusty” Waughman was just 20 years-old when he flew his first sortie during the Battle of Berlin in 1943. Rusty is an excellent speaker and has some eye-opening stories of what it was actually like to defend our isle during WW2.

Saturday 24th Feb – Lasham Gliding Society AGM – for LGS members only.

Saturday 3rd March – A talk by Steve Markham on his 7/8th scale replica Spitfire aircraft.

Saturday 10th March –– Hamilcars Horsas and Hotspurs as well as some others. Glyn Bradney will tell us about military gliding operations and military gliders from 1940 to 1945.

Saturday 17th March – A talk on Army aviation by our General Manager, Gavin Spink. Before he became GM at Lasham, Gavin was a senior pilot in the Army.

Saturday 24th March –A classical guitar recital by Jane Nash and some friends. Jane is a member at Lasham and a highly accomplished guitar player. If you did not manage to hear her play last year, this is one not to be missed!

Saturday 31st March – A talk by Hugh Browning on Gliding Accidents and their avoidance. Many will know of Hugh’s excellent work on safety in winch launching and aerotows. This is an update on some of the other excellent work that Hugh has been doing.

Mike Philpott

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