Dartmoor Gliding News-Sunday 27th December 2015

When I said I'd ordered Santa to make sure the weather would be flyable I didn't realise the message would be sent to Satan!” opined CFI Don Puttock as the mist (cloud) crept lower than the foundations of the clubhouse.

But that wasn't the point of today, for today was the 'DGS Post Christmas Breakfast' – a celebration of luxury fayre (bacon and blue chess rolls, smoked salmon mops, scrambled egg with Somerset sausage and quail's eggs) that enticed members and friends to enjoy some time and long tall stories with each other...

Some of the attendees.
It was great to see so many families, plus returning and (potentially) new members in the clubhouse, including Nigel Williamson, son Richard (FlyBe Dash 8 pilot), and family, Sean Parramour, Trevor Taylor (back to full flying fitness) and Paula Howarth's boss (and potential new annual member) and Jayne Marsh partner David Jones, in all totalling over 20 attendees. Alongside the tall tales (and hopes for 500km out and returns in 2016) there was also talk of the End/Start of the Season Club Social Evening to be held at the end of February, venue yet to be chosen (suggestions gratefully received...)

Chairman Martin Cropper thanks Roger Appleboom (left) and Don Puttock (seated centre)
for masterminding the club’s post Christmas Breakfast.
Thanks go to Roger Appleboom and Don Puttock for masterminding the breakfast, to Dave Downton for providing the smoked salmon and to the club's gas cooker for coping with over 12 dishes being prepared on its four burners.

Outside the clubhouse Mike Bennett, who has been leading the charge in getting the track repaired, suggested that the field needed to dry out before we attempt any more work on it, with the benefit of a few days' Easterly winds. So where was the wind on Monday? – easterly, of course! So no crossed wires in his email to Santa..!

Martin Cropper

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