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Bicester Gliding Club leave airfield for good as lease terminates

Bicester Gliding Club leave airfield for good as lease terminates
AN outpouring of tributes have been made to a gliding club that packed up and left its home today for the last time. In a convoy of vehicles, members of Bicester Gliding Club left their site at former RAF Bicester after 16 years of operating at the grounds. Its lease was terminated by its new…

AN outpouring of tributes have been made to a moving club that evacuated and left its house today for the last time.

In a convoy of vehicles, members of Bicester Gliding Club left their site at previous RAF Bicester after 16 years of operating at the grounds.

Its lease was terminated by its brand-new proprietor, Bicester Movement – which also runs Bicester Heritage.

People in the town are ‘sorry’ to see it go and state it is a ‘shame’ that young people will no longer be taught how to fly gliders and powered planes by the club.

Bicester local, Take legal action against Cuthbertson, said she will miss seeing the gliders in the sky soaring over her home with her hubby.

Oxford Mail:

She stated: “We are really sorry to see the sliding club go. We will miss seeing them come by our garden in Splendor Farm for numerous summer seasons when we have seen them, as we were having a cup of tea.

” We have actually both been up in among them and actually took pleasure in the experience.”.

Diane Cheesman, who lives in the town, stated: “We will so miss watching these graceful airplanes overhead. They become part of what makes Bicester.”.

Another local, Kevin Crawford, said: “It’s been an enjoyment being in our garden enjoying gliders and planes and hauling them up throughout the years. Such a shame it’s going to stop and a bit worrying what will occur on the airfield now they are going.”.

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The group decided not to use up a deal to continue activities at the airfield, as its operations do not fit with Bicester Movement’s vision.

As part of Bicester Motion’s plan to create an automotive resort, it has actually formed the Bicester Aerodrome Company to run the airfield starting from today.

This will oversee air travel operations, intending to encourage a more varied aviation culture and activity.

Oxford Mail:

Fond memories will stay amongst Bicester citizens who got involved in sliding activities at the website off Skimmingdish Lane over the years.

Kerry Burgess remembers the club hosting Scout and Cub occasions permitting boys to find out the history and fundamentals of flying.

She said: “My young boys did a Scout sliding camp some years ago increasing in the gliders. I have actually given that done 4 Cub Camps at the airfield. All Cubs attending attained their Air Activities badge and found out a few of the airfield history.

” Sadly they were too young to increase in a glider, however that didn’t reduce their satisfaction of the weekend.”.

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The club is even recognised worldwide by pilots and gliders who would complete in its annual moving contest.

Christine Boyer, from Oxford, said: “When I was a member of the Gliding Club at RAF Laarbruch in Germany, among the highlights of the club year was sending out pilots to the competitors at RAF Bicester.

Oxford Mail:

” Laarbruch is now a regional airport and, regretfully, RAF Bicester will be assigned to history.”.

Members are dispersing to other sliding clubs nearby to continue the hobby as the Bicester group tries to find another site to use.

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