Bills Funeral tomorrow

 Just a reminder that Bills funeral is tomorrow at Bluebell Hill Crematorium at 4.00 pm 

No flowers .please and any donations to be made to the KSS Air Ambulance . 

MMFC have donated £50 in Bills memory and will include it in our annual Collection.

Low Attendance at club meetings

 At the last monthly club meeting  (un minuted) the attendance was veru low , only 12 members inc the committe . Some of the committee had other duties they had to attend to and sent their  appologies .

Attendance has been going down over the years but has it seems hit an all time low .

The meetings are I feel an essential part of the clubs activities and allow the members to bring up any concerns about the club, exchange ideas and  info regarding models , building etc and have a drink while  getting   to know other members. 

The club spirit is feel very low at the moment if not broken . Am I just imagining this  ? Or is it still just a hangover of the lockdown periods we have had to endure ? Please let me know your feelings .

We have to pay per session for the use of the Walnut Tree Club  .  At times this seems a bit of awaste with so few comming along each month 

Can we  get back to being a" proper club " or have times moved on ?

Regards

Phil 



Obituary :- Bill Lampard 1940 to 2022

Its with great sadness that i have to tell the club that Bill Lampard passed away yesterday Sunday 15th May 2022.
Bill , affectionately know by his mates as "Puffing Billy " was always a Happy soul even though he was suffering badly with COPD . He was allways willing to help out at the tea bars , at club events or just folding the raffle tickets at the indoor flying and in any way he could at the club.
Bill joined MMFC years ago when his Grandson Sonny wanted to learn to fly. I taught Sonny who picked up flying very quickly but Bill never wanted to learn to fly although he was a keen builder .
Pictured below with one of the many models he built off plans as he would never buy a kit as "in his words it was cheatin"
When he was able he always came down the field to watch the flying and have a chat and never missed a club meeting for a drink and a chin wag.
Sadly a couple of years ago Bill slipped and broke his hip and was not able to get to the field again. he still kept in touch via the phone .
He will be missed at MMFC .

I will update Funeral arrangements when they are announced.

Bill Lampard 1940 to 2022



Gone to watch the flying for ever

MMFC Subs 2022

Hi everyone .
Its that time of year again ............unfortunately i'm talking about Club subs .
If you haven't yet paid please read on . If you have paid already then thanks for prompt payment and ignore this message.
Subs are due on January 1st . You can pay now if you wish but please dont leave it too late as collecting subs is not easy and we like to get it done as soon as possible and hopefully by the middle of January .
Subs remain unchanged for 2021 @ £61 . BMFA has increased slightly to £40 so a payment of £101 if you wish the club to pay your BMFA .
Bank Transfer is prefered but cash or checks will be ok as a last resort . You can give them to me at the field (if weather is ok ) at a club meeting or post or deliver them to me at my home .If you need bank transfer details or my address then please cal or message me .
As usual If anyone is have difficulty in paying their subs please contact me in confidence to protect your place in the club.
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Phil

AGM 2021 and Stuff

 As all MMFC members hould be aware the AGM was held last Wednesday at the Walnut tree Club Gillingham . The meeting was not as well attended as AGM's usually are but we decided to go ahead anyway as we missed last years AGM altogether . No changes to the committee ,they had another year added to their sentence ! No change to annual subs they remain the same at £61 a year . A few things were discussed and will be forwarded to members in an email by our sectretary Ade later . Subs can now be paid for 2022 . Please use the bank transfer where possible . so Subs and BMFA membership will cost £101 a year (BMFA went up by £2 ) . If you need to know bank transfer details or arrange alternative type of payment then please contact me by email or see me at the field . Subs can be paid to me in cash or by cheque as a last resort . as Usual pleasearrange your own CAA either through the BMFA or direct with the CAA.

For those that havent already done so , please take time to look at and take the RCC (registration competency Certificate ) that can be found on the BMFA website or online .

Also PLEASE NOTE . The december club meeting will be an ordinary club meeting (No buffet etc) and will be held on Wednesday 15th December usual time
Phil

Reminder about Dodgy cheap servos on sale on line .

 Hi all . As per title , it a reminder for older members and a warning for newer flyers NOT to buy any dodgy cheap servos sold on line on well known auction site .  If the price looks too good to be true it will be . A fellow club mate who has just come back to model flying after some years off fell foul of these dangerous servos and it cost him his model !

They are often sold as Futaba or  Tower Pro but there are copies of other makes out there. The priceis a giveaway . £10 for 4 posted !  You will losea model if you use these or could injure yourself or someone else .

The actual servos at a glance look like Futaba or TowerPro but on closer inspection  have hard shiny cheap plastic cases with very poor detail like CE marks and "Made in Tiawan " very badly molded. The sticker are often on crooked . Internals are rubbish and apart from crashng your model could catch fire . 

DONT BE TEMPTED.

Complaints at club meeting And AGM Notice Wednesday 24th November

 Hi all . I dont like to do our dirty washing in public but I feel I have no choice this time as the culprit needs to know we are after them .

At last nights meeting I had a couple of complaints re the field facilities !!!

It appears that someone who obviously missed out on toilet training has used the portaloo and left it in a disgusting state , not flushed or cleaned . PLEASE note. The portaloo is for emergency use not an extention of your home If you leave yor home toilet in that condition you whoever you are can stay at home and learn to clean it before using the club portaloo again !
Tables left up and rubbish . Tables put ther for you convenience have been left up and various bits of rubbish are continually left in the pits . Fold the tables down before you leave as they are less prone to damage from vandals and weather when folded . So again whoever it is leave the field as we, the club would like to find it please !
Last complaint. The chain on the gate to the field is supposed to go around the post so as to LOCK the gate ! Its no good locking the padlock to the chain and leaving the bloody gate undone ! LOCK the gates !!!!
**AGM is this month (Last Wednesday ) Please try to get there as we need 25 members plus the committee to be quorate.

**Due to the Extraordinary circumstances we have had over the last couple of years due to Covid , the AGM will go ahead even if the attendance is low . We appreciate that some members may feel uncomfortable attending but we must try to get club business completed .Thanks for your understanding .

If you wish to be on the committee , have any questions or queries to raise at the AGM then please send them to the Club Secretarty , Ade Hawley , two weeks before the AGM.
ITS YOUR CLUB . PLEASE TRY AND BE THERE TO SUPPORT IT .
PHIL .
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Individual Christmas cakes . Proceeds to macmillan Nurses and Air Ambulance

 Hi all. As some of you know  my wife Jane makes individual Christmas cakes and each year she does a different design. last year was supposed to be the last year as it has taken over our kitchen and part of the house some years. Due to quite a few requests she has decided to make some for this year .

Pic below .

They cost £4 each and all the profits will be shared beteen the macmilan Nurses and the Air Ambulance .

If interested then please contact me asap so she has idea of numbers and designs wanted.

Regards

Phil Fearn


Flying show this weekend September 17th to19th

 Hi all . Just had a phone call from Dave at Barton Point MFC. They are having a fly-in this weekend with some of the show circuit flyers doing their stuff.

You wont be able to fly but if you fancy a day out they will be flying on Friday Saturday and Sunday . There will also be camping for the weekend if you feel inclined
Might see you there on Saturday ?
Phil

Obituary : Dave Ellsmore ( Smokey Dave ) gone flying forever.

 DAVE ELLSMORE 

 Just had a call  from Rob Stuart that Dave  Ellsmore ( Smokey Dave ) passed away suddenly  early this morning .Dave was a member of  Bartons Point and was a member our club for a couple of years some time ago . He was always at our swapmeets etc .I dont ahve any funeral details yet but will put them on here as and when I get them 

Smokey Dave gone flyin forever .