Club History

Shalbourne Gliding Club History & Shalmag Archive

The Inkpen Gliding Club, Southern Soaring & the Thruxton Gliding Club

Inkpen Gliding clubThere has been gliding activity on the ridge to the south of Shalbourne since the late 1940s, when a nomadic group of glider pilots would bring their gliders and a winch, to soar the Inkpen ridge from a field below the Gibbett when the wind was right.  In 1972 a group negotiated the use of a farm strip at the top of the hill above Shalbourne and set up a permanent operation, calling themselves the Inkpen Gliding Club. In 1973 Southern Soaring moved its operations from Compton Abbas airfield in Dorset to the Inkpen airfield. The club carried on at Inkpen until 1976, but due to a failed aerotow planning application the club was unable to continue and moved to Thruxton airfield in Hampshire. The Inkpen gliding club was later renamed as the Thruxton gliding club, but gliding activities ceased there in 1995.

Shalbourne Soaring Group, 1979 – Present

Shalbourne Soaring group, was formed in 1978 and commenced flying as a winch-only operation in 1979, renaming the airfield to Rivar Hill. Today the club is known as Shalbourne Gliding.  The following report was published in Sailplane & Gliding in 1978:

In the winter of 1978 a small group of keen gliding people talked over the idea of starting a new club at the old Inkpen site near Hungerford. The idea was put to Mr M. Hine and we couldn’t have wished for a better landowner. He said he would be delighted to see the gliders back and immediately helped us to get the club started. With the kind help of Mr and Mrs Hine and Mr W. Sheppard we bought a K-7 and reconditioned a winch. We started flying on May 12, 1979 with two instuctors and four solo pilots and the club was born, We now have 45 members with one full Cat instructor and two assistant instructors. We have an Oly 2B and already syndicates are forming and a Mini Nimbus, Std Libelle and Bocian are flying with us. Another Oly 2B and a Kranich are on their way. Congratulations to Mr Eastman for being the first member to go solo with Mr J. Jones a close second!; Mr G. Wells and Mr J. Mace for re-soloing and Mr G. Nicholls who has gained his assistant instructor’s rating. We are looking forward to the winter to bring north winds to enable us to use the superb ridge which runs from Shalbourne to Highclere.

The angry farmer incident

Shalbourne Soaring Society: (alias Rivar Hill): Gliding activity has been in the area since 1968, however, the current club was formed in 1979. A winch only site, their claim to fame is based on local legend. A local farmer took exception to the previous club at the site and took pot shots at a glider. Folk tales has it a Blanik was peppered with shotgun pellets.

Shalmag Archive

Shalmag Archive

Shalmag was the old club magazine. This internal publication ran from around 1984 to 2009. Click on the PDF links to view each individual edition of Shalmag.

Media

MediaS & G Volume 24 No 2 Apr May 1973 (n.b. Grid reference SU3261)
S & G Volume 24 No 5 Oct Nov 1973

Club Aircraft

An historical list of club aircraftClub Fleet 2013: K-13s JPC & JMX, K-8 DHA, Puchacz HCF, Sport Vega EGFShalbourne Gliding FleetSchleicher K-7 EMV
Schleicher K-13 JMX (2011)
Schleicher K-13 R51, now JPC (2004)
SZD 50-3 Puchacz HCF (2011)
Mechta Me-7 JFY (2008)
Grob Astir FJH (2007)
Schleicher Ka-8 DLD (2004)
Schleicher Ka-8 EAZ

References

Referencehttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/bga-sg-archive/Books/British%20Gliding%20Clubs%20Directory.pdfSouthern soaring move to Inkpen 1973ThruxtonPhotos of the Inkpen gliding club at ThruxtonInkpen Gliding club – S&G April-May 1976Much to our surprise the “Dismal Jimmies” of the gliding world already have us dosed down and our airfield under the plough. The outcome of our planning appeal is probably several months away. Yet we are fully confident that the result will be in our favour. In the meantime we are carrying on as though nothing has or will happen. Summer is coming, so to all our friends we say: “Come and see us, we are in business as usual.”SHALBOURNE SOARING GROUP – S&G 1980In the winter of 1978 a small group of keen gliding people talked over the idea of starting a new club at the old Inkpen site near Hungerford. The idea was put to Mr M. Hine and we couldn’t have wished for a better landowner. He said he would be delighted to see the gliders back and immediately helped us to get the
club started. With the kind help of Mr and Mrs Hine and Mr W. Sheppard we bought a K-7 and reconditioned a winch. We started flying on May 12, 1979 with two instuctors and four solo pilots and the club was born, We now have 45 members with one full Cat instructor and two assistant instructors. We have an Oly 28 and already syndicates are forming and a, Mini Nimbus, Std Libe’lle and Bocian are flying with us. Another Oly 28 and a Kranich are on their way. Congratulations 10 Mr Eastman for being the first member to go solo with Mr J. Jones a close second!; Mr G. Wells and Mr J. Mace for re-soloing and Mr G. Nicholls who has gained his assistant instructors’ rating. We are looking forward to the winter to bring north winds to enable us to use the superb ridge which runs from Shalbourne to Highclere.We welcome anyone who wishes to use the ridge and our launching facilities, so why not come with your glider and enjoy flying from a site that will give exciting ridge flying and some excellent field landing practice ready for next spring? But please no aeroplanes.
J.D
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Magazine Year / Edition Comment
SM_1986_02
SM_1986_05_May
SM_1987_09_Sep
SM_1988_02_Feb
SM_1988_06_Summer
SM_1988_10_Oct
SM_1989_03_Spring
SM_1989_06_Summer
SM_1989_10_Autumn
SM_1990_02_Feb
SM_1990_06_Summer
SM_1991_03_Spring
SM_1991_06_Summer
SM_1991_10_Autumn
SM_1992_03_Spring
SM_1992_06_Summer
SM_1992_10_Autumn
SM_1993_03_Spring
SM_1993_06_Summer
SM_1993_12_Winter
SM_1994_03_Spring
SM_1994_06_Summer
SM_1994_12_Winter
SM_1995_03_Spring
SM_1995_10_Autumn
SM_1995_12_Winter
SM_1996_03_Spring
SM_1996_06_Summer
SM_1996_12_Winter
SM_1996_HANDBOOK
SM_1997_03_Spring
SM_1997_06_Summer
SM_1997_12_Winter
SM_1998_03_Spring
SM_1998_06_Summer
SM_1998_12_Winter
SM_1999_06_Summer
SM_1999_10_Autumn
SM_2000_03_Spring
SM_2000_06_Summer
SM_2000_11_November
SM_2001_01_Jan
SM_2001_02_May
SM_2001_03_Aug
SM_2001_04_Dec
SM_2002_01_Mar
SM_2002_02_Jun
SM_2002_03_Aug
SM_2002_04_Dec
SM_2003_01_Mar
SM_2003_02_Jul
SM_2003_03_Oct
SM_2003_04_Dec
SM_2004_01_Mar
SM_2004_02_Jun
SM_2004_03_Sep
SM_2005_08_Aug
SM_2006_04_Apr
SM_2006_11_Nov Club equipment
SM_2007_11_Nov
SM_2008_04-Apr Trips to New Zealand & Long Mynd
SM_2008_11_p2-4 Phil M becomes deputy CFI
SM_2009-06_Jun Eden Soaring
TriGraph Reg. BGA Serial # Manufacturer Type DoM Acquired
DLD 2192 8766 Schleicher Ka8 1969
EAZ 2543 Schleicher Ka8 1962
EGF G-DEGF 2669 1936 Slingsby Sport Vega 1980
EMV 2803 Schleicher Ka7
EUF G-DEUF 2957 B-1090 PZL SZD 50-3 Puchacz 1983
EVT 2993 Schempp – Hirth Bergfalk 4 1971
FJH G-CFJH 3294 1763 Grob Astir 1978 15/07/1997
HCF G-DHCF 3832 B-2047 PZL SZD 50-3 Puchacz 1991 20/12/1991
JFY G-CJFY 4490 8 Mechta Me7 1998
JMX G-CJMX 4634 13107 Schleicher AS-K13 1968 2000
JPC G-CJPC 4663 13256 Schleicher AS-K13 1970 R51 Test flown 040413 @ Bicester
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