John Holliday – resignation

Dear Members,

As many of you will know we have been in the process of reviewing club accounts and expenditure over recent months, particularly concerning the 2015 air show following enquiries and concerns expressed by some of you and/or your fellow members.

To this end we have taken time to go through all expense items in the relevant period and have successfully accounted for all costs.

After careful and thorough consideration of the facts, it was felt that the level of expense incurred in the operation of the show was excessive.

Considering the losses incurred during the 2015 show, the levels of expenses claimed and the fact that Avonvale MFC are no longer directly financially involved in the Long Marston Model Air Show, John has agreed to stand down as Vice Chairman with immediate effect and not seek re-election to the Avonvale MFC committee.

All other members of the committee are to remain in office until, as is always the case, the AGM where of course the usual election process will prevail.

It should not be forgotten that John has been a major contributor to the development of Avonvale MFC and has been successful in generating significant nett revenue that as members of Avonvale MFC we will all benefit from. The committee recognises the hard work and effort John has undertaken on our behalf and we are grateful for all the hard work John has put in over the years.

Your Committee



Overflying the wood

We have been asked to avoid overflying the wood out to the left of the club strip, particularly when operating noisy/large aircraft as livestock have recently been introduced and they get frightened when this happens.

Please fly ‘around’ the wood for the forthcoming weeks while young livestock are there and ensure that if you are flying low and/or fast passes that you do not ‘buzz’ the trees.

Main Runway Activities this week

A message from the Airfield:


Trust everyone had a good weekend despite the changes in the weather in the last few days! Just to advise everyone there will be promotional/test taking place tomorrow at the end of the drag strip going towards the cross runway. This promo is for Volvo Trucks and there prospective customers. This will be taking place between 11.00am and 5.00pm although the guys will be setting up from about 8.00 am onwards as there will be a hospitality unit on the edge of the runway.

So please be aware of this if any flying activities are taking place but, as always the grass runway will be open as usual.

Furthermore, this weekend Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September the annual Radio Control Model Speed Challenge will be taking place in the same area from the drag strip finish towards the cross runway. Again the grass runway will be open as usual.

I’m sure your will appreciate the site is a multi use site with various activities taking place throughout the year but some bookings do, and will come at short notice!

Thank you for your time. Have a good day.



Calling all members past and present ! – Appeal for historic information concerning Avonvale MFC

Dear fellow Avonvale member past and present,

Jerry who some of you will know as the chap on the airfield who runs the drag strip, is pulling together as much information concerning the various activities on the airfield since 1955 and has aksed if any of us have old photographs information, article, etc that we could send to him (I can make copies if you have them only in paper form).

If you would like to send me emails with any information, notable dates, photographs, etc (if you want to keep the originals then please let me have them and I will scan them and send you the original and a digital copy back if you like) then I can accumultae them together and send to Jerry.

We could even include them on our own club history page which we could add to this web site!

So, if you are still in touch with (or even are!) an original members then please jot down anything you can remember and we can try to build a timeline of events, people and dates as far as Avonvale Model Flying Club is concerned.

Just drop me an email with what you might have available if that’s OK.


Saturday Run – July 30th 2016

Morning All,

As a late booking we have another 10k/ 1/2 marathon, full marathon run taking place on the airfield on Saturday 30th July. It will have the same format as the one that takes place in March and November with the run beginning at 10am and then completed by 2.30/3.00 ish. Whilst the run is taking place the white flag will be out. During these times we are unable to have any flying taking place on either the grass or tarmac runway as there are many pedestrians around on all parts of the runways. This is the exact same format as the other runs that we have on site. Once the run is complete flying can continue as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Also please be advised that the organisers will be here as well as our site staff on the runway setting up on Friday before the event.

Kind regards


Access to club site 1-3 July 2016

Please be advised that Everyman racing are using the main runway and other routes this weekend (Fri-Sun inclusive) meaning that our usual routes to and from the club site are somewhat compromised. This will keep us away from the Everyman racing cars moving at high speed and avoid us having to drive through their event.

We recommend that in this case, you access the club strip via the drag-strip pits area which if you follow the peri-track around, will bring you to the club airstrip.

As usual please be careful, polite to other airfield users and if you have any concerns, please drop an email to one of your committee members.

Runway access this Wednesday – 25/5/2015


Just to advise everyone that between the hours of 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Wednesday 25th May the main runway will be closed for a morning’s TV film shoot. The drag strip will also be used as the maximum length of the runway is required for the filming to take place. The grass runway will be open as usual throughout this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience however I’m sure your will appreciate the site is a multi use site with various activities taking place throughout the year some come with short notice bookings.

Kind regards


Main Runway closed this week

The following has been received from the airfield today and the club calendar has been updated accordingly:

“Dear all,

I would like to advise that there will be an event taking place on the tarmac runway Thursday, Friday and Saturday this weekend. The grass runway will be open throughout this period.
Also there is another booking to add to your schedule for the year of the same format on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.
We would also like to remind everyone that the model airs how will be taking place on the 4th and 5th of June. This will also be the same format as previous years with setting up on the Friday before and therefore the Tarmac runway will not be open but the grass will be on the Friday and then both runways will be closed throughout the event.

We apologise for any inconvenience however I’m sure your will appreciate the site is a multi use site with various activities taking place throughout the year some at short notice bookings.

Kind regards

LM Jet Meeting

A message from Roger Kilby of the JMA to our Chairman, Alan Playdon for your information:

“Hi Alan

Just a quick e mail to inform you that we are booked into Long Marston
for the first of this years model jet meetings organised by the Jet
Modellers Association on this coming weekend. 7 – 8th May 2016.

Your members have an open invitation to come and watch and should any of
them have a Jet, they are more than welcome to join in the fun as long
as they are “B” certificate qualified. This is required to comply with
our license issued by the airfield owners.

Hopefully see some of you there.

Roger Kilbey
JMA Secretary”