GOGs & Chums Assorted Events in 2016
Malaysia, Serpents Workshop, Berck, Jollyup 18, Weymouth, Streatham, Houlgate, Margam, Basingstoke, Teston Fly-in,
Bognor, Gittesden, Brighton, Berrington, Dunstable, Jollyup 19, Teston Weekend, Portsmouth, Exmouth, Łeba (Poland),
Dieppe, Bristol, Lechlade, OSOW (Cliddesden), WHKF Ralf Maserski Workshop, LUTS (Cliddesden), GOG Xmas Bash

Confirm details on Julie White's excellent Kite Calendar + Normal calendar for 2016 HERE

N.B.  RAFFLE  or  TOMBOLA  or  AUCTION  - donations are always welcome!

To avoid confusion (mostly mine), I have also briefly listed the  Main Events  below,
in date order, with links to their own GOG pages.

Malaysia (Pasir Gudang and Malacca) and Thailand (Satun) 23 Feb - 10 March 2016
Gits Attending = Peter & Jacqui

Facebook Album:- Jacqui

Carl Robertshaw Serpent Workshop: 5-6 March 2016
at Village Hall, Church Lane, Cliddesden RG25 2JQ
Gits Attending =
Keith, Alan O, Dicky, David J, Andrew & Sandra, Malcolm & Margaret, Alan C, John B, Roy & Hayley

Wise words from The Master: "It's all about material handling!"

For more photos & comments please visit the Serpents Workshop 2016 page

30th International Berck-sur-Mer KF: 9 - 17 April 2016

  +++ Jolly Up 18: April 23-24 2016 +++  

Weymouth KF: 30 April - 2 May 2016
Info from organiser:- Times for kite festival are 10am till 5pm all 3 days ...
Kite flying competitions going on in 3 arenas with Bouncy musical dome + Bouncy obstacle course...
30th starts with local dancerss & arts groups performing on the beach
+ loads of stalls with the return of the food village too.
Regards Michael McManus WKF ORGANISER
Facebook Photo Album:- Lex Kraaijeveld

18th Streatham Common Kite Day: 15 May 2016
Streatham Common, London SW16 3EN

Facebook Photo Album:- Lex Kraaijeveld
  +++ Houlgate Plein Vent: 21-22 May 2016 +++  

Margam International KF: 27-30 May 2016
Margam, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ - Website
Gits Attending = Keith & Alan, Andrew & Sandra, Collin M, Dave P

For more photos & comments please visit the Margam 2016 page

  +++ Basingstoke 24th KF: 4-5 June 2016 +++  
  +++ Teston KKF Fly-In: Sunday 12 June 2016 +++  

2nd Bognor Kite Festival 2-3 July 2016 + Website + MAP
West Park, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2RB - Disabled Access

Facebook Photo Album:- Dave Mitchell + 360 Panoramic View
Gittesden: 9-10 July 2016

For more photos & comments please visit the Gittesden 2016 page
  +++ Brighton KF: 9-10 July 2016 +++  
  +++ Berrington Hall KF: 16-17 July 2016 +++  

16th Dunstable Downs KF: 30-31 July 2016
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY
  +++ Jolly Up 19: 6-7 August 2016 +++  
  +++ Teston Kiteability Weekend: 13-14 August 2016 +++  
  +++ Portsmouth KF: 13-14 August 2016 +++  
  Exmouth KF: 27-28 August 2016  

Imperial Recreation Ground (Rugby Club) EX8 1DG
NB - Bank Holiday Weekend - but no pop concert afterwards
- so evening kite flying should be allowed this time!
Gits Attending = Keith & Alan O, Andrew & Sandra, and Nick James

"A Magical Day" - Amy is Ron Dell's grand-daughter - how very special to meet her!

Facebook Albums:- Keith B + Sandra S + Trevor Reeves + Lex Kraaijeveld + Exmouth Kite Festival + Marian Linford

For more photos & comments please visit the Exmouth 2016 page

Łeba KF, Poland: 27-28 August 2016
Łeba Kite Festival, Poland
Gits Attending = Peter & Jacqui, Waine Hucker, Alan Pinnock
Peter is busy researching drinkies that his Chinese friend may bring along... Click Here

The Official Opening Ceremony + more photos Click Here

Jacqui rode in style for the opening parade around town...

(Peter had to walk - click on the above image to see the video)

Facebook Images by:- Andrew Beattie
Closing Ceremony Video
  +++ Dieppe KF: 10-18 September 2016 +++  

Bristol International Kite Festival: NOT 2016 Website
on Durdham Downs, Bristol BS9 1FG

Press Release - Update Bristol International Kite Festival - Last summer following our move from the Festival's usual site in Ashton Court we successfully held the event on the Downs in Bristol.

Moving the Kite Festival to a new site involved a huge amount of work and effort, particularly by the organising committee, all of whom give up their time for free to run the event on top of full time jobs and family commitments.

Looking ahead we decided to look at holding the Festival every two years and to take this year (2016) as a breather so that we can plan ahead and secure the necessary sponsorship to make the event a real success in the future.

The Festival organisers would like to thank all the traders, site services, kite flyers and crew for helping us make the move and also the public for continuing to support the event. We hope to see you all again in 2017.

For further information contact Avril Baker, Festival Office on 0117 0977 2002 or kites(at)abc-pr.co.uk
  +++ Lechlade WHKF Fun Fly: 23-25 September 2016 +++  

OSOW: Sunday 9 October 2016 - DAYTIME ONLY
In The Kite Field, between the M3 and Southlea, Cliddesden, Basingstke RG25 2JL
Conveniently next to one of our favourite pubs, The Jolly Farmer Facebook Page + Website

WHKF Ralf Maserski Workshop: 15-16 October 2016 (10.00 - 16.00hrs)
Hook Village Hall. Postcode SN4 8EA

It's all happening!

Look at the beautiful results after a busy weekend of sewing - well done all!

Photo Albums by Ralf Maserski - Kite Workshop (3 pages) + Sightseeing (3 pages)

LUTS: 5 November 2016 - for Children in Need
In The Kite Field, between the M3 and Southlea, Cliddesden, Basingstke RG25 2JL
Conveniently next to one of our favourite pubs, The Jolly Farmer Facebook Page + Website

Camping available from Friday afternoon until Sunday, NO facilities provided.
Bring your own food and drink & barbecue. BBQ provided from 6 pm Saturday evening.
There may be a marquee in case, and a fire pit to help keep you warm. And FIREWORKS!

Gits Attending = Alan & Anne, Andrew & Sandra, Dicky & Janette and Alan Cosgrove

Andrew had a good attempt at getting his large "Skully" aloft, but there was not really enough wind for the lifter,
nor enough ground level wind to inflate the skull, though we did have some luck sorting out lighting effects
to hang inside it for future events - and made a note to bring along the special "leaf blower" to inflate "Skully"

We had better luck with Andrew's night kite (ex Phil Scarfe) which performed magnificently in the typically iffy
(and ruddy cold) Northerly Cliddesden winds. Alan O has a similar kite, which Dicky is testing when he gets home.
- found it has identical sail, spars, LED layout and display pattern as Andrew's kite - just needs a 7.4v battery!

There certainly were a LOT of fireworks - the whole of Basingstoke seemed to be at it for most of the evening
When Dicky & Janette left early due to the cold, they stopped by Asda which was still doing a roaring trade
in crates of beer and large boxes of fireworks!

Alan O brought along 2 "multi" fireworks (one of which fell over and caused some excitement)
Roy Martin brought along the biggest "multi" firework we had ever seen - 275 effects on a mini pallet!
(all of which took a deal of time to clear up next morning, may I tell you)

Sincere thanks to Roy Martin for the pretty lights, brazier & BBQ - and to Roy & Jessie for the marquee
which was VERY welcome and helped keep hypothermia at bay!

GOG Xmas Bash + Absent Friends Fly-in: 17-18 December 2016

Saturday night eating & drinking too much at The Jolly Farmer, then minibus back to the Travelodge,
a few "nightcaps", and a very good night's sleep, then FEB at The Toby Carvery on Sunday morning
(since closed down) then "Remember Absent Friends" with Ron's Dancing Diamonds, Kelvin's Butterflies,
and Phil's Flames back in the Jollyup field.

Or in this case, stand around in the still and COLD mist while Keith & Tim prat about!
- and a very welcome cup of coffee & mince pie from Roy & Marilyn - LOVELY!
- but nobody got stuck in the soft stuff & it was great to see Old Gits at the last meet of the year.
Roll on 2017!

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