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WHKF Goose Workshop, Greensand GDO, Berck, Minchinhampton #1, JU20,
Weymouth, Great Northern Road Trip, Houlgate, JB Bees Workshop, Streatham, Margam,
Minchinhampton #2, Basingstoke, Teston Fly-in, Farewell Les Reed, Bognor, Beggars Fair,
Gittesden, Brighton, Berrington, Shropshire, Dunstable, JU21, Exmouth, Teston,
Old Sarum, Portsmouth, Rijsbergse Vliegerdagen, Łeba (Poland), Lechlade,
LUTS + OSOW (Cliddesden), Bonfire Bash, WHKF AGM + Indoor fly-in, GOG Xmas Bash

Confirm details here: Kite Calendar + KSGB Events List + Normal calendar

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.

Jacqui was invited to a major kite festival Pasir Gudang, Malacca: 22-26 Feb 2017
in Southern Malaysia - then on to another at Satun in Thailand - lucky girl!
Website + Promo Video on FB + Peggy Loh blog For photos & more details please Click Here

John Browning Exhibition & Workshop: 12th Jan - 24th Feb 2017
at Rum's Eg Gallery, 27 Bell St, Romsey   SO51 8GY
For more details please Click Here

WHKF Martin Lester Goose Workshop: 18-19 March 2017  BAG RAFFLE 
St Joseph's College, Swindon, SN3 3LR - doors open at 09:00am
Organiser: Don Baggett - contact him on Facebook
or by Email: donald.baggett(at)

Gits Attending: Keith, Alan O, Sandra & Andrew, Dicky, David P, Jacqui
Gits FEB at the Dockle Farmhouse at 08:00am on both days.
 Everybody Welcome - No Invitation Required! 

N.B. they have asked us NOT to use the normal entrances at the front of the college
but to use the one at the side marked "Staff Entrance" on this diagram
This is due to a lot of young children being around the site.
That entrance takes us into "The Street" via the kitchen doors.
For photos & more details please Click Here

A BigGits Grand Day Out
Greensand Ridge Gin Distillery: Friday 24 March 2017

Gits Attending: Keith, David P, Alan & Anne, Sandra & Andrew & Janet, Dicky & Janette
For photos & more details please Click Here

31st International Berck-sur-Mer KF: 1-9 April 2017
Official Website + Webcam
Gits Attending: Karl & Sara Longbottom, Bob Cruikshanks, Jacqui

A flight of phoenixes above --- Bob & Karl take a rest below

Karl & Sara look very well pleased with their award!

Facebook Albums:- Jacqui + Andy Taylor Video:- Gaétan Cerfvolant Berck
Minchinhampton Common Kite Day #1: 2 April 10:00 - 5:00pm
near Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9AQ - National Trust Website  
The Commons are sandwiched between A46 (Stroud-Nailsworth-Bath) and A419 (Stroud-Cirencester-Swindon).
Quiet lanes lead uphill from these roads. 6 miles from junction 13 on the M5
  +++ Jolly Up 20: 22-23 April 2017 +++    AUCTION 
Gits Attending: Keith, Alan & Anne, Andrew & Sandra & Janet, John B, David P and Dicky
Malcolm & Margaret, Marilyn & Roy, David & June J, Kim & Andrea, Collin and many more!

For more photos & details please Click Here
MKF Kitefliers Rendezvous Part I: 29-30 April 2017
Broad Haven beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 3JH - Organiser:- Julie White

And then... MKF Kitefliers Rendevous Part II: 1st May 2017
Hilton Court Gardens, Roch, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 6AE - Organiser:- Julie White
Weymouth KF: 29 April - 1 May 2017 -- NEVER HAPPENED --
Keith & Trevor's Great Northern Road Trip: 4-12?? May 2017
Keith takes Trevor on a whistle-stop tour of some major UK landmarks
as payback for his hospitality in Oz - Click Here for photos & details

  +++ Houlgate Plein Vent: 12-14 May 2017 +++  
CANCELLED for 2017 - due to security concerns

John Browning Bee Workshop: 13-14 May 2017 (10:30am - 4:30pm)
at Rum's Eg Art & Craft Gallery, Café & Workshop, 27 Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY
More details on Facebook + Email John: john(at)

19th Streatham Common Kite Day: Sunday 14 May 2017
Streatham Common, London SW16 3EN   Website +

For more information contact Richard Payne at streathamkiteday(at)
Gits Attending: Oh Yes! (now that Houlgate is off)
For more photos & details please Click Here

Margam International KF: 26-30 May 2017
Margam, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ - Website
IMPORTANT:- 2017 Kite Fliers Booking Form HERE
Gits Attending: Keith & Dicky, Alan & Anne, David P, Paul & Helene M + many more!
This year at Margam from 27 May - 1 July the amazing Tree Huggers Experience

SkyBums "Tapered Ba" one day workshop 27 May at 9:00-17:00 Facebook link - full details HERE

Bank Holiday Monday - It's Pirates of Port Talbot Family Fun Day

If you should find this simple soul wandering, please lead him back to the Git Gazebo - Thank You!

For details of Saturday evening Bat Walk and Sunday Guided Walk
+ photos & comments please visit the Margam 2017 page

Minchinhampton Common Kite Festival #2: Sun 28 May 2017
WHKF in association with the National Trust Kite Day
Neil Lover would be very glad of any help on the day as a number of members are away so he is short handed.
  +++ Basingstoke 24th KF: 3-4 June 2017 +++    BAG RAFFLE 
Gits Attending: All of them!
  +++ Teston KKF Fly-In: Sunday 11 June 2017 +++  
Gits Attending: Several of them!

Last Farewell to Les - The Bloke from The Smoke: 28 June 2017
Those who cared, and were able to make the journey, attended Les Reed's funeral HERE

3rd Bognor Kite Festival: 1-2 July 2017
Website + MAP +
West Park, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2RB - Disabled Access
2016 Facebook Photo Album:- Dave Mitchell

Beggars Fair: Saturday 8 July 2017 (2:00-5:00pm)
Making & Flying Kites - at Beggars Fair Music Festival, Romsey Facebook Page + Website
Organiser: John Browning ... Venue: TBA

Gittesden: 8-9 July 2017

Gits Attending: Keith, Alan, Anne, Andrew, Sandra, Dicky, Alan C, Bob & Carole, Nigel & Wendy
+ Surprise visits from: Andrew Beattie, Roy & Jessie, Alison & Megan
For more photos & comments please visit the Gittesden 2017 page

Brighton Kite Festival: 8-9 July 2017

Justgiving Appeal to Help the club run it's Annual Kite Festival
  +++ Berrington Hall KF: 15-16 July 2017 +++    AUCTION 
Gits Attending: TBA

Shropshire Kite Festival: 22-23 July 2017

Lacon Childe School, Love Lane, Cleobury Mortimer   DY14 8PE
Organisers:- Paul & Helene Morgan + Website
Gits Attending:

17th Dunstable Downs KF: 29-30 July 2017
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY
  +++ Jolly Up 21: 5-6 August 2017 +++    AUCTION 
Gits Attending: All of them + International Gits!
This is The Big One

  Exmouth KF: 5-6 August 2017  

Imperial Recreation Ground (Rugby Club) EX8 1DG

Gits Attending: unlikely due to clash with JU21
See their beautiful Festival Photo Gallery
  +++ 30th Anniversary Teston Kiteability Weekend: 12-13 August 2017 +++  
Gits Attending: Most of them!

Click HERE for more details
Old Sarum KF: 12-13 August 2017 = CANCELLED
Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire  SP1 3SD
Organiser:- English Heritage
  +++ Portsmouth KF: 12-13 August 2017 +++    AUCTION 
Gits Attending: unlikely due to clash with Teston

  Rijsbergse Vliegerdagen, Holland: 19-20 August 2017
Website + Map +

Satnav:- Country: Netherlands, Postcode: 4891, Street: Tiggeltsestraat

Coming from the South:- From Antwerp, take the exit Zundert, in Zundert follow the signs Rijsbergen.
After + / - 3 km (1 km after Tuincentrum Bosrand) go left, Stokbeemd. End of the street left,
into Tiggeltsestraat, after 300 meters on the left is the entrance to the meadow.

Aerial view of site HERE - festival site in meadows east of crossroads by Café Buitenlust
NB - Taiko drums are kinda loud - you may need ear plugs / defenders!!!

Gits Attending: Keith, Andrew & Sandra, Alan O, David P, Dicky and Patrik K
For more photos & comments please visit the Rijsbergen 2017 page

Łeba KF, Poland: 25-27 August 2017 -  

Gits & Brits Attending: Jacqui, Graham Lockwood, Alfie Jobbins, Kiteman Waine, the Blooms

Videos:- Andrew Shramko + Sami Hokkanen + Graham Lockwood

  +++ Lechlade WHKF Fun Fly: 22-24 September 2017 +++    AUCTION 

Gits Attending: Keith, David, Alan & Anne, Sandra & Andrew

First stop - Sainsburys Swindon for FEB

For more photos & comments please visit the Lechlade 2017 page

LUTS + OSOW: 6-8 October 2017 - 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 noon until Sunday, NO facilities provided.
Bring your own food, drink & barbecue food. BBQ available on Saturday evening.
There will be a small marquee just in case, and a fire basket to help keep warm.
Please make a minimum donation of £5 on the day to fly, and a further donation of £5 to camp.
ALL money goes to Children in Need.

HOT NEWS! - Keith has booked a Portaloo for Gits who "need to go" - Happy Days!

So... the plan was for GOGs to arrive on Friday and get a minibus to The Bounty Inn,
to check it out before the Xmas Bash... so far the only thing seen to be checked is the beer!

It looks as if the Bounty Inn stocks Longdog Brewery ales

For more photos & details please Click Here

Bonfire Bash: Sat 28 October 2017 Click Here for MAP

Well... we can guess where they stopped off for "refreshment"

But did they have to burn the place down??? Ruddy Vandals!

WHKF AGM, St. Joseph's College, Swindon: Sunday 19 November 2017
Gits Attending:- Keith, Alan O, David P, Sandra & Andrew
Well, you know that the Gits like a proper FEB before any strenuous activity...
Here they are getting stuck in at the Dockle Farmhouse (as usual)

We have a new chairman, many congratulations David Thompson!

WHKF Indoor Fly-in, St. Joseph's College, Swindon: Sunday 3 December 12:00-16:00
"After breakfast" (presumably at Dockle Farmhouse again)

GOG Xmas Bash + Absent Friends Fly-in: 16-17 December 2017
Gits Attending:- Keith, Alan O & Anne, Sandra & Andrew & Janet, Alan C & Lynne,
Dicky & Janette, Nigel & Wendy, Bob & Carole, Roy & Marilyn and Jacqui!

Saturday noon meet up at Milestones Museum Leisure Park, Churchill Way West RG22 6PG
for lunch if needed, and a few hours exploring, then all back to the Travelodge RG22 6HN
for a nap if you need it & freshen up, then rendezvous at the Stag & Hounds at 5:30pm
(at the end of Travelodge car park - and maybe a drink or two) then minibus from there
about 6:00pm to The Bounty Inn, 81 Bounty Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3BZ

Later (about 22:30) minibus back to Travelodge, a few "nightcaps", and a very good night's sleep,
Sunday morning FEB at The Stag & Hounds + "Remember Absent Friends" in the Jollyup field
memorial bench engraved back rest
with Ron's Dancing Diamonds, Kelvin's Butterflies, Phil's Flames
+ a very welcome coffee & mince pie from Roy & Marilyn - LOVELY!
We also hope to bring one of Les Reed's Skydancer kites and a bottle of sarsaparilla
to drink a toast to him and all our "Absent Friends"!

Those of a nervous disposition may wish to avert their eyes from the full story HERE

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