GOGs & Chums Assorted Events in 2018
WHKF Skybums Workshop, Caravan School, KKF Indoor Fly-in, Minchinhampton KF,
Berck, JU22, Bridlington, Margam, Basingstoke, Houlgate, Teston Fly-In, Fécamp,
Gayle's Pool Party
Barmouth Beach, Brighton, Berrington, Shropshire, Gittesden, JU23, Exmouth, Teston, Portsmouth,
Rijsbergse Vliegerdagen, Bognor, St. Annes, Streatham, Dieppe, Lechlade, LUTS+OSOW, GOG Xmas Bash

Confirm details on Julie White's excellent Kite Calendar + Normal calendar for 2018 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.

WHKF Skybums Workshop 3-4 Feb 2018
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)virginmedia.com
 BAG RAFFLE 

The workshop will be Paul's kite the "TWIST", the colours of which you can choose yourself, i will let you know when colour selections are required. The cost of the workshop will be £95, which as usual covers lunch on both days and free running tea/coffee, a £50 deposit is required, if you pay by BACS could you make it known it is for the workshop.
As per normal a restaurant will be sorted out for the Saturday evening meal which the price of is not included in the workshop price.
If you are interested could you please let me know ASAP and i can sort out numbers.
You can either PM me or E mail me. Don

Well... you just know where the Gits go for brekkers.... sorry - Full English Breakfast of course!


and then if there is a bit of time to spare, find the nearest gin shop!


Let's hope they remember why they actually went to Swindon today!



Who's a Happy Old Git then?


Keith Goes Back to School - Sparsholt College 24-25 Feb 2018
Just one day after visiting the THE CARAVAN, CAMPING AND MOTORHOME SHOW 2018

Caravan Club Training Courses at Sparsholt Agricultural College SO21 2NF
A day and a half learning the basics of manoevres with a caravan in tow

This is what it's all about - a day in the classroom, then half a day reversing around a corner


All praise and honour to the 2 instructors - John & David


This cheeky chappie came looking for his dues - he owns the car park!


Afterwards, they had to adjourn to the nearest pub for a Proper Roast Lunch



It was very nice too - well done The Plough at Sparsholt SO21 2NW - DO BOOK A TABLE

Kent Kite Flyers Indoor Fly-in: Sunday 25 March 2018 from midday
at the North School, Essella Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8AL  

Minchinhampton Kite Festival: 7-8 April 2018
 NEW VENUE   Tobacconist Farm Campsite, Minchinhampton GL6 9JJ
We're Back! - just a stone's throw away from the common - Aerial View of Site Layout

N.B. Minchinhampton has very narrow streets.
Please approach the farm via Hampton Fields

Please note this is a much smaller venue than we are used to.
We will do our very best to put on a 'scaled down' show for you all.
Build a kite at the kite workshop + Refreshments + Toilets
CAR PARKING - still an ongoing issue. We are currently trying to resolve this.
Please be aware... it will get VERY busy at times.
Thank you for all the support -
Festival Photos & Reports:- Flying Fish Blog + Lex Kraaijeveld FB Photo Album + Unleash The Dragon!


32nd International Berck-sur-Mer KF: 14-22 April 2018 Website



  +++ Jolly Up 22: 28-29 April 2018 +++  
In The Kite Field , between the M3 and Southlea, Cliddesden, Basingstoke RG25 2JL + Guide
Gits Attending = Most of them! Some arrived very early!

How it began...                         and how it ended...

For more photos & comments please visit the Jollyups 2018 page.


3rd Bridlington Kite Festival: 19-20 May 2018
With the Northern Kite Group, Sewerby Fields, Bridlington, N.Yorkshire YO15 1ER
Gits Attending = Keith + Alan & Anne

Thursday 17th May - They are on their way!

For more photos & comments please visit the Bridlington 2018 page.


Margam International KF: 25-28 May 2018
Margam, Neath Port Talbot SA13 2TJ + Website
Gits Attending = Keith, Dicky, David, Alan & Anne, Andrew & Sandra, Paul & Helene + 16,000,000 midges

For more photos & comments please visit the Margam 2018 page.


  +++ 26th Basingstoke KF: 2-3 June 2018 +++  

Down Grange Sports Complex, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN
 BAG  RAFFLE   

Gits Attending = Most of them!

For more photos & comments please visit the Basingstoke 2018 page


  +++ Houlgate Plein Vent: 2-3 June 2018 +++   + Website

Gits Attending = Unlikely this year due to clash with Basingstoke


  +++ Teston KKF Fly-In: Sunday 10 June 2018 +++   PROVISIONAL
Flickr Album + Website + Teston Bridge Country Park ME18 5BX
Gits Attending = The Greater London Mob

  +++ Convivial de Cerfs-volants de Fécamp: 23-24 June 2018 +++  
Phare de Fécamp, Jetee Nord, 76400 Fécamp, France ... 9:00am - 6:00pm local time... Map Link
pour plus de renseignements envoyez un mail : contact@fecampatoutvent.fr ... attention 100 participants maximum



  +++ Gayle Woodal's Pool Party: 24 June 2018 @ 6:00pm BST +++  
Wherever you may be - let us all celebrate the life of a Good Soul - as she wanted
Details HERE - Photos and words to her Facebook page please!

"Went The Day Well!"

Large photo HERE + More words & photos HERE


  +++ Barmouth Beach Kite Weekend: 7-8 July 2018 +++  
on the beach opposite the Lifeboat Station, Barmouth, Mid Wales LL42 1NE


  +++ 40th Brighton KF: 7-8 July 2018 +++  
Stanmer Park BN1 9SE


  +++ Berrington Hall KF: 14-15 July 2018 +++  
Leominster & Hereford Kite Festival, Berrington Hall, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0DW


Shropshire Kite Festival: 21-22 July 2018
Lacon Childe School, Love Lane, Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8PE
Hosted by Sky Bums - Camping on site after 4.00pm Friday (school still open).
Nominal fee for the school. For more information contact us
Tel. 01923 234486 or Email:- kites@skybums.com Our website www.skybums.com



Gittesden: 28-29 July 2018
Check out our souped up Gitmobile - now tested and ready for the back streets of Dieppe!

Gits Attending = David P, Keith, Alan O & Anne, Dicky, Arfur, Alan C, David T
For more photos & comments please visit the Gittesden 2018 page



  +++ Jolly Up 23: 4-5 August 2018 +++  
In The Kite Field , between the M3 and Southlea, Cliddesden, Basingstoke RG25 2JL + Guide
Gits Attending = Most of them!


  Exmouth KF: 4-5 August 2018  

Imperial Recreation Ground (Rugby Club) EX8 1DG
Gits Attending = Unlikely this year due to clash with JU23


  +++ Teston Kiteability 30th Anniversary Weekend: 11-12 August 2018 +++  
Flickr Album + Website + Teston Bridge Country Park ME18 5BX
Gits Attending = Most of them!
For more photos & comments please visit the Teston 2018 page

27th Portsmouth Kite Festival: 11-12 August 2018- PROVISIONAL
Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Gits Attending = Unlikely this year due to clash with Teston


Rijsbergse Vliegerdagen, Holland: 18-19 August 2018
Website + Map +


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

From Calais A16 then E40 toward Bruges, then E40 toward Ghent, then E17 toward Antwerp,
E19 (A1) toward Breda, take the exit to Zundert, turn right onto N263 follow the signs Rijsbergen,
past Restaurant Tafelen. After Tuincentrum Bosrand, turn left into Huisakkerstraat. Then turn right
by Cafe Buitenlust into Tiggeltsestraat, after 100 meters on the right is the entrance to the meadow.

Aerial view of site HERE - festival site in meadows east of crossroads by Café Buitenlust
Gits Attending = Keith & Dicky, Alan & Anne, Andrew & Sandra, Bob & Carole, Patrik & Marijke
2018 Register of Participants + 2017 Slide Show

For more photos & comments please visit the Rijsbergse Vliegerdagen 2018 page


4th Bognor Kite Festival 25-27 August 2018 + Website
King George V Playing Fields, Felpham, Bognor Regis PO22 8QS
Hosted by Dave Mitchell - Entrance in Summerly Lane


7th St Annes International Kite Festival: 31 Aug - 2 Sept 2018
Illuminated Night Fly + Fireworks Friday 7:00 - 9:30pm
Kite Festival on Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
on the beach, Lytham st Annes, near Blackpool, Lancashire FY8 2NG ... Website + Email

20th Streatham Common Kite Day: Sunday 2 Sept 2018 11am - 5pm
Streatham Common, Lambeth, London SW16 3BT - Website
A23 Streatham High Road - parking by the café at the top of the hill.
(If you park on Streatham Common South, stay off the grass - or you'll get clamped or towed.)

We welcome all old friends and new ones if you can kindly pass the word around and would simply like
you to confirm if you can make it - We really hope you can - Looking forward to hearing from you!
N.B. If you do come, remember your camera so we can identify any idiots using manja!
Gits Attending = The Greater London Mob

Please reply to me at this Email - Many thanks - Bob Colover

Gary Heiss was kind enough to send in some great photos - thanks Gary!

For more photos & comments please visit the Streatham Common 2018 page
  +++ Dieppe KF: 8-16 September 2018 +++  
Theme: "Le monde du fantastique"/ "Fantastic World" - (The World of fantasy as in imagination)
+ Website: Information + Digital Registration Form
Gits Attending = Keith + Dave Butler, Alan O + Anne, Andrew + Sandra, Paul M, David J

09:00am 06/09/2018 - Aurevoir Newhaven - Attention Dieppe - Les Gits arrivent!


Meanwhile... all looks peaceful in Dieppe - maybe everyone has taken cover?
ETA Gits = 1:00pm BST ... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

For more photos & comments please visit the Dieppe 2018 page
  +++ Lechlade WHKF Fun Fly: 22-23 September 2018 +++  
Gits Attending = The Greater London Mob (any survivors after Dieppe marathon)



LUTS - for Children in Need: Saturday 13 October 2018
In The Kite Field, between the M3 and Southlea, Cliddesden, Basingstoke 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 will be a fire basket as well, and shelter will be provided by the GoGs gazebos.
It will be at the TOP of the field, not the bottom as before. NO CAA height limit has been applied for.
It is £5 to fly, and a donation is requested from those that camp, ALL money goes to Children in Need.
Gits Attending = Keith, David P, Alan + Anne, Roy + Marilyn, David T, Don B, Dicky, Alan C, Alison + Megan
For photos & comments please visit the LUTS+OSOW 2018 page


OSOW: Sunday 14 October 2018 - 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

Indoor Kite Event: Sunday 9 December 2018 from 10:30-15:30
St Josephs Catholic College, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3LR
Hosted by Karl Longbottom  
Gits Attending = Keith, Alan O, Bob, Roy M, Alan P, Sandra, Jacqui

GOG Xmas Bash + Absent Friends Fly-in: 15-16 December 2018
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 Stag & Hounds on Sunday morning
then "Remember Absent Friends" with Ron's Dancing Diamonds, Kelvin's Butterflies, and Phil's Flames
back in the Jollyup field - and a very welcome cup of coffee & mince pie from Roy & Marilyn - LOVELY!


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