Budleigh glider pilot returns to the skies after 30 years

16:24 04 February 2014

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club’s first new member of 2014 took to the skies on Sunday, writes Jill Harmer.

Douglas Boyle from Budleigh Salterton has decided to resume gliding at North Hill after a 30 year lay-off.

Douglas retired from medical practice three years ago and, having moved to Devon from Oxfordshire, now has the time to renew his love of flying.

Sunday was the only day we really got flying this week, but we made the most of it with 31 aerotow launches (the ground is still too wet to winch launch).

People on the ground may have noticed some aerobatic manoeuvres over Broadhembury on Sunday, as John Burrow from Taunton took the opportunity, with the clear skies, to validate his Gliding Aerobatic Badge.

Peter Smith from Yeovil and Paul Summers from Plymouth continued flying some training exercises for their forthcoming Glider Instructor Courses.

After a lot of hard work, Liam Vile from Exeter has managed to get gliding recognised as a sport by the Students Guild at Exeter University.

Planning for our seven week-long courses through the summer months is well underway. They’re open to members and non-members, and the courses are starting to fill up now.

Interested in gliding with us at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club? Visit our website dsgc.co.uk

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 15:56
Over the sticks

Will Biddick’s double at Bratton Down gave him his fifth winner in the last five days, and helped to elevate him into a narrow lead over Darren Edwards for the Devon & Cornwall title, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:13
Croquet action from Sidmouth

Sidmouth Croquet Club’s first match in the South West Federation Golf Croquet Level Play League saw them go down 13-7 to last year’s league winners East Dorset.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Exeter Chris Richards Falcons who rode a second half meeting at Somerset on Friday 13th May. Riders numbers 1 Henry Atkins, 2 Craig Nethercott, 3 Stevie Anderson, 4 Saul Bulley with team managers Rob Doran (wearing glasses) and Alan Spencer.
Picture by Kim Wyllie. Ref exsp falcons

Exeter’s Falcons speedway fans are eagerly looking forward to another full blooded 15 heat National League when the ‘Chris Richards’ Falcons take on the Isle of Wight ‘ Whitelink’ Warriors at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena on Friday, May 27, commencing at 7.30pm, writes Tony Lethbridge.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sidmouth RFC secretary Terry O’Brien hands over a cheque for £470 in favour of Children's Hospice South West. Receiving the cheque is Mike Fanzo of Carling Technologies Ltd. The money was raised at the Sidmouth Rugby Club Charity Sevens held on Sunday, May 1. Also in the photo are Rhianne Thornewill and Emlyn Harris, who are taking part in the ride and have been the liaison with SRFC.

Sidmouth Rugby Club have handed over an exceptional amount of money following their charity sevens held earlier this month.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Bowls

As the summer season outdoors picks up speed, Sidmouth Bowling Club ladies had a very busy weekend playing in major competitions, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sidmouth indoor  bowls captain Ron Cook presenting Mrs Jill Bishop and  Ms Ann Elwood with the ladies pairs trophy.

Members of Sidmouth Indoor Bowling Club celebrated the end of season with a supper and prize presentation at the Blue Ball in Sidford, writes Ron Cook.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sidmouth Town booked a berth in the final of the Morrison Bell Cup after a 5-2 success against Upottery.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
golf generic picture

The away leg of the return match versus Honiton was played in dry and sunny conditions, writes Chris Grubb.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Harry Tincknell does an interview

Harry Tincknell extended his lead in the European Le Mans Series when, along with co-drivers Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde placed second in the 4 Hours of Imola.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sidmouth running club at the Ottery 10K run. Ref shsp 20-16TI 0980. Picture: Terry Ife

The past weekend proved to b e a varied one for members of Sidmouth Running Club, writes Terry Bewes.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications