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Autumn Newsletter now available

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Progress on the Trish Williams Workshop

The outside walls and roof are now complete, and the first of the floor strips is ready for concreting

Floor shuttering

OutsideWorkshop Access Road

Access road in and site level! And it has stopped raining!!

Progress on the Trish Williams Workshop

Workshop Site Cleared

The site has now been cleared in preparation for the new GHC workshop . Hope it stops raining soon !

We will be keeping you updated on the progress and letting you know when we need help, so expect more communications in the near future

Kit Comes For The Forthcoming Workshop

Workshop Trestles

Thanks to GHC member Joe Pridal, we now have a very handsome set of bespoke trestles for the forthcoming GHC Workshop.

We are hoping to announce some very big news regarding the workshop by the end of the month, watch this space!

Lifting Vehicle & Trailer Upgrades!

Besides Santa flying in in the T21 before Christmas, a couple of other things have been going on at the GHC...

Lifting Trailer

The lifting vehicle has been given an early Christmas present with a lick of paint and a new floor by Gary and the trailer donated by Ed Lockhart has had a new cover fitted.

Both these are now ready to give years of continuing service to the Gliding Heritage Centre.

Skylark 2 Joins the GHC Collection

Gary accepting the Skylark 2 from Graham Leach

In the week Glyn and Gary sailed the high seas across to Benbridge in the Isle of Wight to meet up with long time Lasham member Graham Leach.

Graham has very kindly donated to us his Skylark 2 which will fit in very nicely within our collection.

A big thank you to Graham for his kind donation, and we look forward to seeing the Skylark soaring the skies over Lasham in the future.

GHC Autumn 2019 Newsletter is Here!

Catch up on the latest happenings in the Gliding Heritage Centre in our autumn newsletter, read it Here.

Airworthy Primary Comes To The GHC!

Thanks to Paul Wheatcroft & Gary Pullen we now have an airworthy Primary Glider at the Gliding Heritage Centre. These very basic gliders were many pilots first introduction to gliding in days past, but nowadays are both a source of excitement and trepidation to modern pilots.

Primary Glider

On the left we see Jordan Bridge, Lasham's Deputy Chief Flying Instructor, before he winch launched this glider for the first time. He later describing it as the most insane thing he has ever done! On the right, Lasham's Chairman Patrick Naegeli takes an aerotow overhead. Patrick, with over 7000 hours of flight experience afterwards politely described it as most exhilerating.

I think all of us secretly would like a go, but not all of us have the moral fibre to carry it out! Regardless though, I think a lot of us will taste flght as it was for our gliding forebearers, and to that we must be grateful to Paul & Gary.

Another spectacular success for GHC Task Week

2019 has provided us with yet another 'Vintage' task week! Seven continuous days of flying by our top pilots resulted in another hot competition, read all about it on our facebook page

The Pink Panther Comes To The GHC

We have a new and very distinctive addition to our fleet, a first for the GHC, our very own pink glider! Thanks to Sylvia and Bob van Aalst who very kindly donated their much prized Slingsby T8 Tutor.

Pink Panther Handover

When the glider was being restored at Booker a discussion was held as to what colour it should be painted, someone as a joke suggested paint it pink! The rest is history.

Sylvia and Bob travelled all the way from the Netherlands to hand over the glider and cooked a fine Indonesian meal in the LVGC clubhouse to boot! We thank them again for their monumental efforts, I can't wait to see Gary doing the first flight.

Visit The World Famous Wasserkuppe Museum With The GHC

The Gliding Heritage Centre is absolutely delighted to announce our first ever trip to the historic Wasserkuppe Gliding Museum in Germany.

Travel in style with us in April 2020 on an exclusive, all inclusive 4 day coach trip taking in the biggest gliding museum on the continent.

Places are going fast, so to avoid disappointment visit the Wasserkuppe Tour page to find out more.

GHC Workshop Appeal Fund Receives a Big Boost!

Gary receives donation

Today Gary Pullen met up with Sarah Garnett, widow of the late Pat Garnett and was delighted to receive a donation of 5000 from Pat's estate.

Pat was instrumental in helping the Gliding Heritage Centre to become established by very generously giving a great deal of his time to draft the lease that allows the GHC to operate from Lasham Airfield.

With this wonderful donation the workshop appeal fund now stands with a grand total of 20k, which brings the day closer when the Gliding Heritage Centre will have its own modern facility to maintain its ever growing fleet.

The Gliding Heritage Centre would like to express its deep gratitude to the Garnett family for this donation and their continuing the support that they have given the GHC over the years.

If you would like to lend your support to the creation the Gliding Heritage Centre then why not click on the Donations link on the menu at the top of this page to find out how.

GHC Spring 2019 Newsletter is Here!

Catch up on the latest happenings in the Gliding Heritage Centre in our spring autumn newsletter, read it Here.

Prefect Prototype Flies!

The Slingsby T30A has made its first flights with the Gliding Heritage Centre. Gary took the glider up for a quick winch launch and circuit before handing it over to our Dutch friends who are visiting Lasham for their annual trip to the GHC.


This glider is the actual prototype and was donated to the GHC by John Hopkins & Kevin Fresson and makes a fantastic member of the GHC collection. The Prefect type is particularly well represented at the GHC because we also have the stunning T30B that was donated to us by Sir John Allison.

The GHC Is In The News!

The Gliding Heritage Centre has been featured in the Alton Herald, which is Lasham's local paper. Read all about it Here!

Bergfalke II/55 For the GHC!

The latest addition to the GHC emerges from its trailer! This Bergfalke 2 was kindly donated by Rainer Karch. Rainer left Munich on Wednesday morning with Geoff Moore as his Sat Nav and arrived at Lasham at 4 AM today. Gary Pullen gratefully accepts the glider on behalf of the GHC.

Bergfalke Glider Handover

To keep the Begfalke and all the other precious gliders in the Gliding Heritage Centre flying we desperatly need a purpose built workshop. We have launched an appeal to raise funds to build a modern well equiped facility to allow us to carry out this vital work with a public viewing area, and allow us to teach the skills needed to keep our collection airworthy. To help us achieve this most worthy goal please follow the link to the Donations page.

Thank you and farewell, Pat Garnett

The late Pat Garnett

One of the true Lasham greats was Pat Garnett, he had been a member since 1956. He sadly died on the 21st Jan 2019 and the funeral was at Guildford crematorium on the 14th February. The family requested that donations to his memory should be made to the Gliding Heritage Centre and so far we have received 535.



We have had some very generous donations of late...

Thank you to John Hopkins & Kevin Fresson for their donation of the Slingsby Prefect prototype. This glider show many detail differences from the Allison Prefect and makes a superb addition to the GHC collection. We intend to have it flying next season and sure they'll be a lot of people who'll want to get their hands on it.

Thanks must also go to Pete Purdie for the donation of his Zudvogel 3. This high performance wooden glider from the 1960's will make an excellent addition to the flying fleet, and now Daniel Chidley will face some stiff competition in Vintage Task Weeks.

On a more terrestrial level, thank you to Lemmy Tanner for the donation of his Ford Galaxy people carrier.

Finally, thanks to Gordon MacDonald for the donation of his Hyundai SUV. We now are building quite a decent fleet of glider tow out vehicles.

GHC Autumn 2018 Newsletter is Here!

Catch up on the latest happenings in the Gliding Heritage Centre in our latest autumn newsletter, read it Here.

Hangar 2 Is Open For Business!

After a build of just over a year by GHC volunteers, we are proud to open our second hangar to house the ever growing collection of GHC gliders.

Hangar 2 Opening Day Aerial Shot

At our opening event held at Lasham Airfield on the 25th August 2018, we were honored to have Sir John Allison, former chief of R.A.F. Strike Command as our guest.

Sir John Allison

Sir John flew with Gary Pullen in our T21 for a short soaring flight of 25 minutes, reminding him of his earliest gliding experiences at Coventry Gliding Club in the late 1950's.

The first single seater glider that Sir John flew was our Slingsby Prefect, which he later came to own before very genorously donating it towards our collection.

Onlookers watching the opening ceremony of GHC
                  Hangar 2

We were delighted to have over 150 supporters, donors, enthusiasts and visitors come to our opening ceremony from all over the country. Despites some initial doubts about the weather the sky cleared and we were blessed by late summer sunshine. The proceedings were opened by GHC Chairman Tony Newbery who welcomed everyone to the event and then thanked all the volunteers and benefactors for their continueing support. He then invited long time VGC and GHC member Geoff Moore to give a brief speech.

Geoff Moore unveiling the visitors plaque.

Geoff spoke about how he had been first introduced to vintage gliding by the late Chris Wills in the 1960's and had attended an auction in Germany were he bid for and won his Mu-13d.

Always keen to support the GHC, and looking for an opportunity to preserve his Mu-13, Geoff was quick to donate his Mu to the collection in the early days of the GHC. In recognition of this and the other ways he has supported us we asked him to unveil a plaque commemorating noteworthy donors to the GHC Hangar 2 project.

Sir John cutting the ribbon

Next it was the turn of Sir John Allison who spoke of his support for the aims of the Gliding Heritage Centre and how he did not feel that the GHC was a museum in the tradition sense. He spoke that he loved the fact that we like to fly our aircraft and compared traditional museums to that of a moth collection where dead moths were lined up in neat rows and pinned to a board. He then cut the ribbon opening the hangar and we all flooded in.

                  Slingsby Falcon replica inside Hangar 2

The Gliding Heritage Centre would like to thank all our volunteers and benefactors who did so much to make the Hangar 2 project such a success. We'd also like to thank Sir John Allison and Geoff Moore for their enduring support of the Gliding Heritage Centre and for taking part in the opening ceremony.

At the Gliding Heritage Centre nothing stands still for long and we are looking towards the next stage in our development. This next stage will be in the form of a fully equipped workshop that we will use to maintain and restore our collection. We are still drawing up plans, but we hope to have details for you before too long.

The Beast Gets New Clothes!

The Beasts New Covers

The Gliding Heritage Centre would like to thank Andy Blundell from Vertigo Covers for his support on supplying the Beast's new shiny coat.

Now we can be reassured that the huge and pristine canopy will be kept safe from the sun and that any water ingress into the cockpit will be minimised.

GHC Hangar 2 Opening - 25th August 2018 - 5pm!

Hangar 2
                  Opening Poster

It does not seem that just a year ago the space occupied by GHC Hangar 2 was nothing more than open ground.

Thanks to all our supporters, who have been so willing to donate their money and time we are proud to announce that Hangar will receive its official opening on the 25th August 2018.

It is an amazing acheivement that GHC members and volunteers found the strength to build another hangar to protect and preserve the UK's gliding heritage.

We are really looking forward to sharing this exciting event with all our friends and supporters.

We will of course keep you updated with more details of this exciting event as they become available.

Hangar 2 Making Great Progress!

Finished H2 Floor

We finished laying the concrete for hangar 2's floor Friday 25th May. It was a huge effort but thanks to up to 26 volunteers at a time we were able to complete the task in a little over six weeks, in a total of eight pouring sessions.

Rakers and

There is one thing that we have all learned a great deal about and that is laying concrete! We have discovered the joys of pouring, raking, tamping and floating; all vital jobs that have given us results that professional builders would be proud of.

It has been a bit of a journey since we started in the spring, but again we have proved that once we set ourselves a task we pull it off.

Cleared Ground

It seems incredible now that this time last year, the location of H2 was nothing more than a piece of scrub land between Gary's shed and the Chris Wills hangar.

The ground was cleared during the summer and the first concrete was poured into the footings in late August, by Christmas the structure of the building was in place and the doors had been fabricated and hung.

At this point we could at least use the hangar for winter storage, this was compatible with our charitable status because it meant that we could still derive benefit from the building even if no further work took place.

Receiving Concrete to Pour in the Dumper

With the building complete we could landscape the surrounding meadow and lay a road that could be used by the concrete lorries when they came and also to wheel gliders in and out of the hangar when it becomes operational.

In April it became clear that the weather was warm enough as there were no more frosts, so we could begin laying the floor and thus work could begin.

It's fair to say that the job was pretty daunting, but everyone wanted to get a great result, and no one wanted a DIY disaster; so we put our backs into it and got it done!

Gary and Julian Discussing Plans

It's also true to say that none of this would have been possible without the inspirational leadership of Gary Pullen and the organisational skills of Julian Ben-David. We owe a massive debt of grattitude to them both.

If we had not had these guys at the forefront of the project then it just would not have happened, or we would have spent much more money getting the building made professionally.

There is still some work to do to complete the building; the insides need to be completed to make the hangar a fit place to store aircraft. The floor will be painted and lighting is to be installed, a general cleaning up of the interior is needed to remove the detritus left behind by the heavy work.

So that leaves the question of when do we expect to have the grand opening ceremony? We are expecting it to occur in early autumn, depending on the availability of key elements and personel. One thing is for sure though, it be a grand opening night indeed!

Historic Gliding Videos Released!

The Gliding Heritage Centre is proud to announce that a whole series of rare vintage gliding videos are now available for everyone to enjoy.

Ever wondered what it was like to experience gliding in the 1930s through to the 1950s? Now you can find out with the GHC vintage video archive. Watch the early pioneers soaring over Tower Hill in Australia in 1931 through to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attending the 1957 UK National Gliding Championships, on our videos page. Enjoy the show!

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