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Title: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: PaulH2015 on July 15, 2016, 04:30:27 PM
Stratford-on-Avon Council have published details of modifications to their adopted core strategy document and the upshot for Wellesbourne is:

"Retain and support the enhancement of the established flying functions and aviation related
facilities at Wellesbourne Airfield. "

https://www.stratford.gov.uk/files/seealsodocs/171976/Appendix%202%20-%20Final%20Schedule%20of%20Main%20Modifications%20-%20June%202016.pdf
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: MARKSIX on July 15, 2016, 06:29:08 PM
http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-3691579%2FBack-skies-Retired-RAF-captain-piloted-legendary-Vulcan-bomber-flown-one-building-incredible-scale-model-version.html&h=XAQHsDQLR&s=1




in Daily Mail today
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: steve w on July 15, 2016, 06:40:44 PM
Sadly another article riddled with mistakes.  :(
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: planenut on July 15, 2016, 11:44:02 PM
Stratford-on-Avon Council have published details of modifications to their adopted core strategy document and the upshot for Wellesbourne is:

"Retain and support the enhancement of the established flying functions and aviation related
facilities at Wellesbourne Airfield. "

Hopefully that will ensure the future for the Aviation side, and the companies connected to it.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: ascot5046 on July 27, 2016, 01:58:38 PM
And that we will be able to see at least one Vulcan fast taxy each year.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Mayfly on December 12, 2016, 03:43:34 PM
Just recently the Littler family stated they would not renew leases and would start demolition of the buildings in the New Year. General opinion is that they hope to force the councils hand by rendering the airfield useless. However this is the latest......


http://www.stratford-herald.com/62932-breaking-news-sdc-takes-dramatic-action-stop-wellesbourne-airfield-demolition.html
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Funtera on December 12, 2016, 04:02:50 PM
I'm a bit concerned at this bit
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The cabinet also decided to seek powers to compulsorily purchase the airfield if negotiations with the owners fail
A council run private airfield with a massive market and possibly the easiest access cold war bomber in the country
(for the rare few who haven't been, You walk past a Flying School , out onto the Ramp and You're in touching distance of 655)
this would send the money spinners in the council up and send entry fees for market days/fast taxis' up I think ....

just my bit ..
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: PaulH2015 on December 13, 2016, 11:23:44 AM
Hopefully enough to secure its future.  If you haven't visited 655, I recommend you do, even if it would mean a significant journey.  On Saturdays (maybe less so in the depths of winter) there are volunteers on site who will take you round including into the crew area, and if you are reaaally lucky well-behaved children may get to sit up front.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: steve w on December 14, 2016, 07:27:33 PM
Does that include 50 something Children?  :)
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Sad Sam on December 14, 2016, 07:39:40 PM
You would never get 50 children in the cockpit of a Vulcan - not even if they were very, very small  ;)
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: steve w on December 14, 2016, 10:31:46 PM
OK Sam, fair point, I meant 50+ years old children like me...
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Funtera on December 15, 2016, 12:32:52 PM
I've sat in the front and I'm a 39yr old child!! lol
I'm Up at Wellesbourne nearly every other month .. always go in, say Hi to the Old Girl and drop some coins in the pot before having some grub at the Cafe
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Jimlad on December 15, 2016, 01:02:33 PM
You would never get 50 children in the cockpit of a Vulcan - not even if they were very, very small  ;)

 :) ;) :)
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Joseph on December 15, 2016, 05:16:02 PM
You would never get 50 children in the cockpit of a Vulcan - not even if they were very, very small  ;)

49 and a half?
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Funtera on December 16, 2016, 12:17:59 PM
You would never get 50 children in the cockpit of a Vulcan - not even if they were very, very small  ;)

49 and a half?

BBQ? better legs than on a chicken!
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: PaulH2015 on January 26, 2017, 10:07:30 AM
Sadly no Wings and Wheels for 2017 http://www.xm655.com/index.php

"In the post-Shoreham world, the amount of work required from our small volunteer organisation cannot be justified."

and

"Possible events for future years will be considered when we have a clearer view of the airfield’s availability."

Those two statements don't quite compute.

Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: planenut on January 26, 2017, 02:46:47 PM
It must be frustrating, and good luck to all who contribute.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: ADI on January 26, 2017, 08:00:50 PM
oh gutted been for the last 2 years and will really miss it this year, it was my fathers day outing, no live Vulcans this year  >:( :( ???
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: Mayfly on January 26, 2017, 08:14:59 PM
I too will miss it - I've been every year but 1 since they started in 1995.

The event is growing each year but the volunteer force isn't. Half of them didn't even make the Saturday evening meal they always attend last year because the additional work kept them late.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: PaulH2015 on January 27, 2017, 11:14:29 AM
The event is growing each year but the volunteer force isn't.

Not uncommon in the worlds of classics.  My local-ish MG group has announced this year's open (as opposed to just group members) MG Heritage run is to be the 25th and last because of the effects of passing time on the organisers.  Disappointingly on the same day as Wellesbourne last year, and we opted to do the run.  But ironically the route (unknown in advance) took us right past the airfield and we were treated to several fly-overs by a jet as we passed by.  Had I known of both these changes at the time we would have done Wellesbourne last year and the run this!  As it is we are doing the run this year anyway as we were on the first as well as a number of others.

As far as becoming a volunteer for MaPS goes, anyone interested should just turn up on a Saturday morning and have a chat with the people there.  That's apparently how most of them started.
Title: Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
Post by: PaulH2015 on January 14, 2018, 10:25:29 AM
Looks like no Wings and Wheels for 2018 either.  Local paper item implies that the owners of the airfield are not allowing it - confirmed on https://xm655.com/, which may well be a deliberate attempt to starve them of funding and so kill 655.