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Herefordshire Model Aero Club

Herefordshire Model Aero Club was formed in 1967 to provide facilities and support to enthusiasts of aero modelling – both building and flying. Over the years the Club has come to concentrate on radio-controlled fixed wing model aircraft powered by internal combustion engines or, increasingly, by electric motors.

The Club’s flying site is located in the village of Much Marcle, HR8 2LX, and is a field of some 30 acres. The site is not normally suitable for free flight, rotary wing or jet turbines due to limitations of boundaries and noise control.

The Club is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) which is the national body for the sport. All club members must be members of the BMFA. We strictly observe noise level limits as per the BMFA/DoE codes. There are limits on the hours of operation of I/C powered models.

We welcome new members, especially younger people, and we can offer training to the BMFA “A” standard which allows members to then fly solo.

We hold social and themed flying events from time to time.

Club membership is subject to approval by the committee and includes a probationary period. If you are interested in joining and wish to find out more please contact the Secretary, Ben Bates, on 07736 960643.

Much Marcle Large Model Air Show

As the local link between the Herefordshire Club and the LMA in putting on the annual Much Marcle Large Model Air Show Club Treasurer Bernard Morris gets the very pleasant job of presenting cheques for the donations which the LMA generously gives each year to various local good causes. It was the normal practice when this show was run by the local Club to share proceeds with good causes and the LMA has willingly continued the same way. Over the years some £34,000 has been given to charities like the Air Ambulance and hospices which serve the area, as well as to good causes in the immediate neighbourhood. Local support is important for the continued success of Much Marcle show.

From the 2017 Show, even though the weather gave us only one half of a weekend, the LMA have donated £1,000.

£600 has been given to the Village Hall (the Memorial Hall) for improved storage of equipment. With the presentation being made to Lynn Bowers representing the Hall Management Committee. Those of you who come to the Much Marcle Show might recognise Lynn as she is the Postmistress in the village shop.

The other presentation being made is to Forever Hounds Trust (formerly Greyhound Rescue, West of England) This cheque is for £400 and is donated to this volunteer-led organisation which finds homes for greyhounds and lurchers. Over 20 years they have homed over 9,000 dogs and more are still awaiting rescue. The presentation being made to Mary Roberts, local events coordinator for the Trust, and Linda Selwood, a long-term supporter of the Trust, who lives in Much Marcle.