Next meeting Thurs 4th April – Social meeting at the Seven Stars

Next meeting Thurs 4th April – Social meeting at the Seven Stars

Yes it’s that time again, the third of our Social meetings will be on Thursday 4th April. As before it will be held at the Seven Stars in Stroud GU32 3PG and will be from around 8pm onward.

So no formal business, no announcements, no presentations, no raffle, just come along for a chinwag and a drink.

Next meeting Thurs 21st March – Official meeting at Buriton

The next Petersfield Aero Modellers meeting is on Thursday 21st March and as it’s one of the official meetings it will be held at Buriton Village Hall with an 8pm start.

As usual there will be a small amount of official business followed by a presentation. The subject matter of this one is secret so you’ll just have to come along and find out what it’s about for yourselves, but I promise you it will be interesting and entertaining.

We will run two raffles again, a Big Raffle and a Small Raffle. The prize for the current Big Raffle is a Super Kinetic ‘plug and fly’ aerobatic electric glider. The prize will be drawn once we’ve sold enough tickets to cover the cost, possibly at the official meeting in April. The Small Raffle will consist of a general array of modelling items but will also include an RC model kit.

It only costs £1.50 to enter each raffle so for just £3 you could actually win two RC models. Probably best to buy a few extra tickets and increase your chances… I just don’t know how we do it for the money!

Next meeting Thurs 21st Feb – Tranny Agate’s Fetish Fix and exciting NEW raffles

The next meeting on Thursday 21st February will see the return of Tranny Agate! For those who don’t know Mark has a problem…he can’t stop collecting transmitters. Since his last highly amusing tranny chat his collection has grown with the arrival of several more interesting examples and he’ll be talking us through his weird and wonderful alternative world.

As many of you will know Steve has decided that after many years he’s no longer willing to run the raffles so Andy has taken on the task. Andy will be making some changes, mostly because the meetings are now four weekly rather than fortnightly.

There will now just be two raffles, Small and Large, no Membership raffle. The cost of each will rise to £1.50 so to enter both raffles will cost £3 (or more if you want to improve your chances of winning). The increased cost will pay for better quality Small raffle prizes and mean the Large raffles won’t take too long to cover the prize cost, bearing in mind the less frequent meetings. There will be a ‘set’ value of the prizes on offer whether there are 8 or 28 members present so for the least popular meetings the chances of winning increases.

Hopefully the changes will be popular, we’ll see how things go and will tweak things if necessary, nothing is set in stone. Please come along and support your club, 8pm start as usual during the winter months.

Changes to Club Meetings – Official & Social meetings explained in detail

At the AGM on 24th January it was agreed to change the way we hold meetings due to the drop off in numbers of members attending.

Meetings will still be held fortnightly but they will be Official and Social meetings alternately. The next meeting on 7th Feb will be a Social meeting, the following one, on 21st Feb, will be an Official meeting. The dates of each are on the Meetings page of the website:

So what is the difference?

Official meetings be be exactly as we are used to, at Buriton Village Hall and will include formal business, minutes etc followed by a talk, presentation, quiz, discussion etc.

Social meetings will have no formal business or minutes and the venue will vary. During the winter months the venue will be in a pub, initially the Seven Stars in Stroud GU32 3PG. This might change to a different pub later in which case members will be emailed in advance and a notice put on the website. During the summer months the venue will be the flying field for evening flying, quiet models only, no EDF or I/C. Obviously flying will be weather dependant and it might mean that at short notice flying is curtailed or cancelled. In that case we might adjourn to the Rising Sun in Clanfield PO8 0RN. Again, members will be kept informed via email as early as possible.

There is now a PAM Flying Group on WhatsApp. This is a much easier way than email to keep in contact and, if you haven’t already done so, I would urge you to download WhatsApp to your mobile phone and join the group (ask Andy to add you once you have the app). It’s totally free to download and use.

Next meeting Thurs 24th Jan – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The next meeting on Thursday 24th January will be the club AGM, start time 8pm.

This is the most important meeting of the year and is the time that, amongst other things, a new Committee is chosen, and changes to the Club Constitution and Rules will be proposed and voted on. Be sure to come along and have your say, there are some important topics that will be discussed and if you aren’t there you won’t be able to put your point of view about what happens in your club.

All members should have received an email from Chairman Mark Agate about the proposals and rule changes.

Don’t moan after the event, come along and speak up!

Next meeting Thurs 10th Jan – Bin Bag Resurrection!

At the first meeting of 2019 on 10th January Keith Evans will be telling us all about how to repair the crashed model that you thought was on a one way trip to the bin.

Yes, it can be rebuilt even if initially the damage looked terminal and Keith with be showing us exactly how to do it with the aid of photos and video.

So, make “Repair not Write-Off” your mantra for 2019, come along and learn from the King of Cobbling!

Next meeting is Thurs 10th Jan – NO MEETING THIS WEEK!

Just a quick reminder that there will NOT be a meeting this week (27th December), the next meeting will be on Thursday 10th January 2019.

Next meeting Thurs 13th Dec – Subs night & “Christmas Night with the Stars Part 2”

It’s that time of the year again, subs are due so come along to the next meeting on Thursday 13th December, look big and pay up.

BMFA subs have risen by £4 so the combined BMFA & PAM subs are £96 this year. If you pay your BMFA subs directly as a Country Member you will only need to pay the PAM subs of £58, unchanged from last year.

To sweeten the meeting a little Chairman Mark will be presenting Part 2 of his now infamous presentation from last year “Christmas Night with the Stars”.  Mark says it will be along the same lines as last years’ presentation but with less nudity and gratuitous violence!

Definitely a meeting not to be missed!


Next meeting Thurs 29th Nov – Ron Vears’ Lancaster

At the meeting on Thursday 29th November Ron Vears will present the second part of his Lancaster build blog. Ron is building the Lanc from the Tony Nijhuis plans and at 72″ (1829mm) wingspan it’s quite a build.

Ron’s blogs are of a similarly high standard as his building so this should be an evening not to be missed.

Remember, as the clocks have now changed the meeting will start at 8pm.

Next meeting Thurs 18th Oct – It’s All About Me!

Most, if not all PAM members have an interest in full-size aviation and many have had various aviation experiences over the years that have increased their interest in modelling.

At the meeting on Thursday 18th October Andy Palmer will be telling you all about how he started modelling as a child and then took every opportunity to get himself airborne in any way possible. Over the years he’s tried parachutes, gliders, hot air balloons, light aircraft, aerobatics etc. He’ll be telling his story through photographs so it should be worth coming to the meeting just to see the photos of Andy as a child!

This will be the last meeting of 2018 that starts at 8.30pm, as the clocks go back at the end of the month all the remaining meetings of 2018 will start at 8pm.