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john stones 103/04/2020 21:52:07
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Unwind Jason, no need for that post.

Jason Channing03/04/2020 22:02:52
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Nought wrong with the post. If you don't like grass don't read a thread involving grass. It's quite funny really. I don't like soaps so I don't watch them.

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Jason Channing03/04/2020 22:29:22
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Indeed this thread is about grass cutting and being unable to cut it and not the NHS.

Rob04/04/2020 09:35:39
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The problem as I see it is whether or not you would be prepared to set out for the day to cut the grass or any other activities with the knowledge that if there was an accident/car crash etc of some sort that you may not have the option of receiving a response from the Emergency Service/NHS

I a Medic at a local small ambulance station, there is only about 10 of us to staff it 24/7 we also have to self isolate (I'm on week 2, having displayed symptoms after dealing with a confirmed case)there are others of at the minute aswell, the hospitals only have a fixed number of beds and have only started treating those who have a fighting chance of survival. My son works for the Fire Service and they are in the same boat. There is not an unending supply of staff or hospital beds. France and Spain have banned cycling for this purpose, so the choice is yours!

Brian Cooper04/04/2020 09:44:35
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Leave the grass alone. . . . It will still be there when the Coronavirus crisis has passed.

kevin b04/04/2020 10:47:08
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Where I live (9 miles from the nearest town) we are still seeing cyclists and camper vans going past our houses, though not as many as usual. All the locals are playing by the rules and have the same attitude. You can't educate pork.

Anyway back to the grass.

I had noticed (as I live near the flying field) that the grass in the field was getting long. So it was arranged for a couple of us to go cut the strip the day before lockdown started. It was decided we could do so and keep our distance from each other. We got there to find that the sheep had beaten us to it ! Obviously the grass on the strip is tastier and the farmer had let them in early. Having got there it seemed a shame not to get a couple of flights in (from either side of the strip). That seems like years ago.

Engine Doctor04/04/2020 11:16:36
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Posted by Rob on 04/04/2020 09:35:39:

The problem as I see it is whether or not you would be prepared to set out for the day to cut the grass or any other activities with the knowledge that if there was an accident/car crash etc of some sort that you may not have the option of receiving a response from the Emergency Service/NHS

I a Medic at a local small ambulance station, there is only about 10 of us to staff it 24/7 we also have to self isolate (I'm on week 2, having displayed symptoms after dealing with a confirmed case)there are others of at the minute aswell, the hospitals only have a fixed number of beds and have only started treating those who have a fighting chance of survival. My son works for the Fire Service and they are in the same boat. There is not an unending supply of staff or hospital beds. France and Spain have banned cycling for this purpose, so the choice is yours!

Good for you Rob yes

A big thank you for you ,your son and all the other emergency staff NHS, Police , Fire and Army who look after us in times of need and desperation.

Im a retired fireman( firefighter in modern parlance) and spent all my working life in the fire service on operational duties . Non emergency workers cannot begin to understand the dedication given by emergency workers to protect others from whatever threat comes along.

Those that criticise these emergency measures or have only to think about their daily activities , just think ; while your running out of or away from a dangerous situation these men and women are running in or towards it and putting themselves at risk.

Stop and think of the bigger picture of why am I being asked to stay in? Any incident while your out and about or cutting grass , will impact on the ability of the emergency services that are already stretched in some cases to the limit to respond. They have been cut mercilessly by cuts to funding by uncaring politicians of all parties for over a decade and now being asked to step up to the line and help us. In many cases those emergency workers have had virtually no pay rise in that decade !

If you must vent you feeling then get onto you MP and let them know your anger at our unpreparedness for a worldwide emergency and stop bickering about cutting grass and not being able to fly our toys .

By nagging your MP maybe just maybe they will not let this happen again as it surely will .

Edited By Engine Doctor on 04/04/2020 11:18:35

leccyflyer24/04/2020 12:59:42
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Good news from the SAA which has sought and obtained official permission from the government for clubs to maintain their flying sites during the lockdown, in order to preserve the utility of the field and for them to be available once the lockdown finishes. It;s based on the fact that golf clubs have been permitted to continue to cut their grass and maintain their facilities, and applies to a range of sports.

Well done SAA.

Kevin Fairgrieve24/04/2020 13:36:18
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Posted by leccyflyer on 24/04/2020 12:59:42:

Good news from the SAA which has sought and obtained official permission from the government for clubs to maintain their flying sites during the lockdown, in order to preserve the utility of the field and for them to be available once the lockdown finishes. It;s based on the fact that golf clubs have been permitted to continue to cut their grass and maintain their facilities, and applies to a range of sports.

Well done SAA.

So come on then BMFA!!!

Ducking for cover.

gangster24/04/2020 15:29:13
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Whilst on the face of it the importance of flying a toy aeroplane and hitting a ball down a hole are about the same and really do not even count for anything in the current crisis. The difference however in terms of economic importance could not be further apart

so many livelihoods, jobs Nd businesses are in peril at the moment. A golf club is a business, members on average probably pay 10 or 20 times as we do for a year’s subscription Golf clubs employ a lot of people Admin,waiters green staff etc etc and there is the pro also trying to make a living . That is a lot of families food and mortgage at stake. Those jobs need to be there after the crisis. They need to be there now as well, people are allowed to work if they can.

Sure some of our fields will take a year to get back if they are good but,unless you are a prima Donna modeller, most models will fly from a strip that has grown a foot long and had a couple of cuts with a rotary mower. A golf club green cut to 4mm cannot be got back without a lot of work and that could be a long time out of action

So what’s more important guys playing with toy aeroplanes or food on families tables and roofs over their heads

if this is all we have to whine about we are indeed very lucky.

Jason Channing24/04/2020 16:30:00
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Prima Donna

What have female opera singers got to with Model flying???????????????????????????????????????

gangster24/04/2020 16:45:26
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Jason There are a few in all walks of life

leccyflyer24/04/2020 17:04:07
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Posted by gangster on 24/04/2020 15:29:13:

Whilst on the face of it the importance of flying a toy aeroplane and hitting a ball down a hole are about the same and really do not even count for anything in the current crisis. The difference however in terms of economic importance could not be further apart

so many livelihoods, jobs Nd businesses are in peril at the moment. A golf club is a business, members on average probably pay 10 or 20 times as we do for a year’s subscription Golf clubs employ a lot of people Admin,waiters green staff etc etc and there is the pro also trying to make a living . That is a lot of families food and mortgage at stake. Those jobs need to be there after the crisis. They need to be there now as well, people are allowed to work if they can.

Sure some of our fields will take a year to get back if they are good but,unless you are a prima Donna modeller, most models will fly from a strip that has grown a foot long and had a couple of cuts with a rotary mower. A golf club green cut to 4mm cannot be got back without a lot of work and that could be a long time out of action

So what’s more important guys playing with toy aeroplanes or food on families tables and roofs over their heads

if this is all we have to whine about we are indeed very lucky.

No whining here, just a bit of good news.

In our particular case it is the maintenance of a field that has been in annual use since the 1970's maintained by regular mowing to something close to a cricket wicket standard, An electric fence keeps out the catlle, but a call from a neighbour earlier this week let the chairman know that they had knocked down the fence and were on the field.

The timely arrival of that permission allowed the electric fence to be repaired yesterday and the field to be cut today, within officially approved guidelines. The letter outlined a set of very sensible precautions to ensure that could be done safely. The permission was framed as a measure to prevent damage to the facilities and also sounds eminently sensible to me.

Chris Berry24/04/2020 17:40:31
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Posted by gangster on 24/04/2020 15:29:13:

Whilst on the face of it the importance of flying a toy aeroplane and hitting a ball down a hole are about the same and really do not even count for anything in the current crisis. The difference however in terms of economic importance could not be further apart

so many livelihoods, jobs Nd businesses are in peril at the moment. A golf club is a business, members on average probably pay 10 or 20 times as we do for a year’s subscription Golf clubs employ a lot of people Admin,waiters green staff etc etc and there is the pro also trying to make a living . That is a lot of families food and mortgage at stake. Those jobs need to be there after the crisis. They need to be there now as well, people are allowed to work if they can.

Sure some of our fields will take a year to get back if they are good but,unless you are a prima Donna modeller, most models will fly from a strip that has grown a foot long and had a couple of cuts with a rotary mower. A golf club green cut to 4mm cannot be got back without a lot of work and that could be a long time out of action

So what’s more important guys playing with toy aeroplanes or food on families tables and roofs over their heads

 

if this is all we have to whine about we are indeed very lucky.

 

Not sure what models you fly Gangster but I know that many of my scale models won't fly from rough strips. I've never seen balloon tyres on a 60cc Thunderbolt for example.

You talk about economic factors. Aeromodelling contributes millions to the economy including farming, camping, horticulture and contractors, petrol stations as well as the obvious modelling suppliers and many more I'm sure.

Like many, i keep our strip at about 6mm length, as many of our models are scale, with retracts or with small wheels.

Feel free to come and cut our 150m x 80m strip with a small rotary mower and I'll happily stand and watch you.

They may be toy planes to you. To many of us they are radio controlled model aeroplanes.

Edited By Chris Berry on 24/04/2020 17:45:21

john stones 124/04/2020 18:07:12
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Sounds good to me, if you have permission, take care n get stuck in, different matter than discussing it on here when it's been stopped.

Ours will be a right state, not seen council cutting for weeks.

kevin b24/04/2020 18:34:14
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Our field is still being cut. With the added advantage that at the end of the year we could end up with a few lamb chops.

wink 2

john stones 124/04/2020 18:39:56
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No sheep, but club grapevine says natives are getting restless, they'll be fighting over mowers. surprise

Pete B - Moderator24/04/2020 18:54:37
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Just a gentle reminder to play nicely and respect each other, folks. The only spats we like to see here are on undercarriages.....wink 2

I thank you....

Pete

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