Welfare Visit to Blue Eye Aviation, Darley Moor Airfield, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. On 5th August 2015
Our hard working Welfare Officer, Marian Robinson, organised the above trip on Wednesday 5th August. We met at West Park Leisure Centre 9.15am. As usual everyone was on time so we were able to leave promptly. The coach was full of people and the boot was nearly full of wheelchairs, walking frames and scooters. However, there was room for the plants we bought from the Fairways Garden Centre near Ashbourne. Marian had organised tea, coffee and scones for our 'elevenses' there.
After spending an enjoyable couple of hours looking round the garden centre we got back on the bus for the trip to Darley Moor Airfield where the Tiger Moth is based. This is a very small private airfield with a club house and restaurant where we were made very welcome for the afternoon. The staff did a sterling job serving us all with a large two course lunch, which was excellent, at the same time as serving their regular customers. The Tiger Moth was being used to take people on pleasure flights over the area where the Dambusters trained. Unfortunately it was fully booked so we were not able to get a flight but we were able to look round it in between trips and join with families seeing off their relatives dressed in 1940 's flying gear.
As well as the Tiger Moth there were Microlight aircraft operating from the airfield and one of the highlights of the afternoon was seeing our Welfare Officer take to the skies in one. We all stood outside the clubhouse and waved as she roared off down the runway and greeted her return with applause. The microlight pilot presented her with a certificate and our new Publicity Officer took some group photographs in front of the Microlight and Tiger Moth.
Everyone agreed that it had been a lovely relaxing day with time to chat to each other. We did not get the rain the weathermen had forecast, they got it wrong again.
Finally, thank you Marian for all the hard work that was put in to make the day so enjoyable.