The (Almost) Final Vulcan Flight


vulcanWing residents were treated to an historic event Sunday 4th October at about 5pm. The last of the Vulcan bombers and one of the planes that flew all the way to the Falkland Islands to bomb the runway at Port Stanley did it’s (almost) final impromptu display over the Rutland Water area. It was accompanied by a small plane taking photos of its last flight.

After circling 4 or 5 times it headed for its final touch down at Robin Hood airport near Leeds. It was clearly seen from Wing in a lovely autumn evening sky.

Stop Press: We’ve just been told it will be doing another flight this weekend and possibly another last flight before the end of October. Watch this space…

Stop Stop Press: The Vulcan will fly over the eastern edge of Rutland Water at 13:04 on Sunday 11th October

Charity Quilt Show


October 3 and 4 is the Wing Charity Quilt Show in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice and Wing Parish Church. Exhibition of hand-made quilts are on show in the Wing Village Hall and the parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Stalls offering craft items and supplies, raffle and tombola. Delicious food also available.

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th, 10am until 4pm.

The Old Methodist ( formerly Wesleyan) Chapel


The Old Methodist ( formerly Wesleyan) Chapel, Middle Street, Wing. If anyone has any information about, memories of, or old photos of the Chapel which they would be happy to share I should be very grateful. As the new owners of the Chapel we are interested in learning all we can about its history and previous appearance, inside and out, and any detail would be helpful. I can be contacted at Chapel Cottage, 16 Middle Street; on 01572 737689; or by e mailing me at wingchapelsw@gmx.co.uk

Ride and Stride Wing Style


Ride and Stride Wing Style

The first time that the Ride and Stride event had mobilty scooters entered was 2015 when Cynthia Harris, John Oakley and Paul Brewer stuck their names forward. A novel experience for all of them, the least worried being Cynthia and the most Paul. John was just happy to be out in the fresh air and in the middle of the road.

Here are a few photos of the Ride.

Vulcan Fly pastWe think Sir may have had a hand in the Flypast (possibly the last) of the Vulcan.

Wing Womblers Pilton 1

We forgot the camera till we got to Pilton where this shot was taken. Cynthia was all for going ahead as John’s trundle was so slow.

But we made it.

Wing Womblers Morcott 2

A warm welcome at Morcott. We were offered a selection of biscuits and even the facilities for a comfort break.

Wing Womblers Last Lap 2The run back to Wing was plain sailing once we got up the hill and past the Pilton turning. There was then no stopping John.

Wing Womblers Last Lap 3Apparently, after his Spitfire period, John was deeply into rallying and you can see from the expression on his face this care free run is bringing back old memories.

Wing Womblers Last Lap 4John is working on the aerodynamics of his trundle and body profile. A one piece Glass or Carbon fibre fish shape is on the drawing board at the moment.

In the mean time he is concentrating on occupying the centre of the carriageway.

Wing Womblers Wing Church 6It was with some relief that Wing church hove into sight and Peter’s cheery little face made a pleasant end to a few hours struggle with the vagaries of our electrical carriages and the English weather.

The Gruel pot was apparently lost on the way round.

The Wing’ed Angels


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Cynthia, John and Paul at Wing Church after the Ride + Stride

The Wing’ed Angels, Cynthia Harris, Paul Brewer and John Oakley, successfully completed their Ride + Stride course on their mobility scooters along the Chater Valley calling at the churches at Lyndon, Pilton and Morcott before returning to Wing. (opens in new window). They were the first team ever to attempt the Ride + Stride on mobility scooters in the history of this bi-annual event.

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The three intrepid travellers outside Pilton church

The traveled a total of 7.93 miles in an elapsed time of 2 hours 40 minutes with stops (1 hour 40 minutes on the move).

The trip was interrupted by a number of minor incidents. Paul got his flag caught in some low-hanging foliage, John had to coax his steed ( “Daphne’, ex-the late lamented Tony Casey) up the hill from the Lyndon road to Pilton when the power indicator dropped to 1 flashing bar out of 10 and Cynthia reached such a speed on the Pilton-Morcott leg that the vibration caused some essential supplies to leap from her basket. Throughout the event Paul, on his high speed cruiser, was the safety officer, keeping us together and going ahead at road junctions to make sure it was safe to proceed.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in a good cause and if the sponsors cough up we will have raised a considerable sum. Details to follow.

Vulcan Fly past
Vulcan Fly past
Wing Womblers Morcott 2
Morcott Church
Wing Womblers Last Lap 3
On the last lap – Morcott to Wing
BBQ Post R and S 2
Surviver’s BBQ

From the Heart of Rutland

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