BBM&L 2019 AGM and Annual Luncheon

The 38th Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 27th October at the Donnington Grove Hotel, Newbury, Berkshire. https://www.donnington-grove.com . This will take place at 11am.

The agenda can be found here Agenda AGM 2019

The Annual Luncheon follows at 12.30 and we are so lucky that Kevin Meehan has agreed to be our speaker. To book your place just go to the shop on this page and fill in your details.

The venue is beautiful, the menu is wonderful, and the speaker is fantastic. What is there not to love?

If you really cannot make it to the lunch, and we do hope you can, you can make a donation PayPal Donation Button and help save the Past for the Future.

 

Norman Pritchard Inducted into the Hall of Fame

NORMAN PRITCHARD 2019 CIA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE (Deceased) Volunteer – ‘A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task’.

Norman Pritchard was such a person. From the early 1970’s until he left his earthly life in October 2004 at the age of 85, Norman was active in all aspects of ballooning.

From the first British National Championship at Castle Howard to the setting up of the British Balloon Museum and Library, the early days of the Icicle Balloon Meet and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Norman was there.

He was an integral part of the group who formed the Rocinante Balloon Group, with their first balloon a Thunder with a flexi-rigid burner frame, Velcro rips requiring a “Cremation Charlie” during inflation.

1979 the British Balloon Museum and Library came into being. Norman, an ardent archivist was in at the start. He served nearly 20 years as the Secretary before becoming Vice Chairman in 1998.

He was instrumental together with John Baker, publishing ‘Balloons and Ballooning’ in 1986. He later he published 3 booklets under his own name – ‘British Records’ and ‘World Records’ in 1993 followed by the ‘BBAC Competitions Handbook’ in 1994.

Friday October 4, 2019 this year’s acknowledged CIA Hall of Fame inductees Paolo Bonanno and Norman Pritchard (deceased) will be honoured at Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, next to Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The numerous fun adventures he shared with his ballooning family are still talked about today.

FAI BALLOONING COMMISSION (CIA) 30th May 2019

The BBM&L 2018 AGM & Annual Luncheon.

The BBM&L AGM and the Annual Luncheon was at the Mercure Elcot Hotel on Sunday 28th October 2018.

Our speaker this year was Rob Bayly and he was brilliant. He chose the top ten ‘Balloonatics’, of which our President Robin Batchelor was one. It was amusing, enthralling and informative. A great choice.

Rob qualified for his air hot air balloon pilot’s licence in 1987.  Five years later he flew the Atlantic as co-pilot with Don Cameron of the British entry in the only transatlantic balloon race. He has flown the English Channel three times and has three times been winner of the Great British Long Jump distance competition.  Extreme flights include across the Norwegian Arctic, Austrian Alps, Sri Lankan jungle and New Mexico desert.  Rob holds a number of records and has flown in many countries including Russia, USA, Australia, Malaysia and UAE Dubai.

There were many people at the luncheon and the Museum raised many hundreds of pounds, thank you.

 

GDPR and our Privacy Policy

You are aware that on the 25th May, a new GDPR Legislation is being introduced.

The British Balloon Museum & Library have been hard at work and there is a link to our Privacy Policy on the home page as well as here.

The British Balloon Museum & Library’s Privacy Policy.

The privacy and security of your personal information is extremely important to us. This privacy policy explains how and why we use your personal data, to make sure you stay informed and can be confident about giving us your information.  

We’ll keep this page updated to show you all the things we do with your personal data.  This policy applies if you’re a supporter of The British Balloon Museum and Library (Friend, donor, volunteer, customer,) or use any of our services, visit our website, email, call or write to us. In certain circumstances we may also provide an extra privacy notice, which will always refer to this page.

We’ll never pass on your personal data and will only share it with organisations we work with when it’s necessary and the privacy and security of your data is assured. We will never share your information with companies outside the BBM&L for inclusion in their marketing.

Who are ‘we’?

In this policy, whenever you see the words ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’, ‘BBM&L’, it refers to The British Balloon Museum and Library.

The BBM&L is a charitable organisation with the aim to create a collection of information and artefacts concerning the history and development of hot air and gas ballooning and airships in the UK, to provide displays and written material.

The BBM&L is a company limited by guarantee; Registered in England and Wales – Company No. 01519771

The BBM&L is a registered charity; Charity number 281331.

If you have any questions in relation to this privacy policy or how we use your personal data they should be emailed to friends@www.bbml.org.uk or addressed to the Membership Secretary at 25 Chivers Drive, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 4EW.

What personal data do we collect?

Your personal data (any information which identifies you, or which can be identified as relating to you personally for example, name, address, phone number, email address) will be collected and used by us. We’ll only collect the personal data that we need. 

We collect personal data in connection with specific activities such as registering as a Friend or requesting how to become a Friend, placing an order from our online shop, donations of artefacts or monetary donations, volunteering, conducting or requesting research, ordering an image, etc. 

You can give us your personal data by filling in forms on our website or in person at events, by registering to use our website, or by corresponding with us (by phone, email or post as a Friend/supporter/customer). 

This personal data you give us may include name, title, address, email address, telephone numbers, photographs, website username and password. It will also include financial information such as standing order details and whether donations are gift-aided.

Please note that certain Friends services on our website won’t be available to you until you’ve joined as a Friend and registered to use our website.

Personal data created by your involvement with us

Your activities and involvement with us will result in personal data being created. This could include details of how you’ve helped us by volunteering or being involved with our activities. If you decide to donate to us then we’ll keep records of when and how much/what items you have given.  

How we use your personal data

We’ll only use your personal data on relevant lawful grounds as permitted by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (from 25 May 2018)/UK Data Protection Act and Privacy of Electronic Communication Regulation.

Personal data provided to us will be used for the purpose or purposes outlined in any fair processing notice in a transparent manner at the time of collection or registration where appropriate, in accordance with any preferences you express.

Your personal data may be collected and used to help us:

  • deliver our charitable activities;
  • help us raise funds by informing you of fundraising activities or inviting donations for a specific purpose to support our charitable activities;
  • marketing communications such as notice of events or informing you of products available in our online shop;
  • to complete your order or request;

depending on the nature of our relationship with you and how you interact with our various services, websites and activities. 

We’ll always act upon your choice of if and how you want to receive communications (for example, by email, post or phone). However, there are some communications that we need to send. These are essential to fulfil our promises to you as a Friend of the BBM&L.

Examples are:

  • Transaction messaging, such as shop purchase confirmations.
  • Membership-related communications such as renewal reminders
  • Trailrope, our quarterly journal which includes what we have been doing, forthcoming events, fundraising matters, marketing including our online shop and articles & items of interest on ballooning.
  • Notice of our Annual General Meeting

How can I change my contact preferences?

We want you to remain in control of your personal data. If, at any time, you want to update, view or amend your personal data or preferences please contact us in one of the following ways: 

  • Email friends@www.bbml.org.uk with your full name, full address and Friend number.
  • Write to: Membership Secretary at 25 Chivers Drive, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 4EW.

Your data protection rights (DPO) 

Where the BBM&L is using your personal data on the basis of consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time using the contact details above.

What to do if you’re not happy

In the first instance, please talk to us directly so we can resolve any problem or query. You also have the right to contact the Information Commissions Office (ICO) if you have any questions about Data Protection. You can contact them using their help line 0303 123 113 or at www.ico.org.uk.

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Our website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites. This privacy policy applies solely to the personal data collected by the BBM&L.  

Keeping your information

We will only use and store your information for as long as it is required for the purposes it was collected for. How long it will be stored for depends on the information in question, what it is being used for and, sometimes, statutory legal requirements such as gift aid requirements. 

How we secure your data 

Information system and data security is imperative to us to ensure that we are keeping our Friends safe. Membership details are kept securely and are not shared.    

Storage of information

The BBM&L is based in the UK and we store all our data within the United Kingdom.

Payment card Security

The BBM&L uses PayPal for all online payments and credit/debit card payments at events. Your payment card information is handled by PayPal and is not processed or held by us.

Changes to this privacy policy

We’ll amend this privacy policy from time to time to ensure it remains up to date and reflects how and why we use your personal data and new legal requirements. Please visit our website to keep up to date with any changes. The current version will always be posted on our website. 

This privacy policy was last updated on 25 April 2018.

2018 Inflation Day

Well, that’s another Inflation Day ‘put to bed’ for the next couple of years, and we got away with it – just!

The weather prediction during the preceding week tried hard to upset the event with a fluctuating forecast but eventually balloo

John Baker’s Model Dante balloon

ning won. Three inflation teams took to the task straight after briefing, with the early inflations happening in light rain but at this point we realised we ‘had an event’!

Ultimately 26 balloons were inflated (plus several models in the sports hall). It is one of the lowest number of inflations taking place at an Inflation since I have taken on the running of the event (nine events over eighteen years), but with the selection of balloons from the Museum being carefully chosen, hopefully producing quality rather than quantity by inflating some very old balloons.

Unfortunately, the planned line-ups of the British Gas shapes, and three London Pride’s that were available, didn’t take place due to the weather – one for next time perhaps! Without the help of partners and families the event would be hard work for me, but as organiser I appreciate the effort put into the preparation and help on the day to make my life so much easier – next time could be more of a challenge with a possible new venue!

Decanter presented to David Hopkins of Lakeside.
Jean Ray and Heather Philp

BBM&L President, Robin Batchelor hosted Jean Ray and Heather Philp during the day, as they had been invited to attend with their late husband Joe’s balloon, ‘Dream Machine’ (G-BADU), a very rare balloon for the gathered enthusiasts, a greatly appreciated addition to the day.

An item no longer used in modern ballooning, a ‘crash helmet’, and this example, very much a piece of ballooning history, was donated to the Museum by Jean Ray with many historic signatures on it. Bringing back memories no doubt, of Jean’s ballooning days with Joe. A helmet was a very important piece of ballooning equipment in the early days (as many Friends of the Museum will remember) because, due to there being no flexi-rigid supports for the burner frame, protection to the head was very much a necessity during landing!

In recognition of the five Inflation events (the first in 2010) that have taken place at Lakeside Lodge, the BBM&L presented David Hopkins with a port decanter set (and a bottle of port to fill it) with an appropriate inscription on the base to mark the occasion. The Museum’s accountant Angela Lickorish had baked a splendid cake depicting David’s golf ball balloon on the icing! The Museum appreciates the support David has given us over the years, sadly he is selling the estate so a new venue for Inflation Day’s will be sought!

London Pride II’ (G-AZXB)

Prizes were awarded to the following:

Oldest balloon inflated:

‘London Pride II’ (G-AZXB) registered on the 20th June 1972 receiving the prize, the balloon being loaned to the Museum for the day by Bob Mitchener.

Crews Dedication by inflating 26 Balloons: It must be said a fantastic effort from the three crews who did the 26 inflations between them. This is just one team for the G-BBCB inflation. Congratulations to lead pilots Neil Ivison, Martin Mitchell and Gary Davis and their crews, as without their enthusiasm it would have been a lost cause that’s for certain – I’m sure the beer packs were welcomed by the crews – most likely consumed before leaving the field!

 

Furthest Balloon travelled in UK:

‘Dream Machine’ (G-BADU) transported to the event by Heather Philp from Cornwall – what a rare b

alloon to have had at the event!

LAASi Prize for the enthusiasts most wanted balloon:

‘Cee-Bee’ (G-BBCB) inflated by Neil Ivison on behalf of the Museum.

Best Special Shape:

Brought by Eddy Pattyn all the way from Sint-Niklaas, Belgium was OO-BUE the Orangina Bottle (Eddy was presented with an English beer selection provided by Belvoir Brewery). Eddy supporting Inflation Day’s yet again with a noteworthy balloon!

Services to Ballooning during Inflation Day:

A special prize for a very confident young man who was taking part, was presented to 3-year-old Alex for assisting ‘Team Northampton’ with inflations – he was totally involved with the action, not to mention hard working.

As recognition for his participation Alex was presented with a book, from JB Books stand, depicting pictures of special shapes, (couldn’t have had too much reading because of his age) plus an Inflation Day pin! A future balloonist in the making that’s for sure!

Congratulations to them all, for supporting the event so ably, and for all those who travelled many miles at the risk of nothing happening, but they had their rewards! Thank you also to LAASi for supporting the event once again, greatly appreciated.

Tim Turner

Event Co-Ordinator & BBM&L Secretary

2018 Inflation Day 28th April

The BBM&L is pleased to announce the date for the 15th Biennial Inflation Day . It has been set for

28th April 2018

The location, for the fifth time thanks to David Hopkins inviting us back, will be:

Lakeside Lodge at Pidley, Huntingdon PE28 3DF. 

Click  ‘here.’ to get an entry form.

All balloons will be welcome, but balloons 15 years (registered prior to the 28th April 2002) and older will be eligible for prizes. 

We are in the early stages of planning, but the format is expected to be much the same as previous years, so don’t forget your membership cards!

Exciting times as we get the arrangements under way, so any thoughts on themes will be welcome – but don’t be long about it – the ‘clock’ is ticking! Once again, I am very pleased to say LAASi will be sponsoring the event, for which we are extremely grateful and will welcome their members to enjoy the additional benefits on the day, and not to forget our own BBM&L Friends of course!

The Museum has had many balloons donated since the last event 2 years ago, mostly conventional shaped balloons, but still assisting with representing the history of modern ballooning! Examples that have been donated include, Carousel 2 (G-BDSK) – the Museum already has Carousel 1 in the collection (G-AZOO), London Pride III (G-BDGH), how exciting it would be to have all three ‘London Prides’ inflated together!  The ‘top spot’ must go to G-BBCB (Cee-Bee) kindly donated by Giles Bulmer’s wife, Jillian and son Callum, a much sought-after donation and certainly will be the ‘star’ of the Museum representation at the event!

Once again we will have the ‘event pin’, which are becoming the ‘must have’ collectors items, with the 2018 version representing the fifth Inflation Day at Pidley!

The BBM&L 2017 AGM & Annual Luncheon

The BBM&L AGM And Luncheon will be held on Sunday 29th October 2017 at the Mercure Elcot Hotel near Newbury, Berkshire.

The AGM starts at 11.00am and all Friends are welcome. The Agenda can be downloaded here.

The Luncheon starts at 12-12.30 and will cost £26 per head, but the most exciting bit will be a talk afterwards run by John Coleman (A pilot for over half a century), about his amazing exploits flying over lions and hippopotamus in the wilds of the Masai Mara, Kenya in the 1980s and 1990s.

It will not be just him, trying to outdo John with their tales of derring does in Kenya will be Robin Batchelor and Dani Maimone.

This could be a show not to be missed. There will also be the fundraising raffle.

Tickets can be bought through the shop link at the top of the page.

The First Gas Balloon Flight

Did you know the first gas balloon made its flight in August 1783? It was designed by Jacques Charles and Les Frères Robert, it carried no passengers or cargo.

The construction was a bit hurried as news had reached Professor Jacques Charles that the Montgolfier brothers had launched a hot air balloon two months previously and the King wanted to see it in Paris.Professor Charles was known for his temperamental outbursts and he was determined to fly for the King himself.He was pushing the brothers Robert exceedingly hard to get it finished, but one of the Robert brothers would sulk if he was shouted at. Sounds like an interesting working team.

Charles conceived the idea that hydrogen would be a suitable lifting agent for balloons having studied the work of Robert Boyle’s ‘Boyle’s Law’ which was published 100 years earlier in 1662, and of his contemporaries Henry Cavendish, Joseph Black and Tiberius Cavallo. He designed the craft and then worked in conjunction with the Robert brothers, Anne-Jean and Nicolas-Louis, to build it in their workshop at the Place des Victoires in Paris.

The brothers invented the methodology for the lightweight, airtight gas bag by dissolving rubber in a solution of turpentine and varnished the sheets of silk that were stitched together to make the main envelope. They used alternate strips of red and white silk, but the discolouration of the varnishing/rubberising process left a pale red and yellow result.

Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers launched the world’s first hydrogen filled balloon on August 27, 1783, from the Champ de Mars, (now the site of the Eiffel Tower) where Ben Franklin was among the crowd of onlookers. The balloon was comparatively small, a 35 cubic metre sphere of rubberised silk, and only capable of lifting abouttwenty pounds. It was filled with hydrogen that had been made by pouring nearly a quarter of a tonne of sulphuric acid onto a half a tonne of scrap iron. The hydrogen gas was fed into the balloon via lead pipes, but as it was not passed through cold water, great difficulty was experienced in filling the balloon completely (the gas was hot when produced, but as it cooled in the balloon, it contracted).

Daily progress bulletins were issued on the inflation; and the crowd was so great that on the 26th August the balloon was moved secretly by night to the Champ de Mars, a distance of 4 kilometres. After it launched, the balloon flew northwards for 45 minutes, pursued by chasers on horseback.It landed in Gonesse and was attacked by terrified villagers.

Les Frères Robert were two French brothers, both were well established engineers. Anne-Jean Robert (1758–1820) and Nicola-Louis Robert (1760–1820), built the balloon for Jacques Charles. Nicola-Louis Robert also invented the first machine to produce paper in continuous sheets. Nothing to do with aviation, but links coincidentally to the Montgolfier brothers with paper mills in Annonay.

On 1 December 1783 their second hydrogen-filled balloon made a manned flight piloted by Jacques Charles and Nicolas-Louis Robert, 10 days after the first manned flight in a Montgolfier hot air balloon.

A gas balloon is a balloon that stays in the air because it is filled with a gas less dense than air or lighter than air (such as helium or hydrogen). A gas balloon may also be called a Charlièrefrom its inventor, Jacques Charles.

 

Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year

The British Balloon Museum & Library would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you are not a Friend of the Museum already, why not make a New Years Resolution to become one?graphic1

Just go to the shop section of this website and join up.

You get four amazing colour magazines a year plus invitations to many events for only £10 if you are in the UK.

The Icicle Refrozen Balloon Meet, 7th & 8th January 2017

Icicle Refrozen will take place on the 7th & 8th January 2017 at Donnington Grove Country Club on the North West edge of Newbury, Berkshire.The 3.4.40 Region of the BBAC has again taken on the organization of this iconic event and are delighted to revisit this new venue for both flying and social events. The meet remains informal, un-sponsored and open to all balloonists.
FLYING
Flying will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with opportunities for tethering throughout both days once the launch site is clear from the morning ascension.
DINNER
There will be a three-course dinner on Saturday evening. They are pleased to announce that Dave Boxall, Design Engineer & Technical Manager of Cameron Balloons will entertain everybody with a fascinating presentation on Fedor Konyukhov’s recent record breaking around the world balloon flight.
Cost for the three course dinner on Saturday evening is £29 per person and bookings should be made as soon as possible.
TRADESHOW The BBM&L will be exhibiting at the Tradeshow.

Go to the website for further information. http://www.icicle-refrozen.com/

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