Brief history of the background to the Lasham Trust
Having been very closely involved in the move to Lasham and the security of tenure battle, I was convinced that one day we might be able to purchase Lasham. Regretfully I was a lone voice, much derided by Lasham members and HMG who categorically stated that they would never sell the airfield as they had great plans for the site.
A brief background history of our gliding at Lasham
When the Surrey and Imperial College Gliding Clubs joined the Army Club at Lasham in August 1951, after a great deal of huffing and puffing our then Landlord, The Ministry of Aviation, granted us a one month’s security of tenure license. After an enormous running battle with HMG (read the full dreadful story ‘The Battle for Lasham’ in ‘A Glider Pilot bold…’) in 1961 we secured a 21 year lease with the right to further 21 year term. We were able to insist on the vital ‘pre-emption’ clause which gave us first refusal to purchase if ever HMG decided to sell the airfield. In 1982 we exercised our right to extend the lease for a further 21 years.
Future aims and desires
Clause 6 of the Trust Deed states “The Trustees may at any time or times pay to or apply for the benefit of the Society (Lasham Gliding Society Ltd) the whole or any part or parts of the capital of the Trust Fund……”.
The original Trustees
The original Trustees were Walter Kahn, Michael Gee an Accountant, Patrick Garnett a Solicitor and Ben Watson the then Chairman of LGS.
The current Trustees are Walter Kahn, Afandi Darlington, Graham Garnett and Colin Jackson the current Chairman of LGS.
Our hope is that we, with the help and generosity of our members and friends can continue to fund various items which will improve, enhance and add to the pleasure and comfort of all who fly gliders at Lasham, be they members, gliding visitors from other clubs and countriesor members of the public who wish to sample the joys of gliding. Even a monthly small donation helps to swell the fund, however the more the better.
Making a donation to Lasham Trust
Donations to Lasham Trust can be made in a number of ways
Call the Lasham Office and ask for a Standing Order Mandate. Even a small monthly donation helps swell the fund,
One off Donation:
Place cash or cheque in a sealed envelope and hand it in at the Office or if the office is closed place the envelope in the night safe located in the wall by the office hatch. If sending by post please do not send cash. Cheques should be made payable to"LASHAM TRUST"
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.
Items funded by The Lasham Trust
The first major contribution was over£340,000 towards the purchase of the airfield in 1999
The Lasham designed and built gliding simulator – in constant use for training purposes.
The first John Deere six wheel buggy for moving gliders on and off the field.
The two Lecterns sited in the public enclosure which explain our activities.
The Lasham weather station and web cameras – seewww.lashamweather.co.uk
The modification to one of our two-seaters which enables handicapped and disabled pilots to fly.
A Portakabin for use during competitions as ‘Control’. A new permanent fixture at Lasham.