JMA AGM 21-22 March

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JMA AGM 21-22 March

Postby Dave Wilshere » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:00 pm

First JMA event for what is shaping up to be a packed season is at BMFA Buckminster March 21-22 2020. The AGM will be on Saturday.

More info soon

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Re: JMA AGM 21-22 March

Postby Dave Wilshere » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:41 am

AGM will start 10.30am Saturday 21st March at BMFA Buckminster.
Flying for the remainder of the day and Sunday.

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Re: JMA AGM 21-22 March

Postby Dave Wilshere » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:36 am

We have been contacted by a few members reference the AGM this coming weekend. Obviously the country is experiencing challenging restrictions to some gatherings. At this time government guidance allows our meetings to continue, taking the necessary precautions. Buckminster is a perfect venue offering on site bathroom facilities and large spaces. I have spoken to Manny this morning and at this time we are happy to run the meeting. Obviously we ask our members to consider their own situation and health, if you have any concerns please do not attend. Also if anyone starts to experience symptoms, please also consider the wider membership.
Manny has confirmed there will be sanitiser available and obviously the latest recommendations are to wash your hands with soap and water-both are widely available at Buckminster. We will lay out the seating with good spacing!

Dave Wilshere
Chairman

National Centre News Release

Corona Virus Measures

We have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have been awaiting clear guidance from the Government before making decisions relating to the activity at the National Centre.
It is clear that the Coronavirus situation is developing rapidly in the UK.
General Flying
In general terms model flying represents a low risk activity due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain separation.
On this basis the National Centre will remain open for normal day to day flying activity in accordance with the site status box which runs three days ahead.
The Hangar facilities and flyers toilet block will all remain in service and will be provided with additional hand sanitising facilities.
We ask that visitors take reasonable precautions whilst on site and strongly suggest that anyone exhibiting symptoms or in a high-risk group (pre-existing condition/weakened immune system) follow the guidance provided on the Government website:https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Events
At this time the intent is to continue the programme of outdoor flying events through the summer, however,in accordance with Government guidelines it is likely that events with a significant indoor/group aspect may have to be postponed.
Any event changes will be announced on an individual basis, the first event of significant concern is the swapmeet on April the 5th, a formal announcement relating to this event will follow within the next few days.
Manny Williamson

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Re: JMA AGM 21-22 March

Postby Dave Wilshere » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:07 pm

Things have moved on from yesterday's decision to try and hold the meeting. The Government issues a statement saying that we should all avoid gatherings/meetings.
It is with much regret we have taken the decision to cancel (postpone) the AGM until further notice and feel we can no longer operate a JMA organised flying event. We have checked with the BMFA and Buckminster (National Center) is open and available for jet flying if members choose to ignore the government advice on mixing.

All the facilities are available at Buckminster, but at the users own discretion. Handwashing, cleaning etc.

We will advise future plans when possible.

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Re: JMA AGM 21-22 March

Postby Dave Wilshere » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:44 pm

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE - PLEASE SHARE ***
Model flying and the COVID-19 Virus - News Release 17-3-2020
We have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have been awaiting clear guidance from the Government before making decisions relating to general model flying and BMFA Model flying events, contests and roadshows.
It is clear that the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly in the UK and members should keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice. Please see https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res… for the latest information.
Members are advised to follow the precautions provided by the NHS at all times details of which you can find here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Model Flying in the club environment
In general terms model flying represents a low risk activity due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain inter-personal separation.
At this time, and subject to any updated government advice/instruction, for those who are not unwell there is little reason to curtail outdoor model flying activities in the club environment. The well-being benefits provided by model flying should be balanced by the potential risk and NHS precautions should be followed.
While there is little reason to curtail normal outdoor flying activities, clubs should consider what action to take regarding indoor club meetings and any proposed or scheduled larger events they have planned which, under present guidance, may have to be cancelled or postponed.
BMFA Organised events, contests and roadshows
The BMFA is currently reviewing the status of scheduled events. Several events/contests are already subject to cancellation including the indoor Swapmeet at BMFA Buckminster, the ASRC Roadshows and the Free Flight Nationals.
Planning for the Power Nationals in August is continuing on the assumption that it will be going ahead, but this will be kept under review.
Members should keep checking the Contest and Event calendar on the BMFA website for status updates on specific contests and events. Should contest/event organisers wish to amend/update their entries on the BMFA Calendar, please contact the office or complete the online request form here: https://e-forms.bmfa.org/event-amend.
BMFA Office
The BMFA Office functions will remain in operation, though the office may not be physically staffed to the usual level and we regret that for the time being we are no longer able to welcome visits from BMFA Members. We have measures in place to ensure that support for members and clubs continues. Please use admin@bmfa.org as the primary means of contact.
Important note:- Please stay at home and do not attend flying sessions, events, contests or meetings if:
- you have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
- you are unwell, with a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough.
- you have serious underlying health issues.


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