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    Goodwood revamp

    Drove into Goodwood/Westhampnett the other day. The cafeteria and surrounding offices have been comprehensively demolished - some while ago by the look of things. I don't know what they have in mind for replacement.

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    They needed it, they were definitely as watertight as the Titanic last time I was there not visiting Boultbee.

    This from the website:

    The Aero Club Café is taking flight...

    In preparation for work to commence on our new café we will be relocating to the Old Control Tower at the Motor Circuit from Wednesday 17th September.

    Join us for our usual delicious menu set in this beautifully restored building.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon.
    Moggy
    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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    Drove over to-day to Goodwood. Work continues on the new cafeteria, clubroom and offices. The new looks to be four or five times bigger than the old. Looks like a long way to go.

    As I drove past Boultbee, their Mk 9, SM 520 was parked outside by the fence with two chaps getting strapped in. About 20 people, connected with the passenger, were gathered by the fence clicking away. We gathered that they had all contributed to the flight charges.

    We waited until the Merlin had fired up and taxied for, I think, 28. The Merlin symphony that was the subsequent full power departure was bliss.

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    My cup runneth over !

    More Spitfire overhead to-day. If the weather is half decent, I get to see a Spitfire - presumably Boultbee - at least twice a week. That is now a bonus attached to living a few miles from Chichester. She runs in from East to West at about 1500 to 2000 feet. I notice many heads jerking skywards when she passes.

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    I should be returning with XB at some point later in the summer to give a flight to a pilot friend who has never flown a 6.

    I look forward to it.

    Moggy
    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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    [QUOTE=John Green;2202655]Drove into Goodwood/Westhampnett the other day. The cafeteria and surrounding offices have been comprehensively demolished


    Nice day, drove to Goodwood for the first time in four or five months. I didn't expect to see what I saw ! The whole of the center portion of the airfield stretching to the Southern boundary has been stripped of grass exposing the topsoil.

    I went into the temporary GFC building and on the notice board was an extensive description of the work now in hand to grade and level the area so as to remove the annual problem of flooding. It is a huge area covering at a guess about the equivalent of fifteen to twenty rugger pitches. I wouldn't like to pay the grass seed invoice.

    There is one runway; 10/28, with visitors, apart from heli's, being discouraged as the field is out of use. Flight training is taking place at Lee-on Solent.

    The new cafeteria building remains in limbo. Very little appears to have been done to bring closer an opening date. A person to whom I spoke, said that the field would re-open towards late summer this year.

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    I would imagine that they would aim to have it up and running by the Goodwood Revival. I wonder what the bill to turf it would be if the seed didn't grow properly !
    It's the one you don't see that gets you (usually)...

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