Steve Dunning (left) presents John Bridgett with his Elation Models Neon with thanks from very grateful club members.
At the RMFC AGM in January it was decided by the membership to present a token of our appreciation for his work in making RMFC a club to be proud of being a member.
John was elected as club chairman in 2003 when all the club's assets consisted of was a 5 acre field. Parking on the field at that time was restricted to dry days with ruts appearing all around the flying site as most members struggled to get off the grass when it was wet.
First improvement was the gate to keep none members off our field, this was followed by the drive and hard standing parking area. A mower was bought to save costs on contracting out the grass cutting, then came the container for a workshop and a second as a club house.
John being an expert with ebay managed to acquire a generator at a reasonable cost but he was not aware there was 90 gallons of diesel included
This was quickly followed the purchase of a Ransome mower which was in service at our flying site for a great number of years. Finance was tight but John came up with a solution for the next investment, without a thought he loaned the club the money to purchase the workshop alarm and fitted it himself.
News letters were produced solely by John for the benefit of informing the membership of club activities, this was before most members gained internet access.
JB became a BMFA registered trainer and then club examiner to benefit the club with his experience. The chance came to be an area examiner for the Midland area.
The RMFC website server space is provided by Johns company Lincit based in Gainsborough which without his generosity would cost the club to supply such an information hub.
JB has been a fantastic and active chairman who has guided our club to a new level for our new chairman Steve Dunning to take forward to the next level.
On Sunday 5th April a presentation was made to John by Steve Dunning on behalf of the members, a customised Elation Models Neon, this was called at short notice as JB works off shore for long periods of time.