Hereford Parachute Club
Website for members of the former Hereford Parachute Club
This website was created on August 10, 2003.
A Shobdonite's get to gether is planned for the 30th June to 1st July 2o18 at Shobdon for those of you interested. This will coinside with the Shobdon Food and Flying festival so this should be a great time to meet up with old aquatnces. All you need is to just turn up but if you can let me know that you may come, then I can pass your names on.
The Hereford Parachute Club was first established in 1963 by the 22nd SAS Regiment based in Hereford, Herefordshire, UK. This was at the request from civilian residents in Hereford who wished to start sport parachuting and the club was formed at Shobdon Airfield, Hereford.
The club operated part-time until 1976 when it changed over to full time operation and continued to do so until it finished operation’s at Shobdon in 1990 and moved to Staverton Airfield in Gloucester and operated a split Drop Zone.
The club again was now part time and continued until it finally closed down in 1992. Over the many years that it operated, it trained 1000’s of civilians to make their first jump and in its hay-day of the early 1980’s was training 3000 person’s a year to parachute. Many of these continued in the sport and went on further into, freefall, RW, CRW, Base jumping and had careers such as photography in Skydiving.
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This photo pinched off Ian McLaren's website. Fair exchange is no robbery.
It shows the once orchard now a large gravel pit.
Shobdon 1986 © Les Kaye
Photo taken by an un-named parachutist
(who was it? perhaps Ian Robinson of the Swansea club)
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I would welcome any information or photo's that anyone could send to me about the club during the years that it operated.
Have you got a story about the club or any of its members? to tell? Please send them to me, although in some cases I may have to edit them a bit!