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3-4-40 Region BBAC

The unusual name refers to the motorway systems within the club’s region (M3, M4 and M40) which covers Berkshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire and Hampshire. It meets socially on the second Monday of the month at the Spotted Dog in Cold Ash near Thatcham. Monthly News Letter Flying Wires.www.www.3440.org

Black Horse Balloon Club

Based Black Horse Pub, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Holds social meeting on the third Thursday in the month. Monthly news letter Quick Release www.bh-bc.co.uk

Chiltern Region

Meets last Tuesday of the month at The Bull, High Street, Onley, Bucks.. News letter Crown Lines issued bi-monthly. www.blackhorseballoons.co.uk

East Midland Balloon Group

Caters for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. www.embg.org.uk

London Region & Capital Balloon Club

Meets on the last Wednesday of each month at the Secforde Arms, Seckforde St. close to Farringdon station. Publishes a monthly magazine, Hot Gossip www.londonballooning.co.uk

Mid Hants Balloon Club

Covers Hampshire and West Surrey Meets on the second Friday of each month at Headley Park Country Club, Picketts Hill north of Bordan. www.midhantsballoonclub.org.uk

North West Balloons & Airship Club

Meets twice monthly on the first and third Tuesday at the Mill at Croston, near Chorley. Publishes a bi-monthly magazine called Compass Points. www.nwbac.com

Pennine Region

This club incorporates Yorkshire, Humberside, Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. Newsletter Scoop is published bi-monthly. www.prba.org.uk

Surrey and Sussex Balloon Club

Meets on the third Thursday in every month at the Punch Bowl, Oakwood Hill. News letter Whispers see www.ssbg.co.uk

Western Region

The Western Region British Balloon and Airship Club covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, West Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, South Wales, and areas beyond. Bi-monthly newsletter ‘Hotline’ www.wrbbac.co.uk

West Midlands Balloon Club

Newsletter Basket Cases. The clubs website can be found at www.westmidlandsballoonclub.co.uk

Windbags

Kent balloon group. Meets Second Wednesday of the month at The Plough at Langley. Membership monthly email update.

Competition Club

Runs the Grand Prix’s and Nationals. News letter On Target www.compsclub.bbac.org

British Balloon Museum & Library

The BBM&L was formed in 1979 with the purpose of trying to preserve the many items associated with the history of hot-air and gas ballooning. Quarterly newsletter Trailrope. www.britishballoonmuseum.org.uk

Balloons at Newbury Show

The 3-4-40 Club organise the balloon flights from the Royal Coutnty of Berkshire Show

Older balloon

When you get out into the clubs not all balloons are bright and new

Good meeting in the Alps

Club members will often pass on information on a good meeting to attend abroad

Basingstoke balloon Festival

Most clubs have local festivals at which their members turn out on mass

club flying with friends

Its often easier to follow those with local knowledge. Here newcomer to the area Jedd following Garry and I