The club came into being, mainly as a result of the efforts of Colin Jackson (still an active club member), back in 1980. He made contact with various local members of the British Kite Flying Association with a view to forming a "local" outlet for keen flyers. The inaugural meeting took place in the autumn of that year at Ernulf School in St. Neots. Flyers joined on the promise that the club would be aimed at "the Family" and allow novices to fly alongside experts.
The title of the club was derived from the expectancy that prospective members would be drawn from the Counties bordering the flow of the River Great Ouse. Today, it is surprising just how many members come from beyond this "catchment".
During it’s development, GOKF has forged links with the MacMillan Cancer Relief organisation. All our fund raising activities have become directed to the funds of this wonderful charity, through their Peterborough office. In recent years an auction of kites and kite memorabilia raised almost £1,000 at the club AGM and a 24hour fly-in at Ferry Meadows (in very wet and miserable weather), raised a further £800.
A regular feature of club activities is Children’s Kite Workshops. Not only do they raise some monies for MacMillan Cancer Relief, but they provide an introduction to kiting for children. The workshops are arranged through schools, clubs and societies… they are fun and also educational.
The club had two established, regular flying sites. Ferry Meadows in Peterborough, courtesy of Nene Park Trust (this is our Festival site), and Priory Park in Bedford, courtesy of Bedford City Council, but the latter has now been removed from our listing as the Council have made access difficult. Our third site, once a year, is the Exhibition centre car park on the north side of Grafham Water, where tradition has it that we meet, fly and enjoy festive goodies every New Year’s Day!
We have a history of being a friendly club willing to accept membership from anyone who wants to fly. We obviously meet to enjoy the experiences of kite flying, we also chat, offer advice and try to be helpful and welcoming. We are also invited to many other events in the region, check the events page for more info.
The sky is free… why not come and enjoy it with us!