Welcome to Suffolk Kite Flyers Club

Live in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex or anywhere else in East Anglia?

Interested in kites or just wanting to do something fun?

Then this is the club for you!

The Suffolk Kite Flyers Club was established in 1993 by a small band of kite enthusiasts and currently have over 200 members interested in all aspects of kiting. We hold regular flying meetings, workshops, talks, publish a newsletter and participate in displays at local events and staged what was a fantastic Kite Festival for 13 years at Rougham Airfield near Bury St Edmunds. Third party club insurance covers all members at club events, with flying meetings held at Rougham Airfield most Sundays, also Needham Lake and Barking Tye are two other venues where we hold regular flying meetings. Members also benefit from up to 10% discount at Kiteworld

Ipswich Scouts visiting Rougham for the day -

Event Date: 
Sat, 15/02/2014 - 10:30 - 14:00

Our apologies but this event has been cancelled due to high winds, new date tba.

Explorer scouts visting

Event Date: 
Sun, 03/11/2013 (All day)

Hi all, on Sunday the 3rd of November the Explorer Scouts will be visiting Rougham to have a go at all disciplines of kiting and maybe ride in a buggy or two?
We did a similar event with the Gipping Young Farmers and everyone who took part will tell you we had a great day.

We will meet on site at 10am and after a safety briefing for the scouts will take them in small groups to have some hands on time with a kite or two.

So do come along and support the club and show these young people what a great sport this is and that the nicest people fly kites :)
These may be our members of tomorrow so do support them and bring your small kites along.

Light Up the Sky & One Sky One World

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/10/2013 (All day) - Sun, 13/10/2013 (All day)

A date for your diary 12th and 13th October 2013

This is a weekender for Light Up the Sky on the Saturday and One Sky One World on the Sunday.

So come on over and join the fun.

Non members welcome but camping fees apply

Layer Marney Tower kite event

Event Date: 
Sun, 01/09/2013 - 10:00

Just to remind you all that this Sunday 1st September is the annual Layer Marney Tower kite event. Meet on site approx 10 ish
Decent site and room for a few power kites.
Joint event with the Essex kite group who run the kids workshop.
Visit there web site for location details etc which is south of Colchester .
Go pass the main public entrance then turn right down a track through a gate to the flying area
Toilets, cafe , shop on site


Easton Farm Park - " Suffolk Fun Festival " Sunday 11th Aug.

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/08/2013 (All day)

This is a big event and takes place over 2 days. However we will only be there on the Sunday 11th August.
We are undertaking a kite display and children's kite making workshop.
Large field with loads of space for us all.
Meet on site to set up at approx 9.30 for a 10.30 start and doesn't finish until 6pm
Loads to see and do, toilets and resturants etc on site.
It's been well advertised including
National Papers etc.
Easton Farm Park is north west of Woodbridge also near Wickham Market but for all details visit their web site including Suffolk Fun Festival. NOTE it's Wickham Market NOT Needham Market - a few years ago I was playing a bowls match some of our team went to the wrong place lol :lol:
Entry is with your membership card and we can park on the flying field.
Workshop is inside a barn with other craft stalls etc

NB Sometimes Sat Nav systems will guide you to a random field using our postcode, so please use Sat Nav in conjunction with the instructions below and the brown tourist road signs!
IP13 0EQ

Location details :-

The Farm is signposted from the A12 with the brown tourist signs. Some of the signs have the name, Easton Farm Park, and others just have a white horse on a brown background.
Take the Framlingham sliproad from the northbound A12 and turn left at the top of the slip.

Go straight ahead at the roundabout and take the next left towards Easton.

At the T-junction turn right, which will lead you into Easton village.

Drive past the White Horse Inn on the right and at the next sharp right hand bend, turn left.

Easton Farm Park is approximately 150 yards along this road on the left.


From the A14, take the A1120 tourist route after Stowmarket towards Yoxford. After approximately 15 minutes you will be in Earl Soham.

Turn right at the T-junction and then take the first right (on a sharp left hand bend) after the Earl Soham Victoria pub.

This road will take you through Brandeston and Kettleburgh.

At the T-junction after Kettleburgh turn right into Easton village. Take the first right (on a sharp left hand bend) and Easton Farm Park is approximately 150 yards along this road on the left.

Barking Fair

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/08/2013 - 11:00 - 17:00

As you may or may not be aware I'm on the organising committee for my village: Barking.

As one of the club's flying site it would be good to see a few of you over here. The Tye is a big site even with the fair on it, so hoping for good weather and some wind! Just an informal fly to create a backdrop, officially it opens at 12:00 but come over when you like. Of course the BBQ will be going - just don't come and buy one when I'm cooking ;-)

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/qnzPQ

12.00 - 5.00pm
Opening by Roy Hudd
Majorette Display (main arena)
Ipswich Hospital Band
Dog Agility Display (main arena)
Majorette Display (main arena)
Ipswich Hospital Band
Fun Races (main arena)
Aerobatic Display
Ipswich Hospital Band
Teddy Bear Drop (main arena)
The Jazzy Kings
Dog Agility Display (main arena)
Winners of Auction of Promises, Raffle and Competitions (main arena)

5 Parish Show at Fingringhoe

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/08/2013 - 09:30 - 17:00

The annual 5 Parish Show at Fingringhoe ( south of Colchester ) takes place on Sunday 4th August 2013. From 11am until 5pm

We need to meet on site at approx. 9:30am to set up the kite making workshop etc. We are also undertaking a kite display, children's kite making workshop and we are also schedule at 4pm to undertake a sweetdrop .

This is another great event and loads to see and do for all the family. There is room for a few power kites/buggies etc.

!! See you ALL there !!

Posted on behalf of Martin

Club Committee

Name: Mick
Position: Chairman/Events Co-ordinator
Club Duties: Chair the AGM and Committee meetings, try and ensure the meeting keeps to the agenda, subjects stay on topic and stay on time.
Keep aware of club events and feelings of the members, by meeting members at flying events. Keep an eye on the forum.
Liaise with the Landlord and ensure that someone attends the Rougham Airfield Friends meeting.
Liaise with other airfield users about use of the airfield.
Ensure decisions are made on matters, either with the help of other members, committee members.
Call committee meetings and try and ensure all members turn up.
Organise events.
Special Move: Traveling from the sitting position in a chair to the floor.

Name: Mike
Position: Vice-Chairman
Club Duties: Stand in for the Chairman at meetings if / when the Chairman cannot attend.
Similar to the above.
Special Move: Buggy time warp.

Name: Tim (2)
Position: Treasurer
Club Duties: Look after the club accounts and money.

Special Move: Hotrod buggy modification.

Name: Hank
Position: Membership Secretary / Website Admin
Club Duties: Process applications and renewals. Keeps the website running.

Special Move: Ctrl+Alt+Delete?

Name: Jamie
Position: Club Secretary
Club Duties: Take minutes at meetings and distribute copies afterwards. Help with CAA applications.

Special Move: Taming wild man-eating donkeys.

Name: Simon
Newsletter Editor
Club Duties: Getting articles, photos, producing and publishing the club newsletter and making it available to club members by email or post.

Special Move: Levitation

Name: Martin
Position: Non-Exec

Club Duties: As a founding member of the club Martin provides input on committee issues, liaises with land lords and event organisers.
Special Move: Pulling 4x4s with kites

Southwold Kite Event - Sunday 21st July 2013

Event Date: 
Sun, 21/07/2013 - 09:30 - 16:00

We return to Southwold for this years kite event on Sunday 21st July next to the boating lake opposite the pier as before. Meet on site at 9.30am to set up for a 10.30am start. Finishes at 4pm.
Kite display and workshop thanks to Lyn.

Great location but site a bit restrictive next to the 2 boating lakes.


SKF Club Weekender (12-14 July) & AGM Notice - July 14@ 13:30

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/07/2013 - 16:00 - Sun, 14/07/2013 - 17:00

See - http://www.skfc.co.uk/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1375#p12322 for attachments
As a current (or recently lapsed) member of SKF I'm writing to advise of the next club weekender (12-14 July) and the AGM (July 14@ 13:30) at Rougham Airfield.

There is a club weekender thread on the forum: http://www.skfc.co.uk/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1370 Any questions etc. just post there.

For the AGM please find enclosed the following:
-Link to Minutes from 2012 AGM: http://www.skfc.co.uk/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1078 (members area, you need to be logged in and have requested access to the members' area).
-Proposed Constitution - See attached
-Proposed Child Protection Policy- See attached
-Link to current club rules: http://www.skfc.co.uk/Club%20Rules
-Link to current committee positions (but please see changes in proposed constitution): http://www.skfc.co.uk/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=565 (members area).

SKF 2013 AGM Agenda: Rougham Airfield, 13:00
1. Apologies - 5mins
2. Minutes of the previous AGM - 10mins
a. Matters Arising
3. Reports:30 mins total
a. Chairman - 5 mins
b. Treasurer - 5 mins
c. Membership - 5 mins
d. Events - 5 mins
e. Website/forum - 5 mins
f. Newsletter - 5 mins

4. Sign-off of Constitution, Club Rules and Child Protection Policy -15 mins
5. Election of Officers - 15 mins
6. Membership costs - 5 mins
7. Any other business - 20 mins

If you are interested in any of the committee positions (the AGM is the time when all positions are up for re-election), or have any questions,etc. please come back to me. Hope to see you the weekend after next for a bit of flying before the AGM - why not make a weekend of it!




Event Date: 
Sun, 07/07/2013 (All day)

Organised by the Farm Machinery Preservation Society this annual rally takes place in the grounds of the NT Long Melford Hall. We are invited to fly kites again this year and we will be on site on Sunday only. However the rally does take place also on the Saturday.
To gain entry please bring your SKF membership card and we need to be on site by no later than 9.30am otherwise you will have to park in the main public car park. Another great venue and loads to see on the rally site.

Gipping Young Farmers - 23rd June THIS SUNDAY - Have-a-go

Event Date: 
Sun, 23/06/2013 - 10:30 - 15:30

Thanks for your help guys, a good time was had by all and a few quid for the kitty too!

Jamie's posted some photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamieb158/sets/72157634285875842/
We are hosting GYFC at Rougham for a have-a-go session.

Please come along and support the event, any help would be appreciated, whatever your particular kiting passion and your ability!!! The more hands the better.

If you'd like any more information please come back to me.

Thanks in advance,


PS SKF members - 10:00 for a 10:30 start if possible please.

Fish & Chips!

As you all know this weekend we are celebrating out 20th Birthday! This evening there will be a fiah & chip van on site at Rougham Airfield so there is no need to cook after setting up your tent!

The weather is looking fantastic this weekend so we thought it was a good idea to have a nice ice cream, so over the weekend you will see an ice cream van/ bike offering some yummy ice cream!

Big Birthday Bash Sponsors

Suffolk Kite Flyers would like to thank the local businesses who are helping out and supporting this event.

FSM Logo

With expertise in design, fabrication and finishing, FSM offers a complete service to clients looking for high quality precision manufacturing of metal products.

Edge Riders
EdgeRiders are an independent Snowboard Shop, Kite Shop and Wakeboard shop based in Ipswich, UK. Established in 2003 we offer specialist advise, equipment and friendly service.

Pro Alloy Motorsport Ltd have over 25 years of combined experience in the design and manufacture of High performance Alloy water radiators, Intercoolers and fuel systems.

Sperling Retail

For more than 50 years Sperling has worked with premier retailers, manufacturing store fixtures in Haverhill, Suffolk and sourcing from suppliers worldwide.

If your company would like to support this event then please get in contact by emailing skfc@skfc.co.uk

Big Birthday Bash! & BKSA Championships Round 2

Event Date: 
Fri, 07/06/2013 - 12:00 - Sun, 09/06/2013 - 17:00

Suffolk Kite Flyers will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year so we thought that requires some celebrations!

This weekend will be based on the legendary open weekenders that we run throughout the summer but bigger, better and whole lot more fun!

We are please to announce that the 2nd round of the BKSA Freestyle Championships will be held at the weekend which will bring the top Freestyle Power Kiters from the UK and all over Europe to Rougham Airfield!


We are also going to be having live music on the Saturday evening along with some fantastic pyrotechnics to really celebrate our 20th Birthday! (TBC)

A bar and marquee will be onsite all weekend for liquid refreshments. We will also be doing a big pot of Chilli or similar in the evenings and will have a BBQ lit for anyone to use (bring your own food!).

This is going to be a great weekend for all of the family and we welcome everyone to come along and celebrate with us.

Camping only - £10 each
Camping with flying - £15 each
Camping (family) - £20 (2 x adults, 3 x kids)

Ticket Type

SKF members get a 50% discount - Join here www.skfc.co.uk/join

We will offer competitors that have entered a Camping only charge of £10 for the weekend, if they turn up with family it will be the normal charge of £20
Camping will be from Friday to Sunday.

BKSA Competiton Entry - http://www.britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk/events/suffolk-freestyle-...

Any traction kiters are required wear a helmet at all times
All kite flyers are required to have 3rd party liability insurance (http://www.skfc.co.uk/Kite-Flying-Insurance)

Suffolk Kite Flyers Club or its Committee members accepts no responsibilty for all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability and the consequences thereof, as well as those now disclosed and known to exist. The provisions of any state, federal, local or territorial law or state providing substance that releases shall not extend to claims, demands, injuries, or damages which are known or unsuspected to exist at this time, to the person executing such release, are hereby expressly waived.


Event Date: 
Sat, 23/02/2013 - 19:00 - 23:00

(copy of Moz's note on forum: http://www.skfc.co.uk/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1244&hilit=23%2A+feb%2A)
I have secured a venue at no cost to club for a Xmas gathering .

The venue - Bennett Arms public house , new road , Rougham
Date -Feb 23rd
Time-7pm til close

Sean the landlord has kindly let us have use of one end of the pub for the night at no cost and will also allow us to bring our own nibbles or buffet if we wish ..obviously he would us to but his drink lol ....

So who's up for it ?

Nibbles or buffet ? If buffet who want to help me prepare some stuff sandwiches and suchlike ...

This is the first social gathering since the club decided to pull together so let's do just that ....all disciplines and ages come a mingle and talk and eat and drink ...this will kick off the years events ..

Look forward to seeing young and not so young ..


Bennett arms
1 New Road
IP30 9
United Kingdom

20 Years of SKF

Somewhere to start to add content looking back over the 20 years since SKF was formed.


Online Membership Goes LIVE!

Join Now

Suffolk Kite Flyers Club are pleased to finally announce that you can now register and manage you membership online!

It has been a long time coming but finally you can now renew your membership online using paypal and also keep all your details up to date so you will now never miss out on any important emails, event notifications or newsletters.

So head on over to www.skfc.co.uk/join to join Suffolk Kite Flyers Club.

If you are a current member then you should have recieved a username and password by email which you can login with.
If you have any problems with the system then please email skfc@skfc.co.uk

Please note: data is still being added into the system but feel free to update your membership details yourself.

IMPROVED INSURANCE OFFER (Re: Ceasing of SKF Public Liability Insurance (PLI) - ***March 1st***)


Dear SKF Member,


Last month I wrote to you on behalf of the SKC committee to advise that we would nolonger be able to offer Public Liability Insurance at SKF events.


However following some sterling work by Jamie Brittain, not only has he managed to reduce our club's insurance costs, but he's also included the same level of Public Liability Insurance, thus as a member you will be insured at SKF events. Therefore please ignore my previous email!


Sorry for the the mixed messages, but as you can appreciate such a positive outcome was not expected. I'm sure you'll join me in thanking Jamie for his efforts!


Kind Regards,



SKF Secretary on behalf of the SKF Committee.


Dear SKF member,

Previously at the AGM (29th July 2012) and more recently at the club's EGM (16th Dec 2012 ) it was agreed that the committee should consider the cost and effectiveness offered via the club Personal Liability Insurance (see extract below).

The committee met last Sunday (6th Jan 2013) and it was agreed that:
1. many members have their own insurance to cover them when flying at non-club events,
2. there is a need to reduce the club's expenditure

Thus PLI will be removed from the club's insurance policy and it will become a requirement from ***1st March*** that all members must hold their own liability insurance. Obviously taking out your own insurance will provide you with better protection e.g. when flying at non-SKF events, such as at your local field or beach.

Many organisations offer PLI, including some household insurance policies. The club has provided known kite related organisations that provide PLI on our website:
http://www.skfc.co.uk/Kite-Flying-Insurance for your information.

As a club we are also looking at affiliating to a National Body, there are two options but currently neither are ideal:

- BKFA - Cover all aspects of kiting, but not currently recognised as such e.g. by the Sports Council. Without affiliation individuals cannot obtain insurance via BKFA.
- BKSA - Currently only cover power kiting but recognised by the Sports Council. Hence only Power Kiters can insure via BKSA.

We will advise as things progress.

If you would like further assistance with insurance, have any questions or issues please contact the SKF Secretary in the first instance (sec@skfc.co.uk). Likewise if you have views on affiliation please let us know.
Hope to catch up with you flying soon.

SKF Secretary on behalf of the SKF Committee.
PS If you believe you have received this email in error please advise by reply, thank you.

AGM Extract:
It was suggested that the club’s insurance be cancelled and members have to provide their own insurance along with non-members signing a waiver if they want to come and have a try.

EGM Extract:
5. Equipment/Personal Insurance
a. Need to reduce club expenditure, current 3rd party liability is limited to SKF meets thus several members have their own insurance too.
b. Proposal is for individuals to take out personal insurance, plus SKF insures contents
i. Phasing needs agreeing and final discussions with members (although it was noted that all were invited to the EGM)
ii. Details to be discussed at next Committee mtg
iii. Consideration of various insurance options including BKFA, BKSA, SPKA, MKF
1. Single, family, junior, all disciplines, newbie temp cover?

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