Affiliated to the British Balloon & Airship Club  
Welcome to the
North West Balloon and Airship Club...
[above] - Flying in France - over 400 balloons take off within the hour at Mondial Air Ballons 2013, Chambley. [video: Benny Walsgrove, Fort Vale Balloon Team]


Met Office image ©: click for full page:

nwbac year planner

The NWBAC/PRBA Year Planner Page.
View online or download, print out and stick on the fridge!

2014 Year Planner

2015 Provisional Year Planner

There is also a Quicklink in the pull-down menu on every page.

Peter Donkin
Jennifer Owen
Ray Owen
Safety & Information Officer
Chris Wootton
Land Owner Relations Officer
Graeme Church
PR Officer
Tom Bulloch
Social Secretary
Emma Briggs
Compass Points Editor
Tom Bulloch
Meet Director
John Russon

The committee may be contacted via the Club Secretary:

or by emailing the

Jennifer Owen
1 Oak Avenue,

Pleasure Flights
If you would like to try a flight or book a special celebration treat for someone, ckick here.

Some Links...

Counties Challenge - a competition for the longest hot air balloon flight within a county boundary
The Great British Long Jump - a competition for the longest hot air balloon flight in the UK each year.

If you have any interest at all in flying hot air balloons - whether it be helping to crew, learning to become a pilot or simply enjoying just being around these spectacular aircraft, then feel free to join us.

Contact one of the members below or turn up at one of the many ballooning events we have scheduled (best to check first - knowing the British weather!)

Or you can now join on-line here.

Chairman's Chatter
Welcome to our club website.

Hello all,

Just a short note about the next few weeks.

Next Tuesday we have our usual evening get together at the Canberra Club ( BAE Systems Sports and Social Club) at Samlesbury. This month we have a quiz night at 8 pm following a committee get together from 7.30

Saturday 22nd is our Mongolfier Dinner at the Myerscough Arms (just down the road from the Canberra Club). Please get your bookings in to Emma as numbers may be limited. Members please let us have your nominations for the club trophies which we will present at the dinner. The trophies are the Midsummer Maddness Tankard and the NWBAC Crew Trophy. Please search your memories for your best/funniest/most amazing crew story from the last year.

Pilots please remember to let Graeme have your landing cards for the Landowners Draw. You can email him with the details is you can't give the cards to him.

The Pennine Region AGM is Sunday 23rd. Don't forget to send in your entries to them for the Transpennine trophy.

Tuesday December 16th we will be at the Canberra Club for a pre-Chrismas chatter.

Best wishes,

Peter D

Beth Abram
Russell Bairstow
Maureen Bairstow
Melissa Bairstow
Karen Beckwith


Web site by John Hartley @ John Hartley Associates, Nelson 07973 439773

Updated 15th September 2014

Tuesday 16th September 2014
Hi All

Its still looking Flyable for tomorrow night, Club Night

It will be an early meet for those who do not have work commitments, Dont worry if your crew or pilot cannot make it,we will have a jacobs join of Balloon teams.

Sunset is 7.25pm so you will need to meet at 6pm ish.

If you cannot make Flying, there will be space for an end of season basket or trailer tidy

Committee meeting will be afterwards, with Dave Court on standby to answer any EASA queries

New or potential members welcome, please e mail me so I can arrange to meet up with you.

Join on-line...
John Russon

Updated 15/09/2014

Meet Entry Forms for 2015 will appear here when ready

Wherever possible please arrive at all meets with FULL tanks

Previous Balloon Meets - what went on, with photos where available... click here.