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New Members

Joining the DHPC you have two membership options: Full Membership (£20) or Limited Membership (£5).

Full Membership (£20 per year)
Allows Full Members to fly all our sites; Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe, Chinnor and Holmbeck Farm. All Full Members are required to pass the Airspace Briefing before flying at Dunstable Downs.

Limited Membership (£5 per year)
Allows Limited Members to ONLY fly at Sharpenhoe, Chinnor and Holmbeck Farm, BUT NOT AT DUNSTABLE DOWNS. Limited Members do NOT require the Airspace Briefing.

IMPORTANT: Limited Membership is NOT available to pilots with a Club Pilot (CP) Hill rating. Sharpenhoe and Chinnor are both Pilot (P) rated sites. However, Club Pilot (CP) Powered PPG/PHG rated pilots may fly from Holmbeck Farm, but are not allowed to free-fly at Sharpenhoe or Chinnor.

Joining the DHPC for the first time, there are two steps required.

1.  Join 'GroupSpaces' by clicking the button below and complete the Application Form. When completed, you will be able to sign-in to your 'GroupSpaces' account using your email and chosen Password. ('your name' should be displayed top right of your Browser window when you are signed-in).

Please remember your chosen Password, you will need it to renew your membership each year!

2.  Click the button below to go to the DHPC 'GroupSpaces' payment page and pay the appropriate Full Membership (£20) or Limited Membership (£5) subscription. Please make sure that you have signed-in to your 'GroupSpaces' account, using your email and chosen password - BEFORE paying.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!

Please DO NOT try to make payment unless you have already joined GroupSpaces by clicking the 'Join GroupSpaces' button and filling in the application form. You MUST join GroupSpaces first and sign in BEFORE making payment!

  • If you try to pay before joining GroupSpaces your payment will NOT get allocated to your membership, and it will fail to go through.
  • If you have previously registered with GroupSpaces just add the DHPC to your 'Group' list, then make payment.
  • If you join GroupSpaces but do not make immediate payment to join the DHPC, you have 10 days in which to do so, before your application is deleted.
  • You will only get a confirmation approval email once your payment has gone through.

New members joining between 1st January and 31st March, please note:

  • New members that join in the last three months of the DHPC membership year (1st January onwards) will have their memberships carried forward to the following year, effectively giving you up to 15 months membership for the price of 12. For more information see 'Our Membership Year' section below.

NOTE: Your membership of the DHPC will not be approved by a Group Manager until you have COMPLETED YOUR PAYMENT!
If you have joined GroupSpaces but not paid the Club Membership Fee you are NOT a member of the DHPC until you do so. You will only receive a confirmation email and your Membership Card once you have paid the Membership Fee.


Existing Members

Renewing your yearly Membership on the 1st April

Pay your yearly membership subscription (due on the 1st April) by clicking on the button below. Sign-in to your existing GroupSpaces account by using your original email & chosen password, check that your personal details are still up-to-date, and then select the appropriate Membership subscription. 

You do NOT have to rejoin GroupSpaces with a fresh account everytime your subscription is due. Just login with the same password you used to set up your original GroupSpaces account when you first joined the Club.

If you have forgotten your Password, just go to the DHPC GroupSpaces page and click 'Sign-in' - then click on 'Forgot password?' and reset it. Then make sure you remember it this time!

Paying via Standing Order: As your Club Membership is paid by Standing Order, your Bank will automatically pay your yearly Club subscription on or around the 1st April each year. You do not have to set up another Standing Order each year.

However, if your pay either via Bank Transfer, PayPal, Credit/Debit Card or by Cheque, you must pay your membership fee every year when the subscription is due, on or before the 1st April. Email reminders for subscriptions are sent out to all members each year during March.


BHPA minimum pilot ratings for our sites

Our sites have strict rules regarding the experience of club members flying them.

Dunstable Downs (CP+)

All Members must be a minimum of BHPA Club Pilot (Hill) Rated, and they will be issued with a lifetime helmet Airspace Sticker (BEFORE flying at Dunstable Downs for the first time) to show that they have completed the mandatory Airspace Briefing.

Sharpenhoe & Chinnor (P+)

All Members must be a minimum of BHPA Pilot (Hill) Rated and should receive a site briefing from a DHPC Club member before flying for the first time. Both these sites are technically difficult to fly and therefore we have limited them to (P) Pilot rated members only.

Holmbeck Farm (CP+)

Holmbeck Farm is a private airfield for Powered Paragliders & Hang-gliders. Members must be a minimum of BHPA Club Pilot (Power) rated and should receive an airfield briefing from a DHPC club member or the airfield owner before flying at this airfield.


Airspace Briefing

Full Members (£20) - an Airspace Briefing is required before you can fly at Dunstable Downs. Limited Members (£5) do not require the Briefing.

Next Airspace Briefing


Sunday,
3rd June 2018
at 11am.


1 - Pilots have Registered

Full Members who wish to fly at Dunstable Downs, must attend the mandatory Airspace Briefing with the Senior Coach BEFORE flying at the Downs for the first time. Upon completion, pilots are issued with a lifetime Airspace Sticker that must be displayed on your flying helmet.

Airspace Briefings are organised once a month on weekend mornings (and summer evenings by individual agreement), as notified opposite. In exceptional circumstances, if you cannot make the monthly organised briefing date, you can arrange an individual weekend briefing by clicking the Registration button below.

Meeting Point
If you're attending the Briefing, meet at the main entrance to the Chiltern Gateway Centre on Dunstable Downs. (satnav: LU6 2GY) There is ample parking. Please make sure you bring your BHPA and DHPC Membership Cards with you (and a pen).

Register for the Airspace Briefing
If you would like to attend the next monthly Briefing, click on the button below and state your full name and BHPA number by email. If we do not get any pilots registering, the Briefing will be cancelled and notified on this website.

Note: Airspace Briefings are now being held in the evenings as well as the scheduled monthly dates shown.

If you want to book an evening briefing, click on the Registration Button below. These briefings are held at the main paraglider launch car park after 6.30pm any midweek night. Important - Do not expect a briefing on a flyable evening at the Downs, as you realise we would rather be flying instead, and we can't do both!


Our Membership Year

All memberships run from 1st April to 31st March yearly

All Club memberships run from the 1st April to 31st March every year. Therefore, everyone should renew their membership subscription before the 1st April. Upon renewing you will receive your new Membership Card which you should have on you at all times when flying any of our sites.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a NEW Member joining the Club for the first time between the 1st January and the 31st March - Note the following:

  • New members that join in the last three months of the DHPC membership year (1st January onwards) will have their memberships carried forward to the following year, effectively giving you up to 15 months membership for the price of 12.

For example: if you join the Club on the 1st January 2018, your Club Membership expires on the 31st March 2019. Your yearly Club Membership Card also has your membership expiry date printed on it to remind you.

Please also note: Club Membership reminder emails are sent out automatically each year to ALL club members on the database during early March, leading up to the 1st April renewal. You can ignore these reminders (during your first year) as your membership is valid until 2019. You do NOT have to pay again until 31 March 2019.


Payment Options

Choose from the following options for paying your club subscription

  • PayPal: you can pay online using your PayPal account, Full Membership £20 or Limited Membership £5.
  • Credit Card / Debit Card: you can pay online with your Debit or Credit Card, Full Membership £20 or Limited Membership £5.
  • Cheque: you can pay by sending a Cheque (made payable to the DHPC) to the DHPC Membership Secretary (see address opposite).
  • Bank Transfer (£20): you can pay £20 by Bank Transfer (see details opposite). Please email the treasurer@dunstablehpc.com with your Full Name and BHPA number and advise that you have paid by Bank Transfer.
  • Standing Order (£18 or £5): you can pay by setting up a Standing Order for £18 (Full Membership or £5 (Limited Membership). There is a £2 discount for paying Full Membership via Standing Order, unfortunately there is no discount for Limited Memberships. Please also email the treasurer@dunstablehpc.com with your Full Name and BHPA number and advise that you have paid by Standing Order.
  • To pay by PayPal (or Credit Card/Debit Card):
    please pay by visiting Membership Payments page on the GroupSpaces website and select the appropriate subscription.
  • To pay by Cheque:
    Download and print out this Membership Form for paying by cheque and post the completed form to:
    The DHPC Membership Secretary
    214 Castle Hill Road, Totternhoe, Dunstable,
    Bedfordshire LU6 2BW
    Email: membership@dunstablehpc.com
  • To pay by Bank Transfer or Standing Order:
    Please send your payment to:
    Account no: 81470965
    Sort Code: 40-46-08
    Reference: (your Surname and BHPA number) 

IMPORTANT - if you pay by Bank Transfer or Standing Order. Please email the treasurer@dunstablehpc.com with your Full Name and BHPA Number to advise that you have paid your subscription. Please set up Standing Orders to pay on or around the 25th March to 1st April.

Bank Transfers. Please quote your Surname and BHPA number as the reference. Please also email the treasurer@dunstablehpc.com with your Full Name and BHPA number and advise that you have paid by Bank Transfer. The DHPC Treasurer will mark your membership as paid once receipt of payment has been verified. Bank Transfers do not get paid automatically by your Bank (as Standing Orders will be) so you will have to remember to pay your Bank Transfer every year in March.

Standing Orders. Full Members that pay by Standing Order receive a £2 discount and pay £18Limited Members (Chinnor / Sharpenhoe / Holmbeck Farm Only) members can also pay by Standing Order, but there is no discount. Please set up Standing Orders for £18 or £5 (according your Membership Option) and arrange to pay on or around the 25th March to 1st April. Please also make sure that the Standing Order Reference has your Surname and BHPA number, so we know who the payment is from. Please also email the treasurer@dunstablehpc.com with your Full Name and BHPA number and advise that you have paid by Standing Order.

PLEASE NOTE: If you pay by Standing Order then you can ignore the automatic membership reminder emails that are sent out by our Club in March each year. Your Club Membership is paid automatically by your Bank and they will continue to pay your yearly Standing Order subscription on or around the 25th March to the 1st April each year, until you notify your Bank to stop payment. You DO NOT have to set up another Standing Order every year.