It has been decided to end the annual Moth Rally at Woburn Abbey. The effort to run the Rally by a small organising team operating all year round is considerable. The financial stakes are becoming huge and income is dependent on public attendance which has not been great. Finally, the weather plays a very big part both in aeroplane and public attendance. Whereas Moth Rallies of old were mostly blessed with fine weather and light winds, more recently the weather has been changeable to say the least. We lost whole days in 2013 and 2014.
2015 saw a return to the more traditional ‘Woburn Weather’ and we had a good time celebrating the 30th event of its kind, the 40th anniversary of the de Havilland Moth Club and the 90th anniversary of the first flight of the first Moth. We now feel it is time to stop.
For the future the plan is to organise something, somewhere, on a much less ambitious scale and investigation of the prospect is already under way. It addition we may well see the return of a Charity Flying event now that the rules have been reassessed.