Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
BPA HQ in Leicester officially re-opened on 21 February after a complete refurb - though we never closed! Pictured (l to r) are Martin Soulsby (Chair), with ribbon-cutters Dilys Price OBE, the world's oldest female skydiver, and 16-year-old Matthew Stevens, our youngest full member at the nominal completion date of the refurbishment last December. The re-opening was a great gathering of the clans, including founder member Bernard Green; and long-time NCSO, and current member of the Vice Presidential team John Hitchen, who was presented with the BPA Jim Crocker Sword Award for his outstanding contribution to sport parachuting.
Calling full BPA Members who are eligible to renew online. Online renewal for the new BPA membership year, from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 inclusive, starts on Wednesday 1 March. If you plan to jump on or after 1 April, you need to renew. This year's subscription costs less than last year! If you have ratings (that need to be signed off), live outside the UK/Channel Islands/BFPO, or are otherwise not eligible to renew online, a renewal form was included in your Feb issue of the Mag, or can be downloaded from the end of Feb from the BPA website. You can fax or post your completed form to us.
Truth be told, we never closed! But as the days get longer and we look forward to spring, BPA HQ in Leicester LE2 9TF has its official re-opening ceremony at 11:30 for noon on Tuesday 21 February. The event is expected to last for an hour or so and the media has been invited. Members are welcome to attend providing you let us know in good time, so we don't run out of twiglets! Parking will be at a pay-and-display car park in nearby Blaby with a minibus shuttle to BPA HQ. We'll provide joining instructions to those who are on our list of expected members and guests. For members who visited before the refurb, you won't recognise the old place!
Updated 17 May 2012