Moneystone Quarry has been quarried by the Sibelco Group since the late 1960’s for silica sands, mainly for the production of container glass and ceramics. All quarrying finally came to a stop on the 30th of September 2011 after a planning application to extend the quarry further was rejected. Laver Leisure purchased the 420 acre site to develop a new £50 million leisure complex with adventure and water sport facilities along with 150 self catering lodges
The Dinorben Arms is a grade 2 listed, 17th century inn. He arrive to find it in a very sorry state, plenty of water damage, giving it terrible floors. The place is reported to be haunted, and does have a rather spooky atmosphere.
We took a chance on exploring a rather ordinary looking farm in North Wales, while the structure itself didn’t turn out anything special, we did find a very nice surprise in one the the barns. A Glider in pieces, which on further inspection turned out to be British National free distance record for two seaters. Its pilots were David Stabler and Jeremy Moore. Apart from ‘sticky’ conditions around Cambridge, the flight was not hard with thermals taking them to 5,000 ft. Declared goal was Perren-porth which would have given them the two seat National Goal flight record as well. The previous free distance record was flown by John and Valery Fielden some years ago in a Bergfalke 3. This was 421.5 kms. They still hold the Goal flight for the two seater British National Record.The Bergfalke 2-55’5 BGA No. is 2159. The ’55’ indicates that it is the 1955 version of the MU 13E which was first offered for sale for 7,500 OM (then £750) in 1951. We like to think that this indicates that it is a vintage sailplane. Its landing in Cornwall was at 1900 hours.