One Sky One World is a day set aside for kite flyers across the world to fly kites to promote peace, understanding and friendship. It all started way back in 1985. Here is a proclamation from the official One Sky One World website

 It is clear that life on the planet earth is at a crossroads. The choice to turn from the path of self destruction from war, and environmental abuse; to love of self, others, and the world is before us. Increasing global awareness will lead to a widespread belief that anything other than peace and mutual concern is insensible, and will move us away from planetary cataclysm toward a better future. One Sky One World festivals will be held annually around the world to promote protection of the planet, peace, friendship and understanding between all people. Beyond this, One Sky One World does not endorse any ideology or political agenda.

So lets look briefly at the history. In 1985, at the time of the cold war, American kite maker gave a kite, depicting world peace, and signed by many kite makers, to a Russian women's organisation. On her return from Russia, she stopped off in England and met with British kite maker Jilly Pelham from Hythe in Kent. As a result of that meeting, the concept of One Sky One World was born, and since then, kite flyers across the world fly on the second Sunday of October every year to promote world peace and understanding.

 We have been flying kites to commemorate One Sky One World for as long as I can remember, but of course, this year we have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. So the decision was taken that rather than gather in one place, our members would fly wherever they could, however our main focus would be in Tonbridge, Kent. Other members would meet in Palm Bay, in East Kent, and some would fly in Eastbourne, Sussex. I attended the main meeting in Tonbridge, where the weather was bright and sunny, with a northerly breeze, that came and went during the afternoon. We were joined by some non-members, who we hope will join us. In total, I understand we flew about 50 kites during the afternoon, including some new creations on their first outing. I understand conditions were less welcoming in Palm Bay, where it was chilly with a wind blowing at about 20 miles per hour. Some members braved the conditions to fly, but I don't think they were out for too long. Likewise in Eastbourne, where club members Chris and Tony Smith were out flying. We haven't seen them since our Christmas meal last year, so it was good to hear that they were able to fly on this day, and they shared some photos with us.

Some pictures of the day from Tonbridge and Eastbourne are below.


As a result of a state requirement, the CAA has introduced a complex of danger areas over the English Channel. These danger areas are in place from 31st August to 30th September, but will only be active when required. The danger areas are in force whilst remotely flown aircraft (drones) are operated out of Lydd Airport to monitor the English Channel. One area covers a circle two nautical miles diameter centred on Lydd Airport, whilst another includes the coast at Folkestone and Hythe.

The CAA will try to provide 24 hour notice of the activation of these areas via the notam system, and various aviation radio frequencies (including Lydd Traffic Control) will carry details. Full details of the areas affected are found on the National Air Traffic System website's Temporary Danger Areas page. The document includes a map of the various areas.

Laura writes:

 It was cloudy, windy summers day in July for me, Simon and new members Tony and Sue to fly our kites together on the south coast of Sussex: Goring on sea.

Sunday 2nd August saw us flying once again at the Lade, Lydd-on-Sea. Since our last visit, about a month ago, the council have added double yellow lines near the car park, so we parked about 200 metres towards Dungeness and flew our kites on the beach there.

Well kind of.

It has been a very long time since we have been able to fly together as a group. We are still very aware of social distancing guidance, etc., but are happy to be able to gather in the open again, and add some colour to the sky.