The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

Invites You To Enter A Hot Air  Balloon Competition

On Sunday 8th September 2007

In aid of 'Go Get It' and the High Sheriff's Fund

Organized in association with The Black Horse Ballooning Club.

The Competition: A mass take off is planned within a 10 minute period, with balloons flying towards a target, marked in a field. A target marker will be dropped in a suitable field just before the start of the competition by a “Hare” balloon, to ensure the dropping zone is within the right wind direction. Competitors will be armed with a marker (a streamer attached to a small sandbag weighing 70grms) which they will drop as near to the target as possible. The balloons will then make a dispersed landing, after which passengers will be brought from their landing point back to the target where the winners will be presented with a cup and a magnum of champagne on a Formula One style podium.

BBC 3 Counties Radio will broadcast their afternoon programme live from one of the balloons, and the event will be covered by Local press and by BBC Look East TV news, schedules permitting. 3C Radio will also run interviews and news items on the event and the charities that will benefit from it, throughout the preceding week.

This is very much a media event, with the Start and Finish extensively covered, giving ample opportunity for companies’ logos to be clearly seen.

Lafarge Aggregates have kindly made available part of their stand at the Herts Show to advertise the event, and any entrants signed up before then will be credited.

The proceeds of this event are being shared between two charities:

Go Get It’, a project run under the umbrella of the Youth Development Department of the Watford & District YMCA (Reg Charity No. 1102301) which trains young adult mentors to work with potential young offenders aged between 14 and 18. The impact that successful mentoring has on young people who might otherwise be on the slippery slope, and for whom few other safety nets exist, is immeasurable. Our hope is not only to sustain GGI in Watford, but to see the idea spread to other towns in Hertfordshire.

The High Sheriff’s Fund, which is run by The Hertfordshire Community Foundation, (Reg. Charity No. 299438), supports organisations working towards crime prevention in Hertfordshire.

How to enter:  We have 30 balloons available at present, and hope to reach an even greater total. There is an entry fee of £1,000 per balloon. Once you have completed the enclosed entry form and chosen the size of balloon, we will put you in touch with an appropriate owner. All arrangements for the hire of the balloon and payment (see hire rates below) will be made direct with the balloon owner, who will then be responsible for coordinating the timetable and logistics. 

Guide prices for Balloon hire:

£1500 up to 12 passengers

£1000 up to 8 passengers

£750 up to 5 passengers

£600 up to 4 passengers

£300 for 2 passengers

Basket banners: these banners fit all round the basket and will provide your advertising.  Your balloon operator will give you the dimensions to enable you to have your own banner produced, and they will provide makers’ contact details if required. Cost guide approx. £100. 

Balloon banners: these can be velcro’d onto the balloon. Cost guide approx. £1,500.

Sandbag streamers: each sandbag will have a 1700mm long x 100mm wide streamer on which your company logo can be printed.

Weather/timing: the event is scheduled to take place in the late afternoon on 8th September. However, if the weather is not suitable there will be the option of holding the event on Sunday 9th. Our Co-ordinator,  Ted Moore of Black Horse Balloons, will make all decisions regarding the timing of the Competition. We have been offered an easily accessible field for the launch site at Weston Hills, and we will have permission to land from the landowners around the target area.

Insurance: Each balloon operator will be fully insured, and the event organisers will also have a general insurance policy.

The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Howard Guard,

Netherwylde Farm, Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7HS.