Do you know Miles McCallum? Used to fly out of Popham, but has recently moved to Somerset. He restored an Auster a couple of years ago, and is restoring a C-3 Aeronca at the moment.
Is Nigel Skinner the Nigel who recently put an F&M oil filter on a C-90 J-3 ? We just took one off a C-85 and didn't bother to reinstall it on the O-200 when we got that approved for the J-3.
Do you know where I can find a fairly comprehensive list of farm strips in the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland, where I hang out when on your side of the pond.
One of the differences that I notice in the UK, is that fuel costs are a lot higher, landing fees are more prevalent, and asking prior permission to land seems to be the prevailing mode (here we tend to assume that we will be welcome if we just plop in unannounced). But, that seems to me to be a cultural difference, and not a reflection of differences in innate friendliness.
All the best,