It was clear I had two options:

1. Fly on my own

2. Join a club and get some help learning.

I must admit I was minded to go on my own so I could fly when I want and where I want.

But I had a look at what was within a reasonable distance from home [Milton Keynes Bucks, UK]. I found a very helpful site

Looking at the clubs close to me there seemed to be two main ones, Wicken and Dirty Dozen. 

Dirty Dozen has a restricted membership and was full where Wicken replied to my mail and we went on from there and joined in Sept 2012.

I must say I am delighted that I joined Wicken as they are a very friendly bunch and have been very supportive with my flight training.

I really would recommend making the effort to join a club.

© Martin Underhill 2017