Motorcycle Action Group
North-West Region AGM
Sir Charles Napier Public House,
27th November 2011
Tony Cox (NW Rep)
Meeting Commenced 1.40pm
Tony opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking
them for their attendance. Bill Green
accepted the offer to act as chair, with Paul Turner (MAG
Apologies have been received from a number of people, notably Wirral Representative Gordon Wheatcroft
Regional Rep’s Report (Tony Cox)
Tony reported that this has been a heavy year. He has attended every National Committee
meeting and board meeting (whilst he served as a director) from which he stood
down in April. He has attended all
monthly Ride Safe Back Safe (RSBS) meetings, which have been highly productive,
getting relevant organisations round the table and discussing issues in an
arena which enables MAG issues to get aired at an influential level at the
initial stages. Membership
of the RSBS meetings include Lancashire Police, Lancashire County
Monthly Activities in 2011
Wirral and Chester MAG launched at the Crown in
7th Annual Fred Hill Run, setting off from the Charles Napier,
Wirral Egg run. Wirral and Chester MAG attended with the MAG stand.
NABD Rally, Leyland Eagles Rally, both attended with the stall which recruited new members and raised funds through product sales.
Blackpool MAG Rally raised about £2000. This is a good steady rally raising funds
annually. This year a few new things
were tried including the bus.
Bike Fest in Morecambe run by Morecambe and District MCC (an affiliated club) attended with stand.
Stop Discrimination March in
Delivered a cheque to Vine House in
MAD MCC charity run for Donna’s Dreamhouse. Provided marshalling support.
Storming the Castle. Ran MAG stall. Recruited members, sold merchandise. Was a busy couple of
Sept 25th Demo Run. Tony gave an interview before and after the Demo to Biker FM (available to download from NW MAG website). Police reported being amazed at the turnout, and that they felt it had run smoothly considering the numbers involved. There is a real possibility of future demo’s (pending EU information). Following the demo there was a run to the North Manchester Alliance Bike Show. The NMA should cover all north west clubs and is intended to get us all talking to stop conflicts, arrange events (avoid clashes). They meet monthly at various locations.
Jesters Rally. MAG stall, Money was raised for Blackpool MAG through Marquee hire.
Hercules Run. MAG provided marshalling, an opportunity to
promote MAG, support a good cause.... and it’s fun.
Marquee hire. Raised some more funds
Afghan Heroes Run Blackpool. Provided marshalling. The run was poorly attended due to the bad weather and the Monday night timeslot. There is a possibility of a run next year to coincide with the Blackpool Rally.
17th October it was MAG’s sad honour to provide marshalling support for the funeral of late MAG member Andy Topping who lost his fight with cancer. His passing is a great loss.
25th October North Manchester
Ride Safe Back Safe meeting. Chief inspector Debbie Howard reported a 40% increase in motorcycle deaths in the region. As such they are targeting three groups: young riders/drivers; old riders/drivers; and motorcyclists. We are the only group to get hit by all three. Tony responded that concentration of drivers needs looking at and that you can’t just focus on the victims. Issues such as mobile phone use should be targeted. The police couldn’t provide details of their figures, and Tony has asked for the statistics used.
Tony reported that some people help out at the events, but it is always the same people and has asked for volunteers for future events in the New Year.
A lot of transactions have been done in cash due to
signatory problems on the account.
The balance is lower than the beginning of the year due to buying of stock merchandise, whereas last year merchandise had been sold and stock was low. £500 was spent on MA jackets (yielding £200 profit, which is high for merchandise). It was hoped the NW funds could be utilised to purchase a new NW stall, but there is not enough to directly fund this.
Outlays have been for the stock which is held, and mailouts (£40 Wirral and
It was also hoped that NW funds could be used to reimburse for the equipment previously mentioned, but this is not currently possible.
Northwest account balance is currently £154.
Election of Northwest Regional Officers
Posts available were Rep, Political Officer, Secretary and Treasurer.
Tony Cox was proposed and seconded for Regional Rep,
voted in unopposed by majority
Bill Green agreed to stand as Political Officer, voted in by majority
Phil McGladdery, Regional Secretary, voted in by majority
Gillian Beautyman, Regional Treasurer, voted in by majority
Address from Paul
Turner, Chairman MAG
Paul reported that it was good to come to a proactive region. It makes life easier at the MAG stand at shows etc if people have encountered MAG at other events, which sows the seed in them leading to further interest and membership. The fundraising in the region is great, but also the support for charities which raises the profile of MAG and gives a vital inroad into people respecting our views and opinions.
National MAG issues. We are experiencing an economic downturn but membership numbers are about the same, despite recruiting new members. The demo on the 25th of September recruited new members, as has the Bike show at the NEC which recruited 30 new members over the weekend Paul manned the stand, which shows we are doing something right. We need to look at retention of members. A comment was made that we need to sort out direct debit membership renewals (a long standing issue). Paul reported that direct debit will be up and running in January. Initially this will be annual renewals, but when the database is ready a quarterly option will be available. The timescale for this will be announced at the next national committee meeting.
Speaking about the award Tony received in April, Paul stated
that this represents the hard work of the region. The
Paul thanked the AGM for the invite to attend the AGM, and
reported that he will be standing down as Chair in April at the next AGC after
three years in office. As such the
Chairman’s position is up for election, as are positions of directors of the
board of MAG
Suggestions for promoting MAG in the northwest and the formation of local groups
2 local groups have been formed in the period. Wirral and
A group in the
It was discussed that we need to keep onto local councils regarding their transport plans (including parking). Tony (Cox) reported that at Preston Train station it costs the same to park a bike as it does to park a car. Danny Tunnicliff stated that the car park was privately owned and therefore Local Authorities had little to do with setting the charges.
The club affiliation scheme was discussed and it was stated that MAG makes very little money from the scheme but it keeps the message going out to supporters. The scheme has the benefit that for the first year of full membership the scheme provides a 20 % discount.
A lot of interest at present due to the threats from the EU.
It was reported that there is currently a “hidden threat” from “E10”. This proposal will raise the amount of ethanol in fuel which apparently will be highly detrimental for older engines. It was suggested that this may be an indirect way of getting bikes off the road. This issue is to be monitored.
The G-Mex show is back on but it poorly advertised.
March show is on near the Trafford Centre
Anything for the NW Regional Site – Send it through to NW Rep
Reports are up on site
Leyland Eagles invited MAG to attend next years rally with the MAG stall.
NABD date is not confirmed but MAG stall is invited
Brickies Rally invitation for MAG stall but this clashes with the G-Mex show
The Legion Rally at
Options regarding a new stall were discussed. It was generally agreed it will be a good investment. The proposed new stall will be large to transport so will need a van or trailer. This is not a problem.
It was reported that as of January, power sockets on towbars of cars, bikes and trikes will be tested as part of the MOT.
Next year in November there will be elections for Police
Commissioners throughout the
The North Manchester Alliance will be meeting this Tuesday 8 pm at the White Lion Bury.
Karen Lawrinson reported that she works for a pro-bike MP, and can forward parliamentary questions, which MAG can suggest. She needs to know what sort of reply is required. Questions need to be properly formatted, but she is willing to support this. The MP is formerly a member of the shadow transport commission but stood down to join the justice commission.
Tony can email questions across. Previously she has asked for evidence on effectiveness of day glo, and whether insurance claims will see none wearing as contributory negligence. Also she has forwarded questions regarding the Get a Grip campaign.
The 25 Sept Demo was discussed. The events referred to as the Charnock Richard Drag Race were clarified, as two bike riding to catch up to the main body of the protest. The events were well supported, but some set off points complained as no briefing. This was due to the organiser breaking down on the way to the set off point. The problems at the M55 set off were discussed, with the police agreement of 55mph not being met by the riders who rode considerably slower. The police however, despite initial feedback on the day, were pleased with the way the demo’s went and have already mentioned future demo’s.
The next demo will possibly be coordinated regional set offs
with one run in the northwest, or with more disruption depending on the threat
A discussion was held on electoral information available to politicians who can check if constituents are active voters (and therefore whether they are worth responding to).
The Chair of the meeting closed the meeting by thanking Tony for all his hard work over the year.
2012 NW AGM TBC