NW Report June-July 07
8-9th June:- MAG Board Meeting & NC Meeting
both Board & NC Meetings at
12-16th June:- Semi-finals Scrapheap Challenge
Competed in semi-finals with the rest of the Blackpool MAG Team.
Help organise and run a very successful rally. Sold out this year and looks like about £3k raised for the fighting fund, although final figures yet to be confirmed. Also another £310 raised for Blackpool Boys n Girls Club.
26-29th June:- Final Scrapheap Challenge
Managed to get to the final. The series is due to be televised January 2008, so look out for the “Dark Riders”.
July:- Collected new logo shirts from supplier in
Had some black polo shirts made up with the new MAG logo embroidered on the front and “Are you passionate enough” printed on the back for £8 +VAT. Quite light material, but getting a sample prepared for August NC meeting of a heavier gauge material for an extra 50p per shirt.
July:- Donation to
Blackpool MAG arranged a presentation night at the club where a cheque for £410 was handed over. This was a combination of monies raised at the Christmas Do, and also at the summer rally.
July:- Opening of “125 bikers club” shop in Colne,
Members of Red Rose MAG took the NW’s 3x3m MAG stand to the opening of the shop but unfortunately there had a mix up with the publicity of the event, and hardly anyone was there for the launch.
July:- Biker Rally,
NW MAG took over the marshalling of this event, as the bike club who were suppose to be helping out let the organisers down. This event was organised by Blackpool Council, and “Friends of Stanley Park” who arranged the groups and the venue, but did not advertise the event very well, and so consequently it was very poorly attended. We ran the MAG stall at the event, and organised the bike parking. The organisers were very grateful for our input and have said that they would like to work together on a bigger and better event next year, which MAG would have more control over the publicity and running of the event.
July:- Local Reps Meeting,
the opportunity of holding a local reps meeting in the park. Main issues in the
NW are running of the web-site which I have still to get a volunteer to take
18th July:- Knott End RideSafe BackSafe Event
NW MAG were invited to take the stall down to this event, which was held at the café at Knott End, which is a popular biker’s meeting place during the summer months, on a Wednesday night. I took the MAG van down, and set up outside the café. A lot of interest shown and a couple of new members signed up.
July:- Report on
Bill Green visited the City Centre over the weekend, and has put together an excellent report which I have passed on to both Trevor Baird and David Short. It highlights the point the since September last year, LCC are discriminating against riders of PTWs. Certain areas of the City Centre have become no-go areas for these vehicles, as there are no provisions for parking. Leaving your bike in a pay and display bay will incur a £60 fine, even if you have bought a ticket. There are no PTW parking facilities north of Lime Street Station and many of the dedicated parking areas that have been provided by the council are hard to find, secluded and difficult to access. In summary, it is now far more convenient to visit the city centre in a car than it is on two wheels. Well done Liverpool CC ??
Went down to the meeting on the bike and handed out a few leaflets and flyers.
July:- RideSafe BackSafe meeting,
through the design of posters that are going to be displayed around the NW.
Mainly aimed at education in relation to suitable clothing, and riding styles.
Some interactive signs have already been placed in certain accident hot-spots
around the region. Discussions about the meeting at Knott End the previous
week, and planning another one for August. I have agreed to display RideSafe
BackSafe magnetic signs on the side of the van, if they are provided. PTW
rider/pillion fatilities for Jan-June this year are down by 50% in the region
on previous year, which is being taken as a very positive sign for the forum.
28th:- JulyAugust Speed Awareness course, Centurion
being snapped by a Gatso whilst accelerating away from in-between two boy
racers at a set of traffic lights in
11-12 August:- MAG Board Meeting & NC Meeting
Attended both Board & NC Meetings at Rugby.
15th August, Local Reps meeting at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Blackpool.
I organised the usual post NC local reps meeting, and this time it was the turn of Blackpool MAG to host the get together. It seems like we have lost the Liverpool & West Lancs group. I haven’t given up on this completely yet, and I am still trying to persuade one of the former members to take over running of the group.
August Charity Night Lancashire Air Ambulance, Glasson Dock,
I attended this event which had a guest appearance by John McGuiness. Managed to get to speak to him about joining MAG. He seemed to know little about what we do, and so I left him with some information and also a membership form. I explained to him that if he where to join because he agreed and supported our policies, this would greatly improve my chances of picking up new members at the TT festival. He seems a genuine enough chap and said that he would take the literature away and have a think about it. Fingers crossed!!!
29th August RideSafe BackSafe event at Knott End
I took the MAG van down to this event at Knott End, Fleetwood, and ran the stall with the help of members from Blackpool MAG. Signed up a couple of new members, and gave away loads of old editions of the Road. The event was well supported but one contentious point of the evening was the decision by the local police division to be out in force with their radar guns, issuing fixed penalties to any speeding bikers on their way to/from the event. Considering that this event is organised by Lancashire Police, the heavy handed approach of the local division did not go down at all well. Once again I found myself questioning whether I wanted to be involved with the RSBS initiative as a MAG representative. More to follow……
31st October-2nd September- WozWolf Rally
I attended rally as a normal punter, but managed to distribute loads of flyers for up and coming events in the NW. Came across some dodgy bearded character that had this strange split personality. One minute he was telling my girlfriend that he was MAG’s Clubs officer, and then in the next breath he was introducing himself as MAG’s Vice Chair. Strange person???
September RideSafe BackSafe meeting at Police HQ, Hutton,
I attended this regular monthly meeting of the forum. A charity night is being arranged with a guest appearance of John McGuiness planned, to raise funds for the NW Air Ambulance. There was also a report on the significant reduction in fatality figures again this year across the region. I have received some magnetic “Think Bike” signs for the MAG van FOC from the RSBS group, which are quite effective.
When it got to the part of the meeting when we discussed the recent event held at Knott End, I informed the forum that many bikers had approached me that night annoyed at the police activities on the roads leading to the event. This turned into a very heated discussion, as one of the police officers at the meeting was on duty that night, and he tried to defend their actions. As it turns out, a lot of questions have been asked at a very high level within the division, and it has been agreed that any police activity on the nights when these events are being held will be very low keyed. This decision may have come too late for a number of the bike dealers who have already withdrawn their support from the RSBS initiative.
September Jesters Rally, Whittingham,
Helped organise and run this rally being a longstanding member of the club, which is MAG affiliated. Used the MAG van as the control point for the rally, and the club members were quite happy with me supplying a couple of hundred old editions of the Road to put into the goody bags of the rally goers. Seemed to be very well accepted and during the clear up on the Sunday, I did not see one discarded issue. Maybe a thought for other MAG/MAG affiliated rallies?
September Motorcycle Extravaganza,
I could not help
out at this due to previously mentioned rally commitments. Bill Green, local
Rep for Red Rose MAG, took on the responsibility of running the MAG stall.
Reports back indicate that it was a fairly quite event, with only a handful of
memberships being taken. Lots of literature distributed and a lot of interest
shown with MAG and the re-launch. The organisers of this event also run the
G-MEX show in
Will not be able to make the Board or NC meeting this weekend but Mike Card will be representing the NW. Off to Mobile Chaos Rally (MAG affiliated) at Silverdale and will be taking up some old copies of “The Road” to distribute at the gate, as long as I don’t have to sacrifice too much beer space!!
13th October:- MAG NC Meeting
Mike Card attended the NC meeting in my absence. I was attending the Mobile Chaos Rally in Silverdale. Mobile Chaos has shown interest in the past at becoming the local MAG group for the Lancaster/Morecambe Area, and I am constantly working on this. They are MAG affiliated and support all the MAG events around the region. Once again I took a load of MAG literature up with me which was well received.
October Blackpool Area MAG Meeting Uncle Toms Cabin,
New Secretary Tracy Hough voted in as Bryony Hart, who has been doing an excellent job over the past couple of years has stepped down, due to increased family commitments.
October Millennium Rock Night,
Attended this event and distributed
a pile of MAG literature. It was at this event that I first got bombarded by
reports from the funeral in
November Blackpool Area MAG Meeting Uncle Toms Cabin,
I used this
meeting to get volunteers to help me mail out 500+ letters detailing the NW AGM
to be held at
November RideSafe BackSafe meeting at
Police HQ, Hutton,
I attended this
regular monthly meeting of the forum. Plans are being put in place for a
“RideSafe BackSafe Rendezvous” on 13th April 2008. This is the third
year that we have been involved in this event, and it is going from strength to
strength with next year promising to be bigger than ever. MAG NW are getting
involved with a lot of the running of the event, which is to be held at
MAG NW are also trying to help out with the local radio station, Rock FM’s toy run this year. They need help in distributing the toys that are donated to the station over the Christmas period and I have volunteered to try and get the members to help with this task which looks like it may take place on December 27th.
We were also
informed that the team will be presented with a
Commendation Certificate by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of
November Blackpool Area MAG Meeting Uncle Toms Cabin,
Main agenda was focussed on plans for Christmas Do and NW AGM on 15th December. Steve Wykes has kindly volunteered to observe the AGM. First time we have held it at the Blackpool MAG Rally site, but promises to be a fun occasion.
All for now,