NW Report August-September 2008


9th August  MAG NC Meeting - Rugby

            Mike Card attended the NC meeting at Rugby as I was unavailable. Minutes available on MAG UK web-site. http://www.mag-uk.org


23-24th August Scrapheap Challenge, Blair Castle, Perth.

            I spent the weekend with other members of Blackpool MAG competing in the first round of the next series of Scrapheap Challenge. Got quite a few good plugs in for MAG and hopefully these won’t end up on the cutting room floor. This series is due to be aired some time next year.


19th-21st September Jesters MCC Rally

            Had the MAG van and stall set up at this affiliated club’s rally. Managed to distribute loads of copies of “The Road” at the sign in gate.Had quite a bit of interest in membership and affiliation. I was also kept busy marshalling at this event, beign a member of Jesters.


19th-1st September “Party on the Prom Goldwing Light Parade”

            MAG NW were asked by the organisers to Marshall this event in return for a donation to MAG, but with it falling on the same weekend as Jesters I was unable to support or to pass on to others. Bill Green from Red Rose MAG did take the NW MAG stall down to this event, which was held on Chad’s Headland on Blackpool Promenade, and picked up a few new members.


1st October Donation to NW Air Ambulance.

            Following on from events held earlier in the year, Blackpool MAG were able to donate a cheque to the NW Air Ambulance for £300. The presentation was made at Blackpool MAG’s new meeting place which is the Number 4 Public House, Newton Drive, Blackpool. FY3 8ER. Photos nad report to follow for “The Road”


5th October MT Heads Bike Show

            MAG NW were asked by the MT Heads MCC to bring the MAG Stall to this event which we did and had a successful day, picking up a number of new members and renewals, and distribute loads of copies of “The Road”. This was the first event the MT Heads, a MAG affiliated group, have run but I feel sure that there will be many more following on from the success of this one.


Other regional issues;

Blackburn MPTC is still not ready although the pressure is off slightly now with the new test being delayed by 6 months. This is the only MPTC being planned for the whole of Lancashire.

The situation in Liverpool City Centre with regard to parking of PTW is still diabolical with positive discrimination being shown against riders of said machines. I am still not sure what the situation is with Liverpool City Council as Bill Green, the NW political officer, has still not had any information passed onto him from our ex-campaigns manager. .

I have had interest shown in starting a local MAG group in the Rossendale area and also one in the Lancaster & Morecambe Area.