NW Report October-November 2014

11th October: - National Committee meeting, Shrewley Village Hall

I could not make this meeting and unfortunately my stand in, Dave Smart was taken ill and so there was no representation from the NW at this meeting, minutes on www.mag-uk.org

10-12th October: - Mobile Chaos Rally.

Kevin Hyde, Morecambe MAG local group rep, was running the MAG stand at this event. I went to support. David Morris MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale and current MAG member, was in attendance on the Friday night showing his support for this event that has suffered a lot of opposition from some residents from the village of Silverdale.

16th October: - NW Alliance Meeting, Rogue Riders, Lymm

This regular monthly meeting went well. I reminded the group about the planned Salford demo and reasons behind it, which went down very well, even got an unexpected round of applause!

18th October Diesel Spills Stickers, O’Reillys Transport, Heysham.

David Chambers, the General Manager of O’Reillys Transport, Heysham, contacted me concerning the supply of MAG Diesel Spills Stickers for his fleet of trucks. It was suggested that we could make a good PR event of this at an open day they was planning when O’Reillys were taking ownership of 30 new trucks. Lembit was available and together with David Morris, the local MP and MAG member, it was a very successful day with pictures and a mention in the local press.

25th October: - Salford Demo, Salford Manchester

It was a good turnout and the demo went well. Lembit was in attendance and we got a good write-up in the Salford Star. Details in the write-up in the Road

1st November Blackpool MAG Halloween Bonfire Party

The event went well, made a profit, all enjoyed themselves, enough said!

8th November: - Rixton Motorcycle Auto-jumble MAG Stand

Blayz and I  ran the MAG Stand at this event. Quite a small event but well worth supporting as run by the Talisman Brotherhood who are MAG supporters.

9th November: - Ring of Red, M60 Manchester

Attended this event with Smartie the Blackpool MAG Rep and there were plenty of other MAG reps at the event. An amazing turnout, getting bigger year on year.

10th November MAG presentation at Hatters HOG Meeting, Manchester.

I was asked to give a presentation to the Hatters HOG Chapter in South Manchester. Oliver, clubs Liaison, also attended. It seemed to go well and managed to answer most questions. The Chapter is in limbo at the moment as there may be a new Harley Dealer soon in Manchester and the Hatters don’t know if they will be allowed to stay as an official HOG Chapter. Sounds a bit bizarre but who am I to question?

19th November: - Blackpool MAG meeting, Fleetwood RUFC

A number of us went to Fleetwood Rugby Club to discuss the possibility of running next year’s rally at this venue. At the end of the evening it was a unanimous vote to move to Fleetwood RUFC.

26th November Alliance Meeting, British Bulldogs, Hindley

Reports on the recent demo discussed. I got chance to discuss forming a new Cheshire based MAG group with some members from the Rogue Riders.

28th November: - Funeral “Disco Don” Lytham-St-Annes

Don was a local Biker from St Annes and his sister had asked for as many bikes as possible to turn up for the funeral cortege. It was a good turnout and was well supported by Blackpool MAG. Sad day but good send off.

1st December: - Salford MAG meeting with Salford Council

Steve Blay and Owen Morris from Salford MAG met with members of Salford Council and Urban Vision to discuss a number of items pertaining to PTW use in the area. It was a good meeting and Steve will issue a report as soon as available.

Other news from around the region

I have been in discussions with members of the Rogue Riders MCC who want to start a local MAG group in the Lymm area of Cheshire. It is the first time I can remember that we will have had a group down here.

I have started communicating with a Facebook based group, NWUK Bikers, who contacted me after the recent Salford Demo. There are over a thousand in the group, many being young ‘L’ riders so seeing it as a good opportunity to introduce them to MAG.

All local groups are functioning well. Plans are afoot to host next year’s NW AGM at the Duke of York in Eccles.

There will be no donation from the NW this year as the NW funds will now be used to fund the main shows we attend at Manchester Central and Manchester Event City instead of them being funded as National Shows as they have been before, funded from Central. Blackpool MAG funds will be used to kick-start the summer rally.

            Bill, the Red-Rose Rep is still managing to get the monthly newsletter out and getting some good feedback from it


Best Regards,

Tony Cox, NW Regional Rep.