North West Reps Report August-September 2017

9- 13th: August – Bulldog Bash,

I took the MAG stand down to this event and ran it with Dave Wigham over the four day event. Moderate interest, a few members taken and merchandise sold. Missed the Board and NC meeting as a consequence.

25-27th August: - The Great North West Motorbike Show, Blackpool Winter Gardens

I was approached over 12 months ago about MAG helping to run this show and we have been involved ever since. For its first year it went very well with many thousands visiting over the weekend and the Saturday evening entertainment selling out  We picked up a lot of new members as well as a few renewals, and got the message out to many more. I got to interview Carl Fogarty on the main stage on the Sunday afternoon which was quite daunting, but exiting at the same time. Still not managed to get him to sign up yet. Hopefully the show will now become a regular annual event with the support of Blackpool Council

9-10th September:- Illumi-thon in aid of Trinity Hospice

Myself and other members of Blackpool MAG provided security on bikes for this this year’s Illumi-thon Memory walk up and down Blackpool Prom by 400 + ladies dressed in neon, 10pm-2am on a Saturday night when all the pubs and clubs are turning out. Quite an experience and great PR for MAG

14-17th September:- Jesters MCC Rally

Had the MAG stand at this event but had to juggle between this and marshalling the event being a member of Jesters. Still plenty of interest and stock sold

23rd September:- Illuminations Charity Ride in aid of the MAG Foundation

I helped road marshal this is an annual ride through the lights which is normally used to raise funds for NW Blood Bikes. This year at the eleventh hour, they decided that they did not want to be involved and so we stepped in and made it a fund raising event for the MAG Foundation and raised close to £200 on the night.

29-30th September MAG AGC

Attended the AGC in Manea, very good meeting. I have put myself forward as a Trustee for the foundation and will be working with Fin Coulson & Rory Wilson on a few ventures.

1st October:- Hercules Run 2017

Once again NW MAG were asked to road marshal this event which took 70+ bikes through 120 miles of fantastic country side to Hartside Café. Good PR for MAG and I won an award !

7th-8th October:- Mobile Chaos Rally, Silverdale

The Morecambe Rep Kev Hyde ran the MAG stand at this event. I was there more as a punter. Kev is having a bit of a re-launch of the group and renaming it (Morecambe And District) MAD MAG and he is also planning on getting Mobile Chaos members more involved with activities as they are a MAG affiliated group.

National IT Matters

 Still struggling to get anywhere with the new web-site which was close to completion until the author decided that he did not have time to complete. The new database and membership self-service portal seems to be running ok. I am continuing to keep the National web-site up-to-date with the news items and meeting/contact details as well as the affiliated clubs page.

MAG Foundation

I am getting more involved with Foundation activities after volunteering to become a trustee at AGC and working with Rory & Fin. Projects we are working on include


Other News and future events;        .

·         Continuing to help produce and distribute the monthly NW Newsletter with Bill Green. Past issues can be viewed on the North-West MAG website

·         Kev Hyde is planning on producing some MAD MAG products

·         Red Rose MAG are running a Christmas Raffle

·         Blackpool MAG have booked Blackpool RUFC for our annual Halloween and Bonfire Party on 4th November.

·         All other NW groups are quite but functional.

Best Regards,