September 2018
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church

October 8th 
Richard Howes our Regional Coordinator is joining us.

Next date is 6 October at Three Trees Farm Shop, Chiseldon
Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Check the Forum for details
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:  
No tests of which we we are aware this month
Please welcome the following to the Group:
Denis McCann (Bike).
Daniel Greenall (Car)
Melanie and Ryan Jones (Car)
Simon West (Bike).
Adrian Windo (Car)
Steve Williamson (Bike)
Don’t forget that we have a range of clothing available to purchase. We also offer a range of books, such as Roadcraft, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Highway Code, and these are available at discounted prices.

For more information visit the Merchandise page of our web site at
We are always looking for more articles, ideas and news for the newsletter. Have you been somewhere interesting recently that would make a good story? If you attend any group events then take a camera and send us your pictures!

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Annual General Meeting - 8 October 2018
The AGM will be held at Liddington Village hall at 7.45 pm on 8 October.  This is your chance to influence how the Group develops and is run.  Please come along and help us to improve how we operate.
This is another chance for you to tell the committee what you want from the Group - please  help us to achieve our aims.
Richard Howes our RoADAR Regional Coordinator will join us for the evening to provide us with an update from his perspective and will be available to answer any questions we have.
Better still put your skills to use and join the committe - new members are always welcome.  I am delighted to say we have a volunteer Secretary who will be a welcome addition to the team
Most of the Committee members are happy to stand for re-election but we are in need of some more support:
John McKellar the Bike representative is emigrating next year so will leave the Committee – any volunteers to replace him will be very welcome.
We need some people to help with the running of the Group (there is no need to be on the committee to do these):
Skillshare coordinator
Bike Ride out coordinator
Bike representative (coordinate associate allocation to Tutors)
The current incumbents are still in the Group and a full handover will be provided.  These tasks are not onerous and only need a few hours per month of your time.
Membership Renewal
We have sent out membership renewal reminders.  Please send your subscription to the Treasurer; electronically is best and easiest.  It helps us if you do this sooner rather than later so we can keep tracks on the numbers in the Group; this allows us to plan activities and promotional events.
Message from RoADAR HQ -  Another Regional co-ordinator role
Due to family and health reasons, Regional Coordinator Steve Parker has decided to step down from his role covering the East and South East Groups.  Steve will be available throughout October for those of you who may like to liaise directly and I can confirm that Steve will be continuing as normal in his role as a RoSPA Examiner.
This has led to the opportunity for a regional coordinator role covering the East and South group network, a total of 15 groups.
The  document on our Forum provides further information on the role, including requirements and fees. I would like to emphasise at his time that the location of the individual applying does not need to co-inside with the area that the role shall cover.
Should you wish to register your interest in the role of Regional Co-ordinator, East and South East  please do so by emailing me at Outlining your current experience and why you feel you would be the right person for the role.
The closing date for registering your interest is Friday 12th October. After this time we shall invite those who have been successful in registering their interest to meet face to face for an interview.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other member of the regional coordinator team.
Kind regards
Free Low Speed Bike Development - 7 Oct Cheltenham
We are running a low speed skill development event on Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Arle Court Park and Ride Car Park, Cheltenham and would like to invite your riders to come along for free.
Who can attend?
Any fully licensed motorcyclist or scooter rider interested in improving their low-speed riding skill

Sunday 7 October 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Please arrive by 9:15 a.m. for safety and course briefing which begins at 9:30 a.m. prompt


Arle Court Park & Ride, Cheltenham, Glos GL51 6SY
N51 53.598 W2 07.908

After the initial safety and course briefing the morning will comprise three optional activities:

1. A tutor-led refresher session at the beginning of the morning for those wishing to remind themselves about the three critical techniques needed to master low-speed riding.
2. A series of tutor-led cone obstacle courses designed to replicate real-life riding situations.

3. An advanced all-in-one multiple obstacle circuit designed to test your recently refreshed skills.
4. A slow race that anyone may attempt, throughout the morning, as often as you wish.
We may also be able to add a tutor-led advanced braking session. To be confirmed.
How much?

Free to all RoSPA or IAM advanced riders and interested motorcycle licence holders on road-legal and insured powered two-wheelers (including scooters). 
There’s no need to book, just turn up by 9:20 a.m.

Full details are on the Forum.
Geeks Corner - What do we Ride?

Of the members who have answered...
We have 66 bikes on the database.
  • BMW = 20
  • Ducati = 2
  • Harley Davidson = 1
  • Honda = 11
  • Kawasaki = 4
  • KTM = 1
  • Laverda = 1
  • Moto Guzzi = 1
  • Suzuki = 5
  • Triumph = 14
  • Vespa = 1
  • Yamaha = 5
So our most popular bike make is BMW !


RoADAR Roadshows - have your say direct to RoADAR HQ
RoADAR HQ are conducting three RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders workshops in the UK between October and January.
The aim of the half day workshops is to share best practice, network with our fellow groups and colleagues, discuss our achievements over the past 12 months (including talking about what’s next), and there will be a forum where members can discuss various topics to allow us to hear your ideas and views.
The workshops are free to attend and are open to all subscribing full members
The workshops shall take place from 9:30 – 12:30 as follows:
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Donnington Park
Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Castle Coombe
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – York Railway Museum
Book your place
To book your place or for more information, please click the following link:  and complete the booking form. If you have any questions or queries please contact or call 012 248 2099.
Spaces are limited and issued on a first-come first-served basis.*
Should you or your group have ideas of topics that you would like to see put forward for discussion, please do so by emailing
RoADAR HQ hope you will be able to join us at a date and location that is most suited to you.
*RoSPA has the final decision on attendees. 
The Chairman has registered to attend.
Committee minutes    These are available from the Group Secretary if any member wishes to see them. If you are interested in reading the minutes, then please send a mail to the Group Secretary whom will promptly forward them onto you.
Committee membership  Always on the lookout for willing volunteers to help run the group and maintain its high standards. Just for info, the committee meets once a month. However, the mix of the committee is very strongly biased towards bikers; there is only one car representative now on the committee. Any car drivers want to change the balance?
A reminder for all Members there is a Forum on the Website which can be used for any purpose but particularly coordinating events, hints, tips and general conversation.  It is easy to register on the website so please do log on and chat away.
Test results 
Reminder to let the Membership Secretary and your tutor know when you have taken your Advanced Driving/Riding Test and result. This is so our database is kept up to date; there is no need or pressure at all to have the result published on the website or in this newsletter if you wish to keep your result confidential.

Communication from RoADAR Coordinator - Richard Howes
Richard's monthly message has been placed on the Forum under General Discussion.  Please head over there to see the latest from our Regional Coordinator
RoADAR Head Office facebook Page
Reminder of the page: or type in RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in to your facebook.
Skillshare 2018 - Next Event 6 October Three Trees Farm Shop Chisledon
This is the last Skillsahre of the year and is at Three Trees Farm Shop at Chiseldon
Thankyou for all who have supported these events throughout the year.  There has not been a massive take up but we will focus on promotion next year and hopefully increase the attendance
Skillshare is for both car drivers and bike riders.
Drivers or riders can turn up and get a free assessment of their skills, with the opportunity to sign up for full membership if they want to take it further. If members get an opportunity to publicise Skillshare the website is a good starting point or please ask Mark Sealey for more information (
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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