December 2013
Dates For Your Diary
Friday 10th January 2014
Christmas/New Year Meal, Bolingbroke Arms, Hook

Monday 10th February
7:15pm for 7:45
Meeting: Chris Ellis, a RoADAR Examiner, will be our speaker. Amongst other things, he will be discussing modern vehicle technology and tutoring.

Saturday 8th March
First Aid Course

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Monthly meetings are all held at Liddington Village Hall opposite the church.
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!
Welcome to Graham Jeffery who has recently joined the group as a member of the car section.
Congratulations to Dave Venman and Nick Edwards who have both recently qualified as Approved Car Tutors, and to Lawrence Moss who recently qualified as an Advanced Car Tutor.

Congratulations also to the following who have all recently passed their advanced tests:

David Carson (Gold - Bike) tutored by Mike Southgate
Gary Franks (Gold - Car) tutored by Monica Graham
Ian Whittacker (Gold - Car) tutored by Bill Reed
Jo Dockeray (Silver - Bike) tutored by Steve Hyde
Jamie Cooke (Silver - Bike) tutored by Jon Penny
Mike Bedwell (Silver - Car) tutored by Nick Carrington
Pauline Sawyer (Silver - Car) tutored by Roger Tamplin
Paul Adams (Gold - Bike re-test)
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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Season's Greetings from Wiltshire RoADAR
We wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a happy and safe New Year.
2013 has been another busy year.  We have had thirty two tests this year and these were split evenly between both car and bike sections.  Congratulations to all those who have passed their RoSPA Advanced Test this year and a huge thank you to all tutors who have given their time freely to help associates gain the RoSPA qualification.
First Aid Course
We still have a few spaces available for the First Aid course on Saturday 8th March 2014. If you would be interested in attending this please let Monica know. The course will be based around the needs of road users and will cover everything you need to do if you come across a collision, from being the first at the scene until help arrives. The training will be provided by Rainbow TDA (formerly Rubicon). This will be a full day's training using the facilities at Liddington.

The committee have agreed that the group will subsidise the cost of this course, so expect the cost to members to be around £35, depending on exact numbers.  (It would be much more than that to attend a similar course otherwise.)  We are trying to encourage all tutors and bike ride-out leaders to have a First Aid qualification so please consider attending this if you fall into either of these categories and don't already have an up-to-date certificate.
Christmas/New Year Meal - Friday 10th January 2014
This is your last chance to book your places for the Christmas/New Year Meal at The Bolingbroke Arms in Hook, near Royal Wootton Bassett on the evening of the 10th January.  All members and their partners are welcome!  Please let Monica know if you wish to attend by the 29th December together with your choices from the following menu:

Homemade Roast Parsnip Soup with Crusty Bread
Creamy Garlic Mushrooms served with Granary Bread
Mozzarella, tomato & Crisp Pancatta Salad drizzled with a Classic Vinaigrette

Homemade Steak and Stilton Pie
Braised Minted Lamb Shank served on a bed of mashed potato
Pan Fried Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon served with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Garden Tartlet filled with Vegetables topped with melted Smoked Applewood Cheese served with a mixed salad
Fresh Salmon Grilled with Lemon and Black Pepper

Fresh Fruit Salad or Sorbet
Homemade Baileys Cheesecake Drizzled with Chocolate Sauce
Homemade Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake with Clotted Cream or Ice Cream
Apple Pie with Custard or Ice Cream

Coffee / Tea

£23 per person
Can you help?
We are looking for someone to join the committee to take on the role of Associate/Tutor Co-ordinator for the bike section. This role entails allocating associates to tutors when they join the group. It is not a particularly onerous role but it is an important job. Please contact Monica to find out more.
Bike Tutors Wanted!
If you have passed your RoSPA Advanced Bike Test with a Silver or Gold grade, have you considered becoming a Tutor for the group? The bike section will be running a new tutor training course starting in March 2014. The course will involve some evening theory sessions and some weekend practical sessions on the road. If you are interested please email
News Snippets
Car Tax Discs to be abolished: Paper tax discs will be replaced with an electronic system from October 2014. The system will also allow motorists to pay for the vehicle excise duty by monthly direct debit at a cost of an additional 5%.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA): The merger of the DSA and VOSA is nearing completion and will formally launch in April 2014. It will be known under its new name of The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

A quicker way of repairing motorways: Connect Plus, the motorway management company which finances, operates and upgrades the M25 network on behalf of the Highways Agency, is using a new Rapid Cure technique for the replacement of concrete motorway to cut the time needed for lane closures from 1500 hours per annum to just 300.
Thanks to Chris Gleed and his contacts at AIRSO for this information.

Secretary: Mrs. Monica Graham, 114 Marines Drive, Faringdon, Oxon. SN7 7UG. Tel: 01367 242377
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