May 2018
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
June 11th 2018
Swift Medics’ out of hours and emergency Doctors services      Dr Jonathan Glover.

July 28th 2018
Calne Bike Show - yes, we are attending so volunteers to the Secretary please!

Next date is 2 June at Three Trees Farm Shop Chisledon
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:  
Nick Burnet, Gold (Car) tutor Dave Pooke
Steve Jordan, Silver (bike) Tutor Mark Sealey
Please welcome the following to the Group:

Dott Brown (Car)
Mark Tunstall (bike)
Peter Lloyd (Car)
Aaron Mercer (bike)
Ryan Moore (car)
Patricia Howarth (car)
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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General Data Protection Regulation - reminder
You will have seen the email from the Membership Secretary asking for you to opt in to the Group Committee holding your data for the benefit of the Group.  It is very difficult for us to keep you updated and to properly administer the Group if you do not opt in so please reply to his email so we have a record of your consent.  If you do not opt in we will assume you will not be continuing your membership when subscriptions are due at the AGM.
Our Privacy statement is included below as a reminder.
The Chairman and the Committee of RoADAR Wiltshire will hold personal data about members (name, address, email address, phone numbers, RoSPA test status, year of birth) necessary for the operation of the Group; this information will only be collected from you (or your assigned Tutor regarding test passes).  This data will be securely held on a database and will be used to pass communications and manage subscriptions for the Group.  Information will only be passed to other members for the good of the Group (for organising events linked to the Group; training, trips and attendance at events) and to RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Head Office (the only third party) for the management of tests, membership, training and tutor records.  We will hold your data whilst you are a member of RoADAR Wiltshire – when you leave your data will be deleted. Data will not be used for any automated decision making but anonymised data may be used to aid Committee decision making. You have the right to request the information we hold and to withdraw your consent for us to hold the information; this will reduce our capacity to communicate with you.  This no way impinges on your rights as an individual as stated in the new GDPR.
Meeting14 May - Mark Kendrick  - VIP Close Protection Driving
Mark Kendrick from Bespoke Driving Solutions invited the audience to participate in a discussion style talk.
Bodyguarding is a licensable activity in the UK but the driving element does not require the licence.
Bodyguards, or Close Protection Officers (CPO) are employed to protect the Royals, politicians and others are looked after by the Met Police. The Royal Military Police (RMP) look after high ranking officers. Others are done by the private sector. In war zones, close protection is often provided by RMP and 22 SAS.
It is up to the CPO to consider the threat when working with a subject:
Threats are categorized.
Cat 1 – Not if, but when
Cat 2 – Medium level, not when but if
Cat 3 – Low level, just driver and CPO
At the time of the talk The Queen is Cat 2 status and the threat is not considered high. Though the Met Police are always mindful of a threat.
There are numerous acronyms and terms in the protection industry e.g.
            Principal (the protected person)
            PPO – Personal Protection Officer
            CPO – Close Protection Officer
Hollywood and reality, of course, are quite different.  Police are able to break the law where civilian protection officers are not. Police are armed; civilians are not.
 An example of a poor close protection unit was when the first minister of Gibraltar was left stranded on the roadside when their vehicle had a puncture. The main vehicle had no spare and there was no escort vehicle.  The escort vehicle would have provided a useful alternative; had there been one present that day.
There are two types of Close Protection Driving:
Soft – low profile, covert drills
Hard – high profile, overt drills
Which is chosen depends on the person and the theatre they are in.
Communications between vehicles is typically via mobile phones. A second mirror is used to maintain observation on the principal at all times.
Evasive anti-ambush driving – three ways of evading an ambush:
Drive through
Drive around
Reverse direction
When done neatly the drive through, or ramming, does not set off air bags. If the air bags are set off the fuel is also cut off; not a good thing when trying to evade an ambush!
Mark showed some videos of a training exercise with the Drive through and the Reverse direction methods.  The reverse ‘J’ turn is best not done with a high centre of gravity vehicle as the vehicle is liable to toppling over – as shown in the video. PG comment -  though it did look like it was in the USA so no real harm done to occupants – probably knocked some sense into them!
Skidding – this was a side topic and one that Mark was keen to explore to show off the advances with car technology.   The point was, if going into a skid, then he would jam on the brakes hard so that the ABS kicks in. This helps the car slow down so if you do run off the road and hit a tree there is less force; secondly, the ABS helps slow the car down enough so you can hopefully regain control.  ESC also plays a part in this. So, don’t be scared to use ABS if you have it.
Once ambush is evaded, there is no point going to the nearest police station, as in the UK, they are often closed!  Its better to call 999 and tell them where you are, what speed you are doing and in what vehicle you are travelling.
Recently, there was a documentary on TV showing two CPOs, three vehicles with a high profile Principal. The two CPOs were ex-SAS, but in effect civilians. The documentary showed what not to do as it was full of illegalities!
A few years ago, the then Foreign Secretary was using his Met Police Protection officers as a taxi for his mates when leaving their club. The Chief Superintendent told him no! So, the system is often abused. Celebrities use private CPO firms to show off their profile as do many high net worth individuals.
Mark went onto discuss many more topics and provided the group with a copy of one of his DVD’s as a raffle prize at the next meeting.
This, again, was a very enjoyable session and the audience thanked Mark for his time.
We are getting regular invitations from other groups. This month seems to be even more than ever. Nice to be wanted!
Gloucester Group

You Be The Judge Tue 5 June 18 at 19:30 – 21:00

Gloucester South Fire Station Community Room SkillZONE Tuffley Lane Gloucester GL4 0AS
An illustrated presentation by Gloucestershire area RoADAR Examiner and accident investigation consultant Paul Crabtree.  Paul assembles a thought provoking interactive exercise that should invoke audience discussion and nudge the grey cells into action.
Suitable for all. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Low Speed Skill Development

We are running a low speed skill development event on Sunday 10 June and Sunday 18 October 2018 at the Arle Court Park and Ride Car Park, Cheltenham and would like to invite your riders to come along for free.
More details on of this event can be found on the forum.

Slow Riding     
Sunday 27th May at Wroughton Park and Ride, Croft Road, Swindon, SN1 4RW. 
Open to all members and the general riding public so spread the word.

Calne Bike Meet 28 July - Volunteers to help on the stand
We have a plot for the Calne Bike meet to aid with our biker recruiting (we also meet a fair few car drivers there as well).  We do need volunteers to help on the day - you do not have to be there all day but if you can help out for all or part of the day please let the Secretary know so we can plan the manning of the stand.
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 2 Jun  - Three Trees Farm Shop
Skillshare will run from 10 am on the first Saturday of each month from April to October.  The locations (to improve our coverage across the County) are as follows:
For April, June, August and October it will be at the Three Trees Farm Shop at Chiseldon
For May, July and September it will at the Haven Salisbury.
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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