January 2020
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
10 Feb  - Graham Feest - Road Safety Consultant
9 March - Denis McCann - Dealing with Dyslexia
13 April - No Meeting it is Easter Monday
11 May - Mark Tunstall - Oils and Lubrication

First Aid course
End of March/beginning of April
 - please see newsletter for details

The next Skillshare will be held in April 2020.

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 Les Brown!

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:  

No test reported this month - remember to let us know when you pass your test.
Please welcome the following new members to the Group  
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 www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk.
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!

Please forward all contributions to newsletter@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
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Exciting year ahead
Even though it is still January, we are planning plenty of events for the year. These include liaising and working with Wiltshire Police at their BikeSafe event(s), a camping weekend planned for April to the Black Cock pub in on Exmoor - all members welcome, attending Calne Bike meet and repeating the First Aid course.
We also intend to support our local RoSPA coordinator and mix things up with local RoSPA groups. And, even getting stuck in with WABAM!
We have our regular annual trip scheduled for May - this year sees the group heading down to Cornwall for a week of great riding and driving, eating and good company.
We have speakers already booked and confirmed to come and give us talks on their specialist subjects so please come along and support them. Our Group meetings are held every second Monday of the month - see dates on the left and details below. If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to speak yourself, then please contact Les at speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
If you are planning anything exciting to do with riding or driving, please send in what it is you are up to, along with some photos/video so we can include in Members Activities section.   Last year saw several things, camping, May trip, Iron Butt, and days out included.
Online support - we need help in promoting our activities and are on the lookout for a media coordinator. I've tried to use Facebook, YouTube etc, but it needs someone who is a bit more tech savvy than me! See below for more details on this.
We mustn't forget tutoring and advanced driving and riding as this is our prime aim of being members of RoADAR, which is already taking place with interest from new members all the time, including some from outside of our area.
Looking foward to catching up with you all throughout the year!
Peter Genet - Secretary
Group Meetings and look ahead 
This Year’s Speakers
Thanks to Les for organising our guest speakers.
Mon 10th Feb    Graham Feest Rod safety consultant.
More details about graham can be found here and his website is here .  This will be an interesting evening for all of us and an opportunity to learn the latest and also debate with a road safety professional.
Mon 09th Mar    Denis McCann    Dyslexia  
Denis is one of our Bike Advanced Tutors and holds the RoSPA diploma.  He also teaches for a living so is skilled in applying different approaches to allow those with dyslexia to reach their full potential.  About 10% of the population have dyslexia so it is important we all (and particularly tutors) understand how we can assist others who may need a coping mechanism.
Mon13th Apr  (Easter Monday)     No Meeting   
Mon 11th May     Mark Tunstall     Oils and lubrication
Mark is one of our members and a passionate Blood Biker.  He has spent 40 years in the oil and lubrication industry and has an in-depth knowledge of the specifications and performance of all oils and lubrications – add bit more knowledge to your pre drive/ride checks and Mark will also help us avoid some of the advertising hype.
New Speakers
Les is working hard to fill the rest of the year’s speakers if you have any ideas please let him know at speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
Promotional activities
We are planning events for the bike section with Calne Bike meet and BikeSafe already scheduled. We need events for the car section to promote our group. There could be local events to attend, opportunities to appear at fetes or at race tracks such as Castle Combe. The group has funds to support these events.
If you have any ideas for events, then please get in touch with the commitee using the committee email address : committee@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
Look forward to hearing and discussing your ideas.
Presentation material

A generic set of slides has been created for use if you are asked about Wiltshire RoADAR and have the opportunity to present. This could be at a local club, workplace etc. Please send a mail to committee@wiltshireroadar.co.uk  and the slides will be sent over to you.
Member's Activities
Have you been up to anything to do with Riding or Driving lately? If so, then please let us know as we would love to include it here; photos would be great too!
Bit early in the year for much to have taken place! But, we have a camping trip organised, to the Black Cock pub in Exmoor. This invite is for all members, car and bikers alike.

Following a couple of enjoyable camping weekend trips last year, we plan to repeat the exercise using the tried and trusted formula.
  • Identify a camp site near a pub - it's the law ok! Laughing
We have identified a pub with a camp site. Or is that a camp site with a pub? Right on Exmoor’s Doorstep, The Black Cock Offers Scenic camping.
Travel down on Friday. Gentlemen or ladies, of leisure can choose to take an extended route on Friday afternoon. It is close enough for the gainfully employed to travel after work.

We'll ride a full day Saturday route/ locations TBD. Sunday we'll pack up and take a scenic route home. Feel free to join for all or just part of the weekend. You can eat and drink in the pub or at your tent.

There is a thread on the forum where discussion and latest info will be placed. http://www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=526 Feel free to contact Mark Sealey with any questions. And please do let him know if you want to come so he can pre-book if the numbers grow.
Links to last year's camping trips October camping  and  April camping 2019
First Aid Training
It is intended to provide a first aid training day (subsidised by the Group).  This is highly recommended for all tutors as part of our responsibilities for the safety of our associates but also an excellent skill for all of us; you never know when you will need it.  It is compulsory training for me at work and one of my colleagues saved her husband’s life as she had first aid training.
This will probably be on a Saturday early in the first quarter of 2020 but we need to know how many are interested so we can plan accordingly. Please register your interest with the Chairman
Media coordinator
To help promote the group we have a variety of online media platforms, FaceBook, YouTube,  Instagram and Twitter. To help make the most out of the opportunities that these outlst provide, we could use some help from someone who has experience of using such tools. Drop me a line at secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk  if you would be interested in helping promote our group.
Any Spare Motorcycle clothing?

The Blue Knights England 18 Young rider safety initiative started as the result of comments made about seeing young riders on the roads dressed inappropriately. We've all seen the young L plated riders - shorts, T shirt, trainers and we've all commented on it; but the question remained-Why are they dressed like this?

So, with this in mind contact was made with a Devon based training college called PETROC that has campus sites at Barnstaple and Tiverton. Conversation with the young riders there revealed  mopeds and 125's were transport to and from college for these riders as there were no other options available. In most cases, extended family members e.g grandparents, had purchased the bikes and a helmet, insurance and MOTquite often funded by parents or aunts and uncles. Disposable money being limited meant jackets, gloves, leggings etc just could not be afforded. We found that it wasn't unusual for these young riders to be covering 20 to 45 mile round trips daily to attend college in all weathers, totally ill protected against the elements.

 A collection of unwanted but still serviceable motorcycling clothing was made in my chapter and in September 2018 we attended the freshers’ week at the Barnstaple campus, this resulted in us kitting out 26 young riders.

Since then we have received further donations from local MC clubs. The only thing that we do not take is previously used helmets as we cannot prove their provenance.
We continue to engage with these young riders who have shown us  they know they should be wearing kit, they understand the importance of doing so and they genuinely are appreciative of receiving donated items. We receive positive feedback from the riders, the parents, other motorcycle riders and other clubs.

We would not be able to offer this service if it were not for the generosity of fellow bikers for which we are extremely grateful. Please could members contact Andrew Peaple if they have any kit spare they are willing to donate.
Thank you
Skillshare  - Back in April 2020
Geeks Corner - Membership
Membership stats for November
  • Membership overall – 102 on database
  • Car Members - 40
  • Bike Members - 56
  • Dual membership - 6
  • Tutors 20 in total;
  • 5 Advanced Bike; 4 Advanced Car; 6 Approved Bike; 5 Approved Car
Please note, there are 17 tests that are overdue. Please contact the membership secretary to help you book your test.
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.

Please could all Members use the 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.  
RoADAR Head Office facebook Page
Reminder of the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161699161113584/ or type in RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in to your facebook.
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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