June 2020
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are normally held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church.

 These arecancelled for the foreseeable future. See your Newsletter or https://www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk/ for any updates.

First Aid course
Being planned for post COVID-19 - more to follow

Skillshare - IT'S ON
Starting for Bikes on 4 July at the Haven Cafe near Salisbury - Pre booking only

Monthly Ride-Outs - They're Back

COVID Secure monthly Bike Ride-Outs  on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Email will be sent out to Bkers and heck 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:  

Tests resumed on 15 June none yet reorded for our group

Please welcome the following to the Group:
Ben Clark Bike
Mike Davidson Bike
David Rowe 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 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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The COVID-19 Secure Newsletter
Welcome to the June Newsletter. 

I hope you have had the chance to safely enjoy the weather we have experienced this month.  We have been watching the changes to the Government advice and have been reacting to the ever-changing situation.  I am pleased we have recommenced Bike tutoring and have even managed a COVID secure ride out (more details below).  Please help us to set the standards for safety in our management of risk of spreading the Coronavirus as well as the high standards we apply on the road.
We are now able to recommence car tutoring from 4 July.  You may well have heard RoSPA has already recommenced Fleet training; this is work related and therefore did not extend tovoluntary tutoring.    We are drafting some protocols for car tutoring which we will publish once we have reviewed them properly (I have re-produced the Bike protocols below).  I expect it will need both the Car tutor and associate to wear face covering and gloves – we have purchased a bulk order and will get these to tutors as soon as we can.
It may well be a long time before we are able to have a group meeting.  The Committee are being reactive at the moment as things change quickly and unexpectedly; we may even see an additional lockdown if there is an increase in infection levels.  We are planning to have the AGM on October 12; if this changes and we need a contingency we will let you know.  We are due for a review of our accreditation with RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in March 2021 so the Committee will have focus for the next year! – this should be easier than the initial 2 years of shenanigans we had initially (he said with his fingers crossed behind his back!).
We are due to review our Committee at the AGM and any new members will be most welcome.  Most of the Committee are happy to continue in post but we are looking for a new membership Secretary.  Gary has now retired from his main job and is thus busier than he has ever been; he is looking to hand over.  He has streamlined the process and it is not a real burden.  I would be grateful if anyone who can help lets me know at chairman@wiltshireroadar.co.uk.  By all means have a chat with Gary to find or what is involved at memberships@wiltshireroadar.co.uk.
I am happy to remain as Chairman but this will be my 4th year so perhaps it is time for a new hand on the tiller?  Those who want to take on the role please form an orderly queue rather than organise a coup.
I hope to be able to see you on the road soon.  Best wishes to you all and your families – Stay safe and keep healthy.
Bob Fram
Protocol for Bike tutoring

We must ensure the safety of both the Associate and the Tutor.  The following protocol is to be followed:
·      Both parties must be happy to partake in the tutoring session – there is no penalty for not wishing to partake provided communication is clear.
·      No tutoring if either the Associate or the Tutor have displayed symptoms within the last 7 days or are told to self- isolate by the Government Test and Trace protocol.
·      All must follow Government guidelines on self-isolation and shielding.
·      Appropriate Social distancing must be rigorously applied. 
·      Follow Government guidelines for hand cleansing and personal safety – hand sanitiser to be used appropriately.
·      Avoid busy locations for meeting and take own refreshments.
·      Associates to be encouraged to bring their own copy of Roadcraft and the Highway code for ease of reference during briefing and de briefing sessions.
·      Tutor explanations and diagrams to be suitable for understanding from 2 metres.
Communications from HQ
We received the following from RoADAR HQ on 26 June.  We are working hard to create the conditions for COVID secure car tutoring!
Dear All
I hope you and your loved ones are remaining well as lockdown starts to ease.
Restart of car tutoring and testing in England
After the Government’s announcement yesterday about the restart of driving tests, we’re delighted to say that advanced driver tutoring and testing can also restart from Saturday, July 4. Please note, in line with the guidance from each nation’s government, this is in England only at this stage.
We’re keen to stress however that this should only take place where all parties are happy to do so and it is safe within COVID-19 arrangements. If any candidate, tutor or examiner feels unsafe to get in the car with someone else, then they should not do so. Ultimately, it is down to each group and individual to decide whether they should start again from July 4 onwards, and we strongly recommend that each group consults with members before deciding whether or not to restart. We also advise that group meetings continue to be held remotely as much as possible.
As and when more information emerges from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we will update those groups accordingly.
Guidance and risk assessment
To help you restart, we’ll share the DVSA/Government guidance as soon as it’s available, as the standards outlined in this must be implemented. We also suggest that every group and examiner conduct their own risk assessments for the group and each tutor learner. Please contact us if you need assistance with conducting the assessment or process to follow.
Motorcycling in Scotland and Wales
We’re also pleased to say that, with the easing of travel distance restrictions in Scotland on Friday July 3, and in Wales from Monday July 6, motorcycle groups in those countries can also restart testing and ride-outs, in accordance with those countries’ social distancing guidelines.
As ever, thank you so much for all of your patience and understanding. Please remember that we are still running a reduced staff at RoSPA HQ, so we may not be able to answer queries straight away. We will endeavour to update the FAQ section of the website as soon as possible, so please keep checking back there.
Kind Regards
Amy Brant
Head of Driver Training
Skillshare  -  COVID Secure First Saturday of Every Month, depending on Lockdown restrictions and running up to and including  October 2020

 Skillshare will return on 4 July at the Haven Salisbury.  It is a chance for the tutors to get togather to discuss training and also for us to promote the Group now we can train again.  Bikes only on 4 July and we will only take pre booked assessment rides (we have at least one for 4 July)
We will continue with our two location SkillShare for the remainder of  this year utlising the first Saturday of every month up to and including October.  Please do spread the word and direct people to the website to register.
Three Trees Farm Shop at Chiseldon on 1 August, 3 October
The Haven Salisbury on 4 July, 5 September
Group Meetings and look ahead  - AGM is the target
The plan is to hold the AGM as normal on October 12; at least we have a target to aim for!  We will react to the situation with Coronavirus as it develops and may have to come up with a cunning plan to ensure we satisfy the Governenace for the Group.   
We realise there have been few meetings this year and were wondering if the group would like to have a virtual meeting? Drop a line if you would be interested to meet virtually to secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk and we will organise a session!
This Years' Speakers
Thanks to Les for organising our guest speakers.
Meetings are on hold unitl we have detail on the easing of the Lockdown - please bear with us
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
Events will develop as the restrictions are lifted.
All members please ensure they partake in any activity only if they are content to do so.  The onus is on ourselves to maintain our own health in the way we see fit.

BikeSafe - Expected to be in September and October

We will be supporting Wiltshire Police with BikeSafe this year both with tutors to make up the instructor numbers and to help promote the Group.  We do this in conjunction with WABAM so it is a great way to reinforce advanced riding and to gather new members. 
RoADAR RACING - due to restart July 4th!

 Report below - follow the car's progress on Facebook @Driven Ohm Racing.
Calne Bike meet has been cancelled this year. We do have a pitch reserved for 2021.

If you have any ideas for events, then please get in touch with the committee 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.
We also have flyers and business cards so ask for these via the same means
Members' 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!
COVID Secure Ride Out
We had our first post lockdown Bike rideout on 20 June using the protocols (reproduced below).  Mark Sealey led a lovely tour around the Marlborough Downs for a couple of hours (the maximum time most of our bladders could sustain!).  Starting at the Sally Pussey Inn carpark near Royal Wootton Bassett we stood out as 6 of us arrived and took up much more parking than would normally be taken by motorbikes in order to maintain social distancing.  Lots of loud talking and briefing later we were ready to go; although the pub has set up a coffee and breakfast takeaway in the carpark so at least we were able to have a drink before we set off (this might be why some of us only lasted the 2 hours!!).
 We were able to ride as one group as only 6 bikers took part (the contingency plan was to break into separate groups if there was more than 6 of us).  New hazards appeared due to the lockdown cycling proliferation so there were many cyclists out and a huge variety of experience and competence on show.  They certainly kept us on our toes. 
Blessed with good weather and dry roads we enjoyed our short ride and after a socially distanced rest at a random layby (to avoid crowds) we returned home to get on with our chores for the day.
Next ride out will be on 18 July so watch out for the calling email for details – with a bit of luck cafes and loos may be open so we may be able to venture a bit further!
Ride out protocol
Maximum of 6 riders:
Pre booking with the ride leader essential; do not just turn up on the day – first come first served – if more register then we will split into 2 groups
RV to avoid busy spaces where there will be gatherings of people.
All riders to arrive at RV with full tank of petrol and ready for the ride.
Rides to be planned for no longer than 2 hours to prevent the need for rest and fuel stops.  May be longer if cafes and other facilities (toilets) are open -we will review as this happens.
If you want a cup of coffee bring a flask and nibbles for yourself.
Ride to avoid busy beauty spots where there is likely to be lots of traffic. (no venturing into Wales obviously)
Wilts RoADAR Racing - Upate
With the easing of lockdown underway, it has now been confirmed that we can start racing from July 4th.
Castle Combe are going to be hosting the first race event in the UK on Saturday, and I will be in two of the races being held on the day! It’s going to be quite an occasion.
I recently teamed up with a fellow ADI from my work at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands. Steve has similar ambitions to me, but was unable to purchase a car for the 2020 season. I offered him seat time in mine, and we will tackle the CSCC (Classic Sports Car Club) “Tin Tops” series at a few circuits around the UK. The first of these dates is Thruxton at the end of July.
In order to prepare Steve we arranged to join the Castle Combe pre-race test on June 25th. Steve and I would split the seat time. He would be able to get familiar with my car, and I would look at laps times and areas of improvement for the races just over a week later.
My wife and I arrived at the track around 8am, Steve and my team manager pulling in just ahead of us.
We made the introductions and unloaded the car and set up our pit area. The first session was scheduled at  9am, and we were in the first group, getting 15 minutes each hour, from the top of each hour through the day.
Steve and I took the car to the scrutineer's bay for a sound test. We got a sticker on the windscreen, and then went to sign on as drivers.
I was going out first, so got “suited and booted” ready for the off. Racers are required to wear Nomex underwear, and a three-layer race suit, as well as gloves, boots and a helmet. Saturday was up to 30 degrees!
The first session was good, just me and a supercharged Mini on track. Steve went out at 10am with a fair bit more traffic around him, and I was set to go at 11am for session 3, but the F4 cars had ripped up one of the kerbs at the esses. We had to wait nearly an hour for them to fix it. I went back out at 12.
The remaining session were good. Improvements from both drivers, and only an easy spin for Steve near the end of the 3pm session. We opted to let him have the last session at 4pm to make sure he was OK with everything after the spin.
Mistakes are a good way to learn the car and the track.
The car ran without fault. Steve is now familiar with it, and with Tom and me, so we will be ready to go to Thruxton. Hopefully we can test there ahead of the meeting.
I have an idea of what times I need when I race at Combe next week – I need to dig deep for another few seconds to be competitive, but hopefully the other cars around me will help. The main objective though, is to finish without any trouble. I have two races to improve my times and racecraft.
I can’t wait!
In the meantime, I have lots of data from my “superdash” and the two video cameras in the car to pore over. Geek’s heaven!
 You can follow Gary's progress on Facebook at @Driven Ohm Racing.
Camping - Might be on again soon!
We had a camping trip organised, to the Black Cock Inn on Exmoor in April. The invite is for all members, car and bikers alike.  We will organise a similar trip later in the year once COVID-19 has passed.

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 Inn 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 - Planning ongoing, COVID-19 dependant
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 as soon as we can after the lockdown; we have 15 already interested s. Watch this space for more (we will communicate with those who have registered an interest directly). It is not too late to register interest (this does not commit you) so email the Chairman if you wish to be included  
Media coordinator - Help us to broaden our reach
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 outlets 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 MOT quite 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
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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