March 2017
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
April 10
Gail Leaman - Wiltshire Search and Rescue
 No Meeting
June 12
Martin Collisson -  A Life of Riley (how not to rebuild a Riley)
July 10
Julie Garbutt -  British Horse society.
  No Meeting

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 
National BikeSafe at Rockingham 19 August
Events where we will be recruiting and  need your support - please put them in your diary.
Calne Bike Meet 29 July
Emergency Services Show
3 September
Cotswold Airport near Kemble
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:
Pauline Sawyer - Re-test car - Silver
New Associates:
Please welcome the following to the Group:
Mike Kitching -    Car 
Alastair Day -      Bike
William Janson - Bike
Lee Prince -        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.

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March Meeting Report
 Help develop the Group - Committee members refresh
As announced at the AGM in October we will need to find new Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  After many years of service Stephen Izatt, Mary Southgate and Mike Southgate wish to handover their respective responsibilities at the next AGM in October 2017. 
October seems like a long way off but trust us it will be here before we know it. 
If  anyone wishes to take on any of these posts then please let Mary know at  If you are at all interested then please come and join the committee and see how we operate – we all can add value to the Group and fresh ideas are always welcome so please help to guide and run the Group.
Speaker Paul Montgomery - Driving Instruction for NHS Ambulance Drivers
Paul is a driving instructor for the ambulance service. He is an ex police motorcyclist and one of only 280 blue light trainers in the country
Sec 19 of the Road Traffic Act (RTA) has dispensations for the emergency services (Police, Fire & Ambulance).
No other blue light users have this dispensation e.g. Private ambulance, blood bikes, mountain rescue; however there exists a letter of intent to not prosecute blue light users for certain RTA violations.
The RTA requires all drivers to drive safely, the RTA does not allow any form of dangerous driving. The RTA has a specific speed limit exemption, but also calls out other exemptions. There are quite a few. The act also calls out non exemptions.
Ambulance course - 4 weeks based around Roadcraft with a final week of driving instruction under blue light conditions.
We watched a video of a ambulance responding to an incident under blue light conditions. This was accompanied by a commentary by a trainer of what the driver was doing, where he was looking and the considerations he was making.
We saw:
 - How the driver positions early to be seen and encourage the response he wants from traffic in order to obtain a path through areas of dense traffic.
 - How some drivers and pedestrians appear not to be aware of the presence of the vehicle despite the additional lighting and sound.
Much of the discussion was relevant to our advanced driving.
 - How the gathering of information well ahead is so important to making good early decisions on the approach to hazardous areas.
 - How the positioning of the vehicle can have significant effect on the actions of others, and how it can transmit intent.
 - How speed is such an important factor. In particularly dense areas of hazard, much of the hazard negotiation in the clip was at walking pace. For example passing through traffic lights on red.
 - How, having negotiated the hazard the vehicle was able to return to an appropriate speed quickly as a result of maintaining a responsive gear.
I learned that road signs with Yellow background "shout" the information a little louder. This is because there have been a higher than expected number of serious incidents at the location.
 - A little mantra that we could all use:- "DRIVE TO ARRIVE"
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.
Head Office - Accreditation Consultation

The Chairman is content the current governance of our Group is sufficiently robust; the RoADAR accreditation criteria allows the use our own Constitution  The Chairman will respond to RoADAR  firmly explaining our concerns with the over controlling approach of RoADAR and the lack of recognition of our volunteer status; he will challenge some aspects of the accreditation conditions whilst using this  opportunity to further strengthen our governance.
We will have to wait for a response from Head Office so we do not expect a fast turn around.  The Committee will keep you all posted as failing accreditation may see us having to operate outside the RoADAR umbrella.
Skill Share

We will be running SkillShare for both cars and bikes on the first Saturday of every month from April to October (inclusive) at the Divine Café in Cherhill at 1000 – 1200 (details on the website if you need them).  Please use this as a way of encouraging new members to come and meet us and have a driving /riding assessment. 
All Tutors please make yourself available where you can to help us promote the Group.  Cars are coordinated by Nick Carrington and Mark Sealey for Bikes.
Trip to Germany
6 - 13 May 2017
This year’s trip is to Monschau in Germany
Outline dates are 6 – 13 May staying in Monschau until 12 May and moving on to Ypres to attend the Last Post at the Menin Gate prior to a short hop across or under the Channel arriving back in Blighty on 13 May.
A lesson learnt from last year trying to coordinate individual desires in a large group by one person proved very difficult, thus we are all booking our own travel and accommodation.  Two cars and some bikes are travelling on Friday 5 May and will stop just over the Channel to break the back of the journey; others are crossing on Saturday – no agenda is set nor is there a commitment to spend all the time as one group. 
There is no need to commit to all the time, so come along for as long or as short a time as suits.
If you would like to join the trip, please let Mark Sealey know so we can coordinate meeting up and to ensure we do meet up. There are plenty of reasonable hotels/apartments in Monschau which is sufficiently small to navigate on foot; meeting and arranging activities will be easy and probably accompanied by the odd beer or two.  If you need some motivation here and  here are links to the newsletters recording the trip to the Alps in 2016.
Options for day trips are: exploring the many lakes around the area, battlefield tour of the Ardennes, Trip down the Moselle valley and a run round the famous Nurburgring (we do not have to do everything together!). There are also lots of nearby interesting Towns and Cities so satisfying your commercial or cultural bents will not be a problem.
Membership Secretary: Mrs. Monica Graham, 114 Marines Drive, Faringdon, Oxon. SN7 7UG.Tel: 01367 242377
Hon Secretary: Mrs. Mary Southgate
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