Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are normally held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church.
First Aid course
Being planned for post COVID-19 - more to follow
Skillshare - IT'S ON
The Three Trees Farm Shop, Chiseldon, 3 October, 9.30am Tutors meet; 10am for guests
COVID Secure monthly Bike Ride-Outs on the 3rd Saturday of every even numbered month and the 3rd Sunday of every odd numbered Month. Email will be sent out to Bikers and check the Forum for details.
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker? Please contact Les Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:
Jim Hubbard Silver, Bike, Tutor David Wicks
Please welcome the following 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 email@example.com
We're now on
The COVID-19 Secure Newsletter
It is that time of year again; nights are drawing in, it is getting colder, logs on the fire, Christmas cards already in the shop (see Card Factory in Cirencester – August!!) and it is time for the AGM.
A funny year since last October; unusual things have set the whole world on a course of defining a new normal. What that is going to be I guess is yet to be decided. As a group, however, we have successfully adapted to new challenges all the while limiting many of our usual activities. And, I think as a group, we have all remained Covid free?
As a member of the Rider section, it has probably been a lot easier to re-start tutoring again; we naturally self-isolate (and many car members probably think we naturally self-select riding quickly on two wheels as we do!) Three of us also went on a trip to Wales where it didn’t rain for the whole two days – see below.
For the car section, I can only assume tutoring is more difficult as associate and tutor are in such proximity to each other. This will have slowed down training, but let’s hope this changes soon.
We have received several communications from HQ; this indicates there is still a lot going on, though tests and receiving results are delayed. See further below for mails from Amy.
In many ways, change is good and exciting, and we learn to adapt. I am like a child at Christmas – I want to know what that will be! Could it be better than it was this time last year? Who knows?
Anyway, here’s to a good AGM and new plans for the coming 12 months.
Reminder of the AGM on Monday the 12th October. This will be a virtual session – details will be sent prior to the meeting in time for any downloads of video apps.
The Chair and Membership Secretary will give their annual reports and the Treasurer will present the accounts.
The majority of the officers and committee have indicated their willingness to stand for election in 2020, though we are looking for new members and also a new Group Secretary. Nomination forms were recently sent out, and will be again, with names of the current officers plus members volunteering to stand. Please complete this and return it to me before the AGM.
Joining the committee provides the opportunity to influence the running of the group and we do need car members – currently we only have one car member against six riders. It is important that we maintain a strong committee and a regular intake of new faces helps to bring fresh ideas to the group.
We would welcome anyone who wishes to join. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Village Inn, Liddington, at 8pm.
Please help keep your club
Many people pay their subscription
at the AGM. Sadly this is not possible
So, if possible, please pay by
Faster Payments which is by your online banking.
You will need the following
Account Name: Wiltshire RoADAR
Account number: 80006998
Sort Code: 20-84-58
Payment for Annual Subscription
Please make your Reference Your Name +
Otherwise please make your cheques
for £17.00 payable to
Wiltshire RoADAR and send to Gary Franks our Membership Secretary
Skillshare COVID Secure First Saturday of Every Month, up to and including October 2020
Skillshare has returned. It is a chance for the tutors to get together to discuss training and also for us to promote the Group now we can train again.
We will continue with our two location SkillShare for the remainder of this year utilising the first Saturday of every month up to and including October. Please do spread the word and direct people to the website to register.
Tutoring Protocols - Risk assessments have been completed and are held by the Chairman
Car tutoring protocol
This is a voluntary activity and both parties (Tutor and Associate) must be content to be in the same car as each other (normally the Associate’s car). It is recognised each individual has their own circumstances and acceptance of level of risk. There will be no judgement of individuals who do not wish to conduct car training.
Wiltshire RoADAR have a written risk assessment which is available on request. The mitigation factors listed below are to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection for the Tutor and the Associate. These are the absolute minimum required and if individuals wish to add their own factors then this is up to them and will be fully supported by the committee.
Essential Mitigation Measures
No training if either party has displayed COVID 19 symptoms within 7 days or is self-isolating in line with Government guidance (including Test and Trace protocols).
Face covering to be worn by both tutor and associate. These must be in place prior to entering the vehicle.
Associate to ensure vehicle interior is cleaned with sanitiser prior to tutor entering the vehicle.
Ensure hands are clean (washed for 20 seconds and/or alcohol gel as a minimum) prior to fitting face covering.
Gloves to be worn by tutor when in the vehicle.
Tutor and associate must not touch their face when in the vehicle or prior to removing gloves and washing/sanitising hands.
Vehicle ventilation system to be on and drawing air from outside the vehicle (NOT on recirculation). Ventilation enhanced by opening rear windows to allow air flow over tutor and associate to go out of the vehicle.
Avoid face to face activity and conduct discussions outside the vehicle where safe and legal to do so.
Any equipment taken into the vehicle by the tutor to be sanitised post the session (alcohol wipes or a bleach solution).
Recommended Additional Mitigation Measures
Gloves to be worn by associate.
Tutor to wear an outer layer of clothing which can be removed and placed in a bag for washing post tutoring session.
Tutor may use a disposable seat covering if so desired.
Bike tutoring Protocol
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.
Group Meetings and look ahead
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organise a session!
This Years' Speakers
Thanks to Les for organising our guest speakers.
Meetings are on hold until we have detail on the easing of the Lockdown - please bear with us
Les is working hard to fill the rest of the year’s speakers if you have any ideas please let him know at email@example.com
With the excepetion of Skillshare no events planned for the reaminder of 2020
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.
Proposed Promotional activities 2021
Outline events for next year are below, all of which will need member support so please do help us promote our Group:
the Group at Casle Coombe race circuit - Bikes and Cars. Make best use
of Gary's RoADAR Wilsthire Racing antics to spread the word.
We will have a stand at the Calne Bike meet in July (already paid for as this year's event was cancelled).
We will continue to seek support from Wiltshire Council Road Safety Comittee.
Attend the Emergency Services Show should it go ahead.
We will be supporting Wiltshire Police with BikeSafe next 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.
If you have any ideas for events, then please get in touch with the committee using the committee email address :
Look forward to hearing and discussing your ideas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the slides will be sent over to you.
We also have flyers and business cards so ask for these via the same means
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
Three intrepid riders braved the Welsh roads and headed for Aberystwyth for a night.
Departing the west bound Leigh Delamere services, we cruised along the M4 onto the M48 for Chepstow. Crossing the blustery old bridge at an angle close to 450 , we left the motorway heading up to Usk only stopping when Mark found a suitable café ie open and serving tea!
After going down some dirt tracks and winding along narrow valley roads against a backdrop of stunning scenery, we got to Aberystwyth in time for a mid-afternoon ice cream. Deciding it was way too early to start dinner, Andy suggested we head to Borth beach and come back along another narrow road! So, we did.
A good night’s sleep was had by all in Andy’s spacious family caravan which meant we were refreshed for the ride home. Well, two of us were!
We headed towards the Elan Valley, down and around the reservoir to the visitor centre for another cuppa tea.
Then, onto Hay-on-Wye to follow the very narrow road leading to Llanthony. This was our final stop of the trip. Back down to the same old bridge which was still as windy, along to the M4 and home to our respective better halves for tea!
Great trip! It didn’t rain!!
Shame we had to limit numbers which as you can appreciate, we are living in unusual times. Though as a group, we should do more of these.
Good fun weekend - thanks Andy for the use of the caravan.
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.
There is a thread on the forum where discussion and latest info will be placed. Rideout protocol
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.
First Aid Training - COVID-19 dependant - postponed to 2021
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 email@example.com if you would be interested in helping promote our group.
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.
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: RoADAR Head Office or type in RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in to your facebook.
Dear Chairman and Secretaries
We are happy to say that tutoring and testing can resume in every country, including Republic of Ireland, where tutors and examiners feel comfortable and happy to do so, and where it is safe within COVID-19 arrangements.
I want to stress that if any candidate, tutor or examiner feels unsafe to get in the car with someone else, then they should not do so – this is a decision that we fully support.
Following the Westminster and Scottish Government announcements about the “rule of six” for meeting people outside of your household in England and Scotland, we’ve updated RoSPA’s guidance regarding group ride-outs as follows.
Unfortunately, all ride-outs starting or passing through England must be limited to six people. All ride-outs starting or passing through Scotland must be limited to six people from two different households maximum. There are no exemptions under the Government guidelines for activities such as ride-outs, so you will be risking a fine if you ride in groups of more than six, and subsequent action in line with group constitutions with regards to reputational risk.
This also applies to any locations/stops visited during ride-outs (such as cafes): you must not meet with another group of RoSPA members at such locations, if that number would then exceed six people.
Please also keep an eye out for any local restrictions that may be in force on any planned route, and change plans accordingly.
- In Northern Ireland, the maximum
number of people allowed to meet outside is 15
- In Wales, the maximum number of
people allowed to meet outside is 30
- In the Republic of Ireland, the
maximum number of people allowed to meet outside is 15.
Head of Driver Training
Dear Chairman and Secretaries
Trust you are keeping well,
I am delighted to announce, West Midlands Police Traffic Sergeant Mark Bull is joining the team as Regional Senior Examiner for the north east. Mark has taken over from Jim Muter who recently retired from the role.
Mark became a RoSPA examiner in 2014, completing tests for both drivers and riders along with recently joining RoSPA’s Fleet Safety team as a motorcycle fleet trainer. Mark has been a police officer since 1998 and is currently a Traffic Sergeant looking after a team of 19 Roads Policing Constables and is advanced driver trained in TPAC (Tactical Pursuit and Containment) and is an advanced motorcyclist trained in VIP escort.
I am sure you will join me in welcoming Mark to the team, for those groups who fall under Marks area of testing and wish to make contact Marks contact details are as follows firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Driver Training
Could you be the next “Care On the Road” centrefold, like our very own Gary Franks! Well, here’s the challenge for you!!
Dear Chairman and Secretaries,
We would love to hear your stories of how you and your fellow members have found new ways of working during the current situation, perhaps you have taken on a whole new way of interaction for your AGMS with online videoing or perhaps you have now started back up with in vehicle training and want to share how you have implemented new ways of working within your team. We would love to hear your stories and pictures and share them in Care on the Road.
We would also love to hear about how you and your family have been keeping occupied whether that is vehicle related or any new interests!
Please do send your pictures and words to email@example.com
and we can ensure you are featured in Care on the Road magazine.
Head of Driver Training
New section - Car and Bike adverts!
This is a new venture for The Newsletter. Putting members bikes and cars for sale.
You will know it should be a good vehicle as it is being sold by a fellow member.
BMW, R1200RT Tourer FSH BMW panniers, GIVI top box, Bagster tank cover BMW Motorrad SAT NAV Holder £3,695
Very nice well cared for bike. Low mileage, 55,300 miles, only three owners, garaged.
Mount for Motorrad SATNAV tested with Garmin SUMO 660 and BMW Motorrad VI.
Bagster tank cover. Owned and carefully ridden by a Wiltshire RoSPA Advanced tutor.
Wiltshire RoADAR does not take responsibility or vouch for the sales. It is for the purchaser to try the vehicle and make up his or her own mind.