October 2020
Dates For Your Diary
We would like to attmept to run a virtual meeting BUT WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO COORDINATE IT PLEASE.
Get in touch with the Secretary if you can do this
Could be done on Monday 9 Nov and/or Monday 14 Dec

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

SkillShare has ended for 2020 - we will start again in April 2021

Monthly Ride-Outs

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 speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk 

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

Mark Sealey - Bike retest - GOLD

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 newsletter@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
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Chairman's report at Virtual AGM 
We had just enough people attend the AGM to achieve our quorum of 20 % of members (23 of 108).  I am grateful for those who took the time and effort to attend our AGM via Zoom.
We had plans for last year to continue to promote and grow the Group.  We wanted to maintain our standards (I think a RoSPA Gold is one of the highest driving/riding qualifications available to us “normal people”) and challenge ourselves to keep us honest.  Clearly our best laid plans were torpedoed by the Pandemic and we became reactive to the everchanging Government direction.
We followed the Government direction to the letter, being a safety organisation we felt this was the right thing to do. We took advice from all sorts of areas including RoADAR HQ, DVSA and other organisations and developed some risk assessments to ensure we had the correct protocols for our activity.  Risk assessments for tutoring are available from the Chairman if anyone would like to see them.  Thus, we had a year of stagnation and I thank you all for sticking with us. 
One brighter element of this year was RoADAR racing which many of you will have been following both in the newsletter and via Driven Ohm Racing Facebook page.  Gary has our logo all over his car and racing suit so hopefully when spectators are allowed back he will prompt some interest in advanced driving.
I wish to thank the Committee for their work during this difficult time; we managed to have all our meetings thanks to Microsoft teams and Zoom.  Thanks to Peter Milner and Jane Lomax for joining the Committee (sadly Jane has had to since stand down) it is good to have some new perspectives.  I must mention Mark Sealey who has taken on ever more responsibility as people have left the group and no one has stepped in to take on an important role; without his efforts the Bike section would have suffered.  I also thank Dave Venman for his efforts on the car side.
I am pleased to say the current committee is happy to stand for another year but we do need replacing next year – please do not be shy the Group needs an injection of fresh ideas and enthusiasm.  Please do put yourself forward or talk to any of us about how we try and run the Group.  It is not onerous.
So to our plans for next year: 
COVID recovery – as Government direction allows we will increase our activity accordingly.  In the meantime, we must all do our bit to maintain our standards and maintain the RoADAR reputation.
When feasible we will conduct the 1st aid course
We will resurrect our promotion plan from this year
Try and inject a bit of fun with some activities. – anyone with ideas and willing to volunteer to organise let the committee know please.
We are due re-accreditation with RoADAR HQ there should be no problems with this, but we are waiting to see if there are any changes to the criteria from 2018.
I trust you all remain safe and well and help us to maintain our excellent reputation.
Please help keep your club going
Many people pay their subscription at the AGM.  Sadly this is was not possible this year.
So, if possible, please pay by your online banking.

You will need the following Information:

Account Name: Wiltshire RoADAR
Account number: 80006998
Sort Code: 20-84-58
Payment for Annual Subscription £17.00
Please make your Reference Your Name + SUB
Otherwise please make your cheques for £17.00 payable to
Wiltshire RoADAR and send to Gary Franks our Membership Secretary
Geeks Corner returns - Group Membership  
As at 20/10/20 we had 108 members:
44  - Associates
44  - Full members
42  - Cars
61  - Bikes
5    - Both
22 - Tutors
4 Advanced Car
5 Advanced Bike
5 Car
8 Bike
Total Members / year
Joined since last AGM (new associates)

Test passed since last AGM
There has ben a drop in associates this year which is not surprising.  This is different to the experience of Wilts and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists who have seen alot of new associates due to the increase in motorcycle sales over lockdown.  We suspect this is due to the national advertising and branding of IAM; something which is sadly lacking for RoADAR

Group Meetings and look ahead

As requested at the AGM we would like to try and hold a viritual meeting in November and December.  We also need someone to volunteer to coordinate and run the event.  If you have the capability to do so or ave idea on what we can do drop a line to secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk and we will get things rolling!
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
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 
Thanks to all who attended our Skillshare this year.  Now in hibernation until April 2021.
 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.
Promotional activities

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:
Promote 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.
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
Our monthly group ride out saw four of us depart from McDonalds in Cirencester, heading for a decent cuppa at the ‘H’ café in Berinsfield, on the Oxford road by Dorchester.
Ruth, Jane, Neil and Peter left promptly at 9.30 on an overcast Saturday morning to wend our way through to Bibury, Coln St Aldwyn, Lechlade, Kelmscott, Standlake, through Abingdon and onto the H café. Returning via Wantage and Lambourn through to Aldbourne, with the group splitting up at Liddington.
Remember Liddington? This was where the group used to meet before COVID! Happy days!!
Along this route, we had the chance to ride some classic roads with nice easy bends as well as some slightly narrow lanes, but not too narrow thankfully.
We stopped off for a photo opportunity in Bibury overlooking Arlington Row in the background. Then off to the H café via some very nice Cotswold villages, though not too chocolate boxy.  Speeds were great with us all keeping together.
The Team at Bibury
I must admit I was concerned about our final stop at the H café as this is a very popular biker’s café, though on the day it was relatively quiet so getting our teas and coffees was quite painless. I did take my own, just in case.
Coffee at H Cafe
After a decent break, we went back slightly the way we came, turning off to head to Wantage. This time we did go through some chocolate box villages – ok, so I’m a little envious. Then we got to Wantage with all thoughts of chocolate boxes long forgotten – not having a go at Wantage, I like the place. Its got a great central market square which is typical of market towns. Well worth a visit.
From Wantage we followed signs to Ashbury, but I took an earlier turn heading to Lambourn missing the interesting valley! Then, we pootled on over the top of the M4 towards Aldbourne and onto Liddington.
Overall, a great morning’s ride slightly over the two hours, but we did have a good break in between. No speed limits were harmed during this ride!
Thanks to Ruth, Jane and Neil for your company.
Looking forward to the next one.
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.
Links to last year's camping trips October camping  and  April camping 2019 
RoADAR RacingGary Franks and Driven Ohm Racing.
It's been quite a year from my team mate Steve and me. We have both achieved good milestones, 6 races (and no more novice badge) for Steve, and 12 races for me! We've ventured to Snetterton and Donington in addition to the races at Combe. I still have one more race at Silverstone next week, but what a ride it's been.
Special thanks to Tom Margetson of TM Racing for managing us at the races and the tests. We would not have finished these races without his help and guidance.
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 secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk  if you would be interested in helping promote our group.
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: RoADAR Head Office or type in RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in to your facebook.
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. 

Contact Winston at WSCASTLE@GMail.com or 07917866740
Please note:
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.
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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