February 2020
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
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
 Being planned for april - there are enough takers more to follow

The next Skillshare will be held on 4  April 2020 at Three Trees Farm Shop Chiseldon.

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:  

Peter Milner - Bike - Silver tutor Dave Blackledge
Glen Wood - Car- Gold retest 
Glen Smith - Car - Gold retest

Damien Burke - Car
Mark Whittingham - Car
Rob McGuigan - Car
Paul Beattie - Car
Mark Birkett - 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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Beat the Storms - hopefully
As we come to the end of  February hopefully the storms will pass and we can start to enjoy the roads again and not just survive through the winter.  It has been challenging driving and riding over the past month and I trust you are all utlisiing your hard earned skills. 
I would like you all to consider what you can do to help the group this year.  The committee are working  hard to keep the momentum going but we do not have the monopoly of good ideas or all of the fun. Please keep us up to date with what you are doing reagrding advanced  driving and riding  - why not even pen a piece for the newsletter so we get some fresh perspectives.
Our Regional coordinator Martin Powell is setting up a regional meeting this year - probably on 3 May at the Gloucester Group meeting location.  This is to get groups together so if there is an issue you want to be discussed - or to come along and promote the disucssion please let the committee know.  He wants this to be an informal but informative event where we can all benefit from attending.
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.
Monday meetings continue to be fun and educational - we are planning a car and bike get together later in the year (warm summer evening hopefully) to chew the fat and show each other what makes our chosen form of transport special to us - more details later so keep an eye on the newsletter If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to speak yourself, then please contact Les at speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
Looking foward to catching up with you all at meetings of on the road
Bob Fram  - Chairman
Group Meetings and look ahead 
This Year’s Speakers
Thanks to Les for organising our guest speakers.
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.
January Speaker Graham Feest, Road Safety Consultant
Graham introduced himself, asking us whether we could guess his age! Almost 70! We were nowhere, politely, near that!
He does many group presentations, having spent many years promoting road safety to Northampton County Council as their consultant.  He is also a parliamentary advisor, an ADI consultant for all driving instructors; as well as being a member of the UK Road safety network – for which he sends out a monthly newsletter. See www.grahamfeest.com for more details and to register.
Due to the many innovations in road safety, the number of fatalities has actually declined between the years of 2008 – 2018. Dropping from 2,528 to 1,784 which means the UK has almost the safest roads in the world. Didn’t mention the safest!
Road deaths in England were 1,515 and Scotland were 161.
Against current thinking and what is reported in the press and our trustworthy insurance companies, of the 1,784 deaths in 2018, only 99 were drivers between the ages of 17-25. The reasons attributed for this paradigm shift is that it is considered that young people can’t necessarily afford to drive when they first pass due to high insurance premiums, and/or are learning to drive later, once left university perhaps.
With the current government having a majority, no matter what your political persuasion, things can now get done that haven’t been done for the past 10 years! Hopefully, the right things! However, the agenda is being driven by a desire for clean air, concerns for the environment and CO2 emissions.
Road Safety Engineering

How roads are made and laid out is becoming more considered. For example, one of the biggest issues is when a car, or motorcycle, leaves the road for whatever reason, they tend to hit things such as trees and lamp posts, signs etc. So, the engineers are now moving things like that away from the edge of the road – hard to do retrospectively – but for new roads this is a major step forward. Also, things such as wire central reservations offer little or no protection and are being phased out.
Night time driving – we all rely on the white lines at night. When the paint fades its impossible to see the line especially in the wet. Councils are not spending money on repairing these lines and this is a contributing factor to the fact that most road deaths occur on rural roads.  Seems councils are good at building new roads, but very poor at repairing old roads! With the current pot hole situation, it will take at least 15 years to repair them all.
Funnily enough, councils are sealing roads to stop water absorption; when water freezes it increases in volume thereby causing cracking and the potholes. By sealing the road, it prevents pot holes from forming, but creates standing water.
The new shared space schemes do work in some places, but not all. So, where they do they stay; where they don’t, they are removed! Shared spaces either have nothing at all, or some do have zebra crossings for example.
In terms of road reforms, each local authority interprets the acts differently.
Road settings are becoming more complicated, to deal with the number of vehicles on the road. For example, the new layout at Junction 16 on the M4 – some find it confusing. Likewise, Junction 11 of the M4 and the M40 at High Wycombe.  Seems to be that the engineers design roads but don’t necessarily inform the public on how to use them!
Smart motorways

Received a lot of bad press as 35 people were killed on them; given the numbers of annual deaths, there are typically 5 deaths a day. So, 35 is equal to 7 days worth. Not too bad in the overall scheme of things, but its the way the press deals with it, sensationalising perhaps?
The M42 was the premier smart motorway.
Bus lanes

Not  alot to be said here! But they are a complete muddle; 1 in 3 people get a ticket for using a bus lane for the inconsistent way the rules are applied. In Swindon, bus lane operates between 7am and 7pm; in Bath, 24hours; in Swindon motorbikes can use the bus lane; in Cheltenham they cannot!
Car ban?

Many towns and cities are trying to ban cars from their centres. London being a prime example. Others are trying to ban the more polluting vehicles.
This was an interesting talk from a very enthusastic speaker. It was a shame that we had to end when we did. Thank you very much Graham! For more info on Graham and his work, take a look at www.grahamfeest.com
Notes taken by Peter Millner
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 will be supporting Wiltshire Police wiht BikeSafe this year both with tutors to make up the instructor numbers and to help promote the Group.  We do thsi in conjunction with WABAM so it is a great way to reinforce advanced riding and to gather new members. 
We will have a stand at the Calne Bike Meet on saturday 25 July.  Please let the Chairman know if you can help at the stand - you do not have to be there all day even an hour will help so we can keep interesting people on the stand to talk to attendees.  We also pormote the car section here so please do come along - there are car drivers at the event as well!
We have an exiting new promotion idea for Castle Coombe.  Gary Franks our very own Mebership Secretary and Car Diploma holder is racing in a series in his mini this year and we have sponsored him using promotional money we did not use last year.  He will dispay the RoADAR Wiltshire badge and promote the Group at race meetings  - usually 6 - 8000 people attend these events so we can target  petrol heads.  We can all go along and help him whilst he takes on the track and his opponents, we can help to encourage new members and spread the word of what we do whilst taking in the exciting atmosphere of a motor racing event.  Get in touch with Gary if you can help out.
The car is a 2005 Mini Cooper. It has a 1.6 normally aspirated 4 cylinder petrol engine, with a mild map up to 130 bhp (approx). It is eligible for Castle Combe Hot Hatch Challenge, and the Saloon Car Championship. There are several classes in each race, so outright wins are not likely, but class honours might be possible. The prime aim this year is to finish the races clean, and gain experience and race signatures. Results are strictly secondary at this stage.
In addition Gary may run the car in the CSCC (Classic Sports Car Championship) Tin Tops & Open Series at selected rounds around the UK. This is dependent on time and funding from sponsors.


The Mini is fully stripped out, weighing just over 1000kg. It is fitted with a full welded roll cage, and has been widened and lowered with height adjustable suspension.
Perhaps oddly for a racing car, it has two seats both with 5 point racing harnesses. Aside from the racing, it will be available for track day experiences. Small groups of people can pay for a driving session under tuition in the car, then get a hot lap with the race driver at the wheel.  this will also be open to Wiltshire RoADAR members  - make friends with Gary and do a deal to have a go   - he is also a track instructor and will soon be a racing driver instructor!

Gary  tested the car at Silverstone National circuit recently, completing 100 laps, with no issues; the times were surprisingly competitive.

Gary aims to test again at Castle Combe in March to complete the shakedown, and get the car scrutineered.
Follow the car's progress on facebook @Driven Ohm Racing.
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.
we also have flyers and business cards so ask for these via the same means
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 - Planning ongoing
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 we have 11 already interested so have started teh planning Watch thsi space for more (we will communciate with those who have regisetered 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 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  - First Saturday of Every Month From  April  - October 2020

We will  continue with our 2 location SkillShare this year utlising the first Saturday of every month from April to October.   Please do spread the word and direct people to the website to register.
Three Trees Farm Shop at Chiseldon on 4 April, 6 June, 1 August, 3 October
The Haven Salisbury on 1 May, 4 July, 5 September
Geeks Corner - Membership
Membership stats for November
  • Membership overall – 108 on database
  • Car Members - 45
  • Bike Members - 58
  • Dual membership - 5
  • 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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