October 2017
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
November 13
Paul Wood from Swindon Wheelers Cycling Club
December 11
Norman Parry - Both Sides of the Himalayas by Motorbike
January 19 2018
Annual Dinner
Brewer's Arms, Wanborough

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 
Themed ride-out - "Born to be mild" - ride out planned to discover new SkillShare meeting location now the Divine Cafe is closing. Ride shall take in plenty of suitable eateries, around the central areas of Wiltshire. Please come and join in and enjoy a coffe/tea/cake or three!
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!
Annual Meal!

January 19th At the Brewers Arms in Wanborough.
Menu has been circulated via e-mail. 
Please let Mary Southgate know if you are attending by the December 15th with deposit.

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

Steven Hyde  Gold (Retest Bike).

New Associates:
Please welcome the following to the Group:

Nicholas Burnet (Car)
Ray Gayle (Bike)
Trisha Waugh (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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Annual General Meeting 2017
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 9th October 2017 are attached.
Election Of Officers and Committee:
Bob Fram
Group Hon. Secretary
Peter Genet
Group Hon. Treasurer
Winston Castle
Group Membership Secretary
Gary Franks
Bike Co-ordinator
John McKellar
Committee Member
Ed Deacon
Committee Member
Mark Sealey
Committee Member
Phillip Colbourne

These names were proposed and seconded as stated and the whole election was proposed en bloc by Nick Carrington and Les Brown.
Car and Bike Tutors:
Car Section
Car Training Officer Nick Carrington
Car Associate Co-ordinator Monica Graham
Advanced Tutors Les Brown
  Nick Carrington
  Chris Gleed
Approved Tutors Monica Graham
  Kevin Hugo
  Bill Reed
  Gerry Tierney
  Ed Deacon
  David Pooke
  Dave Venman
  Eddie Ruskin
  William McElhinney
Bike Section
Bike Training Officer TBA
Bike Associate Co-ordinator John McKellar
Advanced Tutors Julian Barton
  Pete Kempshall
  Mike Southgate
  John McKellar
Approved Tutors Stephen Hyde
  Mark Sealey
  David Blackledge
  Bob Fram
  Peter Genet
Membership Renewals
Please note that membership renewals are now due for all members. Renewal notifications have been sent by email so please look out for it and ensure that your annual subscription is fully paid up. 
October meeting report
Talk – Air Vests by Lee Lowry
Lee came with many examples of Air Vests to show us.  The company is Helite Airbag Protection and this firm is a leading player in the field of Airbag protection for riders, be they equestrian commercial, private or sport motorcyclists.
It started out as a French company at the beginning of  the millennium and is very well known all over Europe for Body Trauma protection being used by all of the emergency service motorcyclists and is mandatory in national cross country riding.
They started trading in Britain five years ago, initially with the equestrian riders, being shown as a new product at shows.  The second year saw some dealers getting involved and in year three the customers really started buying in large quantities.  Over the last two year the public sector has started using these air vests and they are now being worn by eleven police forces, the whole of the London Ambulance Service, Cheshire Fire Brigade and a number of Blood Bikers who receive an extra discount.  In 2018 it will be compulsory to wear one in MotoGP.
The vest is worn over the top of the usual motorcycle jacket, and they are designed to take account of the back protection plates in some jackets.   They come High Viz or black and are size adjustable.  It is important that the correct size is worn as the inflated jacket protects vital organs, kidneys, spine, neck, collarbone, heart, ribs, liver and cocyx area.
It is attached to the motorbike frame by a lanyard which discharges the CO2 canister after 30/35kg pull so it will not inflate if you forget to unclip before dismounting.  We were given a demonstration of the inflation and it is extremely impressive, being completely inflated within 100 milliseconds, it then gently deflates
The vest is re-usable and we were given a demonstration on replacing the canister for future use.  The used canister is to be disposed of as it is not re-useable. 
Prices start from £400 for a standard vest to £800 for a leather jacket with the vest built in.  RoADAR members would be given a 10% discount on the night.
This product looks like a real life saver and the demonstration was fascinating, thank you Lee.
Mary Southgate

First aid course - Saturday 13th January 2018. A course has been booked for up to 24 people. Drop a line to the Membership Secretary if interested.  

At the end of this course you will obtain an ITC First Aid Qualification which is recognised nationally, certificate, paperwork and updated manual.  The group is subsidising this and requires a non-refundable booking and deposit of £25 per person by December 1st. This is an excellent one day course.  We have used this company before and it is aimed specifically at car and bike incidents, learning the correct way to take helmet off if necessary.
Note also that friends, family, pets and casual acquaintances are invited too.
The cost also includes also refreshments throughout the day. Coffee / tea breaks and lunch.

Membership fees - confused? 
This was discussed recently and a clarification is needed. There are two fees to pay:

1. Wiltshire RoADAR (the Group) - an annual fee is paid to the Group in October. This pays for hall hire, speakers and promotional material. This fee does not cover test fees or RoADAR/RoSPA membership fees.

2. RoADAR (HQ) - a fee is only paid to RoADAR (HQ) in the first instance for the test fee. After that, it is up to the individual if they wish to pay an annual membership fee to RoADAR - this is in addition to paying an annual membership fee to Wiltshire RoADAR. If a member does pay an annual fee to RoADAR, then assuming one does so for three years continuously, there will not be a further test fee to be paid for the three yearly retest.  The fee to RoSPA is paid by the indiviudual at the time of booking their test. Annual renewal to RoADAR is around the time of your test. 
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.
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.

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. Better still, why not pop along to a committe meeting to see them developed first hand! 
Skillshare 2017
Thank you to all who supported Skillshare this year.  We will start again in April 2018.

Skillshare runs from 10 am on the first Saturday of each month from April to October at a new location yet to be determined - see the "Born to be mild" rideout scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in November.
Skillshare is extended to car drivers as well as bike riders.
Drivers or riders can turn up and get a free assessment of their skills, with the opportunity to sign up for full membership if they want to take it further. If members get an opportunity to publicise Skillshare the website is a good starting point or please ask Mark Sealey  for more information (skillshare@wiltshireroadar.co.uk)
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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