Wakefield & District MAG


Minutes of the 2004 Annual General Meeting


Held on Wednesday 12th January 2005


The Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield



Steve Travis, Branch Chairman & Rep opened the meeting at 21:10 hrs.  Jane Chisholm, Yorkshire Regional Rep was formally welcomed to the meeting as Yorkshire Region observer.  All members in the branch area had previously been notified in writing, via the December 2004 mailshot, of the date, time, venue and agenda for the AGM.  The details of the AGM were also publicised in the December/January issue of Streetbiker, on the branch website (http://wakefield.mag-uk.org) and the MAG website (www.mag-uk.org).



No apologies were received for non-attendance at the AGM



The minutes of the previous AGM (for the 2003 year), held on Thursday 15th January 2004,  were circulated.  These minutes were proposed by Phil Statham and Seconded by Ian Whittaker as being a true and accurate account of that meetings proceedings.



Steve Travis as Rep, presented a report of the branches activities and achievements during 2004:


Reps Annual Report 2004




Overall, the branch had raised nearly £2,400 for the MAG fighting fund and £170 for the MAG Foundation through various activities, including:

·        Funded startup costs of Bradford & Doncaster MAG Branches (£100)

·        Sold 25 ITV tickets (£250)

·        Sold 50 FYP tickets (£900)

·        Post Christmas Auction, raising £135 for the MAG Foundation

·        Biker Quiz Nite, raising £35 for the MAG Foundation

·        Donation from Branch funds to Yorkshire MAG (£650)

·        Sold 411 Daytona Raffle Tickets (sold 165 in 2003)

·        Sold 35 York MAG raffle tickets

·        Sold 35 Leeds MAG raffle tickets




·        Attended Humber Bridge Demo (5 bikes) and participated in letter campaign to Humber Bridge Board

·        Attended Hunstanton Green Parking Fees Demo (5 bikes)

·        Secure Parking Facilities in Wakefield:

·        Mailshot of parking survey to members (115)

·        Communication and meetings with Wakefield Council, including confirmation that Wakefield MAG will be consulted over the Wakefield Local Transport Plan

·        Meeting with BAND

·        Attended:

·        MAG AGC in Durham

·        Yorkshire MAG AGM (Beverley)

·        All Yorkshire Region meetings


Runs, Rallies, MAG meetings and other Social Events


·        Fred Hill 20th Anniversary Memorial Run (Sunday 15th Feb), attended by 40-50 bikes (21 bikes from Wakefield)

·        Post Christmas Auction, raising £135 for the MAG Foundation

·        Supported other Yorkshire MAG branch events & meetings:

·        York MAG (Brewery Tour, Fibbers Xmas Do & Mid-Summer Auction)

·        Huddersfield MAG (Twelvety Party)

·        Rideout to Bradford MAG meeting

·        Major Branch involvement in the organisation and running of the YPR, which raised £5,337.10 for the MAG Fighting fund

·        Biker Quiz Nite Thur 27th May

·        En-masse attendance at ITV, FYP, YPR & STC, with a significant number of members marshalling these events

·        Attended FYP marshals briefing in Beverley

·        Cinema Trip (Motorcycle Diaries at Bradford Pictureville Cinema)

·        Had 3 well attended Pub crawls

·        Held 15 branch rideouts, both on Sundays and weekday evenings, to various shows, events and places of interest


Other achievements / activities


·        Manned MAG stand at the NEC Bike Show

·        Launched e-Newsletter

·        Secured MAG dealer discounts in the Wakefield Area at:

·        P&D M/Cs (Outwood, Wakefield)

·        Mallinders M/Cs (Castleford)

·        Peter Smith M/Cs (Pontefract)

·        Kawasaki Autorama (Batley)

·        Castle M/Cs (Aire Street, Castleford)

·        Mick Austin M/Cs (Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield)

·        Supported Yorkshire LGEP seminar

·        Moved Venue to the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield and changed meeting night back to Wednesdays




·        2 member mailshots

·        100 current members (slightly up on last year – 2/3)

·        5 new members since June

·        13 members lapsed and not renewed since June

Net Difference of -8


Steve Travis as Rep thanked all the members for making Wakefield MAG such a highly successful branch.



Justine Travis, as branch treasurer, presented an overview of the branch accounts and financial position.  Igor Duma and Ian Whittaker, our branch auditors, verified these accounts as a true and accurate portrayal of the branches financial position.



The following officers were elected/re-elected onto the 2005 branch committee, unanimously and unopposed in all cases:

Chairman/Local Rep: Steve Travis

Proposed: Corinne Duma; Seconded: Lisa Brooker

Deputy Rep: Phil Statham

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Igor Duma

Treasurer: Justine Travis

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Corinne Duma

Products Officer: Lisa Brooker

Proposed: Ray Thorpe; Seconded: Jake Halsall

Political Officer: Ian Whittaker

Proposed: Justine Travis; Seconded: Steve Travis

Auditors: Ian Whittaker & Igor Duma

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Jake Halsall

Social Secretary & Events Co-ordinator: Jake Halsall

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Ray Thorpe

Wakefield Rep of MAP Consultative Committee: Jake Halsall

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Liz Ward

Press Officer: Steve Travis (for initial 6 month period, then Eddie Johnson)

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Liz Ward

Membership Secretary: Neil Liversedge

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Jake Halsall

Clubs Liaison Officer: Eddie Johnson

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Jake Halsall



One motion was submitted prior to the AGM:

Adopt an informal nickname for the branch

A vote was taken as to whether to adopt a branch nickname, which would appear on the branch flag and/or other products.

Votes for: 11

Votes against: 0

Abstentions: 2

An initial suggestion of ‘The Double Two Crew’ was proposed by Ray Thorpe.  In the absence of other proposals, this was put to the vote:

Votes for: 6

Votes against: 3

Abstentions: 3

The ‘Double Two Crew’ was adopted as the interim informal branch nickname although it was agreed to get further proposals (in person at branch meetings and proxy suggestions via e-Newsletter email) and vote on these at a later meeting (set for early March).



Steve Travis as Rep outlined the objectives and branch development plan for the forthcoming year (2005):

·        Continue to work with Wakefield Council for:

·        Secure motorcycle parking within Wakefield and the surrounding district

·        Consultation within the Working Parties for the Motorcycling Strategy within the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan 2006-2011

·        Support of MAG National initiatives & campaigns

·        Make contact with all local Wakefield MPs & councillors

·        Run the 2005 Yorkshire Pudding Rally in conjunction with other Yorkshire MAG branches

·        Attend another Wakefield Carnival/Gala

·        Wakefield Charity event (Wakefield Hospice)

·        Major emphasis on growing the branch (aggressive recruitment drive, promotion & publicity)

·        Forge better links with local motorcycle clubs

·        Continue to support other local MAG groups with their activities

·        Hold more ride-outs and social events

·        Wakefield MAG Touring holiday

·        Road Condition Survey in the Wakefield area

·        New Member letter



Awards were presented for the branch heroes of 2004, based on points accumulated by members for attendance/participation in MAG/Branch events over the course of the year.

·        Most attendance’s at MAG events, Branch events and meetings: Liz Ward (725 points)

·        Most attendance’s runner-up: Eddie Johnson (680 points)

·        Most attendance to Branch meetings on a bike: Jake Halsall (22)

·        Chairman’s Award (Biggest contributor to the Branch): Ian Whittaker (for work with Wakefield Council)



No other business was raised



The date of the next AGM was set for Wednesday 11th January 2006, Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield



The meeting was attended by 13 branch members.  Jane Chisholm attending the Branch AGM as Regional Rep for Yorkshire confirmed that it had been conducted in a legitimate and constitutional fashion.  The meeting closed at 22:00 hrs.


Steve Travis

Wakefield MAG Rep