Wakefield & District MAG


Minutes of the 2005 Annual General Meeting


Held on Wednesday 11th January 2006


The Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield



Steve Travis, Branch Chairman & Rep opened the meeting at 21:10 hrs.  Andy Timms, 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 2005 mailshot, of the date, time, venue and agenda for the 2005 AGM.  The details of the AGM were also publicised in the December 2005/January 2006 issue of The Road, on the branch website (http://wakefield.mag-uk.org) and the MAG website (www.mag-uk.org).



Apologies received from Lorna Jaques, Mo Griffiths & Igor Duma for non-attendance at the AGM



The minutes of the previous AGM (for the 2004 year), held on Wednesday 12th January 2005, were circulated.  These minutes were proposed by Phil Statham and Seconded by Corinne Duma 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 2005:


Reps Annual Report 2005




·        Sold significant numbers of ITV, FYP & YPR tickets

·        Donated £100 to Marshals Fund (£50 from Wakefield MAG & £50 from Ruf Diamonds MCC)

·        Post Christmas Auction, raising £200 for:

·        Leeds MAG member Michael Guy’s Enduro India trip (£50)

·        MAG Foundation (£75)

·        Wakefield Hospice (£75)

·        Donation from Branch funds to Yorkshire MAG (£200)

·        Sponsored Panos (Leeds MAG member) for Unicef Europe, Middle East & Africa tour (£50)

·        Sold MAG National Raffle (Buell) Tickets




·        Attended WY Transport Forum, and succeeded on getting bikes firmly on the agenda

·        Secured provision of secure parking facilities in the Wakefield MDC area

·        Supported all National & Regional political campaigns, including Humber Bridge petition & demo run from Tsunami Soiree

·        Attended:

·        MAG AGC in Salisbury (3 Wakefield members in attendance)

·        Yorkshire MAG AGM (Jackson Bridge)

·        All Yorkshire Region meetings

·        First Aid training at Airedale Hospital


Runs, Rallies, MAG meetings and other Social Events


·        Attended Leeds MAG Fred Hill Memorial Run (12 Wfd MAG members on 10 bikes)

·        Supported other Yorkshire MAG branch events & meetings:

·        York MAG (April) Auction

·        Leeds MAG Quiz

·        Leeds MAG Bike Show & Demo Run

·        Rideout to East Yorks MAG meeting

·        Major Branch involvement in the organisation and running of the YPR, which raised up to £9,000 for the MAG Fighting fund

·        Designed & hosted YPR web site

·        Treasure Hunt (6 teams), joined by York MAG

·        Attended Wakefield Hospice Garden Party (13 members on 11 bikes) & invited to marshal 10K race in April 2006

·        En-masse attendance at MAG rallies (ITV, FYP, YPR, STC, Tsunami Soiree & One Night Stand)

·        Marshalled Blues tent at FYP

·        Participated in post flood FYP clear-up

·        Had 3 well attended Pub crawls

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

·        Biker Quiz Nite (Nov)

·        Attended fund raising night at West Leeds S&S Club for Panos (Leeds MAG member) Unicef Europe, Middle East & Africa tour

·        Post Christmas Auction, attended by Leeds & York MAG branches




·        Sent out one member mailshot to advertise AGM & other events

·        Sent out a number of e-Newsletters

·        109 current members (up on last year – 100)


Steve Travis as Rep thanked all the members for making Wakefield MAG such a highly successful branch.  The objectives and branch development plan for the forthcoming year (2006) were presented & discussed:

·        Continue to work with Wakefield Council for provision of secure motorcycle parking within Wakefield and the surrounding district, following the agreement by Wakefield Council to provide this;

·        Conduct a road condition survey with the Wakefield area;

·        Make contact with all local Wakefield MPs & councillors and float idea of a motorcycle forum;

·        Attend another Wakefield Carnival/Gala (Wakefield Hospice Garden Party et al);

·        Marshal Wakefield Hospice 10K road race;

·        Initiate Major recruitment drive;

·        Continue to support other local MAG groups with their activities;

·        Hold lots of ride-outs and other social events, including:

·        Post Christmas Auction

·        Treasure Hunt

·        Biker Quiz Nite.



Justine Travis, as branch treasurer, presented an overview of the branch accounts and financial position.  Ian Whittaker, as one of our branch auditors, verified these accounts as a true and accurate portrayal of the branches financial position. Accounts still to be ratified by our second branch auditor, Igor Duma



The following officers were elected/re-elected onto the 2006 branch committee, unanimously and unopposed in all cases:

Chairman/Local Rep: Steve Travis

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Ian Whittaker


Deputy Rep: Eddie Johnson

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Ian Whittaker

[Elected – replacing Phil Statham who has stood down from the role]

Treasurer: Justine Travis

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Corinne Duma


Products Officer: Justine Travis

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Phil Statham

[Elected – replacing Lisa Brooker who has stood down from the role]

Political Officer: Ian Whittaker

Proposed: Justine Travis; Seconded: Corinne Duma


Auditors: Ian Whittaker & Igor Duma

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Eddie Johnson


Social Secretary & Events Co-ordinator: Jake Halsall

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Phil Statham


Wakefield Rep of MAP Consultative Committee: Phil Statham

Proposed: Steve Travis; Seconded: Jake Halsall

[Elected – replacing Jake Halsall who has stood down from the role]

Press Officer: Steve Travis

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Eddie Johnson

[Elected – replacing Eddie Johnson who has temporarily stood down from the role for 6 months]

Membership Secretary: Steve Travis

Proposed: Phil Statham; Seconded: Eddie Johnson

[Elected – replacing Neil Liversedge who has stood down from the role]

Clubs Liaison Officer: Eddie Johnson

Proposed: Justine Travis; Seconded: Steve Travis




No motions were submitted prior to the AGM:



Objectives and branch development plan for the forthcoming year (2006) – covered in Agenda item 4



Awards were presented for the branch heroes of 2005, 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 (900 points)

·        Most attendance’s runner-up: Eddie Johnson (845 points)

·        Most attendance to Branch meetings on a bike: Jake Halsall (13)

·        Chairman’s Award (Biggest contributor to the Branch): Ian Whittaker (for political successes with Wfd Council)

·        Honourable mention: Eddie Johnson (for promotions work)




·        Thanks were given to Steve for all his work as Rep by Phil Statham and endorsed by the Group;

·        Discounts in local (Wakefield) bike shops to be pushed;

·        IW suggested we compile a list of destinations, then hold a raffle to lead the monthly rideouts, and select a destination from the pre-compiled list (to avoid the usual ‘where shall we go’ dilemmas);

·        JH suggested that on the last weekend of every month we set off and camp overnight somewhere on the Saturday night;

·        IW suggested having a Bike Safe cop as a guest speaker for a Wednesday meeting;

·        WL suggested that we add a list of specialised links to the website for servicing / manufacturers recommended settings etc;

·        CD asked for a website advert to promote Stork Lodge Tea Rooms.



The date of the next AGM was set for Wednesday 10th January 2007, Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield



The meeting was attended by 11 branch members.  Andy Timms attending the Branch AGM as Regional Rep for Yorkshire confirmed that it had been conducted in a legitimate, fair, constitutional and democratic manner.  The meeting closed at 22:00 hrs.


Steve Travis

Wakefield MAG Rep