Wakefield MAG December 2012 Newsletter

Dear Wakefield MAG member,

Welcome to the Wakefield MAG e-newsletter. If you can't attend our Wednesday meetings regularly, it's the next best thing to keep you up to date with what we are up to.


1) Wakefield MAG Biker Quiz Nite
2) Remembrance Sunday Report
3) Wakefield MAG Christmas Do
4) Fergus O'Connell R.I.P
5) Wakefield MAG Annual General Meeting
6) Post Christmas Auction
7) Ethanol ePetition
8) Christmas Meetings
9) Forthcoming Events (for December and beyond)

1) Wakefield MAG Biker Quiz Nite

Check out the event report Here

2) Remembrance Sunday Report

Check out the event report Here

3) Wakefield MAG Christmas Do

Our Christmas Do is being held on Saturday 8th December. We will meet at the Chinese Buffet on Trinity Walk at 13:00 for a lunchtime 'all you can eat buffet', at the bargain price of £6.99. Fifteen places have been reserved but they will be able to fit more of us in for anyone who wants to turn up on the day.

Following the lunchtime buffet, we will head down Westgate for the world famous Westgate Run pub crawl. You can come for the meal, or meet us at one of the many pubs on Westgate, or do both ... the choice is yours.

If last years Christmas do is any indication, we are in for a jolly good time. Hope to see you there. Christmas hats and reindeer antlers strictly optional.

4) Fergus O'Connell R.I.P

Check out the news articles Here

5) Wakefield MAG Annual General Meeting

Our 11th branch AGM will be held in the Grey Horse, on Wednesday 9th January, starting at 8:00pm (prompt). All members are invited to attend this special meeting, so please try to attend if you can. At this meeting there will be a review of the year, elections for the branch committee and the prize giving for our branch heroes. As this meeting is effectively a MAG political meeting, it carries with it a whopping 75 branch points for everyone who attends (a normal branch meeting only carries 5 points). As all the points are tallied at year end and go towards the branch heroes presentation, points really do mean prizes !!!! What better boost to your branch heroes tally for the new year !!!

In order to save costs (given the huge hike in postal charges this year), the Annual Wakefield MAG mailshot will be emailed to all eligible Members, i.e. current or recently expired MAG members with a WF postcode, to formally place notice for the meeting. Those members for whom we don't have email addresses, will the posted the letter in the usual way. The meeting is also advertised in the events section on the main MAG website (www.mag-uk.org), on our own website, and in the latest edition of The Road magazine. If anyone has a preference for a mailed copy of the AGM mailshot, instead of an email, please let me know.

Last years AGM minutes will shortly be posted (alongside all our other previous AGM minutes) on the branch website (under the AGM's menu item, spookily enough !!).

N.B. Motions for the AGM should be submitted the week before the AGM (Wednesday 2nd January 2013).

6) Post Christmas Auction

Our 9th Post Christmas Auction will be held on Wednesday 30th January 2012, at 20:00, at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, and if previous years events are anything to go by, an event not to be missed. The idea is that you bring along all your unwanted Christmas presents, together with other stuff you no longer want, or have the room for, donate them to the branch, and we auction them off to the highest bidder.

The 2012 auction raised just short of six hundred pounds !!! We rounded up the amount raised so that it split nicely into 3, with the MAG fighting fund receiving £400 (2/3 of the proceeds), with the remaining 1/3 going to the following charitable causes:

That was pretty staggering, especially as the bidding on a lot of items started at 50p. Of course, we want to try to beat that for 2013. We know times are hard at the moment, but that’s all the more reason to come down to the auction, grab a top bargain, and save yourselves considerable amounts of money. We already have lots of stuff that has been donated, including quality one piece leathers (a reserve price will apply to these due to their value), and we still have almost 2 months to collect more donations !!!!).

The auctions are always hugely entertaining and there are always some real quality items donated, and hence, some real bargains to be had.

Proceeds from the auction will again be split (2/3 to the MAG Fighting Fund, 1/3 to a charitable cause(s).

I hope to see you there. Be there early, with viewing from 07:00 onwards, and the auction starting at 08:00 prompt (and don't forget to bring your unwanted Christmas pressies !!!).

7) Ethanol ePetition

An e-Petition has been launched in support of the Yorkshire MAG Ethanol Campaign, requesting that:

If you support these aims, please sign this e-petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41913

Don't forget to contact your MP on the ethanol in petrol issue if you haven't already. Full details are on the Yorkshire MAG web site: www.yorkshire-mag.co.uk/ethanol.html

The background and the issue is explained, links to reports and more information, details of how you can get involved and an example letter to personalise and send to your MP.

Please support this campaign and it's recommendations as if these aren't implemented, there is a good chance you might be pushing your bike instead of riding it !!!

8) Christmas Meetings

There will be no meeting on Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day).

Meetings as normal for the previous week (Wednesday 19th December) and the following week (Wednesday 2nd January).

Forthcoming Events (for December and beyond)

Wednesday 5th December - Leeds MAG Christmas Toy Run to Lineham Farm, Eccup, Leeds

Assemble at the Cardigan Fields Leisure Complex Car Park from 6pm, Leaving Cardigan Fields, LS4 2GD at 6.30 prompt, arriving at Lineham Farm Childrens Centre LS16 8AZ at 7pm. The Children will be ages 8-11 and bring presents wrapped and marked for girl or boy. To make it fair, please spend approx £6 on each gift - bring as many as you like!

Saturday 8th December - Wakefield MAG 2012 Christmas Do

See Above.

Sunday 9th December - Yorkshire Region Meeting

11:00 at the Breighton Ferry pub, Breighton, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 6DHB. All MAG members are invited to attend this Yorkshire Region meeting and have your say in the way the region is run.

Wednesday 9th January 2013 - Wakefield MAG AGM

See Above.

Saturday 12th January - Manchester Central Motorcycle Show

We are planning to attend the Manchester Central Motorcycle Show, at Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX), Manchester, M2 3GX, on Saturday 12th January 2013. See all the fantastic new models from the major manufacturers, loads of modern bikes and scooters as well as some stunning classics from yesteryear. With high octane live action to get the blood pumping, the show also features an extensive retail village with every part and spare imaginable, clothing, helmets and everything else needed to keep biking enthusiasts where they belong ... on the road! Special guests and a bevy of biking beauties of both the wheeled and leggy variety make this an event not to be missed.

We will be travelling by train and the show costs £10. Further details, including where and what time we are meeting, in next months newsletter.

Sunday 20th January - MAP Meeting

Venue TBC. Magic Action Promotions (MAP), is the events arm of Yorkshire MAG, which hosts the ITV, FYP & YPR bike rallies, which contribute so enormously to the MAG fighting fund. Every MAG member is more than welcome to attend the meeting and see how the MAP events are run, its more the merrier and MAP welcome you taking more of an interest or active role.

Wednesday 30th January 2013 - Wakefield MAG 9th Post Christmas Auction

See Above.

Sunday 10th February 2013 - Leeds MAG Fred Hill Memorial Run

Please join us for our Fred Hill run which is taking place on the 29th anniversary of his passing, on sunday 10th February 2013. We will be leaving Squires Cafe in Newthorpe at 11.30am and will be riding to the Sun Inn at Norwood. Wakefield MAG will meet at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield, at 09:30, leaving at 10:00, for the ride over to Squires.

Please note this event is very dependant upon the weather, so keep an eye on the Wakefield MAG website and Facebook pages for any cancellation notices in the event of snow and ice.

That's all for this month, have a great Christmas, hope Santa brings you lots of biking goodies, and I hope to see you all soon.

Ride Safe .. Ride Free
Steve Travis
Wakefield MAG
0772 078 4734

Wakefield MAG meet at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield at 8:30pm every Wednesday. New (and Old) faces are always welcome.