Wakefield MAG December 2019 Newsletter

Merry Christmas from Wakefield MAG

Dear Wakefield MAG Member,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and 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) Quiz Nite Report
2) Remembrance Sunday Report
3) Christmas Present Ideas
4) Wakefield MAG Christmas Do
5) Post Christmas Auction
6) Wakefield MAG Annual General Meeting
7) 2020 Farmyard Party
8) Christmas Meetings
9) Christmas Raffle
10) Forthcoming Events (for December and beyond)

1) Quiz Nite Report

Check out the event report Here

2) Remembrance Sunday Report

Check out the event report Here

3) Christmas Present Ideas

Stuck for a Christmas present idea for the biker in your life this year? Be stuck no more, as we have three great suggestions:

MAG Membership

A MAG Membership makes an ideal Christmas present ... and as it will last for at least a whole year, it's the present that just keeps on giving !!!!

You can join MAG at any of our weekly meetings, by phone (0800 988 3193 during office hours), on the Internet (www.mag-uk.org/en/membership/), or by post (MAG UK, Unit C13, Holly Farm Business Park, Honiley, CV8 1NP).

Membership fees are £27 (Individual) or £40.50 (Joint). Family Membership is £5.00 per child on either a single or joint adult membership. New members between the ages of 16 and 25 years old receive a £5 discount on first year of MAG membership. If you are feeling particularly generous with your Christmas gift this year, Life Memberships of MAG are available for £425 for an individual or £594 for a Joint.

Yorkshire MAG Rally Tickets

MAP Rallies

Tickets for the Yorkshire MAG 2020 Rallies are for sale online NOW, and what fantastic Christmas pressies they would make !!!

To buy tickets as a Christmas gift, put 'gift' in the ORDER NOTES section when ordering online at: www.mapevents.co.uk

Yorkshire MAG Mugs

Yorkshire MAG Mugs

Look at these mighty fine beverage vessels, which would make jolly nice stocking fillers .... a snip at £5

4) Wakefield MAG Christmas Do

Our Christmas do will be held on Saturday 7th December, starting at the Smokehouse Real BBQ, Wood Street, Wakefield. The meal will be at 13:00, and suitably fed, we will venture on to many of the Merrie Cities fine hostelries for multiple goblets of foaming ale. You can come for the meal, or meet us at one of the many pubs in town, or do both ... the choice is yours. Wakefield MAG Christmas Do's are always highly memorable, and if last years Christmas do is any indication, we are in for a jolly good time .... Check out the event report(s) if you don't believe me !!!

Christmas hats and reindeer antlers strictly optional. Hope to see you there.

Smokehouse Wakefield Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Smokehousewoodstreet

5) Post Christmas Auction

2020 Auction

Our 16th Post Christmas Auction will be held on Wednesday 29th January 2020. The idea is you donate all your unwanted Christmas presents, together with other stuff you no longer want, or have the room for, to the Branch and we auction them off to the highest bidder .... with the proceeds split 2/3 to MAG and 1/3 to charitable causes. We are already accumulating lots of auction items and we still have 2 months to collect even more !!!!.

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

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 !!!).

6) Wakefield MAG Annual General Meeting

The Wakefield & District Motorcycle Action Group Branch AGM will be held in the Grey Horse, on Wednesday 15th January 2020, 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), 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 valid email addresses, will be posted the letter. The meeting is also advertised in the events section on the main MAG website (http://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 are available Here.

N.B. Motions for the AGM should be submitted the week before the AGM (Wednesday 8th January 2020).

7) 2020 Farmyard Party

2020 Farmyard Party

Farmyard Party 2020 looks set to be the best year in our 34 years for musical prowess and diversity and nothing proves this more than to announce our 2 headliners for our BIG TOP MAIN STAGE.

Both bands are back by popular demand and have always left us wanting more.

Shine On are the UK's no. 1 Pink Floyd tribute band and have been entertaining audiences with their amazing tribute for many a year now and we are thrilled to welcome them back.


ACDC UK have recently toured throughout Europe and we are pleased they are back in the UK for 2020 so they can perform once again for us on the main stage. Probably the most requested band we have ever had ... So here they are again.


We have over 30 bands playing across 4 stages at Farmyard Party 2020, as well as trade stalls, food from around the world, Back Street Heroes Custom Show, Down and Out Custom Marquee plus loads more. All of this for just £37 for the weekend including camping.

We can't wait ...

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: www.mapevents.co.uk

Farmyard Party - 19th-21st June, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, N. Yorks. BY BIKERS FOR BIKERS IN AID OF BIKING

8) Christmas Meetings

Please note there will be no branch meetings over the Christmas and New Year period i.e. Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January. Meetings as normal this year up to and including Wednesday 18th December (which is the date of our December Social Night). Meetings in the new year will commence on Wednesday 8th January 2020, then every Wednesday thereafter, as normal.

9) Wakefield MAG Christmas Raffle

Wakefield MAG Christmas Raffle

We are hosting a Christmas Raffle for 2019 with the chance to win a luxury hamper plus other prizes. The tickets are now available for sale for £1 each (although Chas prefers to sell a book at a time for £5 ;-) and will be drawn at the Wakefield MAG meeting on Wednesday 11th December at 20:30. All proceeds to the MAG Fighting Fund for the on-going protection of your freedom to ride your motorcycle. Please buy some and let's boost the MAG coffers. Take some books and sell them to your friends and family !!

10) Forthcoming Events (for December and beyond)

Saturday 7th December - Wakefield MAG Christmas Do

See Above.

Wednesday 11th December - Wakefield MAG Christmas Raffle Draw

See Above.

Wednesday 18th 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! If you attend, you'll still be back in time for the Wakefield MAG meeting !!!

Wednesday 18th December - Wakefield MAG Social Night - Event: Festive Quiz

20:30 in the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield

Wednesday 15th January 2020 - Wakefield MAG AGM

See Above.

The 18th Wakefield & District Motorcycle Action Group Branch AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020. 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 our achievements in 2019, Officers Reports, Election of Branch Officers for 2020, Plans for 2020 & a Presentation to our Branch Heroes of 2019. Current MAG Membership Card required to vote. 19:30 for a prompt 20:00 start in the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 4EJ.

Wednesday 29th January 2020 - Wakefield MAG 16th Post Christmas Auction

See Above.

Sunday 9th February 2020 - West Yorkshire MAG Fred Hill Run

Meeting from 10am at Squires Cafe LS25 5LX to leave at 11am. For those wishing to travel in from Wakefield, you can meet at Redbeck Cafe on Doncaster Road, where we will be leaving at 10:00am, for the ride over to Squires to join up with the rest of the run participants. The run will take us through the fabulous North Yorkshire countryside ending at The Sun Inn, Brame Lane, Norwood HG3 1SZ. www.thesun-inn.com.

Please note these runs are very subject to the weather, and may be cancelled at short notice (for very sensible safety reasons). It is advised to check the Leeds MAG Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/groups/306110975566 and/or web site: leeds.mag-uk.org/ before setting off.

If you don't know who Fred Hill was, or why MAG holds him in such high esteem, check out his obituary Here. Although Fred's protest was against the mandatory helmet law, introduced in 1973, it must be remembered that the helmet law in itself is NOT the issue. The issue was, and still is, the individuals right to freedom of choice. MAG's central ethos of Let the Rider Decide is as relevant now as it ever was.

Saturday 14th March - An Evening with Steph Jeavons

Leeds MAG is proud to present their 6th annual talk, An Evening with Steph Jeavons. 'First woman to ride on all 6 continents'.

20:00 at Squires Cafe Bar, Newthorpe Lane, LS25 5LX. Tickets £10 plus postage (also includes free camping) from leeds.mag-uk.org/

Friday 1st May - Sunday 3rd May - Into the Valley (ITV) Rally


Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June - Farmyard Party (FYP) Rally


Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August - Yorkshire Pudding Rally (YPR)


See the events page for further details and more !!!

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.