BIRMINGHAM UK H.O.G - 6852
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THE BULL PEN
A few words from our Membership Officer A very warm welcome to new members and a thank you and welcome back to members renewing their membership Birmingham Harley Owners Group was formed in 2005 and in the last 7 years the chapter has gone through several stages in its path to where we are now with sustainable chapter growth. As a new member after being accepted into the chapter, you will receive an email inviting you to join the chapter WEB site, click on the link and follow the instructions on how to set up your personnel profile and password giving
you access to whatâ€™s going on i.e. ride outs, events, discussions etc.
every first and third Sunday of the month and a club meeting every second Friday of the month. We as a chapter, This year 2013 we will be into our make all newcomers welcome and fourth Big Brum Bash which has been a explain that there is no obligation to massive success and has the potential of attend ride outs or meetings, but if you being one of the best bike weekenders do, you will always be made welcome. in the UK.You can get involved with the events and especially with the Big Brum One thing we try and get across to Bash as we need volunteers to get members is that we are here to have involved with organisation, new ideas fun and you can and get out of the and to participate in running the event chapter as much or as little as you on the day. want. Our overall philosophy for the chapter is to bring likeminded people together to ride their bikes, have fun and meet new friends. We have planned ride outs
Thanks Terry Rowley
Directors Musings Spring is in the air! Okay so it is s2ll cold and wet for the most part, but hey, the days are ge<ng longer and the ride-‐out diary is looking good. March has been pre@y busy. We had our ﬁrst AGM. It was a good turnout for what is a bit of a dry subject. The main purpose of the AGM was to ensure that people had a chance to have a say in the future direc2on of the Chapter, and top let people know a bit more about the ﬁnances. I was very pleased to ﬁnd that many people were interested in what we are trying to do, and that the ques2ons and chats aKer the mee2ng were posi2ve and suppor2ve. Thank you.
more safely. I believe that there are s2ll places available on the June date. If you are interested give Sam a shout.
captain, Dave Haydon is leading this one. This is a good ride for our new members as it is a reasonable distance and is sure to be a good turnout. This will enable you to At the end of February Trish and meet some more of us as well as Mandy arranged our 1st Ladies of ge<ng used to group riding. There Harley event. It was a great day will be plenty of folk around to give with a healthy turn out, and we got you guidance should you need it. to eat cake! Bliss. The Ladies are Besides you can get a good keen to put on more events as you breakfast at the Raven – what more will see as you read on in this could you want! newsle@er. April and May will also see the ﬁnal On Saturday the 16th the team from plans for the Big Brum Bash fall into Stratstone put a season kick-‐oﬀ place. You will have seen that Jason event on. The weather played its has booked most of the bands, and part, which was a shame because it that the event is being publicised by reduced the amount of bikes HOG through their magazine and considerably. Gunrunner played and through Mandy’s eﬀorts using social have a great new front man, and media and the web. Ticket sales are the BBQ helped keep the cold at about where we expect them to be, bay. Thanks to the staﬀ and to the but we really want to push things Chapter members who took a turn along. Our members are our best on the BBQ. We look forward to sales force. Have a word with suppor2ng the shop in similar friends you have in the Biker events throughout the year. community and let them know what a great event it will be. On casualty of the poor weather
The main thing we were trying to get across is that whilst Chapter funds are looking good at the moment we need to keep a close eye on our out-‐goings, whilst at the same 2me trying to develop that Chapter. Membership is growing were the registra2ons for the and with that comes the Chapter Challenge. All is not lost! opportunity to do more. You have un2l the end of March to register. We would like as many An example of this is the Bike Safe people as possible to take part in events that Sam has put together. this. All you need to do is go into By going into this as a Chapter Sam was able to nego2ate a great deal at the shop pick up a form and get one of the staﬀ to register your mileage. £35 a head. However, due to the great response he has been able to You then ride your bike all summer, and then get the staﬀ at the shop to get that further reduced to £10 a head. Many people, having paid the record your mileage at the end of £35 were more than happy to leave October. Full details are on the web the excess with the Chapter for use site, we have lots of riding planned on other training projects. A classic for the summer so why not try and win a prize as well? win-‐win situa2on. We get a great days training at a reduced cost. The Our 1st oﬃcial ride out is on the 7th Chapter gets a boost in funds and April. Our esteemed Head road we all get to ride our bikes a li@le
Jason and Sam have visited Stoke to get them involved and we are due to engage with Wolverhampton and Rolling Hills in the coming weeks. Having said that, it looks like members of Rolling Hills have bought more 2ckets than Birmingham members so far! So please get your 2ckets now. I personally cannot wait un2l the riding season gets into full swing. Let’s hope it is a good one! Ride safe Ian
OMG - My first ride out of the year and all I can say was.....BBBBrrrrrr A few weeks ago Iain and I were at the shop and we heard Paul men2on a ride out on the Sunday and my eyes lit up. It sounds great I thought and I became very excited. I tried to talk Trish and John into it but they were adamant that it was s2ll too cold!!! Regardless of this I nagged and nagged Iain and eventually he agreed to get his bag out of his plas2c vac bag and to hit the road. We met at the BP services in Coventry and there was Iain and I, Sam, Mandy and Paul, all excited on his new bike!!! We set oﬀ to Banbury and pulled over in Banbury and it was bloody freezing so we all agreed to go somewhere nearby and Paul suggested we go to hook Norton Brewery – just the thought of a hot toddy was enough to agree to this so oﬀ we set. Joining us
WE HAD A WONDERFUL LUNCH, COMPANY GREAT CONVERSATION SCINTILLATING
on this trip was Rich and his lovely son and they were great fun and very good company. We arrived at the pub and sat very near the ﬁre. Iain was complaining that he had lost his balls on the road somewhere and I have no idea what he meant. We had a wonderful lunch, the company was great, conversa2on scin2lla2ng and all in all it was a lovely day. The ride back was let’s just say ‘freezing’ but in a way I was glad that we went as it was great to be out on the bike again and to be reminded of the great camaraderie when we all get together. I now look forward to the next one when the weather improves – or should I say IF??!!!!!! Sending you all lovely warm thoughts as we look forward to our summer ride outs, Regards
A FTE R N O O N T EA
Ladies of Harley Hello, just a short note from your L.O.H Firstly, we would like to extend a big thank you for all your support during our afternoon tea, the day was a huge success, we even managed to raise some much needed funds for the chapter. We will be doing it again soon so please look out for it. We are also going to be holding a monthly raffle at each chapter meeting so any donations would be gratefully received. All proceeds will be donated to the chapter. If you have any ideas or suggestions of activities we could help to organise for the chapter, please let us know. Hopefully the sun will be shinning soon so we can get out and about. Love Trish
PHOTOS FROM 2013
Our Chapter Photographers hope to capture the Chapter at play during 2013, alternatively send in your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDE OUT’S 2013
PLANNED RIDE OUTS 1. 7TH APRIL - RAVENS CAFE 2. 21ST APRIL - HOOK NORTON 3. 19TH MAY - BARMOUTH MES 4. 2ND JUNE - HENLEY ON THA 5. 16TH JUNE - STONEHENGE S 6. 7TH JULY - HORSE SHOE PAS 7. 21ST JULY - CAT & FIDDLE ON 8. 4TH AUG - LOH - BOURTON WATER 9. 25TH AUG - ACE CAFE