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Wirral Advanced Motorists Group was formed in 1980 having previously been part of the Merseyside Group. A Registered Charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers, our main function is to improve driving standards and to advance the cause of Road Safety. Affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), also a Registered Charity, we are completely self-funding. Wirral Group works hard to inform local people of the advantages to be gained by becoming an Advanced Motorist. We arrange open days regularly throughout Wirral to promote Advanced Driving. How can the Group help me? We provide advice on improving your driving and preparation for the IAM Test. This guidance is given by Observers (an Advanced driver who has received training and has passed a nationally-recognised (IMI) Observer assessment). If you would require any further information, then please contact any member of the Committee or email us at:

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Wirral Advanced Motorists


Wirral Advanced Motorists Newsletter

August & September 2018

The Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists Registered Charity Number: 512232 Issue Number: 395 President: Mr Norman Jarvis M.B.E., JP Vice President: Mr Ian Standring. Contact us: Page 2

Chairman’s Report.

Page 3 - Vacant Secretary Post. Page 4-

Associate Report.

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Membership News.

Diary of Events 31st July 2018. Glynn Parry. September and November meetings still to be arranged.

Pages 8- Fall in car sales. Page 11 - Car arguments, are you getting stressed? Page 12 & 13- Basic Car Maintenance. Page 14 & 15- IAM News. Page 16- Get in touch. Wirral Advanced Motorist’s meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every other month (please see diary of events) at the RAFA Club at 8pm, unless otherwise stated. The address is: 17 Shrewsbury Road Oxton CH43 1 UU Please note that the club is entered via the car park on the corner of Alton Road. A one-way system is in operation. Driving Forward 1

Chairman’s Report Welcome to the August/ September Newsletter. Firstly, can I welcome our new Associates to the Group, they are; Mike Wheatcroft, Cameron Vaughan, Annabel Peachey, Beth Murray, Wayne Duerden, Bill Davies, Trevor Smith, Mike Savins, Ellie Sheppard and Carol Whitby. We hope you enjoy your Road Smart course. Can I on behalf of the Group also congratulate those who have recently passed their Advanced Driving Test they are; Neil Smith, Roger Whittall (First) and Steve Brown (First). We attended Neston Village Fair on Sunday 30th June. Our British summers can be a washout sometimes but the weather was glorious and we were very busy giving advice and information to members of the public who showed an interest in the IAM. My thanks as always to all those who gave up part or indeed all of their day to help us out. Our next two Outdoor events are on August 18th, where we will be attending One Wirral at Birkenhead Park and on August 19th where we will be attending the Egremont Festival. If you could spare a few hours then I am sure Guy Lightfoot will be delighted to hear from you. We are still looking for an Honourable Secretary for the Group. I have put together what is needed to fill this important vacancy on the Committee in this Newsletter. Please, would you give it serious thought? If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with any Committee member who will be only too glad to help answer your query. You may have had an email or two from me lately inviting you to various events. If you are still happy to receive emails from me then there is no action needed. If you would rather that you didn’t receive emails then please get in contact with me and I will remove you from the distribution list. If your email has changed then please contact me with your updated details. Please note that the Group complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 and is registered with the Information Commissioner. The Group will never pass your details to any third party and your email address is never sold on or shown on any emails that I send. An opt out form appears on Page 5. Later in the Newsletter, you will find a News article that is also available to view on the IAM website. It’s a rather worrying article about convictions for traffic offences on the rise in England and Wales during the past three years. As always let me know your thoughts on this article. Another interesting news item is that BP has purchased the UK’s largest electric charging network, for £130m. BP runs 1,200 petrol forecourts but said earlier this year it expected renewable energy to be the fastest-growing fuel source and that the number of electric vehicles in the UK is set to grow from 135,000 at present to 12 million by 2040. All leading car manufacturers are moving into electric vehicle production. Volkswagen, the world’s biggest car-maker, has said it will offer an electric version of all its 300 models by 2030. BP will start installing electric car charging points in its forecourts in the next year, which can only be good news for all electric car owners out there! Until next time, safe driving, Tony (Chairman). Driving Forward 2

Role Description for the vacant Honourable Secretary The Secretary is a key position on the local group committee. The overall success of a local group depends a great deal on the performance of this function. You will need to be a fully paid up member of the IAM and the Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists. You will need to be a good communicator. Access to a PC and internet access where you will be able to use an email programme and have a good understanding of Microsoft word or other word application. Access to a land-line and or mobile. If you have not got access to a PC the Group would be willing to supply you one. (We would be willing to offer training on a PC but ideally the person should have a good understanding and be competent with email and word). You will be the direct contact between the IAM and the Group, and be able to answer queries from HQ and pass communications from HQ on to the Committee. Be able to attend Committee meetings which are held on the 2nd Monday of every month. We do understand that you may not be able to attend all meetings due to holiday commitments or illness but attendance at these meetings are vitally imposrtant. Be able to attend other meetings arranged regionally. We don’t expect you to attend all these meetings, but attendance is encouraged. Mileage and out of pocket expenses are met by the Group. I would envisage 2 meeting per year outside the normal Committee meetings. Understanding of the Group Rules which are given in the Handbook and a printed version of this will be supplied to the new Secretary. Within 6 months the new Secretary will have a greater understanding on how the Group works, we do not expect the person to be fully conversant with all the rules when they commence their role. I would envisage that you would need a spare couple of hours per week to perform this role. We hope that a member can fulfil this important role with the Group. Any questions that you may have, or, if you would like to be considered then please contact either myself or Liz Scarff. Many thanks Tony Stopforth (Chairman and Membership Sec.)

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Associate Report

Passes Neil Smith Roger Whittall Steve Brown

from Great Sutton Observed by Norman Jarvis. from Greasby Observed by Guy Lightfoot. from Great Sutton Observed by Norman Jarvis.

Congratulations to Roger and Steve who both passed with a “First”. We welcome 10 new Associates namely; Mike Wheatcroft From New Ferry. Annabel Peachey From West Kirby. Wayne Duerden From New Ferry. Trevor Smith From Eastham. Ellie Sheppard From Bromborough. Cameron Vaughan From Hoylake. Beth Murray From Wallasey Village. Bill Davies From Ellesmere Port. Mike Savins From Great Sutton. Carol Whitby From Upton. I’d like to remind all members in the Merseyside area of the current ‘Wirral Group Young Driver Discount’. This applies to drivers between the ages of 17 and 35. The driver pays only £60.00 for an IAM Roadsmart course and the balance of £89.00 Is paid by the ‘Merseyside Road Safety Partnership’ (MRSP). If you know anyone who might like to take advantage of, and benefit from this offer, which is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis please do get in touch as soon as possible with any member of the Committee. Also, we still have one free scholarship available for drivers under 26 years old in the CH64, 65 and 66 areas. It’s a shame to let this go to waste, surely someone knows a young driver who might be glad to come on board and receive a full refund after passing the test. Thought for the month The driver who has “one for the road” will have the highway police as a “Chaser”. Liz Scarff, Associate Co-ordinator. Driving Forward 4

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Group Required Contract Statement to Members Here at Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists we would like to thank you for becoming/renewing your membership with us, as part of your membership contract with us, we will contact you with information on training, committee, and social events, together newsletters/magazines relating to the group and Road Safety. Pictures, videos and written updates of Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists events such as training, committee and social events at which you may be in attendance or referred to, will also be regularly published on Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc, group newsletters/magazines and group related websites. Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists also share your information with IAM RoadSmart in order to administer membership activities.

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Birthdays in August


Mrs R A Cormack, Miss S Dodsworth, Mr M Dunn, Ms P Goodbody, Mr D L Greig, Mr P J Higgins, Mr C Lambert, Miss R Nixon, Mr J R Sanderson, Mr M Savins, Mrs J Sterling, Mrs A Turner, Mrs S Weston and Mr J Young.

Birthdays in September

Mr S Brown, Miss I Collins, Mr L Hallam, Mr D Hatton, Mrs P I Hughes, Mr S James, Mr P Janvier, Mr G Leasor, Mrs T J Mills, Miss A Peachey, Dr. C Regnard, Mr P Roberts, Mr S W Shaw, Mr S Singleton, Mr J S Smith, Mr M J Turner and Mrs A Woodward.

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Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Alexandra Royden and Vivienne Peters on passing your Advanced Driving Test.

Liz Scarff being presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her 5 years as Chairman for the Wirral Group.

Thanks to Liz who supplied the card!

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New car sales down in June Diesel sales fall by 28.2 per cent, with the industry now calling for Government backing towards the technology. Diesel sales plummeted by 28.2 per cent in June, with the industry now calling on the Government to back new diesel technology to prevent sales from falling further. June new car registrations were down 3.5 per cent, with 234,945 vehicles registered. The figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show year-to-date registrations are down 6.3 per cent against 2017, with 1,401,811 vehicles registered in the first six months of this year.

The biggest fall in June came from diesel registrations which are down 28.2 per cent. Petrol and alternative fuel vehicle registrations are up 12.3 and 45 per cent, respectively. Diesel's market share has fallen from 43.8 per cent to 32.6 per cent in the first six months of the year. Business buyers showed an 11.3 per cent rise over last June, but fleet and private purchases were down for the month. Though Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has already said modern diesels will play role in tackling air pollution the SMMT is now calling on the Government to put together a strategy to support modern diesel technology. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Despite a rocky first six months for the new car market, it’s great to see demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to rise. Given these cars still represent only one in 20 registrations, however, they cannot yet have the impact in driving down overall emissions that conventional vehicles, including diesels, continue to deliver. “Recent government statements acknowledging the importance of petrol and diesel are encouraging. However, we now need a strategy that supports industry investment into next generation technologies and puts motorists back in the driving seat, encouraged to buy the car that best suits their needs – whatever its fuel type.” Thanks to Auto-Express

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To free up our roads, we should drive less or drive smaller With 50 per cent more cars on our roads than in 1997, Mike Rutherford thinks we should all drive smaller models like the Audi A1. Cast your mind back six months to the first week of January. These were the desperately dark days when a down-in-the-dumps Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) admitted that new car sales in 2017 were way lower than in 2016. Many people in the automotive industry lost out, as did HM Treasury. Never forget that for every £25,000 new car not sold, the Government loses £5,000 in VAT But a year-on-year downturn in new car sales, coupled with huge quantities of old vehicles being scrapped, at least means fewer cars, vans and trucks on the road, and a bit more space, right? Er, wrong. There have never been more vehicles in front of and behind you. Astonishingly, there are around 50 per cent more in use in Britain today than in 1997. According to just-published Department for Transport data, at the end of 2017/start of 2018, 37.7 million were on UK roads. The SMMT claims it’s 39.7m. They’re both wrong, because the true number is comfortably north of 40 million after factoring in oftenignored (and illegal) unregistered/unlicensed vehicles on the road, plus legal ones on foreign plates. When I was a kid, road vehicles in Britain collectively travelled tens of billions of miles per annum. Now they annually do 300-400 billion miles on UK roads. The network feels slower and more cramped than ever because, er, it is. And it’s inevitable that it’ll become even more overcrowded as the current number of licence holders grows from 48m to more than 50m, in line with official forecasts that the UK population will hit 70 million by the 2020s. Yet the length of the network seems almost static as far as I can tell. Honestly, although I see many road closures, plus new pedestrianisation schemes and cycling/bus/taxi lanes, I can’t remember the last time I spotted a genuinely new highway for cars, vans and trucks. Know the feeling? No doubt about it: every year we have fewer miles of usable road per motorised vehicle. In view of the fact that the network will not be expanded as it should be, we have two options in order to free up much-needed space: drive less or drive smaller (four metres long or less) vehicles. I prefer option two. Audi has proven with its A1 and Q2 that small models can have a big-car feel, while retaining their premium credentials and credibility. Thanks to Auto-Express Wirral Advanced Motorists Group and the Data Protection Act 2018. It is the group’s intention to hold details of members and associates on computer in order to assist with administration. If you do not want your details to be held on computer, please make your objections to the Group Chairman. Driving Forward 9

Note for Observers Would Observers please note the following: The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is: • used fairly, lawfully and transparently • used for specified, explicit purposes • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and limited to only what is necessary • accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date • kept for no longer than is necessary • handled in a way that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unlawful or unauthorised processing, access, loss, destruction or damage Regarding your role, please ensure that any old information that you may hold about your Associates in the past is destroyed. You may keep the run sheets but all personal information regarding the Associate must be destroyed once the Associate passes their Test or cancels their RoadSmart course. The stress of being on the road leads to more bickering and bust-ups than anywhere else in our weekly lives. These ‘carguments’ range from falling out over directions (the most common with 33 per cent admitting to it), your partner’s driving skills (32 per cent), going too fast (17 per cent) and what’s on the radio (eight per cent) to non-motoring related topics that could happen anywhere. Classic topics include finances (17 per cent), family (16 per cent), children (14 per cent), and chores (11 per cent). Research conducted by independent car buying site carwow revealed that the fall out from an in-car bust-up can last longer too, with one in eight of those surveyed admitting they can go anything from three hours to more than a day before speaking to their partner again. Women admit to starting more in-car arguments than men (45 per cent vs 42 per cent), with those aged under 24 most likely to lose their temper. One in 20 of those surveyed even say they have stormed out of the car following an argument and walked the rest of the way, rather than stay in the vehicle with their partner. Arguing in the car was top of the pile for locations of our domestic strife, just above the kitchen , the bedroom and the bathroom. Driving Forward 10

Are you stressed? Asked why they believed things got more heated in the car than anywhere else, 26 per cent of those surveyed reckoned it was down to the added stress of having to cope with traffic at the same time as having the conversation, while 23 per cent believed it was down to the confined space. Arguments are most likely to occur on journeys somewhere new or unfamiliar (25 per cent), long road trips (18 per cent) and short trips, such as the supermarket or a relatives house (five per cent). Dr Sandi Mann, from the University of Central Lancashire, says the survey of 2,000 people confirms that the car is a hotspot for domestic disagreements. She says: “The act of driving brings stress of its own and a driver can already be stressed and frustrated by so many triggers on the road such as traffic, inconsiderate driving, roadworks etc. So throw another person into the mix and it’s always going to have the potential to be explosive. “The triggers for an argument are far more prevalent in driving situations, too – your partner’s individual habits come to the fore; perhaps in their lack of willingness to ask for directions, their tendency to drive too fast, or aggression towards other drivers. All of these things can wind another person up. “And once an argument starts, neither of you can go anywhere until the journey is over, so it’s only going to go one of two ways – a dramatic silence or, far more likely, a spin-off into other topics where one or both of you are harbouring a grudge. “The ways to avoid arguing in a car are the same as anywhere else – one side can just stop talking as it’s impossible to argue with yourself. Or once you realise a row is brewing, you can take deep breaths and count to 10 before speaking again in an attempt to calm your thoughts. “Car specific steps that couples can take are to listen to soothing music only while on trips and to keep the car clean – create an environment that isn’t conducive to squabbling in the first place.” Mat Watson, resident motoring expert at carwow, comments: “Drivers face so many distractions on the road today – but our research shows that distractions can be just as dangerous inside the car as outside. “Passengers should try to put themselves in the driving gloves of the person behind the wheel before kicking off an argument. It’s hard enough to drive on our roads in 2018 without added stress.” Thanks to Carwow

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Basic Car Maintenance If you don’t want to be left stranded on the hard-shoulder while everyone else speeds by on holiday this summer, you should carry out some simple car checks. Like all of us, our cars need a bit of love and attention every now and again. Some of this can be performed at home; some needs to be carried out by a professional with the right kit. So we’ve split our summer checks into two: those you can do yourself, and those to ask a garage to do. The good news is, some garages will even do all the work for you by carrying out free summer car checks.

Tyres All year round it’s your tyres that connect your car to the road. But to do so effectively and safely they need regular, fortnightly maintenance. A visual inspection will tell you whether there are any nails or shards of glass sticking in them. And you should look for bulges in the sidewall. These indicate a possible structural failure that could lead to a blow out. Then inspect the tread depth and pressure on each tyre, including the spare if your car has one. Random checks by the tyre industry have shown the majority of tyres don’t have enough air in them. In the summer when road surfaces can be hot, this increases the chances of the tyre overheating and failing. Driving Forward 12

Basic Car Maintenance Of course, the summer should be dry and sunny. The reality is there can be some serious downpours. To prevent your car aquaplaning on soaking surfaces, the tyres need to have more than the 1.6mm legal limit of tread depth. Find out how to check your tyres here. Screen wash and wipers There’s nothing that perks us up more than the summer sun. Sadly it has the same effect on the insect population, many of which come to a sticky end on our windscreens during the summer months. Water alone won’t shift them; you need screen wash. But on most motors it’s impossible to check how much screen wash is left. You simply have to fill the reservoir to the brim. Here’s all you need to know about filling up with screen wash. Check your windscreen wiper blades too. Run your finger along the leading edge of the blade. It should be completely smooth with no nicks or tears. If the blades are screeching on the screen or smearing, they could have come to the end of their life. Here’s how to check your wipers. Fluid Levels You wouldn’t head to the beach without a drink so don’t embark on a long journey before checking your car has sufficient coolant. The level should be between the ‘MIN’ and ‘MAX’ markers on the expansion bottle beneath the bonnet. If you’re not sure where it is, look in your car’s user manual. Check your oil too. If you wait until the engine warning light comes on, it could be too late to prevent lasting damage. Light Bulbs Checking your car’s light bulbs is simple. You just turn them on and walk around the car. Remember to make sure the indicators are working. And get someone to help you check the brake lights. On some cars, bulbs are easy for an amateur to replace. But if you’re not sure, ask a professional. Battery The most frequent cause of breakdowns is battery trouble. There are some clues that a battery might be about to fail such as the starter motor struggling to turn the engine over. However it’s best to have your battery checked by a professional. Most garages will do this for free. Air-Conditioning If you’re going on holiday, particularly if you’re driving to somewhere hot, it makes sense to have your air-con serviced before you head off. To work at its most efficient, your car’s air-conditioning needs servicing every two to three years. This will usually entail having it pressure tested and re-gassed. You need to do this because the gas used in air-con systems gradually leaks out over time.

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IAM News

IAM RoadSmart urges drivers to be on ‘heightened alert’ for pedestrians as deaths rise by 10% The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart is urging drivers to up their game and be more alert for other road users, as pedestrians now make up a quarter of all deaths on our roads, ahead of motorcyclists or cyclists. Only car occupants have a worse record. According to Department for Transport figure in 2016, some 448 pedestrians lost their lives, a rise of 10% over the previous year - which is the biggest increase for any group of road users. The DfT figures say in 42% of crashes the driver “failed to look” and this rises to 54% for the pedestrians themselves – showing the responsibility is not always one-sided. Observing, anticipating and planning will save lives on the roads, as a fifth of drivers “failed to judge the other person’s path or speed” in car collisions - and for pedestrians who made the same wrong choice just before a fatal or serious impact it was 17%. Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research said: “Often people like to blame one sector for the causes of accidents. What is clear, and has always been so, is that we all play a part in each other’s safety whatever we are driving or riding, and whether we are on foot or not.” But Neil pointed out that while blame may not be easy to apportion, the fact a car versus pedestrian crash is an unequal match means drivers must take on a special responsibility for looking out for the safety of those on foot. He said: “We are all pedestrians at some time so no matter how fast-paced our lives might be, we all need to remember that those on foot are extremely vulnerable. “Pedestrians being “careless, reckless or in a hurry” was a contributory factor in a quarter of accidents where a pedestrian was injured or killed. Observing the body language of pedestrians will give drivers a clue of their intentions, for example, a pedestrian looking over their shoulder may be looking for a suitable gap to cross the road and anyone with their head buried in a smartphone or wearing headphones is at extra risk.” IAM RoadSmart pointed out that both drivers and pedestrians are guilty of misjudging gaps and distances, and choosing to ‘go for it’ just at the wrong point. This makes it all the more important for drivers to be on heightened alert – and to ‘expect the unexpected.’ Neil said: “Research on vision has found children of primary school age find it very difficult to accurately see or judge the speed of vehicles.

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IAM News

Convictions for traffic offences on the rise again in England and Wales in the past three years, finds road safety experts IAM RoadSmart

Official government figures analysed by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart have found that convictions for traffic offences in England and Wales’s courts are steadily increasing again from a low point in 2013 – including a huge 52% increase in dangerous driving convictions. Guilty verdicts were at 1.2 million in 2006 and declined for seven years until 2014 when the total number of offences started rising again and have continued to do so ever since. Other surprising statistics to emerge from IAM RoadSmart’s research include a dramatic increase of almost 70,000 over 10 years in convictions for the failure to supply the identity of a driver of a vehicle. The news of an increase in convictions will be welcomed by the law abiding majority of motorists; IAM RoadSmart members have for many years been in favour of harsher punishments for those who injure or kill behind the wheel. In 2016 (the latest year for which figures are available) there was an increase of 19% in the total number of convictions compared to the most recent low in 2013. The figures also reveal a welcome 10% drop in those convicted of drink-driving since 2013 when 43,000 drivers were found guilty compared to just under 39,000 in 2016 – a steady decline over the three year period and an impressive 50% reduction from the 78,029 high in 2006. However, with deaths caused by drink-driving flatlining, there is still a long way to go in reducing this number further, which underlines the continued need for well targeted anti drink-drive campaigns. The dangers of using a mobile phone might finally be sinking in to more drivers, with convictions for the offence of using or causing others to use a mobile phone whilst driving dropping by more than half in the past five years, from 32,404 in 2011 to 13,847 in 2016 - a reduction of over 57%. One motoring offence which has been on the rise steadily since 2006 is ‘failing to supply information as to identity of driver when required.’ In 2006 there were 12,056 convictions but by 2016 this number had grown to a huge 82,029 guilty verdicts. This is most likely linked to increased forms of surveillance leading to more requests to confirm the identity of the driver. Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “This will be good news indeed for motorists who have been concerned for a long time about the level of convictions for the most dangerous motorists. For the full article point your mouse over to: convictions-for-traffic-offences-on-the-rise-again-in-england-and-wales-in-the-past-three-yearsfinds-road-safety-experts-iam-roadsmart

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Get in touch Chairman, Editor & Membership Secretary.

Tony Stopforth.

20 Heathfield Road Liverpool. L22 6RF

Vice-Chairman & Associate Liz Scarff. Co-ordinator.

E: E: Tel: 0151 932 0454 or 0792 1663220. E: Tel: 0151 345 8016 or 0779 1902587.


Vacant at Present

Treasurer &

Yvonne Charlett.


Newsletter Distribution.

Sheila Rose.

Tel: 0151 336 6428.

Outdoor Events.

Guy Lightfoot.


Area Associate Organiser.

Norman Jarvis. MBE.

Tel: 0151 339 3450.

Chief Observer.

Simon Richards.


Data Controller.

Tony Stopforth.

Minutes Secretary

Other Committee Members. Peter Hayward. Dy Brown. Steve Clarke. Social Media

Guy Lightfoot.

The views, advertisements and opinions expressed in this Newsletter are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those taken by Wirral Advanced Motorists or the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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Many members may not be aware that an electronic copy of the Newsletter is available. You will receive the copy direct in your inbox approximately two weeks before you would receive your paper copy. As well as doing your bit for the environment your electronic copy will be in full colour. If you would like to opt out of receiving your paper copy for the electronic version please get in touch with the editor (editor@ and I will ensure that you receive your Newsletter by email in the future.

The horn is one of the most priceless historical relics associated with Cheshire, with an unbroken history going back for over eight hundred years. It is the celebrated Wirral Horn, now one of the treasured family heirlooms of the present Earl of Cromer. The exact date when Alan Sylvester was appointed master-forester of the Wirral Forest is not known, but in the John Ryland’s Library, Manchester, may be seen the original charter with the earl's seal attached, whereby Ranulf ll, the fourth Norman Earl of Chester, granted him Stortun and Pudican (modern day Puddington). “In fee and heredity to him and his heirs, for his service, to wit for half a Knight's fee and I will and decree that he have and hold the said townships with all appurtenances, in wood and in the open and everywhere, freely and honourably and quickly". There is no date to this Charter, but Mr. R. Stewart Brown, the historian, in a carefully reasoned account of this charter and the Wirral Horn, puts it at about the year 1130. A comparatively modern silver plate has been affixed to the Wirral Horn bearing the following inscription; “In the year 1120 Randal de Meschines, Earl of Chester, created Alan Sylvester chief forester of the forest of Wirral, and granted to him the manors of Hooton, Storeton and Puddington to hold upon the condition that he performed the duties of forester, and in addition that he blew or caused to be blown a horn at the Gloverstone in Chester on the morning of every fair day, to indicate that the tolls on the goods bought or sold in the city or within sound of the horn belonged to the Earl or his tenants.” The “Wirral Horn,” which is still in existence, was presented to the Chief Forester of the Wirral in about 1120. Nearly 900 years later the Wirral Advanced Motorists have adopted it as a symbol to call together motorists and motorcyclists resident on the Wirral who are interested in road safety.

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