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Welcome June/July Issue. Regulars. 3 Chairman’s Chat. Liz’s Article.

4 Associate Report. Liz reports on the latest Associate News.

5 Hall of Fame. Presentation of certificates to those who have passed their Test recently.

6 Membership News. Who is celebrating their Birthday in June and July?

8 & 9 Accounts. Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2014.

10 Do you drive a Skoda? Skoda tops driver survey.

11 Outdoor events update.

Diary Of Events. 27th May 2014. AGM 7.30pm (please note time change) followed by a talk Derek Arnold Fort Perch Rock. June. No meeting. 29th July 2014. Summer Quiz, free for all. August. No meeting. 30th September 2014. Sgt. Paul Mountford Merseyside Police. October. No meeting.

2014 events are listed here.

13 Do honest people still exist? Read this and you will be pleasantly surprised.

14 &15 News from the IAM.

25th November 2014. TBC. December. No meeting.

Latest news and advice from the IAM.

Where we meet 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 The Wirral Institute of Advanced Motorists Newsletter Registered Charity Number: 512232 Issue Number: 369 President: Mr Norman Jarvis M.B.E. Vice President: Mr Ian Standring. Website: (Webmaster:Kevin Irvine) email us: Chairman & Associate Co-ordinator. Vice-Chairman, Editor & Membership Secretary.

Liz Scarff Tel: 0151 652 2059 email: Tony Stopforth Tel: 0151 932 0454 email: email:


Angela Clarke Tel: 0151 336 1069 5 Tithebarn Drive Parkgate Neston CH64 6RG email:


Barry Stuart. Tel: 0151 342 2923 email:

Area Associate Organiser.

Bob Rollo.

Senior Observer Checker.

Colin Herbert. Tel: 07533 223701 email: Sheila Rose. Tel: 0151 336 6428

Newsletter Distribution.

Tel: 0151 678 5077

Outdoor Events.

Mark Turner. email:


Mark Shields.

Minutes Secretary.

Dy Brown.


Jan Peters. Tel: 07799 118802 email: Tony Quaile. Peter Hayward.

Other Committee Members.

Tel: 0151 336 7956

Wirral Advanced Motorists Group and the Data Protection Act 1996. 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.


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elcome to your June/July 2014 Newsletter.

With our AGM looming close, I have to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my year as Chairman. So much so that when I was asked to stay on for another year I didn’t need much persuasion, (oh dear, from whom did I hear that groan?). When you have colleagues who are happy to work in cahoots with you and with each other it makes everything go with a swing. It’s been interesting to attend various meetings of other groups in our region and further afield with some of my colleagues. During the past year we have created two Honorary members, our oldest ever member, Miss Dorothy Procter, to whom we wish a Very Happy 104th Birthday on June 15th this year, (Dorothy passed her Advanced Driving test 31⁄2 weeks before her 90th birthday), and our very first lady chairman, Mrs Kitty Stower. Two of our ex-Associate members, Mark Shields and Fred Ryall, achieved a ‘1st’ Test Pass and two Observers, Roger Roberts and Barry Stuart, have recently passed their ‘Masters’ advanced driving tests, with Mark Shields currently working towards his.

Unfortunately, two committee members, Peter Osborne and Mary Beaumont, found it necessary to resign due to pressure of work but we have welcomed new members Mark Turner, who has taken over as Outdoor Events Sec. and Mark Shields, who will represent us as Speaker when various Social Groups ask us to give a presentation. For quite a long time Donald Howell has been the only person doing this job, for which we offer him our grateful thanks, but as the IAM are encouraging us to do more of this type of work in the interests of promoting our cause and gaining new members, I’m sure we’ll also be very grateful for Mark’s input. And finally:


e are desperately short of female observers. If any lady members could consider becoming an observer we would be so happy to welcome you to our team. Do please give this some consideration. If, once you’ve given it a try, you find it’s not for you then we will understand and thank you for your efforts. Liz Scarff, Chairman.


e attended a number of Outdoor Events, from which we’ve gained some new Associate members and we’ve acquired our caravan which will make a tremendous difference to our future events. We also enjoyed some very good social outings, not least the 4x4 driving experience (I’ve done that twice and can thoroughly recommend it) and the JCB tour.

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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Associate Report June/July Test Passes Sue Bradley Anne Field Derek Neale

from Heswall from Oxton from Eastham Village

Observed by Barry Stuart. Observed by Liz Scarff. Observed by Ron Heath.

New Associates Derek Mathers Ben Crane Adam Ward Tony Makin Eddie Woodhouse

from from from from from

Little Sutton. Little Sutton. Spital. Bromborough. Hoylake.

Writing this in late April, I’m looking forward to our first Open Day of the year at Royden Park in late May as it will be the first outing with our new caravan. Sporting its new WAM livery, it should attract members of the public far easier than the so-called ‘easy-up’ gazebo that we’ve had to contend with for so long. Although we hope for good weather for the sake of our hosts, the Wirral Classic Car Club, whatever it throws at us we will have proper protection for the first time in years. Anyone wishing to enrol as an Associate member will be invited inside to sit and fill in their forms in comfort. Any Group member who is willing to come along to help us, or just to see how much more professional we look, will be very welcome.

Thought for the month The nice thing about wearing a smile is that one size fits everybody! Liz Scarff. Associate Co-ordinator.


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Hall of Fame IAM certificates presented at our March meeting with Norman Jarvis MBE, our Preisdent. Congratulations on passing your Advanced Driving Test from all at Wirral Advanced Motorists.

Pamela Hughes

Leslie Newton

Audrey Platt

John Laidlaw

Michael Zammitt


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The Wirral Group has: Total number of members: Number of full members: Number of Associates: Group Friends: Honorary Members: Tony Stopforth

Observers Please Note 303 265 20 16 2

Observers must check Associate’s licences, insurance, MOT and also eyesight.

Happy Birthday! Birthdays in June.

Happy Birthday! Birthdays in July.

Mr E V Beresford. Mr D Blackburne. Mr B Crane. Mr D J Delasalle. Mr S Edwards. Miss J L Esplen. Mrs H Hardman. Mr R Hardwick. Miss B L Jones. Mrs S A O' Malley. Mrs J Pownall-Jones. Miss D Procter. Mr M A Shields. Mr J Sprigge.

Mr N J Aspinwall. Mr AR Criddle. Mrs M Edwards. Mr D M Evans. Mr D S Hamilton. Mr R L Jones. Mr J Laidlaw. Mr E G Pownall-Jones. Mr T Quaile. Mrs K Stower. Mr C P Stratton. Mr J W Weston.

More Information: We now have a twitter account, follow and tweet us at @wirralAM Thanks to our webmaster for setting up this account for us! 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 ( and I will ensure that you receive your Newsletter by email in the future.


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Associate Report for the year ended 31st March 2014


he number of new Associate members joining us this year, 2013/14, has increased slightly from the past two years with 28 having been enrolled as against 24 in 2012/13 and 21 in 2011/12. This is a very welcome fact but we’d still like to see many more ‘Wirralians’ wishing to improve their driving with our help. Only 14 Tests have been passed, this is 2 less than the previous year’s total! 3 were failed but 2 of those were re-taken and passed very soon afterwards. Some of these tests were carried over from the previous year’s intake and many of this year’s intakes are still in preparation. As usually happens, some decided it wasn’t for them and have been deleted from my records. As the Group Year closes we have 20 active Associates. Let’s hope that this situation improves in the near future. It is up to all of us to help promote ‘Safe Driving in Wirral’ and to encourage as many as we can to follow our own example and to take their Advanced Driving test. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our two new Observers, Graham Clayton and Mark Shields, and to offer our grateful thanks to all Observers for the good work that they so willingly do. If any of you are wondering why you haven’t been called upon recently it is because of the above figures. We will be asking you as soon as we have someone in your area. As we keep saying, we couldn’t run the Associate scheme without you. You are all invaluable to the Group. We really do need some more female observers though, pleeease!! My colleague,the Area Organiser, Bob Rollo, does a great job, as always, of allocating Observers to Associates and of keeping me up to date with progress. Many thanks to you, Bob . My job is made much easier with your help. The Senior Observers deserve our thanks for all the Pre-test check drives they have conducted, as do our two Examiners, Paul and Paul, for conducting the Tests, and making them as

‘painless’ as possible for the candidates. Our `Open` days took place at The Wirral Classic Car Show in Royden Park, Neston Village Fair, Cheshire Classic Cars at Vauxhall’s car park (where we were nearly blown away at one point), 2 days at the Port Sunlight Village Fair and the Wirral History/Heritage Fair in Birkenhead Town Hall. We don’t expect to have the problem of being nearly blown away in the future as we will have our newly acquired caravan in use for outdoor `Open` days. Come and join us if you can, we might even be able to offer you a ‘cuppa’.


his is our usual plea for Group members, whether Observers, or not, to please come forward to help out at our Open Days. Associate members are also welcome. We desperately need more people, other than Group Committee members and the few regulars who are happy to attend, to help talk to the public when we are out and about doing our best to promote our cause. We are eternally grateful to the above mentioned ‘few’ but need quite a few more. An hour or two, or a bit longer if you have the time, on an occasional Saturday or Sunday is all we ask. You would only have to talk to members of the public who show an interest, not cold canvas or pester people. Our new Outdoor Events Organiser, Mark Turner, will be very pleased to hear from anyone who is able to help. His details are in the Committee list in your Newsletter. It is easier for us to organise the day if we know in advance who is coming and at what time, but otherwise please just turn up on the day. Future dates of Open Days will be announced in forthcoming Newsletters, but the first one is the Wirral Classic Car Show in Royden Park on Sunday, May 18th. Let us all continue to promote Advanced Motoring to the general public by our own good examples. Many people show interest just by seeing your lapel brooch, tie or car badge displayed with pride.

Have a safe and happy Summer. Liz Scarff, Associate Co-ordinator.


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Registered Charity No. 512232 Wirral Group of Advanced Motorists Income and Expenditure Account For The Year Ended 31 March 2014.

2014 (£)

2013 (£)

Income Member Subscriptions Associate Subscriptions Total Subscriptions Donations Gift Aid Bank Interest Miscellaneous

2,367.00 756.00 3,123.00 60.00 588.00 4.35 267.44

2,769.00 684.00 3,453.00 20.00 577.96 4.86 242.00

Total Income



Magazine Printing Telephone, Printing Postage & Stationery Room Hire Travel Costs Equipment Servicing Insurance Events Associate Refunds Publicity Miscellaneous Depreciation Stock Write Off

1,330.00 580.56 810.00 74.64 122.00 75.00 129.00 60.00 0.00 245.39 458.00 755.33

2,035.24 666.22 784.00 70.45 54.99 0.00 497.38 0.00 351.09 40.90 363.91 0.00

Total Expenditure



Deficit For the Year





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2013 (ÂŁ)

Opening Balance



Net (Deficit) For Year



Closing Balance



Balance at Bank Petty Cash Stocks Fixed Assets

3,841.30 9.00 -

3,225.10 9.00 755.33 458.00




Represented By:

Notes In 2013/14 the remaining balance of fixed assets was written off as depreciation and the cost of printing stocks has been written off in full. This change of accounting policy will allow a simplification of these accounts so that in future they are managed and presented on a cash accounting basis in line with the normal accounting requirements and practice for a charity of this size.

Answers to the Anagrams in the last issue are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Little Neston. Great Sutton. Childer Thornton. Poulton Lancelyn. Willaston Green. New Brighton. Lower Heswall. Saughall Massie. Bebington Village. Ashton Park. Hinderton Arms. Swan Hill.


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Skoda Cars on top of Driver Satisfaction Sur vey


he Czech car maker Skoda is on top of the car driver satisfaction list for the UK. It recently took the first three places in a driver satisfaction survey with the Yeti at almost 93%, the Citigo at 92.6% and the Superb at 91.6%. This is the third year in a row that Skoda has claimed the top spot with the Yeti. These three models headline a group of cars which are flying off the showroom floors as the month of March has seen an increase in the number of new cars sold. A total of more than 50,000 drivers took part in the annual survey with the average satisfaction rating of a car in the Driver Power Top 100 at more than 88%. This is a strong rating over the survey conducted in 2002 which topped out at 81.75%. Steve Fowler, the editor in chief of Auto Express, commented on the survey and the dominance of the Skoda brand, saying: “The UK car market is booming with over two years of consecutive growth and new car registrations up three per cent, and it is no surprise given the Driver Power results. “Britons are happier than ever with their cars, scoring their vehicles much more highly than in previous years.


“Skoda has done a brilliant job of building cars that people love. It entered the crossover class with the Yeti in 2009 and it proved an instant hit. The car's appeal hasn't waned, and the company kept it’s latest update very simple.” More than 30 of the top spots out of 100 were filled with off-roaders and SUVs as the most popular class of cars. The Volvo Mk3 voted higher than any car or SUV for practicality as it was rated at 99.44%. Running cost was the culprit for the low rating of the Range Rover Sport Mk1 as it came in at 65.63%.

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Outdoor Events

Pictures taken from last years Neston Fair, let’s hope the weather is kind to us this year. Sunday 18th May. Wirral Classic Car Show, Royden Park, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Sunday 6th July. Neston Village Fete, Comrades Field, High Street, Neston. Sunday 10th August. North Cheshire Classic Car Show, Vauxhall Motors, Ellesmere Port. Monday 25th August (Bank Holiday). RNLI Hoylake Open Day - to be confirmed.

If you would like to help out we only ask for a couple of hours of your time. This is only to give information about WAM from members of the public who show an interest in taking the “Skill for Life” course. If interested please get in touch with Mark Turner details on page 2.

Sunday 21st September. Port Sunlight Village Fete, Port Sunlight.

The Group has 2 copies of the updated Police Roadcraft Manuals. If any member would like to borrow a copy then please get in contact with Barry details can be found on page 2.


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“Guess where?” Here is the latest “Guess Where?”, with kind permission of Liz Scarff who kindly supplied the photographs. Answers to editor@wirraliam.

Last edition “Guess where” answer was: The tree growing in the wall is in Eastham Woods.


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An Honest Man


n September 2013, one of our long-standing members, Philip Gordon Harrison, who was also our Auditor, passed away. This was a great loss to the Wirral Group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and to all his personal friends. I had personally known Philip for nearly sixty years.

One evening recently my telephone rang and when I answered it, a man asked was I Norman Jarvis? When I confirmed this, he asked did I know of a Philip Gordon Harrison, I said I did know him but sadly he died in September last year. He then said he was at Manchester Airport and had just found Philip’s wallet and it had my address card and a small amount of money in it. I was surprised so I asked for his phone number and I said I would call him back shortly. I then called Philip’s wife Val, and asked if anybody from her house was at the airport that evening? She told me her son James was waiting to pick friends up. I told her about the phone call I had just received. I asked for James’s mobile number and called him, he was not aware that he had lost his Father’s wallet. I asked James to call the gentleman who had found the wallet, who was at the railway station waiting for his train to Manchester. He did this and was able to retrieve it. The reason I have told you this story is to point out how very honest this man was. It was a very kind gesture for him to do in this day and age. I am sure you all agree. Norman Jarvis M.B.E. A cartoon of a new "road sign", Don Quixote "tilting" at windmills. David Hamilton


ilting at windmills is an English idiom which means attacking imaginary enemies. The word “tilt”, in this context, comes from jousting.

The phrase is sometimes used to describe confrontations where adversaries are incorrectly perceived, or courses of action that are based on misinterpreted or misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications. It may also connote an importune, unfounded and vain effort against confabulated adversaries for a vain goal. The phrase derives from an episode in the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In the novel, Don Quixote fights windmills that he imagines to be giants. Quixote sees the windmill blades as the giant's arms, for instance.


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IAM calls for safety rating on motorcycle clothing. Road safety charity the IAM is calling for protective motorcycle clothing to have clear labelling for the amount of protection it gives. The call comes after research shows that motorcyclists find it difficult and time-consuming to find the right clothing at the right price. 85% of motorcyclists consider protection the most important factor when purchasing motorcycle clothing. This was closely followed by 67% of respondents who saw comfort and fit as an important factor. Nearly every motorcyclist who took part in the research had spent time researching protective clothing but 43% of respondents felt the right information was only available if you look hard enough. Motorcyclists are willing to pay for top quality gear as only 30% of respondents consider price a priority. Other research results included: ° 71% of respondents believed the brand partly contributes to the effectiveness of protective clothing. ° 60% said the torso was considered the most important part of the body requiring protection. ° 46% said hands and legs. 90% of motorcyclists stated that they always wear motorcycle protective clothing when riding. 48% of respondents believe that protective clothing (other than the use of a helmet) should be compulsory. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “The industry must introduce a safety labelling for clothing like the SHARP rating for helmets. Not only will it provide better guidance on the best way to stay safe on the roads, it will give motorcyclists clear and unbiased information and advice that they need. The current situation is confusing and relies too much on promotional information to be of any real use in making a judgement.” Thanks to The IAM-As a charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (the IAM) supports the raising of driving and riding standards and campaigns for increased on-road skills. We support and represent motorists, motorcyclists and are developing programmes for cyclists too. We offer practical driving and riding programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly.


Age and the machine

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oad safety charity the IAM is offering motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This time Peter offers tips for older drivers.

Currently motorists are required to renew their licence at 70, and then every three years after that. Make sure you keep up to date with your renewals, or you could end up driving illegally. When you renew your license you are asked to self-certify the state of your health. Be honest with yourself – it may be worth going for an all-round check-up with your GP before you choose which box to tick. Whether it is time to renew or not, you have a legal requirement to inform the DVLA as soon as possible if you are diagnosed with dementia. Your eyesight will inevitably deteriorate as you age, but the law requires drivers to be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20 metres, whatever your age – If you need glasses or contact lenses to do this, they must be worn at all times when driving. If you are diagnosed with a condition which causes vision impairment, the law says you must inform the DVLA. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Research has proven older drivers are as safe as or safer than other age groups. But bad habits do creep in over time, and it may be worth considering giving your driving a check-up. Online and on-road assessments are available for older drivers to make sure your driving is still up to scratch. IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “As we age, unfortunately our health will deteriorate, which may mean that it’s time to hang up the driving gloves. For example, a diagnosis of dementia is not necessarily a reason to stop driving immediately. What you should consider is whether you are still able to drive safely, what steps you can take to ensure you are up to the job, and what legal requirements you have to register your illness." “Experienced motorists may feel that driving is very much an automated activity, but must remember that it is actually a highly complex task that requires acute observation and manual skills.”





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