Chapter Meeting, November 2015

A great Chapter meeting last night, at Nissan SLC. Some remarkable achievements – we now officially have more than 200 members! 201, to be exact. Gino and Jocky joined us at the meeting, to say hello to everyone. Welcome to both of you!

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Gino rides an 883 Iron …                                  and Jocky rides a Heritage Softail


On our recent LOH Pink Run (October’s Chapter Ride), we collected for Myeloma UK. This was a very successful day and we managed to raise £419.00. Geordie Chapter made this up to £500.00 and we presented a cheque to Delia Dunn at the meeting.

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£500.00 cheque for Myeloma UK, presented by our Ladies of Harley


Last month, many of us went to the Stand up for Scarlet bash at the Lancastrian Suite. Chapter member Paul McPherson was in the chair organising things on the night. Bessie and the Zinc Buckets and Charlotte Yanni provided the entertainment on a superb evening, with a real Halloween flavour. There were some great prizes on offer too and Paul reported that the thick end of £5,000 was raised. This is a fantastic result and it will all go towards Scarlet’s post-operative care.

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(L-R) Paul McPherson, Barry and Kev Charlton (Bessie and the Zinc Buckets)


Finally, many congratulations to Ray and Bill who received their Road Captain certificates from Al.

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(L-R) Ray, Bill and Al


A great night. Thanks everyone for coming out in such damp and foggy weather. We managed to get at least one brave rider on the night.

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Safe riding everyone. Barry.

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Geordie Chapter Stands up for Scarlet, 29 October 2015

Paul McPherson and Barry Gillespie

Scarlet Connelly is an inspirational young lady who was born three months prematurely. This left her severely deaf and with cerebral palsy. Scarlet is now 14 years old and she has become increasingly dependent upon her wheelchair. Since birth, Scarlet has endured many surgical procedures to increase her balance and mobility, Unfortunately, none of these have been successful.

More recently, Scarlet’s healthcare professionals recommended SDR surgery to release the spasticity in her limbs, along with tendon lengthening surgery. This is not funded by the NHS and costs around £50,000, including post-operative care and intensive physiotherapy. Scarlet is also a close family friend of our Secretary. When I heard her story, I asked the Chapter for help with fundraising. It came as no surprise when everyone said they were very keen to do it.

We arranged a music and curry night at the Lancastrian Suite and, following discussions with Barry and Peter, it soon became a Chapter-sponsored event. Music was provided by the fantastic Charlotte Yanni and the amazing Bessie and the Zinc Buckets so I knew we had a great opportunity to raise some funds towards Scarlet’s care.

We had a fantastic turnout from the Geordie Chapter. The evening started with Charlotte Yanni performing a superb mix of covers and original songs and everyone was soon on the dance floor. Many had arrived in Halloween fancy dress, as had Scarlet. It looked like everyone had made a fantastic effort.

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After the curry, we held a raffle and auction. Among the prizes was an H-D experience day. This was in such demand that we were asked to auction a further two days and these boosted the funds by over £400. These will involve a day out with the Geordie Chapter at one of the Chapter ride-outs in 2016.

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After the raffle, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets entertained us with their fantastic musicianship and interactive entertainment. It was a great set, matched by their efforts at this year’s Heart & Soul rally.

During the performance, the Ladies of Harley sold Geordie Chapter teddies and this raised a further £267 – well done Ladies! The prize for the best Halloween fancy dress was won by Chapter member Shaun Arundel, in a rather fetching winged costume.

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The fundraising was a fantastic success and during a short break, we presented Scarlet and her parents, Shaun and Leona, with a cheque for £3,000. With further contributions, this amount increased to £4,616 (plus gift aid). This will fund a hydrotherapy pool in Scarlet’s home, which will really help her on her long journey ahead.

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The night ended with the Buckets belting out Rock this Town, and we certainly did! Many thanks to the Geordie Chapter from Scarlet and her family. Everyone is very grateful for your generosity and friendship.

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Chapter Meeting, October 2015

Fantastic support for the Geordie Chapter – 97 people at last night’s Chapter meeting.

We had a great meeting with over seventy tickets sold already for next year’s Heart & Soul rally!

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Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Safe riding everyone. Barry.

Chapter Meeting, September 2015

A grand total of £263.22 was raised at our Macmillan Cancer Support cake evening tonight during our monthly Chapter meeting.

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Many thanks to all our Chapter Ladies (and gents) for your kind donations of cake and help to make this evening a huge success.

Safe riding everyone. Barry.