Chapter Santa Ride, December 2015

Jennings Harley-Davidson did a great write up for our recent Santa Ride. You can read it here.

And Ian McClelland (Ian McClelland Photography) passed on a couple of great photos, below. Many thanks, Ian.

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Eric Mercer, Band Secretary from North Shields’ Salvation Army, rides pillion on Paul Wright’s Harley-Davidson before the start of our annual charity Santa Ride to the Children’s Cancer ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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It was very wet when we set off from Percy Park Rugby Club. It got worse … it was snowing by the time we got into Newcastle upon Tyne. Well done to everyone who took part. Hope everything and everyone got dried out OK.


Chapter Meeting, December 2015

A good Chapter meeting last night, our last one of 2015, at Nissan SLC. We have now 204 members, with Karen Greenwood joining us to say hello to everyone.

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Karen rides pillion, on a Fat Boy

On our recent LOH Pink Run (October’s Chapter Ride), we collected for Myeloma UK. Mandy showed everyone a letter from Myeloma UK thanking us for our support.

Click here for letter

Robin gave us a presentation on the new website. Hopefully, everyone will use it more in future, to complement our Facebook and Twitter groups.

Many congratulations to Shaun who received his Road Captain certificate from Al.

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(L-R) Shaun and Al

Thanks everyone for coming out in some really awful weather.


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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Chapter night out, October 2015

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!

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.


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.

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

And we had some new members join us too … say hello to …


Darren rides a Fat Boy …                                  and Ray rides a Switchback


Chapter Meeting, August 2015

Four more new members at the Chapter meeting last night … welcome to everyone!


Ian and Alison Usher ride a Street Bob trike …   and Lee rides a Sportster

Returning member Mick rides a Dyna


Chapter Meeting, July 2015

Good to see some more new members at the Chapter meeting last night … welcome to everyone!


Craig rides a Sportster 72 …                             and Dave rides a Sportster Low

Rod’s not really a new member but it’s his first meeting in four years!


Chapter Meeting, May 2015

More new members joined us tonight at Nissan SLC … welcome to everyone! Getting ever closer to the 200 mark!


Jim rides a Sportster …                                     and John also rides a Sportster


Norman rides a Sportster …                             and Stephen rides a Road King


Steve rides a Glide …                                         and Steve rides a Fat Boy


Chapter Meeting, April 2015

We had a superb night tonight at Nissan SLC. Six new members joined us … welcome to everyone!


Craig rides a Softail …                                       and Gary rides a Fat Boy


Geoff rides a Sportster 883 …                          and Jose rides a Breakout


Kris rides a Sportster …                                     and Robin rides a Tri-Glide