Hi everyone. a quick update on the Band of Brothers Prostate cancer support ride. The page has been updated with a word from Allen regarding the ride, from an idea through to completion, have a read, its really good.
Also there is an article in todays Northern Echo which can be found here – https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/18912476.north-east-harley-davidson-group-raised-20-000-raise-awareness-prostate-cancer/
Its been a while and we haven’t managed to have a real chapter meeting since February this year! We have meetings still over Zoom, details on the Facebook page.
This month we had 34 members on the Zoom meeting. As always it was kicked off with a chat from our Director, Barry. Barry talked about the AGM and if any of our members would like to be a bit more involved in the committee side of things. If you would like to sit in on Chapter committee meetings to see what its all about before making any further commitment please contact Barry to discuss further. Any member can apply for committee posts. Barry also talked about the Chapter Charter and Chapter By-laws. Everyone should read these, become familiar with their contents, so please head over to the page and have a read.
Road Crew: Jimmy talked about the next year of rides, as the current COVID situation is ongoing nothing is hard planned as yet. However the Road Crew do have a lot of rides in the bank ready to go. Allen spoke around the Bond of Brothers – the full amount raised for Prostate Cancer UK is £20,000! A remarkable achievement. There is going to be a cheque presentation, most likely over Zoom – details to follow.
Rally: Dawn discussed next year’s rally. Plans are already advanced and flyers will be going out to all members on the chapter distribution list. Details are already on the website and the Facebook page. If you haven’t already, get those tickets booked for what will be another fantastic weekend.
Photographer: Colin discussed (apart from losing his drone) the possibility of setting up a chapter YouTube page for all our videos instead of using Vimeo. All agreed this was a great idea as its much more accessible, free and has unlimited space. Page should be up and running this month so watch out for that.
Ladies of Harley: Trish talked about the Mileage Challenge, so make sure you update Trish with your mileage by end of November or you will miss out. Santa run, due to COVID, won’t be going ahead, however gifts will still be gratefully accepted – details to follow on this as we will require a drop off location to be arranged. This year we are still supporting the Salvation Army and Safe Families for Children.
There is another of our fab chapter quizzes held over Zoom on Saturday 14 November – so get yourselves logged in, its always a good laugh.
Fantastic turn out tonight at the first Chapter meeting of the year. 135 members in attendance which bodes well for the year. Great presentations from Allen Glasper on the ride from Lands End to John O’Groats for Prostate Cancer UK. Simon Parry talked about the 22 day organised ride to Nordkapp, the most northern point in Europe – looks like a fantastic ride.
Congratulations to Robin Anderson picking up the Outstanding Achievement award. Hope the injury heals quickly Robin!
Thanks to everyone in supporting our raffle which raised £118.00 and for the donations of £56.21 for Prostate Cancer UK.
The annual Santa run took place on Saturday 7 December. The day was cold but clear and the rain held off nicely.
23 bikes took part, all dressed as Santa with bikes decorated very nicely. The ride route went from the dealership, over the Tyne bridge, through the centre of Newcastle past Central Station, up St James Boulevard. A right turn past the Irish centre and up toward Haymarket then back down to the Quayside, across the Swing Bridge and back to the dealership. The ride was well received by the public who were waving, taking pictures and videos.
On return to the dealership, we had a choir of local school children. It was a very good show with Chapter members getting involved in the singing.
Afterwards, Safe Families for Children collected gifts and food that had been donated by Chapter members and the dealership. Along with St John’s Ambulance who collected gifts to be given to children at Christmas.