Chapter Meeting, June 2021

We had nearly forty people join in, via Zoom, for last night’s Chapter meeting. It’s possible that this one could be the last virtual one, before we join up again at Nissan in July!

It seemed to go fairly quickly, but here’s some highlights:

  • It’s the Newbie Ride on Saturday
  • The first Chapter ride-out is on 27 June: we’re off to Hawick!
  • Heart ‘n’ Soul rally tickets are on sale
  • All contributions for The Sprocket welcome, deadline 11 June

Ride safe everyone. Editor.


Chapter Meeting, April 2021

We had a fantastic Chapter meeting tonight with more than forty people attending, via Zoom. Barry gave a few introductions, then handed straight over to Vanessa Ruck, aka The Girl on a Bike.

Vanessa was in a very serious accident in 2014 and, since then, has taken up motorcycling in a big way. She does enduro and trials riding extensively … and also rides a Harley-Davidson. It was a fascinating talk.

Barry then took a quick run through other matters, including a few words from the Committee. Barry tells us that he’s received a form from North Tyneside Council relating to a licence for our own Heart ‘n’ Soul rally. It looks incredibly complicated, especially relating to restrictions around social distancing etc. He’ll let us know in due course …


Chapter Meeting, November 2020

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.


Chapter Meeting, February 2020

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.


Chapter Meeting, December 2019

A very well-attended AGM saw talks from all the Committee members. Each spoke about their role and their plans going into 2020.

As always at the AGM, there were a number of awards given to Chapter members….

  • Member’s Member of the Year – Rob Oates
  • Director’s Award – John Nichol
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Robin Anderson
  • Iron Butt – Dave Short
  • LOH Mileage award – Trish Gillespie
  • Road Crew, Most Attended – Paul Graham
  • Best Newcomer – Simon Field

Very well done to everyone!


Chapter Meeting, July 2019

An impressive turnout (must have been the pie and peas!) saw the Committee cover several topics.

We had a very interesting presentation by Kelly and Mark from Safe Families for Children. This charity works hand-in-hand with Children’s Services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support. From simple child-minding for a few hours, to temporarily housing people with children for a night or longer. You can register to be a Host Home, who take children into their loving homes, giving the parents much needed space to deal with pressing issues or even just be a family friend, who befriend, mentor and support parents through their crisis, helping them get back on their feet and making the home stable for them and their children.

Barry asked how the Chapter could help them and Mark mentioned fundraising and the collection of food and toys for distribution at Xmas when some families have literally nothing. Just buying one extra non-perishable item with your weekly shopping will yield a significant haul come Xmas. Watch this space closer to Xmas for how we can help.

The Charity does so much to help across the country and has 1,200 volunteers in the North East alone. If you are interested in knowing more about what they do and how you can help please visit

Fundraising: Paul and Kay have helped to raise an unbelievable £23,000 for the Children’s Cancer Ward with their Benidorm or Bust fundraiser. Such a massive achievement, very well done!

A Halloween abseil has been organised for the Teenage Cancer Trust (31 October) in fancy dress down the Sandman Signature building in Newcastle. Any volunteers, please see Paul.

The ABC Ride raised almost £300 with the Marie Curie Daffodil fundraiser raising £164. The stall at Bents Park Armed Forces Day raised £330. Very well done to all involved.

Heart ‘n’ Soul Rally: tickets have sold really well, there are now only basic tickets left, so best get your skates on! The ride-out on the Saturday is to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool. Tickets for entry on the day are £10, but you can book in advance online for £6. The Road Crew have ridden thousands of miles between them planning this route so as many bikes as possible on the day would be fantastic.

Xmas Party tickets will be available next month. Again, this will be held at the Nissan SLC. Last year was a blast so don’t miss out on this one.


Chapter Meeting, June 2019

As the weather had vastly improved from the afternoon rain, a fair few members attended the meeting on their bikes.

Another well-attended meeting, this time there were various cakes to be bought for charity. Congratulations and thank you to all involved in the cake making.

Onto the meeting … Barry covered a lot of what has happened lately. Benelux rally in Holland seemed to be very well-attended and enjoyed by our members. Discussed the upcoming rallies including our own Heart ‘n’ Soul rally. Assistance was requested to help set up for the Heart ‘n’ Soul rally so if anyone has an hour or two to spare on the Thursday beforehand, please contact one of the committee.

Chapter Meeting, April 2019

A chilly evening saw only one hardy soul arrive on his motorcycle, however we had another great turnout. The Committee all said a few words on what was upcoming and how things were going.

Everyone is looking forward to getting out their bikes, particularly CRAGG on the weekend of Friday 12 April.

There was a great surprise in store for our Director, Barry. Allen Glasper, Assistant Head Road Captain, ambushed him with a presentation of a tankard and meal vouchers for his dedication to Geordie Chapter. Very well deserved.

After ten years of not winning a thing on the raffle, Paul Beattie took home two prizes, well done Paul.

We have with us a new member, Mick Herron, from Cramlington who rides a lovely 48 Sportster. Welcome to the Chapter, Mick.

Also Kay and Paul Poulton from Durham, who ride a 1200 custom Sportster. Welcome to you both.


Chapter Meeting, December 2018



Trish, Dawn and Ruth receive their Road Captains’ certificates

Gwyn Brooks: Most miles (bloke) at 11,975 miles

Trish Gillespie: Most miles (lady) at 10,427 miles

Dawn Beattie: Geordie Chapter Member of the Year award

Trish Gillespie: Geordie Chapter Outstanding Achievement award

Allen Glasper: Director’s Award

Thanks everyone for a fantastic turn-out at our last meeting of the year, our AGM, at Nissan SLC!

Chapter Meeting, December 2017

Paul Wright: Most miles (bloke) at 14,250 miles

Trish Gillespie: Most miles (lady) at 10,109 miles

Lyn Hunter: Geordie Chapter Outstanding Achievement award

Lyn Hunter: Geordie Chapter Member of the Year award

James Jobson: Director’s Award

Trish Gillespie: Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead award

James and Mark Leadbitter receive their Road captain certificates

… and Stu’s won at the raffle!

Thanks everyone for a fantastic turn-out at our last meeting of the year, our AGM, at Nissan SLC.