Officer Nomination Notice - Head Photographer
The role of Head Photographer is up for renewal by election at the next Committee meeting which is scheduled for early October.
The role is a Committee post and open to any member of the Hogsback Chapter UK. The successful candidate must be a passionate photographer, and be keen on publishing his/her work to a wider audience. He/She will take the lead in organising the Chapter Photographers and working with the Committee.
Axel has signalled his willingness to stand for re-election, but if unsuccessful, he will be happy to work with the successful candidate in acclimatising to their duties. The closing date for applications is 20th August and the position is up for election at the October Committee meeting.
Please register your interest via email to:
Ride Programme in August
In line with continuing Government advice, the Chapter needs to restrict its social activity until advised otherwise. Therefore for the foreseeable future we will continue to offer small group rides in line with these guidelines.
Ride with 6 patch is still available
The patch is £6.00 ; with postage £7.00.
Email Becca Evans to get yours!
Group Riding and Covid latest
Good morning all,
Just to clarify at the moment we are still restricted to rides of 6 in England. Vince has just rechecked the latest advice from the Government which states:-
'It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. This can include weddings and funerals (which we advise should be limited to no more than 30 people), religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups. If attending a place or event that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with.'
It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe. So sorry but for the moment we continue to keep our fingers crossed for further relaxation of the rules.
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
Outcome of the vote for Chapter Assistant Director
I can inform the Chapter that Vince Pyle has been successful in obtaining the AD post to replace Robin Seymour. Congratulations to Vince who brings a wealth of experience and skills to the primary officers post.
Commiserations to Caroline Shotton who was a very strong candidate and a massive thank you for standing for the post. The transfer from Robin will happen over the next few weeks and we all recognise the very significant influence he has had in the running of the Chapter and support so we will celebrate this in style when we are allowed to gather which hopefully will be in the near future!
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
Chapter Shop in the Members Area
Don't forget to check out the bargains ....
Reflections on the SofER years
Check out what Dik Gregory has to say as he talks about the best Rallies held in his short film entitled 'Relections on the UK SofER years' which can be found on the Chapter History Channel in the Members Area of the website.
The following message addressed to Chapter Director Dell Evans is from Marjorie Rae :
Dear Chapter Director
I suspect that you have been made aware of an issue that some members are experiencing as a result of a H.O.G. systems issue – which I’m relieved to report has now been resolved.
Some members have erroneously received renewal reminders.
As I understand it, if the member has already renewed, received a renewal card with the correct expiry date and their renewal kit, the renewal reminder can be ignored.
However, if there is any question regarding the status of a member’s membership they should contact Member Services who can help them to check it and resolve issues if there are any.
To remind you, H.O.G. Member Services can be contacted by phone on: 00800 11112223 or by mobile on 0208 891 9088 if that 00800 number doesn’t work. They can be contacted by e-mail on email@example.com
I’m also aware that some members are renewing and receiving t-shirts whilst others are not. T-shirts are being supplied to those members that sign up for auto-renewal.
Please can I ask you to share this information with your members?
Please also remind them that when they dial the member services number they must use two zeroes before the 8 and remember to include the hyphen in the e-mail address.
Thanks and kind regards,
H.O.G. Regional Manager,
Customer Experience, UK & Ireland
Charities Interim Payment
In the view of the grave difficulties facing charities at this time and in accordance with the recent decision of the committee, we have now sent £800 to each of our three chosen charities: Air Ambulance, Headway and Princess Alice Hospice which is by way of an interim payment. The final payment to be made from the charity account will as usual be at the end of the year.
John Fluker - Charity Officer
Help us to add colour to your FACES
The FACES gallery accessed from within the Membership area of the Chapter website is one of the most used of the photo galleries.
Previously in black and white, I plan to give it a fresh and modern look by adding colour and need your help. Can you check your entry, and send me a hi res colour photo, with your name and Hogsback ID if your entry is in black and white.
You could also check if somebody you know is missing. For example, the above screenshot shows 32 faces, although this Membership ID range should cover 147 active members! That means that just 22% are visible. While I understand not everybody is keen to be seen, 22% does seem a bit low.
Help me to put colour to even more FACES; talk to your peers, and send me your photo and ID to firstname.lastname@example.org. In these Corona times we can invest a little time to improve our presence.
Thank you very much
Axel Thill - Head Photographer
Chapter Charities - Update
The three main Charities that the Chapter will support this year were announced in January. However, as so many nominations were sent through for worthy causes it was decided, after much discussion by the committee, to give a donation of £100 to four of the remaining charities that were nominated, and these four charities were selected in a random draw from the tombola machine at March Club Night.
The four charities selected were Ellenor Charity, Stepping Stones DS, Challengers Stoke Park Guildford and Camp Mohawk Wargrave.
Hogsback - Mons Twinning Event
A great visit to Mons Chapter for the twinning event on 29th February. They laid on a fabulous welcome dinner where their Directors signed the twinning certificate. On 9th May, we host them and sign our copy.
Chapter Charities Chosen for 2020
The following three charities were chosen by the committee at the January committee meeting from the thirteen nominated by Chapter members.
- Air Ambulance www.aakss.org.uk/
- Headway Surrey www.headwaysurrey.org/
- Princess Alice Hospice Esher www.pah.org.uk/
From the remaining proposed charities, four charities will be selected randomly by the attending Club Members at March Club Night using the Tombola. Each one selected will receive £100.
John Fluker - Charities Officer
Keeping the Website up to date in 2020 !
If you spot any broken links or have any comments to make concerning the Chapter website, please email them to me at:
Czes Wicherek - Webmaster
Hogsback Chapter Bylaws
The latest version of the Chapter Bylaws is now available on the Membership page of the website under Membership Information.
I am delighted to inform members that our committee has supported the proposal for Hogsback to twin with Mons Chapter. This is a chapter we often visit and already have a special relationship with. We will be organising events to celebrate this next year probably one here and one over there in Mons. More info when we get organised.
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) - includes Motorcycles
The ULEZ replaced the T-Charge on 8 April 2019 and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ).
The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle (which includes motorcycles) rather than the age, and all vehicles will need to meet Euro 3 emissions standards. Generally speaking Euro 3 engines are those registered with the DVLA after July 2007.
This tool helps you to work out whether your vehicle meets the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards. Any vehicle that meets the ULEZ standard will be able to travel in the zone without paying the ULEZ charge.
H.O.G. Safer Rider Scheme
Have you done some advanced training or a Bifesafe assessment this year? We would like to know because if twelve or more Chapter members have done so this year, the Chapter will get an award from H.O.G. So if you have, it would be appreciated if you would send a scanned copy of your certificate to Head Road Captain Graham Woods and we will do the rest.
2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey published
As announced at the November Club Night, the results of the 2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey are now available on the Members Area page of the website.
Continuing to avoid back patch troubles
You may already be aware that H.O.G. are promoting a series of new logos. As well as the traditional 'Classic' H.O.G. patch, an alternative new look eagle patch, which now incorporates the bar and shield, will shortly be available through the Chapter. You will be welcome to choose either design.
However, we would like to bring to your attention a further logo which is featured on page 43 of Issue 4 2013 H.O.G. magazine. This shows a patch with a skull, wings and a top and bottom rocker. After consultation with a worldwide MCC with local connections, we advise that H.O.G. members should not wear any item of clothing bearing this logo. Accordingly, these patches will not be available from our Merchandise Officer.
If you are unclear about this advice please contact either the Director, a senior member of the Committee or the Dealer Principal.
UPDATE - We have just received this communication from Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd:
"Following consumer feedback on the new skull with wings patch, please be advised that the option is currently withdrawn and will not be available until further notice."