Wine Auction II - Update
Bidding is now open in our Second Wine Auction.
This auction is for La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1ER Cru Clos de la Bousse D'or 2008.
This delicious red wine is something special for your Xmas feast, and can be found on the internet for prices above £75 per bottle. Thanks to Sally Salamon's generous donation, we have a total of 12 bottles for this auction.
How to submit a bid:
- send an email to email@example.com with #number of bottles and £price you are happy to pay (Subject: Wine auction).
- You can submit as many bids as you like, at different prices with different quantities.
- Minimum bid: 1 bottle, minimum prize: £20.
- Submitted bids cannot be cancelled, and you bid for a bottle, not a case.
- You can always increase your bid.
The status of the auction will be communicated periodically.
Auction closes at 11.00pm on 3rd December, right after the Christmas Club Night Special.
Latest update from Axel ...
Officer Nomination Notices
The following two positions are up for renewal at the end of January 2021:
- Activities Officer
- Charities Officer
The role of the Chapter’s Activities Officer is a committee position in the Chapter, open to all active members (rider or pillion).
The role of the Chapter’s Charity Officer is also a committee position in the Chapter, open to all active members (rider or pillion).
Anyone interested in either of these positions should send their applications by the 30th November to:
Applications will be voted on at the next Committee meeting scheduled in January 2021.
December Club Night - Mega Charity Raffle
Another Club Night coming - another Raffle, only this time we have something very special for you, and lots of chances to win a massive dose of Christmas Cheer.
So - on top of the £100 and £50 Guildford Harley Davidson vouchers, on 3rd December we’ll be handing out:
- a GH-D annual health check which includes an oil and filter change (with thanks to Aaron at GH-D)
- a £50 H-D Insurance voucher (with thanks to Mark Rzedzian at Harley-Davidson Insurance Services)
- a Merry festive Xmas hamper with a few essentials, Beer, Xmas pud, Prosecco, port and more
- AND some bottles of 2007 Malbec, and a big thank you to Sally Salamon for the wine.
Again, all money collected for this 8th Charity Raffle (apart from the £150 Harley Davidson vouchers) will be going straight to the Charity Account. Lots of prizes here, Lots of chances to win, so please dig deep!
Here’s what to do:
Transfer your cash (minimum £5.00) to the Chapter bank account anytime between now and 3rd December.
Account Name Hogsback Chapter UK
Sort Code 30-92-70
Account Number 02074472
This should be in round pounds, £1.00 per ticket with a minimum of £5.00. Axel will pick up the amounts coming in and the names where the payments are coming from, and will allocate you the correct number of tickets.
If you wish, you can email the Treasurer with the amount you have just paid, and he will email back your raffle ticket numbers. This is optional, even if you don’t know your ticket numbers, every £1.00 ticket has an equal chance of winning any of the prizes!
Dave Hardcastle - Chapter Secretary
International Mileage Challenge
Help get Hogsback to the top of the International Mileage Challenge. Just send our Chapter's challenge co-ordinator Vince Pyle a photo of your bikes VIN number and its mileage, and he will do the rest.
Renewing your Chapter Membership
5 steps to getting a gold star!
- Print off the 2021 membership from the Website
- Fill in all your details (if unsure of HOG number leave blank and I will fill in)
- Sign and date form
- Scan / email / post form to Membership Officer
- Finally pay your relevant dues to HBC account
Katie Francis - Membership Officer
Membership Renewals Fee Reduction
At the beginning of November, we open the membership renewal process for 2021 which runs until 31 March. In light of the Chapter not spending out on events the renewal fee will be reduce by 50%. I am sure you would have preferred to go to all the events we planned in 2020 but at least we can do something small for existing members with this reduction. Rest assured we have enough under the mattress to put on a hell of a party when we are allowed to.
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
Can I ride my bike at the moment?
The following Press Release outlines the current situation.
Vince Pyle - Chapter Assistant
Director and Safety Officer
Recreational motorcycling in England permitted under new measures.
This version: 2020-11-11
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations (COMO) has examined legislation and guidance for the new lockdown in England. If you are not required to self-isolate, the rules do permit riding alone or with one other individual. You are still subject to the social distancing rules and other measures.
Many riders have been asking whether riding alone is allowed under the new lockdown rules. Government has clearly stated that riding as essential travel is allowed. We looked into rules on riding for leisure and mental well-being which are not so clear.
We have studied both the legislation and the guidance and have concluded that the rules do permit riding for pleasure, alone or with a mate.
You can ride for recreation on public roads so long as you are:
- on your own
- with one person from another household, or
- with the people you live with (your household) or your support bubble
Bikers congregating in groups is not allowed under the legislation and will draw unwanted attention, as will any reckless riding. Please use good judgement and avoid any action that will adversely affect the reputation of motorcycling.
We will publish a revised version of the Covid-safe motorcycling guidelines once we understand the situation after the current lockdown period expires.
Whilst we were not be able to pay our respects in the usual way this year, Flash our resident Chapter poet, kindly stepped up to the challenge and read two of his own poems as a mark of respect at 11.15am on Remembrance Sunday 8th November. For those with access, his reading can be viewed on the Chapters Members facebook page.
In addition the Chapter has laid a wreath at our usual war memorial and thanks to Andy England and Roger for getting this done.
Ride Programme in November
In line with the new Government lock-down restrictions that come into effect Thursday 5th November 2020, the Chapter will cease the Rw6 programme effective this date.
Hogsback Chapter Bylaws
The latest version of the Chapter Bylaws is now available on the Membership page of the website under Membership Information.
Ride with 6 patch is still available
The patch is £6.00 ; with postage £7.00.
Email Becca Evans to get yours!
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.
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
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
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."