Officer Nomination Notices
- Assistant Director
These positions (Assistant Director, Treasurer and Historian) are up for election: Assistant Director and Treasurer at Club night on 2nd July Historian at the Chapter Committee meeting scheduled for the 9th July.
In all cases, please register your interest via email to
The Position of Assistant Director is a Primary Officer post and open to any member of the Hogsback Chapter Committee. The successful candidate will work alongside Paul Cutler in assisting Dell in the running of the Chapter. Robin has signalled his intention to step down from this role and will work with the successful candidate in acclimatising to their duties. The closing date for applications is 14th June and the position is up for election at Club Night, 2nd July.
The position of Chapter Treasurer is a Primary officer post and is open to any member of the Hogsback Chapter Committee with regular attendance at Chapter events and experience in dealing with accounting and banking issues. Axel Thill has stated that he wishes to seek re-election but will support any changes that the Chapter membership may wish to make. This position is up for election at the July Club night, and the closing date for applications is 14th June.
The position of Chapter Historian is a discretionary Committee position and is open to any member of the Chapter with at least 12 months membership and has regularly participated in Chapter events. Steve Cork has stated that he wishes to seek re-election but will support any changes that the Chapter membership may wish to make. This position is up for election by Committee officers at the Hogsback Committee meeting scheduled for 9th July, and the closing date for applications is 14th June.
Ride Programme Update
Following the latest announcements regarding the COVID-19 restrictions the ride programme has been suspended until the end of June.
MCN has also confirmed with No 10 you are allowed to ride a motorcycle "to any open spaces" with no limit on the distance within England from yesterday. Wales and Scotland are still in lockdown. No 10 has also reiterated that this should ideally be done only with members of your immediate household or with one other, provided you maintain social distancing.
It is however quite clear that for the time being motorcycle riding in groups is not permitted and this may not change until at the earliest July.
Weekends Away Update - Opale Harley Days
Sadly this Weekend Away in September has had to be cancelled as the Rally has been cancelled by the organisers.
Convergence Cirencester 2020 is cancelled
It is with regret that we announce that the Convergeance rally at Cirencester in August is cancelled.
For more information, look on the Weekends Away page for 2020 in the Members area of the website.
Weekends Away Update
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I have had to cancel our planned trip to Tintagel in June this year after the most recent advise given by the PM. I was going to hold on to the bitter end but it has beaten us sooner, that being Hotel’s will not now open until the earliest on 4th July. With uncertainty surrounding even this I decided not to move the dates.
Carl Christensen - Ride Leader
Weekends Away Update
Mons trip in June - This trip has been cancelled. See Weekends Away for more details.
Ride Programme Update
Thursday 18th June : The Nuclear Tour ride
Unfortunately this ride can not go ahead as EDF have cancelled all tours around the power station at Dungeness this year.
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.
A big thank you is particularly due to Axel for raising so much money for Chapter Charities by his shave.
John Fluker - Charity Officer
Weekends Away Update
Stratford upon Avon in May - This trip has been cancelled.
Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici) -this trip has been rescheduled to 21st – 23rd August 2020 and there only one double room available on a first come first served basis.
For booking and more details, please email
Latest update on Weekends Away
Full details of the changes can be found on the Weekends Away page. Also, your ride leader should be in touch with you if you have been booked on one of the Weekends Away that have been affected.
- Dartmoor Prison (Robin Seymour) has been rescheduled to September 11th – 13th 2020.
- Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici) has been rescheduled to 21st – 23rd August 2020.
- Isle of Wight (Andy England) has been rescheduled to October Sat 10th – Sun 11th 2020.
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
An important message from the Dealership
I am sure by now you will have all seen the Prime Minister’s announcement (on 23rd February @ 8.30pm).
For Guildford Harley-Davidson this means immediate closure of the business. We will be adhering strictly to the government’s decision which at the moment is to stay closed for 3 weeks. You can still visit LIND Online to view many of our new, used and demonstrator motorcycles.
Rest assured, our team are on hand to answer any of your questions or you can find us on lind.co.uk, Instagram and Facebook where we'll be sharing our latest news.
Thank you all for your continued support.
My best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Aaron Presley - Dealer Principal
Hopefully you are all aware that we have suspended our ride and event program until the end of April. This was a massive decision not taken lightly by the Chapter Officers and I want to thank them for their support. We had a lot of discussion but in the end it was a no brainer. I want to assure you that we continue doing contingency planning for the whole year just in case the crisis is extended and regularly reviewing our options in light of government's latest advice.
Many of you will be booked on Away Rides with deposits and EuroTunnel paid. For all events up to the end of April the ride leader would have been in touch to explain the options. For any event from May onwards the ride leaders are engaged with each location seeking clarification on their terms & conditions and identify to Axel the key decision dates and financial implications for both the chapter and members. We should have this detail mid next week and will then be able to advise you via the ride leaders or event organiser what the options are. Clearly there are implications on deposits if we cancel as opposed to a hotel cancelling, so we need to scope these out. Our commitment to the ride program from May onwards remains at this time and rest assured we will immediately communicate to you if this changes. In any event we will keep the e-shots going.
We are also keen to keep the spirit of the Chapter going through this difficult period. Whilst we cannot ride as a group, I intend to be out there on the Harley riding as I suspect most are. GH-D is still open and will continue to welcome members within the safety advice of social distancing and they may even have the parts you want now.
We are also exploring how we can maintain the Chapter's engagement with members including can we arrange a virtual Club Night (Paul & Axel are working on this as my IT skills have been questioned)! Our facebook page continues to be a great tool, so if you have not joined then just put a request in. Its open to members and immediate partners and you will see Axel is posting archived Club Night photos which have been a great hit with members.
We have an immensely strong Chapter with the best membership to get through this disruption.
Thank you all for bearing with us and do stay safe.
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
Impact on Chapter of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issue
In line with Government advice, the Chapter needs to restrict its social activity until advised otherwise. We have taken the very difficult decision to suspend the Ride Programme until the end of April as they are social gatherings. Likewise the April Club Night will be suspended.
For those booked on Away Rides, we are currently looking at the conditions for each booking and the ride leaders will be in touch in the next few days. We will continue to review further commitments and the program in light of future developments and keep you updated.
Please stay safe during this period
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
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.
Day Ride Programme Announced at February Club Night
The final part of the Chapter's Ride and Events Programme for 2020 is now live on the Chapter website. A lot of effort has gone into developing this exciting programme for Chapter members so please do have a good look through it.
Liberate your underwear drawer
At Hogsback Chapter, we want your bras and pants!!! Chapter member Hillary Bryne will collect any new (and gently) used bras and new pants for all sizes of women, and pants for girls and boys aged 3-16 on behalf of the charity 'Smalls for All'. So liberate your undies drawer and give us your bras and (new) Knickers!
Smalls for All® is a charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa and the UK. For more infomation on this charity, go to their website:
Thank you for your support (no pun intended)!
Surprised to be a Life Member of H.O.G?
.... when you didn’t pay for it ?
H.O.G. inform us that the wrong letter has gone out in many renewal packs informing non life members they are life members! So if you thought you got a nice free gift, sorry, but it’s just a simple administration error.
Dell Evans - Chapter Director
National Road Rally : Sat 4th - Sun 5th July
This is not a Chapter event but is being publicised should any Chapter members wish to enter.
Once registered for the event, you will be sent a matrix of control point and links. It will be up to you to sort out your own route to gain the number of points required for the award you are striving for. You can enter as individuals or as teams of up to 3 riders.
All details can found on the Rally web site or for more information, contact Road Captain Malcolm Bradly who will be attending the event this year.
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
Welcome to Hogsback Chapter
Chapter Director Dell Evans welcomes you to the Hogsback Chapter in this new video about the Chapter.
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.
Had a great time and want to let the HOG World know?
Stories that you want shared in H.O.G. national communications should be submitted to email@example.com. You may or may not be aware that member stories can also now be shared on-line on HOG.com. Once a member has signed into their on-line profile they can read articles submitted by other members or submit their own. Options are available in the drop down menu that appears under “Live to Ride” on the page that appears once a member has signed in. It looks like this:
H.O.G. UK and Ireland Facebook page
Since the launch of the HOG UK and Ireland Facebook page, word is getting out and H.O.G. are seeing good growth in the numbers of likes and shares. Engagement is also good with members submitting pictures and making positive comments on posts.
You can connect to the page via the blue link at the top of this page or via the url https://www.facebook.com/HOGukandireland/.
Please send any suggestions or feedback on the page and its contents to Marjorie Rae who is the H.O.G. Consumer Experience Manager, UK & Ireland.
It’s still early days but hopefully you can help H.O.G. in developing it and getting the word out to others that it’s there.
Remember - if you want your posts to get picked up when sharing – use #HOGukandireland. To send pictures – message the page or e-mail: HOGukandireland@harley-davidson.com or tag us on #HOGukandireland.
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."