Welcome to your latest issue of
The BWAM Summer Newsletter
Summer 2011 www.bwam.org.uk
Events Calendar

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Photo Competition

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Fish 'n' Chip Runs

13th July
10th August
14th September

Club Nights

20th June BBQ
18th July
14th August
Treasure Hunt

19th September

Sunday Rides

26th June
24th July
21st August
25th September

MRC Clinics

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Unallocated Riders Ride Out

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Farts Rides

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Test Passes

Congratulations to the following Associates who have recently passed the IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test.

Dan Hough -
Observed by Andy Mansfield
Richard Cass -
Observed by Nigel Jones
Mark Pincott -
Observed by John Spinks
Andrew Lawton -
Observed by John Spinks
Nigel Selves -
Observed by Martin Saunders

AGM Minutes

April 2011

BWAM Committee

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Welcome to my first ‘waffle’ since being conned into, sorry elected to, the post of Chairman at our recent AGM.
Firstly, we extend a warm welcome to all of the new members who have joined us since the last newsletter, namely Paul Spence, Stuart August, Kerry Pope, Lucy Suddaby, Elliott Challen, Ed Sheppard, John Turner, Dean Morgan, Clive Hale, Mark Palmer, Ed Norris and John Heelan.
If I have missed anyone out then come and find me at the Club BBQ on Monday and I will buy you a drink to apologise.
May I also take this opportunity to encourage all of you new members, and the older ones if they fancy it, to join Claire and Paul on their ‘Unallocated Associates runs’ on the third Saturday of each month. That is how I got introduced to the club, on the very first one I believe, and I cannot recommend them highly enough for an introduction to BWAM and BWAM people. If that is not sufficient encouragement, then Paul never fails to select a destination with excellent refreshments.

With six test passes so far in 2011, half of them in May, and twenty three Associates currently preparing for test, we must be on course for a significant increase in full members this year.

A big Thank You also to Mark Bezzant for organising another excellent Observers Training weekend in Wales last month (they even let me join them this year). I have heard nothing negative from those who took part and plenty of positive so Well Done Mark, and yes we'd all like to do it again next year.

Within the coming pages, you will see plenty of events planned for the coming few months, traditionally the busiest part of the biking year, including but not limited to:

A full calendar of Sunday Social rides
Unallocated Associates runs
FARTS rides
Fish and Chip runs
Members Ride Clinics
Treasure Hunt

We would love to see you support as many of them as you are willing and able to attend, and don't forget that other great excuse to get the bike out and disappear for a couple of hours - the BWAM Photo Competition!

Keep Safe, and see you at the BBQ on Monday.

Jon Dunn

The BWAM AGM was held on the 18th April 2011 at the Cobham Social Club Merley.
2011 Committee are:-

ChairmanJon Dunn
Vice ChairmanChris Green
TreasurerRichard Murray
SecretaryMartin Saunders
Membership SecAndrew Carr
Events Co-ordinator  Justine Brett
Associat LiasonClaire Saunders
WebmastersTony Summers Matt Timmins
Chief ObserverMark Bezzant

The 2011 AGM Minutes can be viewed here.

Steve Strong Trophy
The Steve Strong Trophy for ‘Member of the Year’ was awarded to Justine Brett in her role as Events Coordinator.
Associates Co-ordinator
This is an opportunity for Riders who are awaiting assessment by an Observer to meet up for a chat and a ride-out. This informal meeting gives the new-comer to BWAM a chance to meet our Associate Co-ordinator, an Observer and BWAM Full-Members.

The Unallocated Associates Rides have continued to be successful in offering new members an opportunity to meet members from BWAM and take part in a social ride. They are also proving popular with members wishing to join us, especially those who not so long ago were Unallcoated Associates themselves. Rides depart at 12.30 p.m. from Cobham Social Club Merley - please feel free to bring pillions for a social afternoon of discovering the delights of Dorset.

Dates and more details can be found on the Forum and Events calendar

Claire Saunders

This e-Newsletter should offer easy to use Hyper-links to web site pages, posts in the Forum and .pdf files for download. Unfortunately the paper copy that some members may have received in the past has ceased as this new format does not print well and Hyperlinks have never worked on paper, this is the 21st century you know!

All BWAM members can have access to the Forum. If you do not have access, please email Matt or Tony at forum@bwam.org.uk with your name, email address and BWAM Group membership number.


Ride Calendar
Through the season the intention is to have an organized ride on the Sunday after club-night (see Events Calendar in side bar).

Fish and Chip runs on the second Wednesday of each month from April to September, commencing with the lighter evenings (see Events Calendar in side bar).

Additionally John Spinks will be running his 'Farts' rides for those lucky enough to have Thursdays free (see 'Farts' Rides in side bar).

Track days are always popular and if a group can book then there are often discounts or sole use of track available. Justine's photographic competition (rules on website) is another opportunity to share and enjoy what is for most of us our favourite hobby.

All current details on the website.

Training rides
Associates yet to be allocated to their observer, will get the opportunity to meet and ride with members and associates on the introductory rides organized by Claire and Paul.

Dave Orvin will continue with his ride clinics for members who have passed their test.

If you are an unallocated associate and would like an observed ride, please contact Dave Orvin at daveorvin@yahoo.co.uk to arrange a convenient time and place.

However you like to ride there should be something for you this coming year.

All current details on the website.

Dorset County Council Subsidy for Skill for Life
BWAM has received funding for subsidising up to 30 new associates living, working or studying in Dorset. The intention is to reimburse 50% of the Skill for Life cost when the associate has completed the syllabus and applies for test.
BWAM Slow Riding Competition
Good turn out for the slow riding competition at Q.E. on 16th May 2011 30 persons turned up comprising of our new Chairman John Dunn (without his trials bike) and existing Members, Associates, Observers and Pillions, although the actual number of entries was considerably less:-

1stTrevor Green01:50:70
2ndTony Summers01:45:45
3rdDarren Elbrow01:24:98
4thHarvey Ringrose
5thMark Ninnim
6thAndrew Lawton
7thDave Waldron
8thSteve Richmond
9thMarcus Westcott

See Forum for photo's.

Observer Awards
Awards for:-
Observer of the year 2009/2010 Dave Orvin
Observer of the year 2010/2011 Martin Saunders

Recently qualified Observers:-
Andrew Carr and Stirling Keens.
BWAM BBQ 20th June
The annual Club Barbeque will be held at The Albion Inn Wimborne.

The pub has parking and a garden accessed through the archway at the front of the pub, there is a large marquee covered area available if wet, so whatever the weather throws at us, it should be good. Familiy and friends welcome.

It would help the the caterers if we could give them an idea of numbers, please let Martin Saunders know by email secretary@bwam.org.uk if you can. Thank you.

There will be the usual Club Night Ride-in leaving Wimborne at 7pm see the Events page for more details.

BWAM Treasure Hunt 14th August
August 14th, Treasure Hunt.

More details to follow, check the Events page.

Note: There will be NO Club Night on August 15th.

BWAM 2011 Photo Competition
Enter the BWAM 2011 Photo Competition and the person with the most points will be announced at the Skittles Evening event in December 2011 and prize awarded.

Get your competition entry form here

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Email: Chairman
Email: Events Co-ordinator
Email: Webmaster
Email: Membership
Email: Secretary