Chairman’s Ramble

Hi Everyone

No, this is not an account of my walk in the wilderness but my need to make contact with members that I haven’t been in contact with for a long time now.

I have to confess to having become somewhat insular and reclusive, mirroring current restrictions on travel and meeting and I don’t like it. I’m beginning to feel a little better now with limited meeting of the family and being able to travel as far as I like. I expect we’ve all now been out on our bikes and what a wonderful feeling of freedom that gives to help shake off the blues. Despite all this lockdown business I’m delighted to say that we have had a good number of new Associates join us recently and Bob Hill is very busy meeting and greeting them and hopefully will be able to get them all off training with an Observer quickly. If you come across a face you don’t recognise at a ride out or meeting please introduce yourself to them, make them feel welcome and let them know we’re a friendly bunch. Other Associates’ training has resumed and some tests have been booked.

The Committee have been unable to meet but with the use of electronic communications we have been able to keep things going pretty well.  Ride outs have resumed but unfortunately with some restrictions. As a responsible official organisation it is important that we abide by these rules and remain ambassadors for bikers. The IAM quickly interpret Government guidance and send us updates on how this translates to our activity.  I appreciate that restricting ride numbers to 6 can be frustrating but this is only a temporary situation and I feel sure this will be increased soon so long as the Covid situation continues to improve.  Additionally members can always make their own arrangements for rides outside HAB to supplement Club rides. Please feel free to let us know how you are getting on, any news of your rides or new bike changes; anything vaguely interesting on the biking front.

We’d  like to know what you’re up to.Email any stories to our Secretary Paul Dresser at pjd0568@gmail.comI hope that you and your families are all well and stay well and that we can all be back meeting and riding together soon.Stay safe. 

Best wishes John Blanchfield

Chairman Harrogate Advanced Bikes

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