February 14th 2018 Ride Out CANCELLED

In the light of the very poor weather forecast for Wednesday 14th February, a decision has been made, regretfully, to cancel the planned ride out in the interests of safety.

There is a strong risk of very high winds and also of snow over parts of the planned route.

David Hayward has asked that this notice is widely circulated. If you know of friends who were planning to go out on the 14th, please could you help ensure that they have received this message.

Doug Masterton

Chair, Harrogate Advanced Bikes

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HAB Weekday Ride Out – Wednesday 14th February

Meet from 9.00am at Ripley car park (the usual one on the south side of the village) for a 9.30am start.

  • From Ripley, we’ll head north on the A61 to the Ripon bypass taking the minor road to Norton Conyers just to the north of Ripon. Continue on back roads through Nosterfield, Well and Thorp Perrow before arriving at Bedale.
  • Coffee stop: Bedale
  • From Bedale we’ll follow the A684 through Leeming Bar and Ainderby Steeple before turning left passed Romanby Golf Course to avoid Northallerton centre.
  • Pick up the A167 then right on the B1264 towards Yarm for lunch
  • Lunch stop: The Pot & Glass, Church Road, Eaglescliffe Village, Yarm
  • The return journey will head west for a couple of miles before picking up the B1365 south through Stokesley and on to the B1257 Helmsley Road. At Helmsley taking the A170 conventional route over Sutton Bank and on to Thirsk.
  • From Thirsk we’ll take the A168 to Boroughbridge where the ride will finish at Morrisons.

David Haywood will lead the ride.

Weather looking a bit iffy at the moment but please consider the ride ‘on’ unless you hear further. Looking forward to meeting up again.


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AGM Typo

Dear All,

There is a typing error on the AGM, the date says 13th March when it is in fact Monday the 12th March which is a normal club night.

Revised AGM with correct date attached.


2018 AGM Agenda

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2018 Subs

Dear Members

There are still 21 members who have not paid their annual subs which became due 1st January 2018.

We would appreciate your support in making the outstanding payment as soon as you can. It is only a small payment but enables the group to organise and fund the events we put on.

I have pasted Andrew’s initial email below which highlights the way the payments can be made.

Thank you for your continued support.

Paul Dresser (Secretary)

Dear Members
Your annual subscription to Harrogate Advanced Bikes is due at the end of December 2017 for the 2018 year. Your subscription to HAB is important to us, it helps us put on training and social events throughout the year such as the evenings at Bilton Cricket Club.
The subscription amount is again unchanged at £15-00, and our preferred method of payment, is by direct bank transfer to our account:
Lloyds Bank Harrogate Sort Code: 30-93-91 Account No: 01807888
Online payments – Please put your name in the reference field so payment can be identified easily.
Payment may also be made to our Treasurer, Andrew Pratt, at the Monday 11 December meeting at Bilton Cricket Club
For clarification Subs will be due from :-
Ø Paid Up Members
Ø 2017 Associates that have passed the test
Ø Members are also reminded that all HAB members must also be members of IAM Roadsmart.
Many thanks in anticipation of your continued support.

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Appeal to Members

Dear Members.

I am writing to you all to appeal for volunteers to support and work with the group on the exec committee.

We currently have positions to fill for the Exec roles of Chairperson and Treasurer; we would also like the support of a non-exec ride-out coordinator. We would also appeal for anyone who would like to contribute to our committee as a non-exec member.

The group is run by the members and for the members and without volunteers willing to help then the group is simply unsustainable.

For many years the group has been run by a core group of members who have done an amazing job of maintaining the group. It would be nice to have some fresh members on the committee.

You do not need any specific skills and the roles are not onerous or time consuming. We are a social biking group associated with the IAM and who provide training in line with the IAM standards. There are four committee meetings a year, one of which is the AGM where we discuss plans for meetings and other events such as ride-outs along with the training plan.

We would also like to see other members volunteer to lead ride out’s. Again there is a core group of members who regularly lead and organise ride outs and it is difficult to come up with original and novel routes. It would be nice if someone had their favorite destination or road, possibly something a bit different and interesting, and lead a group there. If you are unsure of anything the group are perfectly happy to help and you can partner up with an experienced ride leader.

If anyone is interested in supporting the group in any way you can then please email me (reply to post), or you can speak to one of the committee at the next meetings. We will be making a specific appeal at the AGM in March so it would be nice to gather support before then.

On behalf of the committee.

Paul Dresser (Secretary)

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Notice of AGM

The Harrogate Advanced Bikes AGM will take place on Monday 13th March 2018 at Bilton Cricket Club, starting at 7.30pm.

We would invite all members to attend.

Please find attached agenda.

Kind Regards

Paul Dresser (Secretary)

2018 AGM Agenda

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Committee Meeting 15th Jan 2018

Dear Members, please find attached minutes of committee meeting held 15th Jan 2018.

Minutes 15-1-18 HAB Exec

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HAB Not the Christmas, Christmas Dinner

Hi H.A.B. If you have not yet signed up for our Not-C-Dinner look at the menu attached. You might cancel your other arrangements and join us. Attached please find the superb menu Old Spring Well is offering us for our Not Christmas Dinner 2018. I looks even better than last year and we can look forward to same warm welcome on the night. The reason that we do not have the menu earlier is the fact that this is a “bespoke” menu specifically for H.A.B. 

You need to make your choices:  Starter ; Main ; Dessert. (Not easy !!)

Please send your choices to me a.s.a.p. but NO LATER than mid-night on Monday 21st.

Bon appetit !


Mike F.

Menu choices to Mike F.   mike.fourie38@gmail.com

Those who have not yet paid please send £25 p.p. to Andy:

Lloyds Bank

S/code 30 – 93 – 91

A/c no 01807888.

Please add surname in reference box. (If you have not already done so add your subs at the same time.)



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Riding in wet conditions

Barry Ring, HAB member, draws our attention to an interesting article on riding in wet weather.

Go to https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/news-and-views/advice/biking-tips/how_to_ride_in_the_rain

Ride safely.

Doug Masterton.


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Our dinner – not a at Christmas

Dear friends,

This is positively the last reminder (well maybe not!) to book your place at our annual dinner .

The H.A.B. Not Christmas Dinner 2018.

Date. Saturday 3rd Feb

Venue: Old Spring Well. Harrogate

Time. 7.30 for 8.00

Cost £25 per head, Four course dinner plus coffee and chocs. 

There is still time to put your names down for this our premium social event of the year.

Names to Mike Fourie.

Payment to Lloyds Bank Sort code 30-93-91 A/c no 01807888 or send cheque to Andy Pratt. 

We will have our special menu by the weekend so the choices can be sent in in good time.

Best wishes.

Doug Masterton, Chair Harrogate Advanced Bikes

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