[mag-yorkshire-region-list] Yorkshire MAG newsletter March/April

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Sat Mar 30 17:31:54 GMT 2019

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Welcome to the latest Yorkshire MAG newsletter

A week last Sunday we had the Yorkshire MAG meeting at The Royal Hotel 
in Pudsey. It was well attended, with all Yorkshire branches in attendance.
East Yorkshire are still keeping a watch on the theft problem in Hull 
and Carl Freebury, who organised the theft awareness ride last year, is 
in talks with the police to keep the pressure on the thieves.
West Yorkshire is very busy with all the five West Yorkshire Councils 
moving on getting secure motorcycle parking in place not only in the 
city centres but in the outlying towns as well.
Unfortunately the 2+ lane down Stanningley Road in Leeds looks set to 
become a full time bus lane after a consultation. This will mean that 
motorcycles will no longer be able to use this lane as currently, bikes 
aren’t allowed to use bus lanes.
We are working very hard on this situation and the Leeds Political Rep 
has done some fantastic research to show the council and some of its 
councillors up for the lying, cheating charlatans that they are. 
Hopefully after next months local elections, we’ll be dealing with 
different councillors. If you want to read Marcus’s blog which has now 
been published independently follow this link 
South Yorkshire is apparently a utopia for motorcyclists with councils 
that already cater for us, but if you have an issue locally that you 
feel MAG should know about please contact the South Yorkshire Rep Oliver 
at oliver.rose at mag-uk.org <mailto:oliver.rose at mag-uk.org>
Unfortunately, due to no groups in North Yorkshire, we have no regular 
contact with the councils or members, so if you fancy setting up a 
group, please contact me at manny at mag-uk.org <mailto:manny at mag-uk.org>. 
We’ll offer as much help as possible to anyone who fancies having o go. 
It’s not a massively onerous job and the rewards and camaraderie are great.

Following the complaint I made against my local councillor and the 
subsequent grovelling apology I received back, we’ve put in a freedom of 
information request to see the evidence that they say they used to reach 
a decision on bikes in bus lanes. We still await a response and we 
strongly suspect that personal prejudices were used rather that hard facts.

Both of our political reps StevieB and Ian have been pulling out all the 
stops for MAG members throughout Yorkshire and they deserve our thanks.

Here is the link to the current “Network” which will keep you informed 
with MAG happenings around the country. This month it’s in two parts.

Membership remains steady throughout the region as is generally the case 
at this time of year. When you come to renew, please think of doing it 
by direct debit as this way, it’s all done automatically and you 
continue being a MAG member.

We’re still wanting to restart Scarborough MAG and York MAG or get a 
completely new group going in North Yorkshire. If anyone is willing to 
become a rep (it’s great fun and very rewarding) or even host a meeting, 
just to get a like-minded group of folk keeping in touch and pushing the 
MAG message, please give me a call (07867918722) or message me via 
email, text, Facebook etc. North Yorkshire is a big area and it’s a real 
shame we don’t have a North Yorkshire group or two, especially 
considering it’s a biking Nirvana.

Traditionally, this time of year is always a quiet one but behind the 
scenes at MAP HQ, everything is coming together nicely to give you the 
three best rallies on the biking calendar. Tickets are now on general 
sale and all the info you need is here 

We’re always on the look out for new marshals, because without our 
marshals we can’t put the rallies on. We’re almost like a family within 
a family and I can say from personal experience that marshalling at our 
rallies gives a whole new appreciation of them and is fantastic fun. 
Email mag.marshals at live.com <mailto:mag.marshals at live.com> for more 

Last Saturday Leeds MAG hosted Ed March at Squires Cafe, where he gave 
us a brilliant talk on his ride from Alaska to Argentina on his C90. 
Everyone went home with big smiles on their faces and we raised just 
over £900 for MAG so massive thanks go to all who came along and 
supported us.

We’ve got a few events coming up in the next few months that you may 
want to add to your diaries.
*_Wednesday 3rd April_* - Wakefield MAG’s 15th post Christmas auction. 
 From 8pm at The Grey Horse WF11JG. Feel free to donate any unwanted 
prezzies or just come along and bid on something and help raise money 
for MAG

*_Tuesday 9th April_* - Leeds MAG Easter Egg Run to Lineham Farm 
Children’s Centre. Meeting from 6pm at Cardigan Fields car park (behind 
McDonalds on Kirkstall Road) to leave at 6.30pm to ride in convoy to the 
centre. Please bring as many Easter Eggs as you want. Everyone welcome

*_Saturday 20th April_* - Easter MAGness , _7:30pm_ until late at the 
Foresters Arms, _1-7 Beckside, Beverley, HU17 0PR_ featuring band Tin 
Pan Ally

*_Sunday 21st April_* - MAG visiting The Craven Collection. Meet at 
Squires @ 11am to leave at noon to ride to the Craven Collection 
Motorcycle Museum at Stockton on the Forest. £5 entry. All members welcome

*_Sunday 28th April_* - Annual post Easter ride out, meeting ready for 
_a 10am_ start at the Foresters Arms, _1 - 7 Beckside, Beverley HU17 
0PR_, ride around East Yorkshire finishing at Seaways cafe, Fridaythorpe 
for a bite to eat.
*_Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May_* - Into The Valley Rally @ Sledmere 
House. Weekend ticket £25 prebook. https://www.mapevents.co.uk

*_Wednesday 8th May_* - Huddersfield MAG AGM @ The Field Head, Quarmby, 
HD3 4FB from 8pm. All MAG members welcome. Don’t forget your membership 
card if you want to vote.

_*Sunday 19th May *_- Yorkshire Regional Meeting @ The Royal Hotel, 
Pudsey, LS28 8PR at 10am.  All MAG members welcome.

Finally if you want to get more involved at a local level (and to really 
get the most out of your MAG membership, I strongly recommend that you 
do) here are the meeting details of the five Yorkshire MAG groups - 
though we are looking to expand with more groups so if you haven’t got 
one close by and fancy getting together with like minded bikers, get in 
touch with me at manny at mag-uk.org <mailto:manny at mag-uk.org>
We’re very lucky in having some very strong groups in Yorkshire, but we 
need the members to join in, so pop along to your local meeting and help 
to make a difference

East Yorkshire MAG meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 8pm at The 
Forresters Arms HU17 0PR

Huddersfield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30pm at The Fieldhead HD3 4FB

Leeds MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8pm at The Royal Hotel 
LS28 8PR

South Yorkshire MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 7pm at The Ball,1 
Hesley Bar, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, S61 2PW

Wakefield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30 at The Grey Horse WF1 1JG

Ride safe
Manny (Yorkshire MAG rep)

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