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Section Charity Fund
Over the past couple of years we’ve started taking donations at each event as means of raising funds for the Section’s chosen charity. The collection of any funds is entirely voluntary and won’t be prohibitive at around a £1 an event. At the time of writing, the fund already stands at £119  in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The progress bar below, will be updated to keep you in touch.  

Hawker Hurricane at Tangmere Aviation Museum
Calendar Photo Competition
Greg Smith is establishing a Southern Section Calendar Photo Competition for 2020. He has set up a Google Photo account for members to upload their photos, with each member to upload no more than ten photos. All photos are to be in landscape format and should contain yours or others BMW motorcycles in a location within the Southern Section area (Hampshire (including Isle of Wight), East Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, West Sussex, South Berkshire). The closing date for submissions is 31st October 2019. After the deadline, a team of judges will choose the twelve best photos to be used for the monthly pages of the calendar, and one photo will be used for the cover with publication details to be announced later. 
Forward Planning

Llanwrst Mix n’ Match - Week Commencing 14 September 2019

Welcome to the BMW Club Southern Section Mix n’ Match Holiday. We are organising a week’s holiday in Llanwrst, a pretty village on the banks of the River Conwy, and gateway to The Snowdonia National Park, centred around the week commencing 14 September 2019.  There are all types of accommodation from camping and motorhome pitches, and static caravans, through to more opulent hotels. But what you choose to do is up to you. You can stay for the week or just a few days, take part in planned ride-outs, or make your own way, or do nothing at all in the company of other members.

We are putting this idea out early so that everyone has first choice of the accommodation available but once we’re together, there will be a daily gathering at a location in the centre of Llanwrst itself. When we start getting an idea of numbers, we will look at arranging a meeting place such as, Café Contessa, just a 10 minute walk, or short ride from each location, offering breakfast for those who want it, before heading out for the day.

This will work on the basis that you book your own accommodation at one of the suggested venues listed (or others if you want), then just let Bob & Susan plan some events. Please keep us in the picture to assist in coordination by email We look forward to hearing from you but better book early, there’s only 2 static caravans.

Bodnant Caravan Park and Campsite

The Eagles Hotel

Meadow Sweet Hotel

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Want to plan your future trips? Here's the 2019 Diary. (Click on the image to download the PDF to a new page - requires PDF Reader)
Southern Section Charity Collection 2019
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Dover Hotel Mid-Week Break - 25th-27th June Bob and Sue Melvin are organising an additional trip that is not in the Diary of Events. This is a mid-week hotel break, departing on Tuesday, 25th June and riding from somewhere on the Surrey/Sussex borders (still to be decided) to Dover, staying overnight at the Dover (A20) Premier Inn for two nights.

If you wish to join us, please book your hotel direct and let Bob know. The plan is to lead a rideout on 26th June, taking in the White Cliffs, the Secret War Tunnels, (so secret, there's a website telling you how to get there!), and other attractions, before returning to the hotel. On 27th June there will be a leisurely ride back, stopping at other interesting places en-route, possibly Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch, Dungeness, etc.

The Riverfield Camping Weekend,
scheduled for 28th-30th June, for reasons beyond the Club's control has sadly had to be cancelled. We all appreciate the work and money Danielle Rex had put into arranging this event. The Social Team are looking at some alternative dates and venues but if you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to come forward.
Cream Tea Run Sunday, 19 May
Those of you on the Facebook group will be aware of our recent adventures trying to find a suitable destination for the Cream Tea run. Following a tour of quite a bit of the South Coast, we have now settled for a visit to The Tangmere Aviation Museum and their NAAFI Canteen Tea Room.
RAF Tangmere was one of the frontline airfields during the Battle of Britain and now has a number of buildings and aircraft on display representing the history of the RAF on the South Coast.
Member Communications
At the AGM, Bob held a workshop with other Webmasters from the National Club exploring best practice in member communications. In this context, we realised that perhaps we need to promote some of the non-Facebook media available for keeping everyone in touch.

WhatsApp - for those not in the know, this is a free-to-use communications app that that requires you to opt-in to use for both incoming and out-going communications. It is encrypted and therefore, any information included in your correspondence is not accessible to hackers. One of the useful features of WhatsApp is the facility for creating groups that you can apply to the administrator (Erica) to join and can leave at any time you wish. The Southern Section currently has 2 groups - Short Notice Ride-outs, when you’re at a loose-end chuck an idea into the mix for a ride to somewhere and see if anyone wants to join you, and General Correspondence for any other subjects including, stuff about bikes, the weather, jokes etc. Download the app and find Erica’s details.

The Club Forum - Dik Langan from the East Anglian Section is working on a re-vamp of this important resource. This can be used for more open communications and, more importantly, for technical support, tool hire and many of the other facilities available for BMW Club members. Please have a look at this resource.
Admission to the Museum cost £10 or £8 for those us unfortunate enough to have seen our 60th birthdays! The NAAFI Canteen offers light lunches and cream teas.The Canteen is quite small, so there may be a little wait if we have a large turnout but I’m sure we’ll manage. Looking to meet at Billy’s On The Road (RH14 9GN) at 11.15am for a 11.45 start. Garmin V permitting, we will be having a gentle bimble following a cross-country route of just over 40 miles.

Please can you let me, Bob, know if you’re joining us just so we have some idea of numbers.
Saddlesore 1000 Mile Event
Local BMW Dealership, Vines of Guildford, are putting a team together to tackle the onerous, Saddlesore 1000 event. Aiming to raise at least £1000 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the plan is to start from the Guildford Slyfield ESSO filling station at 04.30, July 10th and complete the 1,000 mile route in 24 hours. For the less mathematically minded, that’s an average of nearly 45mph. 
The challenge is being lead by Simon Forder and James Williams from the Vines Sales Team with Vines Driver, Oliver Bucksey in a support van. Clearly, on a 1200GS, this would be a walk in the park, so to add a little extra spice, they’re entering on G310s. Members of the BMW Club are invited to join the Vines team with a £100 qualifying minimum donation to the fund, and in addition, a £25 entry fee to the Iron Butt Association will be needed. Simon has already prepared the route and would be delighted to hear from you if you wish to support their challenge in anyway.