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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.  

Bob on a ride on his R1200R from days gone by
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. 
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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. The price for a flexible booking was £118 in mid-January but is likely to increase as time progresses. 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.

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

At the present time, we are proposing to keep this event to Southern Section members only but may possibly open it up to the rest of the Club later with a limitation on numbers. Your thoughts and suggestions all welcome.
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Marching into Spring
With Spring now well and truly breaking (but not broken, yet!) we have lots of exciting events coming up.
Sunday March 24 - Season opener: The Soup Run: Organised by James and Helen Seller, this has become an annual Club favourite. Meeting at The Hinton Arms, Petersfield Road, Arlesford SO24 0NH at 10.30, the pub is opening early for the sale of coffee before an 11.15 departure. James has created a route through the Hampshire/Surrey/Sussex countryside, heading for the family farm, where Helen will have been slaving over a hot stove in anticipation of a precession of keen be possibly chilled motorcyclists turning up.  Please let James ( know if you are joining us to allow for food planning.

Saturday March 30 - Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre:
To 'celebrate' the UK's first day away from the EU, Godders will be leading a ride to Herstmonceux to mark it's anglicisation to Hurstmonso. Meet 9:30am for a 10am start from Pease Pottage services, A23 RH11 9YA.Originally founded as the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the increasingly smoggy atmosphere surrounding London dictated a move a location with clearer skies. Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre finally became the home of The Observatory in 1958. Set in a landscaped parkland, the Centre has many displays of scientific interest.

Sunday April 7 -
Anyone up for leading a ride, please? This was the original date for Godfrey's ride but, unable to make it, Godders moved the ride forward to 30 March.

Friday 12 April to Sunday 14 April - National AGM and Norton and Triumph Factory visits: With venues lying in the south Midlands, we have incorporated 3 opportunities in one. The Friday sees a sell-out  tour of the new Norton factory at Donington Hall  before moving on to the National AGM at the Dunchurch Park Hotel & Conference Centre. En-route back darn sarf Chris Tite has also arranged 2 group tours, morning and afternoon, of the Triumph factory at Hinkley.  At the time of writing there still a couple of places left on the Triumph tour but please contact Erica  for details.
Southern Section Charity Collection 2019
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance