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Lancashire local area group
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paulpatto
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October 22, 2021 - 1:45 pm
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Hi all, I noticed that there doesn't appear to be a local group listed for the Lancashire area. Is this due to a lack of interest or members in the region?

What area meets do Lancs Bantam owners attend as an alternative?

Cheers

Paul

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October 22, 2021 - 4:15 pm
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I do not think it is a lack of interest, there seems to be plenty of members/owners in Lancs, I remember seeing a piece in the Banter about starting new area groups, I will try to find it and see what is involved, maybe we could start a new group, it could be helpful to us all.

Larry (Burnley East Lancs)

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October 22, 2021 - 4:19 pm
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Thanks Larry. That makes sense to me. If there is an opportunity to establish something, I am more than up for it!

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October 22, 2021 - 4:29 pm
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Found it....This is the piece copied from the Banter Mag

The Banter magazine lists our volunteer Area
Reps, inside the front cover. At present, we have
just over 20 around the UK. But there are many
other counties where no-one has ‘stuck their
head above the parapet’ to front things up. The
Area Reps DO NOT need to organise everything
themselves - just act as the point of contact and
to be the lead individual, in order to get things
underway. But if a county has no volunteer to
harness the support that is out there - nowt
happens. If you are interested in helping to
get things going near you: please contact Iain
Houghton, our Area Reps Coordinator.

I would join a local group and give help where I can.

Larry

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paulpatto
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October 22, 2021 - 5:22 pm
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I don't mind fronting a local group. I'll contact Iain and get back to you. It would be good to see if anyone else would be interested in joining also.

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Paul, I live in Lancashire and we already have an area rep for Lancashire and a bunch of bantamites. I advise that it would be good ettiquette to speak to William Fothergill the area reps co-ordinator as a first step then a chat with our existing area rep before you start setting something up and risk an upset. I am happy to discuss f you like....send a PM for contact details but best to touch base with Will first.

Sponge.

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October 22, 2021 - 6:11 pm
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Never my intention to upset or annoy anyone here. I couldn't see any representation for the Lancs region as per my opening post.

I am more than happy to join an existing group.

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Never doubted you mate. It is true that the Lancs group doesn't seem to have had a meet, or a run out,  since before COVID19 and there is no listing in the Banter. It would be great to have an event because there are lots of us arond the area now. I would also be up for a meet. There was a suggestion of going to Waddington for breakfast one Sunday.

I still think it best to speak to Will first but then lets burn some tarmac.

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Bryan Price
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hello Lancs chaps! I wrote the piece that larryc quotes above; but it was done quite some time ago. Iain Houghton is no longer the Area Reps' Coordinator and true enough, it's now William Fothergill. paulpatto - you'll find William's details in the Banter magazine you've received (email him at ** Please log in to view ** ) Sponge is right - the Club has 48 members in Lancs; 8 in (wot I have tried to separate out as) Merseyside; and 11 (same principle) in Greater Manchester. This is because "Lancs" is huge and we reckoned that localised groups might've fared better. In fact our Cheshire Area Rep (Tim Randles aka Lennon66 on here) offered to foster the Merseysiders - although I'm not sure how much success he had before Lockdowns hit.

The Club DOES have an Area Rep for Lancs - Pete Rose (aka mopedpete). He IS listed in the Banter magazine but he hasn't contacted local members  for a number of years; I don't think he uses this Forum. This is because he didn't get any support for meet-ups or organised rides at that time. But he still continued to charge around the county on his own Bantams, electing to be a point-of-contact at the end of a phone if anyone needed help. The silence was deafening. I think Pete's still alive because he pays his subs every year...

With the turnover of members that we get, the likelihood is that a new volunteer to act as a focal point and organiser of the odd ride-out and maybe meet-up for a pint/coffee and a natter - will probably get his hand bitten off. I am sure that Pete Rose would be happy to defer to 'new blood' - especially paulpatto as you live in a different part of the county.

...please excuse this lengthy explanation; it's important to harness a prospective volunteer (Gawd we need 'em) but I reckoned you needed to understand what had been attempted before. Please either contact William directly; or Sponge or me - we'll both be seeing William Fothergill next weekend on the Club stand at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC. 

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November 7, 2021 - 10:55 am
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You are right Bryan, Lancashire is a very large county (even bigger before Merseyside and Greater Manchester left Lancashire and became their own counties)  even now 1,200 square miles and 1.25 million population

It would be great if the Lancashire group would start up again, even if it was split into local areas

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Thanks Guys. 

I would be up for fronting a local group but would need to speak to Pete Rose first. As I said earlier,  I  don't want to step on anyone's toes here. 

Take care 

Paul 

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I received a PM from Pete Rose (although I'm unclear why he didn't post his reply in open Forum). It transpires that Pete DOES use this Forum under moniker of rusty1, which I didn't realise. A synopsis of his comments are as follows:

'...in this area, many Bantam owners also have other bikes and are members of the VMCC (me included) who meet regularly and are usually active riders of all sorts of classic and vintage machines. Everyone is welcome and many are Bantam owners although maybe not Bantam club members.

It just seems to work that way. Usually we Bantam Club members have a ride out to Rivinton Lower Barn a couple of times a year. But covid restrictions have muted even that. I fly the Bantam Club flag i.e. my contact details are in the Banter and I have helped many people with their Bantam needs using this Forum - ie: parts; wheel building; painting; engine builds; electrics etc. Several weeks ago I noticed folks wanted heat shields for 14-4 and Bushman bikes. I know people who could produce them but at a prohibitive cost so in response I posted a 'how to' guide to make your own - it is  titled "DIY heatshield" and is posted in the D10 D14 B175 section. SO... lots of talk... lots of Bantams..... not so much riding...... especially with winter on the way. But I am always at the end of the phone or just a click away. Cheers - Pete..."

...so that seems to bear out earlier comments. For those members who want to get involved - get in touch.

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