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Another 'Call to Arms' for those in Gloucestershire
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September 9, 2015 - 1:15 am
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Since I'm logged in I thought I would ask the question again - is there any Bantam owners living in Gloucestershire who might like to meet up once in a while for a pint and some Bantam chat ?  There were no 'takers' last time but one never knows ??

Can be lonely owning a Bantam unsure

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September 9, 2015 - 11:36 am
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I find the same in south Northants, you're not alone!

Northants isn't a very big county either, but I do take my D7 into Gloucestershire now and again, what part do you live in?

I visited Moreton in the Marsh, Bourton on the Water and Cirencester last time I was out there.

I could take another trip this weekend....?

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September 9, 2015 - 4:55 pm
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Hi Mags,  That brought a smile to my face !!  What a stout fella you are.  Sadly away this weekend in Hampshire (not on Bantam BTW) but am up for a 'meet-up' any time after that.  I live just outside Gloucester and am able to meet up at a half way house of your choice if you like ?  Wouldn't expect you to come all of those miles.  If you visited Moreton, Bourton and Cirencester last time you were in the area, you are clearly a man who gets the best of his Bantam - Bravo.

Cheers

Darrell

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Hi Darrell and Mags,

Why not investigate forming a Branch in your area? There is a bit of homework to do to get it off the ground in terms of sourcing a suitable venue, contacting members in your area and advertising this. However there is help out there to start you off and once it is operating it is fairly easy and satisfying.

Giles - Area Rep South Derbyshire and Nottingham. 

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Hello Giles,

Forming a branch in my area of Gloucestershire is what I would like to do but I thought it best to first ascertain if there were any Glos based members out there who would want to partake in such a venture.  I notice you are the Area Rep for South Derbyshire and Nottingham and I would like to know if you think my approach is the right way to go about things.  My reasoning is that why go to a lot of trouble setting up such a chapter if there is no call for it - which is why I am trying to eek out a bit of feedback first.  Can't say that sitting in a pub by myself once a month does much for me.  I think I am quite prepared to do all of the groundwork this end to ensure a venue or two but I am not convinced that contacting members in my area appeals to me either.  For things like this to be effective and successful I would have thought there MUST be a need rather than coaxing Bantameers to take part.  However, I would still like to know your own thoughts on this because you have 'been there done it' so to speak.  I do have knowledge on the effort required to start things going having been the founder member of the Severn Valley Microlight Club 33 years ago - the club is currently one of the most successful and longest standing in the country.  The way I went about it then was to put an ad' in the paper - which really is what this is ?  As you can see, the only member to contact me so far is Mags 1 and he lives in Northants !

A direct parallel to this is that I have recently joined Butterfly Conservation.  In the 'welcoming pack' from HQ I was advised that I would be contacted by the Gloucestershire Area Rep and be advised as to how to get involved.  I can't wait to hear from them - I reckon in no time at all I will be willingly clearing out ditches and scrub land this winter in an effort to make the habitat more favourable for these jewels of the air.  Hope you get my point ?

Darrell

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I agree with DMP, here, there are two sides to the coin, fulfilling a need amongst an amount of people in a specific area all wishing to form a group is one, a single person on their own and not even knowing if another enthusiast even resides in their county is another, I think we both come into category two? (Surely there must be more than one bantam club member in Gloucs?)

Maybe the person responsible for the listing of club members residing in Gloucs. can help with giving an idea of amount of members living in that area.

I understand that members' info cannot be passed on to any tom dick or harry, but if DMP were to volunteer as area rep. for Gloucs. I'm sure that those details would then be passed on as a matter of course.

Just an idea.

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Bang on the money there Mags.  I looked around the Club website hoping to find some leads as to who might be residing in the area - but nothing doing.  Since becoming a member I have noticed on the 'New Members Page Listing' in the 'Banter' magazine that there have been a few Gloucestrians that have joined the club.  It will only take just one of them to contact me via this thread for me to start the ball rolling.  I can only assume that they don't read the club web pages or they donna' wanna' play - which is fair enough.  Maybe the Banter editor might put something in the next magazine if he thinks it worthy of publication ?

From what you have said in the past, I gather you are experiencing much the same thing in Northants.  What are your own thoughts about going through the motions to getting a local group together ?  I think that having some local club members who are in contact with each other goes much further than just having a noggin and natter once a month.  A pooling of thoughts/tools/facilities/spares etc are worth their weight in gold not to mention some company on the longer journey's to Club events.  We shall see.

Darrell

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September 11, 2015 - 12:44 am
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I've done this type of thing before and it's not now to my liking, but I'm happy to do all I can to support you, if I can somehow.

I'm only a forum, not club member too.

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Hi Darrell...

Butterfly Conservation..

Micro light Club...

3 bikes..

You like to keep busy... or is your Telly on the Blink.? smile

Normally if you own a Bantam you spend 3 nights a week in the shed JUST to keep it running... rofl

Fair play to ya... good luck with the formulation of the Bantam Club meet. thumbs-up

Bob.

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Hi Darrell,

If you want to start a Branch in your area then the Area Reps Co Ordinator is the person to contact in the form of Mark Waller  bantam.rider@hotmail.com  as he will be able to advise you on what is required and how to go about it. Mark will also have all the members contact details for your area so that will give you an accurate indication of how many members could be potentially interested in attending.  

I would also be very happy to discuss or answer any questions over the phone anything that may be of help in setting up a new Branch or how we went about it, my contact details are in the front of The Banter.

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Hi there Darrell. Area rep Coordinator here. Now then we have an Area rep for Srops, Worcs. and Herefordshire. He lives in Leominster. I dare say i could put you in touch if you want. Obviously he is a bantam owner and is a member of the Bantam Club. Let me know what you want and i can sort it for you.......Mark.

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Hi Mags 1. Living in Northamptonshire........There is no Area Rep.............and as you are not a member of the Bantam Club you wouldnt be able to be an area rep. However i do know that there are others in your area that own Bantams. You probably know that anyway. Nothing stopping a Bantam Club member setting up a branch...............Mark.

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I must say chaps that it is nice to get a response - and a double bonus that you have been very supportive - thanks.

Bob - I suppose I like to keep busy BTBH, being retired helps enormously.  Just about coming to the end of a 5 year restoration of my home and I reckon I will need something else to fill in the time - LOL.  To answer your question - No, tele is not on the blink but it would do wonders for my health if it was - I haven't seen my feet for a long time !

Giles - Your news about Mark Waller holding members contact details is interesting.  A common email to each of the local members shouldn't pose too many problems if Mark is willing to release their details - but I think that could be further down the line.  First I had better let the club know that I am hoping to start up a local group then get myself acquainted to the presumably 'tried and tested' way of doing such a thing.  Sometime next week I will drop him an email and go from there.  No doubt when I sort that lot out in my mind, I will have umpteen questions to ask you - so many thanks for the offer.

Mags - All noted on your membership status.  I know what you mean about it being "not to your liking".  I too once belonged to another M/C Club - the VMCC.  I only went along a couple of times - one of them was a thrash around the Cotswolds.  BSA Starfires do not like being thrashed anywhere.  The Club members were friendly but somehow the 'thrashing about thing' did not suit me at the time and anyway, the Bantam could not IMHO, keep up with the group of bikes - hence me using the B25.  It seemed like a natural progression for me to join the Bantam Owners Club because having finally got it on the road I find I prefer it.  It's a great little 'all-rounder'.

Watch this space

Darrell

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Ahhh - Hello Mark,  Your additions to this thread came through as I was typing out my response to the other lads and I have just seen them for the first time.  Well, you now know what is afoot and that I was going to contact you next week.  Is it feasible for me to send a generic email to local club members ?  Are you allowed to release such details ?  TBH - what I don't want to do is to drag local members kicking and screaming to monthly get-togethers,  - their presence must come from within otherwise the whole idea to me becomes too daunting.

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Hi again Darrell. I said in my previous message that there is an Area Rep close to your area. His details are in the Banter. Contact him and he can answer a lot of your questions. You are right, I cant give you a list of members because of a thing called The Data Protection Act. However your area rep does have a list as he is an Officer of this Club. Let me know how you get on. My details are also in the Banter. Send me an email and we can communicate better......Mark.

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