Hello, I’m Gill Mogg, always known as Moggy and its my privilege to be Director of Bridgwater Chapter, which is the longest continuous H.O.G. Chapter in Europe.
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Just a bit about me.
Back in 1996, my partner Barry (a biker from way back) said we were off to the ‘Bulldog Bash’. So off we went, with me on the back of a bike for the very first time. After that I was hooked and decided to get a bike licence without telling him. I actually managed to keep a secret for once and passed my test without Barry even guessing what I was up to.
Eventually Barry bought a Harley and we joined the Chapter. We got involved and after a couple of years I joined the committee, eventually becoming the Ladies of Harley Rep. I then spent five years as Assistant Director before being elected Director in 2008 when Dave Holden stood down. Barry bought me my first Harley, an, 883 as a Xmas present in 2001 and I currently ride a 1200 Sportster Low. I love it!
I can’t begin to count all the fantastic times I have had and the amazing people I’ve met. You only get out of clubs what you put in but we really pride ourselves on being really welcoming to all new members and really do try to live up to our motto ‘Ride and Have Fun’!
I have a really good committee to help me run the Chapter and we are always really happy to listen to suggestions and ideas. So don’t be shy, if you have got ideas, let us hear them.
(See below for a fuller account of how I got into “Bikes”)
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Moggy’s Festive Bits
Well here we are just a few weeks away from Christmas, and Santa is on his way to see you all, for all the good boys and girls hope he brings you all the new shiny bits you want, and for all you naughty ones looks like the coal and Satsuma’s are on your way to you
So where an earth did 2018 go, hope you all had a good year and managed to get out and about on ya bikes as much as you wanted to. The Chapter had a really busy year with plenty of rides and events arranged. Graham and the Rd captains are busy sorting the 2019 Ride and Event calendar and looks like it will another busy one for us all, slightly different this year
- where the main monthly ride will be on the Sunday after the monthly club meeting, hopefully this will keep it fresh in ya minds and hopefully have a few more on the rides,
- we have also introduced the text service where we can let you know any changes, cancellations of the rides, if you don’t want it just put STOP and send back the message.
……..if you do have any problems see Sell or Graham so if you do have any ideas of places to visit then contact Graham.
So that’s the AGM over for another year thanks to everyone that came and supported the chapter, so everyone has been voted in again with a few new additions, Heather James and Jason Warner are coming on board as our little committee helpers and Pauline Fuller with be the new pillion LOH officer so she will be helping Lisa when she’s off on her travels so welcome to you guys. Thanks to Andy from Riders for coming and doing a great speech.
We also spoke about charities that we have given money too this year so £1000 to each of the following BARB Burnham rescue hovercrafts that go out onto the mud flats when folk get stuck, Biker Down, these guys do the free first aid awareness courses so the money will go towards the little give always they give out Then HCPT this is a local charity that take disadvantage children on holiday, we will continue to support the great Up and Downs charity, we discussed the 2019 charities and the reasons for these choices so we will be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Western Air Ambulance, we will have another small local one so if you know of anything local to Bridgwater let us know.
We had a raffle and drew it at the Harleyween, the first prize was £200 Riders vouchers that were won by Sue Parkes who very kindly donated these back so we could auction them off and glad to say that Graham bought them but then he also gave them back to the club so these will now be the first prize at the meeting on Sat 15th.
The raffle actually raised just under £600 so we decided to give 4 £250 to Jason Messham from Rider’s daughter who is having cancer proton treatment in Germany, we have already given Jason £200 for his daughter so that is a total of £450. We decided to do this for Jason and his family as they have been a big part of Riders for as long as I can remember. Jason’s dad Billy use to be the service manager for years but sadly passed away and his mum use to run the cafe. Jason has worked there for years and is now the area manager for Riders so again this is why we chose to help his daughter.
The rest of the raffle money will start off the charity fund for 2019 and everything raised in 2019 will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Great Western Air Ambulance so thanks to Sue and Graham for donating the vouchers back and everyone that bought tickets and donated to these great causes.
So our very first quarterly meeting is Sat 15th Dec at 11am to be held at the Admirals Landing, same pub as normal meetings, don’t forget to wear ya homemade Christmas jumpers there will be a prize for best male and female but have to be handmade, we will also raffle of the £200 Riders vouchers and the Open the Box raffle only has 3 boxes left and is over £300, so well worth a visit, you may win big time.
Lots of other things on this day so here goes, 1-3 is the Ups and Downs Xmas party where Graham is dressing up as Santa and we are helping with the teas and coffees and just generally keeping the kids occupied so wear ya elf jumpers/t shirts if you have one. That evening is the Admirals Landing xmas meal./party night. Iif you do fancy this and not booked let me know ASAP and I will see if there is still room, be great to see you all.
The Cider Rally is booking up fast so if you have not booked and still want to go then fill out the form ASAP and get them off to Gina, wouldn’t want you to miss out, or if you have already booked and still not had you’re ref number then contact Gina.
We have setup a new Facebook Page for Members only, which will be used to provide information for members only. To join this Facebook page all members need to apply to join and Sue Parkes will be adding or declining membership based on up to date HOG and Chapter membership being in date. You are free to leave the group at anytime. If you a Facebook account and haven’t been applied to join, contact Sue Parkes and she will be happy to help you So next year is our 30th Anniversary and Riders 35th so we are looking at doing a joint party sometime in the summer so watch this space for details, we are having some 30th Anniversary merchandise made so speak to Jason warner as he has the design nad types of hoodies fleeces etc, if you can think of anything else we can get then let us know.
Again if you have any questions queries of any of the above give us a shout
That’s all folks – if i don’t see you over the next few weeks i would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great new year
Ride safe and see you all soon
Lots of love
How I got into “Bikes”, how it all began
Back along I said I would let all the newer members know how I got into bikes, Harley’s, I’m sorry to all the older members that have already seen this.
It all started back in 1996, Barry has had bikes all his life, but even when we met I did not really have anything to do with them, Barry use to go out on his own, and could not think of anything worse, but then in May 96 Barry said we were off to the Bulldog Bash with some friends, the what I said, after looking up about the Bulldog Bash there was no way I was going, hanging out with thousands of greasy bikers, sharing skanky, smelly toilets, no way, eventually Barry talked me into it, so what was I going to wear I had no biker stuff, then I had an idea, my mum ran a catalogue so I looked through and I found some dress leather trousers and jacket, that will do I thought, didn’t have a clue really, it came and was as thin as could be but it had to do, the nearer the time came I was so anxious, the day finally arrived and I found out that Barry’s friends girlfriend was driving her car with all the stuff in, yey I thought I could go with her, but no they had left before us so I had to go on the back of Barry’s Triumph TR6, I hated every minute of it, we finally arrived with my arse and back killing me.
I looked around and thought OMG what have I let myself in for, everyone looked so mean and bad, we then had to find somewhere to camp, it was so busy that once we got our tent up if we came out of our tent the same time as the one opposite we would have bumped heads, it just seemed to be getting worse, at last we were ready for the nights entertainment, as we walked through the site I saw so many different sights, my anxiety was just getting worse, we finally made it to the entertainment area, the bands came on and the cider started to flow, I gradually started to relax and started to chat to folk around us, i thought to myself these folk aren’t too bad, quite normal really, and I even started to enjoy myself by the end of the night, well early hours I had had a fantastic time. The next day I was surprised how many lady riders they were, and even had a minutes thought of how great it would be to be able to ride a bike, but like I said it was a minutes thought. By the end of the weekend I had the best time ever, I enjoyed it so much that I said to Barry that’s it when I get back I’m gonna learn to ride, Barry’s reply was Yea yea Gill of course you will, but I showed him.
I decided that was it I was going to do it, I booked all my lessons in secret, I took my 1st test which I failed, I was gutted, but I got myself up and carried on then in Nov 96 I passed, OMG I could not believe that I had done this and without Barry knowing, when I told him I had passed he was not so shocked about the fact I had passed but the fact that I managed to keep it all a secret as I am crap and keeping secrets. I couldn’t wait to get my own bike then I finally got a Honda 400 Four, it was lovely, it was mine, I was so chuffed, but in 97 my dear little bike was stolen from my garage as you can imagine I was gutted, I did not get another bike, after this and just happily went on the back of Barry.
Barry bought his first Harley in 97 and we decided to join the Chapter we went along to a meeting at the Toby Jug, which I must say was very daunting, as we walked in everyone looked at us as if we were in the wrong place, The director at that time was a man called John hart and Dave Holden was the assistant director, we did stay to the end but when we got home Barry said not going back there, too “clicky” for me, I said well it’s going to be at first no one knows us, let’s give it another chance and see what happens next time, Barry agreed to this and we went along to the next meeting, as we walked in folk began to say hello, then Barry saw someone he knew and we went and sat with them, this meeting was a lot more relaxed so in Aug 97 we decided to join, In 1998 we went to our first Cider Rally down at St Audries, which I absolutely loved but due to not drinking much back then I was in bed every night by 10pm, not much change there then I can her some of you say Lol.
After been in the club for a year I nominated myself to be on the committee, I was voted in and was so excited to get more involved, after another year I became the LOH rep kept this position for 2 years then in 2001 became Assistant director under Dave.
As I have already said I did not have another bike after my 400 four, then at the end of 2001 Barry and myself were down at Riders and I was looking and sitting on all the bikes, out of the blue Barry said why don’t I take one out, I took out a 883 which I absolutely loved, when I got back Barry said what would I change if I could, I replied nothing it was great as it was, I then had the shock of my life when he said ok it’s your xmas present, I had to get him to repeat this as thought I was hearing things but no it was going to be mine, I remember running around Riders like a headless chicken telling everyone I could on the way, then in Nov I got to Riders and there were loads of folk there including my Mum and Dad, something was up, a bit later while outside a bike came round the corner all done up with balloons and wrapping paper, it was my bike, my Xmas Pressie from Bazzer, as you can imagine I had a few tears, I was so excited that I now had my very own Harley, I cannot describe the feeling it was amazing, I could not stop smiling, I cannot thank Barry enough for doing this for me, he may think different now as don’t think he thought it would be so much of my life now, lol.
In 2008 Dave stood down after 11 years and I was voted in as director, this was so daunting and not even sure if I could do it, how could I follow the massive shoes of Dave Holden, he had done such a superb job of running the club and was known by hundreds, how was I going to follow that, but I was voted in so just had to get on with it, with all the help from Dave and the fantastic committee I hope we have managed to do this. Not sure if I will make 11 years but you never know, don’t think I will ever get bored of what I do and the Harley scene, I have visited so many places, Countries that I would never have been too, made so many life time friends and of course the fantastic memories that will stay with me for ever if I had not been in the club, so huge thanks to everyone one of you that has made it happen, i just love it so much and really hope that you all enjoy it as much as I do, remember you only get out of something what you are prepared to put in.
So that’s how it all began for me, why not tell us how you got into Bikes/Harley’s.
Well you can take life seriously if you want to, I’ll just enjoy it!!