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”)
LATEST NEWS FROM MOGGY
Hi everyone – hope you have all had a good month
So we have just had our first Harleyween party/AGM, after the feedback we have had seems like it went down very well and appears that folk want it to happen again next year, the Hotel was a great venue with lovely food both days, some of us stayed the Friday night so made more of a weekend of it so that’s an option for next year. As there seemed to be a lot of hanging around on the Sunday morning next year we are going to have the AGM on the Sat afternoon then have the Harleyween party that night then folk can get up Sun am and just go home, next year’s date will be Sat 3rd Nov as the sat before is already booked, so get the date in ya diary. It was great to see so many of you dressed up in some amazing costumes, so a huuuuuge thank you to everyone that came to party with us and hopefully next year we have a few more
Having the AGM after the Harleyween was brilliant as we had way more folk there than normal so was brilliant to see so many of you.
So here are all the changes to the committee
- Director -Moggy
- Asst Director- Paul Sellick
- Gina Chapman has stepped down from Secretary and is now Treasurer
- Webmaster- Pete Parkes and has taken on Secretary
- Debbie Atterton has stepped down as Membership Secretary, but will remain as a Rd Captain and will continue to do the BW mileage programme and generally help out
- LOH- Lisa Davies
- Head Rd Captain -Vince Rule has stepped down to Ass Head Rd Captain
- Sue Parkes – Has been voted in as Membership Secretary
- Editor – Helen James
- Head Rd Captain- Graham Hancock has now taken on this Role
- Photographer – Patsy Coles
- Helpers- Maggie McKinnon, Debbie Atterton
- New Members Reps- Clive Pegram and Pete Ball
So your Road Captains are
Graham Hancock – Head Rd captain
Vince Rule – Ass Head Rd Captain
John James and Phil Bunyan will be completing the HOG Rd captain’s course in March so they will also be added to list
Simon (Snowball) from Minehead
Riders have approved all of the above. All contact details will be on the committee page on the site once updated
So this is your committee for 2018, I would like to thank all previous committee members for all of their hard work and commitment over the year. Also like to thank Riders for their help and support over the past year, they do a lot for us behind the scenes so thanks again to Andy and the team .
I feel we have a great team here and we all look forward to looking after you in 2018, if you have any queries, questions etc. then please come and speak to us, we don’t bite.
It was also voted in at the AGM that our Charity for 2018 will be the Somerset Air Ambulance, so will be contacting them to see if we can join in, in some of their events, this year’s Charity was BARB and we presented a cheque to them for £2500, so thanks to everyone that donated in various ways this year
So don’t forget from now on the membership renewal date will be the 1st Oct each year, so if you have not renewed that is now overdue, this will be your last Magazine if you have not renewed, you can use the postal form or join on line through the website, please remember that all Chapter members either Full or Associate do have to also be HOG members, if you have a guest they are only allowed to come to 3 events a year.
As you are all aware we do have an excellent Website maintained by Pete Parkes who does an amazing job, this is not easy as there is so much behind the scenes, so huuuge thanks to Pete for this, if you are looking for any details of rides/events etc then always look on the calendar/front page, and always check the day before rides etc to check for any changes. If you have any queries then please contact us, We also have a forum that all members can use, if you want any help signing into this then give Pete a shout, From now on Pete will be putting the monthly mag onto the forum so that anyone that cannot get it through their E mail can look on here, but if you have concerns that you are not getting mag through e mail then contact Helen on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will check the e mail we have for you.
We also have a Chapter Facebook page, Bridgwater HOG, so join here if you want to. We also have a Chapter LOH facebook page, so if you are on Facebook contact Lisa Davies or on email@example.com , to be added, or if you don’t like Facebook and want to still be included in all the LOH information/events then send her your e-mail and mobile number and she will personally send you you’re preferred message, just remember that this applies to all lady members, not just the Riders amongst us so all pillions as well.
Hopefully you all now know that the Cider Rally dates have changed to 27-30th April due to Sand bay messing up our dates, Gina has done an amazing job in contacting everyone and changing the details so huggeeeee thanks to her for everything she has done over the past month, it is booking up fast so if you have not yet booked and still want to go then fill out your forms 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 either myself or Gina, then just ring Sand Bay with your ref number and pay your deposit, simples again if you are a newer member and want any information give us a shout
So think that Helen is doing a great job of the mag but we need more articles, so come on boys and girls lets have your write ups, tell us about yourself, what bikes you have had how you got into bikes, etc, biker friendly hotels, cafes you have been to or anything you think other members would like to know about, if you can send your articles to Helen by the 25th of each month then the mag will be sent out the Friday after the monthly meeting.
Don’t forget we are not having a Xmas Bash this year, a few of us are going to go to Sand Bays “Tinsel and Turkey” weekend 8th Dec, 3 nights £60, there will be a half price bar one night, if you want to go just ring Sand bay and quote ref number BW081217 and say you are with the Harley Davidson group, any concerns give me a shout
If anyone has any ideas of Bike related speakers we could have at the monthly meeting then please let us know
So what’s on over the next couple of months
- Fri 10th –Weston carnival, meet 6-6.30pm at Union Street, Weston-super-Mare , I will be taking a ride from Taunton so meet the petrol station just off of junction 25 to leave 5.30 or meet us on the way, let me know where you will be.
- Sat 11th – Memorial Day Ride, Clive has found that the British Legion are doing a ride from Fowlers Bristol to Locksbrook near bath, so he is taking a ride, leaving Riders 9am he will also stop at Budgens for 9.20 if you want to meet elsewhere give him a shout
- Fri 24th, LOH, night out, Laddies of Harley curry night, if you want any details of these contact Lisa or Graham as they are the ones organising them
- Sat 25th – Mileage Morning/get together, so if you gave Debs your start mileage back in March then we now need your end one, so come along and have breakfast with us and let Debs know the mileage if you cannot make it then can you send her a photo of ya mileage, this can be done anytime now, so she can add to the form, be great to see you all though, then Debs will see you has won the BW mileage competition, not sure if this will be done for the Dec meeting if not will be at the Jan meeting.
- Sat 2nd Bristol Santa Run, Pete Ball is talking a ride, leaving BW Mcds 9.30 any queries give him a shout, don’t forget to dress up as Santa or anything Christmassy , again another worthy cause and a great event
- Sun 3rd Ups and Downs Xmas Party, Graham is dressing up as Santa so we need some Elves, so if you have an Elf jumper, T Shirt etc then please come along and support this great event, it’s for the smaller children with Down Syndrome so very rewarding to see them all meet Santa, meet 12pm at the venue, address to follow.
- Fri 8th -Tinsel and Turkey, Sand Bay , see details further up the page about this event
- Sat 16th Xmas Jumper Breakfast, get together- Meet Riders from 11am, with your Xmas jumper on, prize for best male and female jumper, judging at 12
So that’s all for now take care
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!!