In This Issue:



Well done to the following members who have passed their advanced test / re-test:
  Dave Marsh (M)


  Mike Letts (C)

A warm welcome to new group members:

  Robin Williams (M)
  Heather Battson (C)
  Ali Ridzuan (C)
Diary Dates:
 Sun 25 Jun
 Prescott Bike Festival
 Mon 3 Jul Tech Talk
 Mon 4 Sep Tech Talk
 Thu 5 Oct AGM
Articles needed

If you have interesting snippets or would like to write a short article for this newsletter then please let us know. 

All contributions welcome.

Wanted: Group Ride Leaders 

We need more volunteer Ride Leaders - No experience required, full training given.


Call Stephen Wilkinson-Carr on 07976 644485 for more details.



June 2023
Chair's Introduction
Are you a helper? Can you spare some time each month to help ensure your group thrives?

Your Committee needs urgent help to staff a number of roles that are either already vacant or will become so in October 2023.

We need:

  • Treasurer (see article below)
  • Membership Secretary
  • SkillShare Coordinator 
  • Marketing Officer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Newsletter Co-Editor
  • Car Tutors

Want more detail? 

If so, please call me or any Committee member to discuss what the role that interests you entails in terms of activity and time commitment.

Stay safe all.

New Chief Instructor (Motorcycle) - Mike Ibbitson
Tony Dix has recently had to make the decision to step back from the Chief Instructor (MC). I'd like to thank Tony for all his work on behalf of the group and for helping to steer us in the right direction. He has committed to provide much-needed support to all future activities. 

Welcome to our new Chief Instructor: Mike Ibbitson, Advanced Tutor.

Mike's message:

"Firstly thanks to Stephen and Tony for their support but I wanted to drop you all a line about the spirit of me taking this on. 
I took a little persuading because there is so much experience in this group, including people who taught me, and I feel I can still learn from everyone. I am not setting myself up to be the pinnacle of good riding or coaching or any other aspect of what we do - that's aspirational! I am however happy to dedicate some time to facilitate what we do, hopefully with your help.
I thought I'd start by asking what we want from training, practice materials, assessments etc and trying to curate and make accessible the great body of knowledge that many of you have put in place. I plan to send out a bit of a survey soon.
I hope that sounds like a good starting point and happy to talk in the meantime if you have thoughts. I am sure I'll get some ideas and I'm happy to work on those to help us all in leading tutoring for the group."

We wish you every success in your new role Mike.

Treasurer needed

As usual, there will be some changes of Committee roles at the October AGM. I
n anticipation of that we need a volunteer to take over as Treasurer from October.
Glos RoADAR cannot exist without a Treasurer
The Treasurer is one of the Group's three core roles, required by our constitution, and their main duties are to oversee the financial administration of Glos RoADAR, review procedures and financial reporting, provide cash flow forecasts and advise the Committee on financial strategy.

Our accounts are very simple and we have a pre-established set of easy-to-maintain spreadsheets to help with the necessary updates and forecasts at our regular committtee meetings.

In addition to the main duties you would act as our liaison with the Group's bank.

Are you willing and available to take on this important and key Group role (full training will be given)?

If so, please call Stephen Wilkinson-Carr on 07976 644485 or e-mail him at
The Severn Bore
The Severn Bore is a natural phenomenon that occurs on the River Severn in the United Kingdom.

It is a tidal bore, which means that it is a large wave that travels up the river against the current. The wave is caused by the tidal range in the Bristol Channel, which is the second-highest in the world.
The Severn Bore is a popular tourist attraction and draws visitors from all over the world. People come to watch the wave and to surf on it. The wave can reach heights of up to two meters and can travel at speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour.
The Severn Bore occurs twice a day, and the best time to see it is during the spring and autumn equinoxes. During these times, the tidal range is at its highest and the wave is at its strongest.
The Severn Bore has a long history, and there are records of people surfing on the wave as far back as the 1950s. In recent years, the popularity of the wave has grown and there are now annual competitions held for surfers.

SurferToday has a really good article, with video, about the Severn Bore being the birthplace of river surfing here

The wave can be dangerous, and it is important to take precautions when surfing on it. Surfers wear wetsuits and helmets, and they are accompanied by safety boats. There have been accidents in the past and the safety measures in place have helped to reduce the risk.
Click on the picture for video of a 5-star Bore in 2019
The Severn Bore is not just popular with surfers; it is also a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts. The wave can attract a variety of birds and animals, including seals, otters, and birds of prey.
There are several viewpoints along the River Severn where visitors can watch the wave. The most popular spot is at Minsterworth, where a large car park has been built to accommodate visitors. From here, visitors can watch the wave and take photos.
There's even a book all about the Severn Bore which might make a good gift...
The Severn Bore is a unique natural phenomenon that is well worth a visit. It is a spectacular sight to see, and the experience of watching the wave is unforgettable. Whether you are a surfer or a wildlife enthusiast, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The 2023 Severn Bore Timetable is here
In conclusion, the Severn Bore is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that is unique to the United Kingdom. It is a must-see for anyone visiting the country and it is a popular spot for surfers, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists alike. The wave is a reminder of the power of nature and the beauty that can be found in unexpected places.

Technical Talk - Graham Feest Mon 12th June 2023

We were treated to an excellent talk by Road Safety Consultant Graham Feest on Mon 12th June 2023.
Graham briefly outlined the history of road safety from the early 1990s to today. He emphasised that, because humans move, we're all at risk and then covered a number of factors that collectively contribute to a relatively steady figure of about 1,700 unacceptable road deaths annually.

We then learnt about the drivers of the Road Safety agenda and how it's based on the premise that we're all vulnerable, we all make mistakes and we all share responsibiilty for road safety. Road Safety has shifted from reactively dealing with incidents into more proactively planning them out of existence.

One example Graham gave, intended to encourage more walking and cycling, is the closure of some school streets. Parents / Guardians who then have to park up to 400-500 meters away, when their whole journey isn't that much more, are likely to considering walking or cycling the whole way. Clever idea? What do you think?
This led to a discussion about the five pillars of the Safe System Approach to Road Safety. Fascinating ideas and concepts that should help make us all safer.
Graham's lively presentation and interaction with the audience led nicely into consideration of a number of Road Safety concepts and proposals, popular with the public, that sadly are unlikely to gain any traction until after the next General Election in 2025 (or possibly sooner).
It was an excellent and thought-provoking presentation. Thank you Graham.
Our next Technical talk will advertised by e-mail to all members.
Jet-powered Motorcycle
Click on picture for video
This is the TMC Dumont, a motorcycle powered by a Rolls-Royce plane engine, with a $1 milllion price tag, built by ex Formula 1 driver Tarso Marques.

It first appeared in 2018 at the Daytona Bike Week (a customisation event) in 2018
and won best in show.

I want one.
Low-speed Skills Event Report (4 June 2023)

This was easily the best weather we've ever had for this event and everyone who attended learnt a lot, practised what they'd been taught and had a thoroughly enjoyable time (and free water to stave off heat exhaustion).

Click picture for video of the event

10 volunteers arrived early to help set up all the obstacles which included a slow race (thanks Heather and Rupert) and a braking exercise (thanks Rossy). Thank you all for giving up your time.


Here are a few snaps of the event:

The briefing

The Slow Race with Heather and Rupert

All forms of powered 2-wheeler were participating.

The Slow Race results

Patiently waiting their turn with Paul providing the entertainment

We'll be putting this event on again in the Autumn and I'll let you know the dates once decided.
Classic Car Show: Wotton-Under-Edge
Click on picture for details

Join us on Sunday 9 July 2023 to celebrate the Austin 7 along with a variety of other pre-war and classic vehicles at a secluded country estate on the Cotswold escarpment.
The cars will be displayed on the lawns outside of Newark House, National Trust – Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7PZ 01453 842644
Newark Park details here
Prescott Bike Festival
History of Speeding: Part 1

The early Locomotive Acts between 1866 and 1896 effectively calmed self-propelled traffic by requiring that a man walked in front of each vehicle with a red flag, and so the imposed speed limits of 2 miles per hour (3.2 km/h) and 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h) did not require enforcing.

The first person to be convicted of speeding in the UK was Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, who on 28 January 1896 was fined for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h). He was fined one shilling plus costs.

 "a means of extracting money"
The Automobile Association was formed in 1905 to help motorists avoid police speed traps. In 1906 Earl Russell, an early motoring enthusiast, compared 'speed traps' to 'highway robbery' in Parliament: "Policemen are not stationed in the villages where there are people about who might be in danger, but are hidden in hedges or ditches by the side of the most open roads in the country... they are used in many counties merely as a means of extracting money from the passing traveller in a way which reminds one of the highwaymen of the Middle Ages".

In 1910 in a legal test case (Betts vs Stevens) involving an Automobile Association patrolman and a potentially speeding motorist the Chief Justice, Lord Alverston, ruled that where a patrolman signals to a speeding driver to slow down and thereby avoid a speed trap then that person would have committed the offence of 'obstructing an officer in the course of his duty' under the Prevention of Crimes Amendment Act 1885. 
"coded warning system"

Subsequently, the organisation developed a coded warning system which was used until the 1960s whereby a patrolman would always salute the driver of a passing car which showed a visible AA Badge unless there was a speed trap nearby, on the understanding that their officers could not be prosecuted for failing to salute.
"speed limit was so universally disobeyed"

All speed limits for cars and motorcycles were abolished under the Road Traffic Act 1930 because 'the existing speed limit was so universally disobeyed that its maintenance brought the law into contempt'.

Something had to be done...

[Part 2 in next month's newsletter]

Why Advanced Driving / Riding?

What are the benefits? 
These are some of the benefits enjoyed by advanced drivers and riders after training with Gloucestershire Advanced Drivers And Riders:
    Increased safety; keep yourself, your
    passenger(s) and other road users safe
    Reduced risk; using anticipation and
    planning skills
    Increased awareness; being more
    observant and using enhanced handling
    skills to anticipate changes around you
    Increased passenger comfort; with
    good forward planning and anticipation,
    your driving / riding will become
    smoother and more relaxed
    More enjoyment; experience the
    satisfaction of driving / riding from A to B
    more smoothly with more time to react to
    the unexpected
    Greater control; by understanding and
    knowing how to deal with the various
    forces that affect your vehicle
    Increased confidence; learn how to
    anticipate and deal with expected and the
    unexpected road and traffic situations
    Reduced wear and tear; get more out
    of your vehicle by learning advanced
    machine control methods 
    Discounted insurance; many insurance
    companies offer a discount to advanced
    drivers / riders
    Save money on fuel; using defensive
    driving / riding and forward planning
    techniques to achieve greater control and
    better fuel efficiency 
    Enhance your CV; gain a professional
    qualification you can put on your CV
What is advanced driving / riding?
Advanced driving / riding is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility.  
This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving / riding competence based on concentration, effective all-round observation, anticipation, and planning.  This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills.
An advanced driver / rider will always have their vehicle in the right place on the road, at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always stop safely on their own side of the road in the distance they can see to be clear (DSA, RoADAR, IAM, 1997).
What will you learn?
Our driver / rider training is provided on a one-to-one basis. All our tutors are volunteers and have passed the advanced driving / riding test, hold a current tutor qualification and are registered with RoADAR HQ.
You will learn how to drive / ride:
    Safely – By being safer you give yourself more time to react, to both expected
    and unexpected situations, and improve your own and passenger confidence in
    your ability.
    Systematically – By doing things in a systematic way, one thing at a time,
    you will learn how to ensure your vehicle is in the right place, at the right speed,
    in an appropriate gear and capable of being stopped, on your own side of the road,
    in the distance you can see to be clear.  We use the Police System of Car /
    Motorcycle Control acronym IPSGA (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration).
    Smoothly – By learning how to use vehicle controls in a smoother, and more
    controlled, way you and any passenger will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
    At an appropriate Speed – Learn how to drive at the appropriate speed, making
    progress and showing restraint when necessary.
What does it cost?
Training is free for car drivers who use their own vehicle with an assigned Tutor. 
Motorcyclists pay a £15 contribution toward the Tutor’s costs per training session.
It’s important that you to commit time to regular training sessions.
Car and Motorcycle Tests
The RoSPA advanced test is widely regarded as the highest civilian driving / riding standard available. The test is based on the Police Foundation publication 'Roadcraft: The Police Drivers Handbook' or 'Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Riders Handbook' and the Highway Code. A thorough understanding of both Roadcraft and the Highway Code will be required to pass the test at a high standard.
Test Standards 
Gold is only awarded to the driver / rider who shows a consistently high standard of driving / riding throughout the test. The driver / rider will demonstrate a confidence in their ability together with a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft / Motorcycle Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test.
Silver is awarded to candidates who display a skill level well above the average. They will show a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft / Motorcycle Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test. The driver / rider will make safe systematic progress however not demonstrating the consistency, final polish and smoothness of the Gold grade candidate.
A Bronze grade will be awarded to those candidates who show that they have an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of advanced driving / riding demonstrating a good level of observations and anticipation, but not doing so consistently throughout the test. They will however drive / ride in a safe and legal manner, to a standard that is significantly above that required to pass the appropriate DVSA test.

Did You Know?
On the A40 between Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye is the village of Huntley (meaning Huntsman's clearing) that is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Huntelei.

In the recreation ground beside the main road are these stocks which, since 23 September 1955, are a 
Grade II Listed Building.
The village stocks were originally situated on the main road. They were re-sited on the recreation ground in the early 1970s. They are believed to be the only remaining set in the Forest of Dean.

Although less common today, public punishment used embarrassment and physical discomfort to deter people from committing crimes. The most common forms, stocks and pillories, held those convicted of crimes by their hands or feet so that they were on display in a public place.

Crimes punishable by stock or pillory included public intoxication, especially in colonial times, blasphemy, fortune telling, arson and slave escape, which was primarily punished by use of the stocks
Criminals would sit or stand at a wooden frame and the local people would throw rotten food or even stones at them. The stocks and pillory were used as a punishment throughout the 16th and 17th centuries and were in use up to the late 18th century.

According to this article it's still legal to place people in the stocks in the UK: Details
Who knew?
Recommended Books (Clickable)

The Committee

Chair - Stephen Wilkinson-Carr

Secretary - Rebekah Yarranton

Treasurer - Geoff Brown

Membership Secretary - Rebekah Yarranton (Interim)

Motorcycle Coordinator - Paul Smith

WebMaster - Phil Wesley

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