FRIDAY IS "A DAY AT THE RACES" NOW IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Great British Treffen 2020.
27th - 31st August
Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire
Is now postponed until 2021
Update from the GWOCGB Chairman
As you may or may not be aware we on the National Committee have been working behind the scenes, with e-mails and telephone conversations going backward and forwards between the committee and vendors. We have also been waiting to see what the government’s plans were with regards to coming out of lockdown. It’s come as no surprise that it is going to be a gradual lifting of restrictions in 3 main stages.
Stage 3: being implemented possibly on the 4th July 2020 which is the opening of the entertainment and hospitality industry. This will be baby steps and the likelihood is that large gatherings of over 100 people will not be allowed for some time to come.
Taking this into account the National Committee and an e-mail from Tony Perkins regarding the Treffen (See Attached abridged copy). We have taken the decision (with your safety in mind) on the following events, The 40th Anniversary Treffen, WingDings Light Parades and the Friendship weekend.
40th Anniversary Treffen
The 40th Anniversary Treffen will be POSTPONED until the August bank holiday in 2021 (26th -30th Aug 2021). As a result of Tony Perkins talking to both Uttoxeter Race Course and the company providing the showers and toilets both of which we had paid deposits to. They have both agreed to honour our contracts with them and carry over the bookings for next year which is good news.
For all those people who have pre-inscribed, you have 2 options; firstly leave it where it is and carry it over to next year or two requests a refund. Should you require a refund? You must in the first instance contact Helen Perkins as she has all the details and will liaise with the Treasurer, Barry Hawkins regarding payment.
This decision has not been taken lightly but the safety of both the membership, followed by club funds must come first and I believe that we have achieved in looking after both.
The Wingding calendar is now empty with all regions having cancelled their event; the good news is that all regions who have paid a deposit have managed to carry it over until the next year. I hope that we can have a full calendar of WingDings in 2021.... over to you Reps!.
It was decided to leave the Light Parades to the individual organisers in consultation with the National Committee as they are dealing with the campsites on a one to one basis.
Belgium Friendship Weekend
As this event is not until October and a lot can change in that time, there is still a possibility that it will be allowed to go ahead!! (as it is smaller in numbers). I do know that Chris has paid a large deposit to the hotel so again we wait for the Hotel to decide whether the event can be held or not there by protecting our deposit. Chris Hinds is in contact with the committee on a regular basis. Watch this space!
Sadly we have been left with no choice in making these decisions, but they have been made with your safety being paramount. We now need to look forward to next year and hopefully a calendar full of events/Wingdings. I would ask all Regions to see if we can achieve this. Let’s make it a year to remember for all the right reasons and put this one behind us as the year that never was.
- Need New Tyres -We have been able to source a tyre company near to our Great British Treffen site.They have kindly sent us their link and you can now order your tyres before you arrive at ourTreffen and they will have them in stock ready to fit for you.The tyres will need ordering at least 2 weeks before the Treffen, or if you order earlier theywill keep them in stock for you.The prices shown are fitted, balanced and include VAT.Your bike registration number will be your reference number.Here is the link for you to order from
We are pleased that we have the support of Honda UK this year for our 40th Anniversary Great British Treffen and are pleased to promote their recognised dealers as a thank you for all they are doing for us.
Click on the link below for more details.
To embrace the Friday fancy dress theme of "A Day at the Races"we have the pleasure in announcing that we will bedoing a leisurely cross country ridefollowed by a couple of laps around
MALLORY PARK RACING CIRCUIT.The link below will give you more details on Mallory Park and a little bit of
Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for, our first posting of the New Year.
PRE-INSCRIPTION FOR OUR GREAT BRITISH TREFFEN IS NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE.
What a “FANTASTIC INCENTIVE” we are giving you all this year - for those that Pre-Inscribe you will get a FREE 40th Anniversary Great British Treffen T-shirt.
This year as well as the standard T-shirt’s we also have a ladies style T-shirt available - details are on the form.
Those not Pre-Inscribing will be able to purchase a T-shirt at the Treffen "subject to availability of course".
A full weekend of camping, entertainment, meeting up with friends, ride outs and parades will cost fully paid up GWOCGB / GWEF members £48 and non-members £70.
All GWOCGB members will be sent out the Pre-Inscription forms in the post from our membership secretary Pat Helm.
Or if you are super keen to Pre-Inscribe (like me) you can download the form from.
Forms once filled out are to be sent to Helen Perkins - her mailing details are on the form along with alternatives of how to pay.
All motorhomes and caravans MUST Pre-Inscribe. Those requiring Medical hook up MUST Pre-Inscribe too.
If you are not camping and choose to stay in a hotel / B&B / ride in daily (if you live nearby) you can still Pre-Inscribe, that way you won't miss out on your FREE t-shirt.
Although it’s always nice to have your Goldwing at an event, sometimes through illness etc it is not always possible to take it, please know that however you wish to arrive you will all be made very welcome as at the Goldwing Owners Club of Great Britain we are one big happy family who always look forward to meeting up with our Goldwing friends from Britain, Europe and Worldwide.
We look forward to seeing the list of those Pre-Inscribing growing over the coming months and more importantly to welcoming you all to Uttoxeter racecourse.
PRE-INSCRIPTION INCENTIVE CLOSES ON 30/6/20.
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NEW YEARS EVE - CHARITY UPDATEWe can now announce that along with “Sarah’s Dream” Huntington’s Disease charity (that we announced on Christmas Day) the second and final charity that we will be raising monies for during our Great British Treffen will be the “MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE” www.midlandsairambulance.com
As well as covering Staffordshire (the county where we are holding our International event), the Midlands Air Ambulance also covers Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. They also provide secondary cover to Warwickshire and mid Wales. They operate THREE Air Ambulances and average around 2000 missions a year. Each year it costs in excess of £9 million to maintain the three aircraft . The Midlands Air Ambulance relies entirely on the support and generosity of local businesses and members of the general public and therefore the Goldwing Owners Club of Great Britain and everyone attending our 40th Anniversary Great British Treffen will be honoured to be raising funds for such a great cause.
It’s now the final day of 2019 and this will be our last 40th Anniversary Great British Treffen announcement for this year - don’t worry though as there will of course “be lots more updates” for you all in 2020.
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40th Anniversary Great British Treffen - CHRISTMAS DAY CHARITY UPDATE
We have saved this announcement until CHRISTMAS DAY to try and give a little joy back to A VERY SPECIAL COUPLE in our Goldwing club who do so much for others, especially during the Festive season
Jeff and Gail Brook we are delighted to let you know that we have chosen SARAH’S DREAM as “ONE OF OUR TWO CHARITIES” for our Great British Treffen in 2020
We will be honoured to raise monies for a charity that is so close to the hearts of the both of you and your family
Jeff and Gail are parents whose daughter, Sarah, passed away from Huntington's Disease on 17th October 2016.
They started fundraising in October 2015 and run a small charity called 'Sarah's Dream' and all monies collected by them is ultimately passed directly to the Huntington’s Disease Association of Great Britain www.hda.org.uk
Their beloved Goldwing has lovingly been named “Sarah’s Dream” and is used to raise monies for this wonderful charity
Jeff (Santa Claus) and Gail (Mrs Claus) have just completed another Christmas of visiting children and the emergency services on Sarah’s Dream, their 1800 Goldwing which is lit up with hundreds of multi-coloured lights, giving out sweets and toys on their journey.
All expenses are covered from their own pocket and sweets and toys are donated to them by friends and local businesses.
Huntington's Disease (HD) and Juvenile Huntington's Disease (JHD) is a devastating, hereditary illness and the children of any parent suffering from HD have a 50/50 risk of inheriting either HD or JHD.
The onset of JHD can be as young as 4 or 5, so no sooner have young ones learned to walk and talk and eat, they start to lose those abilities.
Over the last few years Jeff and Gail have raised some quite substantial sums of money, here are just a few of them :-
23/8/16 £500 from Asda in Tamworth
We look forward to raising monies for Sarah’s Dream at our Great British Treffen and hope that this announcement on Christmas Day has bought a little bit of joy into your hearts
Cheryl Roulston - PR for the Great British Treffen
on behalf of Tony Perkins, Pete & Ann Fisher and all the raffle ticket sellers