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Section Charity Fund
Over the past couple of years we’ve started taking donations at each event as means of raising funds for the Section’s chosen charity. The collection of any funds is entirely voluntary and won’t be prohibitive at around a £1 an event. At the time of writing, the fund already stands at £185  in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The progress bar below, will be updated to keep you in touch.  

Calendar Photo Competition
Greg Smith is establishing a Southern Section Calendar Photo Competition for 2020. He has set up a Google Photo account for members to upload their photos, with each member to upload no more than ten photos. All photos are to be in landscape format and should contain yours or others BMW motorcycles in a location within the Southern Section area (Hampshire (including Isle of Wight), East Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, West Sussex, South Berkshire). The closing date for submissions is 31st October 2019. After the deadline, a team of judges will choose the twelve best photos to be used for the monthly pages of the calendar, and one photo will be used for the cover with publication details to be announced later. 
Llanwrst Mix n’ Match - Week Commencing 14 September 2019

Welcome to the BMW Club Southern Section Mix n’ Match Holiday. (For personal  security the details of the Mix n Match are password protected. Please email Bob for the  password) We are organising a week’s holiday in Llanwrst, a pretty village on the banks of the River Conwy, and gateway to The Snowdonia National Park, centred around the week commencing 14 September 2019.  There are all types of accommodation from camping and motorhome pitches, and static caravans, through to more opulent hotels. But what you choose to do is up to you. You can stay for the week or just a few days, take part in planned ride-outs, or make your own way, or do nothing at all in the company of other members.

We are putting this idea out early so that everyone has first choice of the accommodation available but once we’re together, there will
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Want to plan your future trips? Here's the 2019 Diary. (Click on the image to download the PDF to a new page - requires PDF Reader)
Southern Section Charity Collection 2019
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Member Communications
At the AGM, Bob held a workshop with other Webmasters from the National Club exploring best practice in member communications. In this context, we realised that perhaps we need to promote some of the non-Facebook media available for keeping everyone in touch.

WhatsApp - for those not in the know, this is a free-to-use communications app that that requires you to opt-in to use for both incoming and out-going communications. It is encrypted and therefore, any information included in your correspondence is not accessible to hackers. One of the useful features of WhatsApp is the facility for creating groups that you can apply to the administrator (Erica) to join and can leave at any time you wish. The Southern Section currently has 2 groups - Short Notice Ride-outs, when you’re at a loose-end chuck an idea into the mix for a ride to somewhere and see if anyone wants to join you, and General Correspondence for any other subjects including, stuff about bikes, the weather, jokes etc. Download the app and find Erica’s details.

The Club Forum - Dik Langan from the East Anglian Section is working on a re-vamp of this important resource. This can be used for more open communications and, more importantly, for technical support, tool hire and many of the other facilities available for BMW Club members. Please have a look at this resource.
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a daily gathering at a location in the centre of Llanwrst itself. When we start getting an idea of numbers, we will look at arranging a meeting place such as, Café Contessa, just a 10 minute walk, or short ride from each location, offering breakfast for those who want it, before heading out for the day. If you're thinking of joining us, please make sure that Bob has your mobile phone and email details to keep you up to date once on site.

This will work on the basis that you book your own accommodation at one of the suggested venues listed (or others if you want), then just let Bob & Susan plan some events. Please keep us in the picture to assist in coordination by email We look forward to hearing from you but better book early, there’s only 2 static caravans.

Bodnant Caravan Park and Campsite

The Eagles Hotel

Meadow Sweet Hotel
Christmas Dinner & Boogie - December 14

It's that time of year again and Erica has kindly arranged the annual bash at North Hants Golf Club, GU51 1RE. Tickets are available at the subsidised price of £40 per head, down from a full price of 47.50, for a 3 course meal, glass of Prosecco, and dancing until you drop. Being a closed club, the drinks are very competitively priced. So, if it's dutch courage that you need before getting up on the dancefloor, a) you won't be alone and b) it won't cost as much to overcome it! Tickets and details from Erica
Annual General Meeting
11am 20 October 2019  Rake Village Hall

Come and join in the discussions about the way your Club Section is run. This is a great opportunity for a natter over a free (M&S) sandwich lunch and to put your offers to organise ride-outs for next year into the calendar. There's also vacancies on the Committee for a Membership Secretary and general members  - it's only 4 evenings a year plus a little bit of time in between!

See you ALL at Rake!