Recent Group Wide Mails & Notices

Here is a copy of group wide emails sent over the last 6 months or so.
(note: this list does not generally include the operational “shout outs” to d
rivers / riders to fill shifts)


24th February 2019
LRBB – Shift Booking – Chairman’s Comments 

Hello all LRBB group members

For those of you on the active rider / driver list you’ll have noticed fewer “shout outs” going out to get shift gaps filled.
This is excellent news as we are getting more people to be more proactive in booking shifts ahead meaning much less panic for those trying to get the rota filled. So, a big thank you to those of you who are taking that pro-active approach.

In addition, we have a number of new members who are really giving us a great boost in getting the empty shifts filled. So, another welcome to all those joining in the last few months, great to have you in the team and great that you are giving such a valuable boost to keeping things running smoothly

As an extra note about shift “shout outs” those of you who are booking ahead will also receive less of the ‘shout outs’ as we are trying to, in general, send the ‘shout outs’ to those riders / drivers who have no shifts booked in the weeks ahead in the belief that it will be those people who are most likely to be able to check and fill dates.  Apologies if occasionally you HAVE booked a shift and the cross check has been not quite 100% and you still get the reminder. The targeted shout outs are not meant as a criticism of non-booking but more a (hopefully) friendly reminder to see if you can help.

In general, if we are looking 2 weeks ahead at any point in time, some months ago we were regularly getting more than 10 empty shifts in a ‘shout out’. We are now down maybe 4 or 5 and often sometimes less than that.

Any comments about the rota or group operations “stuff” please contact Jonathan Bostock,  operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

So, great steps forward everyone. As ever, it is all about team work, if everyone plays their part then the “big wheel keep turning” relatively smoothly.

Ride / drive safe out there all, catch up sometime soon.

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


19th February 2019

OPERATIONS NEWS UPDATE

Hello all LRBB Members,

Thank you for taking time to read this latest operations update.  A mixed update, with a request for information from all members and a gentle reminder of our individual compliance requirements!

1. New Van – A very big thank you to Emma Jones for speaking to the team at Reflex Vehicle Hire, as we have recently taken delivery of a new Mercedes van, which fills the gap left by the ending of the Drive sponsorship and return of their combo van.  We are currently waiting on Reflex approving our PR statement and once this has been completed we will be able to share photographs and an update from the handover event.

2.  Yamaha FJR – The FJR is currently off the road due to damage sustained on an operational run, when our duty rider hit debris left in the carriageway on the M1 following an earlier collision.  The front wheel has been damaged and we are now in the process of making a claim for the damage.  Please bear with us as this process is now in the hands of our insurers.  For the time being the F800 and BMW 1200 will be located at Coleman road and will not be rotated until we can move the the FJR to a Yamaha dealership to be repaired.

3. BMW 1200 – Please can all riders remember to switch off the sat nav and heated grips once the post checks have been completed.  We have had a number of instances where the battery has gone flat, as these have inadvertently been left on.  With us being down to two bikes, it will impact our flexibility if we cannot use the BMW whilst we wait for re charging and battery replacement.

4. License and Speed Checks – Please can those members that have not yet replied to Paul Bivins with their license checks and annual membership renewals complete these as quickly as possible.  It is a pre requisite that we complete annual checks, to ensure that we are compliant with our insurers policy requirements.  If we fail to comply with this request, we may invalidate our insurance policy.

We must also take this opportunity to remind all riders and drivers that we do not condone speeding and as a group we do not allow speeding.  Recent checks have identified a number of members who are breaking the speed limits and we will write to these individuals to remind them of the group’s rules as well as the speed limits that we must adhere to.

Please also note that the Reflex van is fitted with a tracker and camera, which is tracked and monitored by them, as part of their commitment to road safety and the safe use of hire vans.  When taking the van on it was a pre requisite that we accept these trackers and if we have drivers breaking the speed limits we may lose the vehicle, which would have a significant impact on our effectiveness and more importantly bring the charity into disrepute.

Thank you
Kind regards

Jonathan Bostock
Operations Manager
operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


7th February 2019
LRBB – Informal Social Evening Reminder Friday 8th February in Syston

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that our next group social night is tomorrow. Friday 8th February.

We have decided to alternate the monthly sessions between Syston and Hinckley so that the travel distances to the venues are ‘shared around’ as it were.

On Friday 8th February we’ll be meeting at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston

People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm and stay as long as suitable for them. .

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

maybe see you over in Syston tomorrow
Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


24th January 2019
Opportunity to buy Kawasaki “Versys” 1000 from DRIVE Vauxhall

Hello all LRBB group members,

As we come to the end of the sponsorship of our group by DRIVE Vauxhall, we have been informed by the DRIVE management that they would be willing to consider a highest offer on the Kawasaki Versys. As a group we cannot justify keeping a fleet of 4 bikes and for now we will retain the two BMWs and the FJR Yamaha. So, the Kawasaki is available for offers from Group members.

In order to maintain total fairness in the group, if you are interested in buying the Versys from DRIVE please forward to me a ‘one time’ highest bid you would be willing to pay. I will then forward the highest bid to DRIVE management to, hopefully, secure the sale. We need to submit highest offer by 5pm TOMORROW.

The points to note that we are aware of
(1) a dented front wheel rim which has not been considered worthy of repair or replacement at any of the bike service sessions.
(2) There is general wear and tear on the bike commensurate with age and mileage but no significant ‘dings’ or dents.
(3) the heated grips have been reported as not working at times. These are aftermarket grips and possibly need replacing with a new set if required by the next owner
(4) Blood bike decals have been removed as has the group tracking device and group rack. The original Kawasaki ‘mini’ rack will be included in the sale if not refitted to the bike by the time any sale is completed

Based in some informal feedback from DRIVE it seems a highest offer less than £6,200 will not be accepted, so it is up to group members to decide how much the bike is worth to them over this price as we will only forward the highest bid from a group member to DRIVE management.

Jonathan Bostock
Group Operations Manager
email    operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
07714 863 736


17th January 2019
LRBB Annual Membership Renewal Process

Dear LRBB Supporters

LRBB have to carry out regular driver license checks which are held on our records and provided to our insurance company  as and when required.  We also have a duty of care in law to ensure that our riders and drivers are compliant, holding a current driving license for our vehicles.  To this end, it has been decided to conduct the license checks each year upon the renewal of our annual membership.

The committee have also decided that, to simplify the renewal process, all membership renewal’s will be set in January each year, irrespective of their original joining date.  In an attempt to make this fair to all, anyone who has paid their renewal since June 2018 will not pay again until January 2020.  Anyone paying before June 2018 will be asked to pay now.
Anyone joining the group in the future, in the first 6 months of a year will be asked to pay the full amount, months 7-9 at half rate, and if joining in the last 3 months of the year  their membership will cover the remaining part of the year and the following full year.

The easiest way to pay your membership fee of £12 is via BT My Donate, through our LRBB website.
Once done, please send me your Driver License Summary check, obtained from the DVLA website, together with a current passport style photo plus a copy of the front and back of your driver license. I will also need your current ERS, ROSPA or IAM  qualification.
I will then send you a new ID card.

If you have any questions relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact me:

supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk     or Mobile:  07563 677 406

Kind regards

Paul Bivins
LRBB Supporters


Sunday 13th January 2019

LRBB – Informal Social Evening Reminder Friday 18th January; Hinckley

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that in a week’s time we have our next group social night. Friday 18th January.

We alternate the monthly sessions between Syston and Hinckley so that the travel distances to the venues are ‘shared around’ as it were.

On Friday 18th January we’ll be meeting at The New Plough Inn, Hinckley.
24 Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LS

People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm and stay as long as suitable for them. Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

maybe see you over in Hinckley
Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


3rd January 2019
FLEET NEWS

Hello all LRBB riders,

As you know, we have to return the Kawasaki Versys and Combo Van to Drive Vauxhall at the end of January.  To allow us to keep operating costs down during this period, we have decided to take the FJR off the road until February, which will reduce the ‘wear and tear’ on it and give us time to replace a number of the worn decals and smarten it up, for when it re enters service.

During January (weather permitting) we would like to maximise the use of the Kawasaki so, whenever possible, please use this bike on shift.  We understand that the Kawasaki does not suit all riders so the F800 and BMW 1200RTP will also be available for shift use.

In the last week of the month, the Kawasaki will need to be taken out of service to give us time to remove our equipment, tracker and sat nav, prior to it being returned to Drive.

I can also update you with news that Ollie and I are due to meet this month with a company who have expressed an interest in providing us with a replacement van and I will update you all once we know whether this will be possible.

Kind regards
Jonathan Bostock
Operations Manager
operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


23rd December 2018
Flu Run and Air Ambulance Timings For The Christmas Period

Hello all LRBB Members

Please be aware of two changes to the regular rotas;
Flu Run
The microbiology team has once again asked for our support this year with the ‘flu run’.

At the start and end of each shift the controllers will call ward 19 (CDU) at Glenfield to see if samples need collecting.  If they do, the rider / driver will be advised accordingly.  The collection times are; 7.30pm and 5.30-6.00am.  You will find the samples in a blue box on the right hand side as you enter the main ward area.  Please ensure you only take the flu samples, as this box is used for all samples!  If in doubt, please check with one of the staff at the nurses station.  Once your paperwork is signed, please leave their copy in the box.

The samples need to be delivered to level 5 at the LRI.  The samples should be left, along with the blue copy of our collection / delivery paperwork in the grey post box in the lobby area as you exit the lift.  The rider / driver should sign with the time delivered, as no one will be available at level 5 for signing.

Air Ambulance
For the Christmas period the collection and delivery times will be changing, as detailed below.

Date Box availability
Monday 24th December Yes
Wednesday 26th December No
Friday 28th December Yes

Boxes will be provided on Thursday 27th December instead of 26th. These boxes will be prepared on the morning of Thursday 27th and will be available for collection from 12.00pm.   Friday 28th and Sunday 30th runs will be as normal, as will the following week onwards.

If you have any questions, please speak to the duty controller or email me.

In the meantime may I wish you and your families a very safe and merry Christmas.

Jonathan Bostock
Group Operations Manager
Email: operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


19th December 2018

LRBB – Friday Day-time Deliveries Update (Loughborough Hospital)

Hello all LRBB group members
Our discussions with the NHS Loughborough Hospital “Alliance” team have been continuing and we are closing towards having a service agreement in place to enable us to begin Friday afternoon / day-time sample movements for them. Timings are not fixed, but time allocated by our volunteers might be something like 1pm through to drop off maybe around 6pm. At least as a rough idea this is near enough. As with our night time shifts our volunteers will  use a group motorcycle or van.

Plans are to support the NHS “Alliance” team with blood sample collections from Loughborough Hospital and delivery onwards to Leicester Royal Infirmary labs.  The “Alliance” team are considering other possible pick up locations, including n the early stages Coalville Hospital.  However, as time goes on we might also support the “Alliance” team with collections from other outlying hospitals.

I have shared with the “Alliance” team that for now we would be willing to support with a Friday afternoon volunteer service, so we want to make sure we can cover that properly before looking at other days that might help them.

From a group viewpoint I think we need to identify a small team of volunteers, possibly 6 – 7 people who are able to cover this Friday day-time shift on a regular basis. As the locations of pick up is likely to vary I am not convinced having 20 – 40 volunteers covering this shift more or less once per year will work well. So, if you think you are interested / free to cover a Friday afternoon shift every 4-6 weeks please drop me a mail back and we’ll get the team together and take the next steps to prepare with the NHS “Alliance” team, familiarising ourselves with locations and “Alliance” team members and the like.

I appreciate we have an ongoing series of reminders needed to get people to book night / weekend / Air Ambulance shifts, but it seems in general people simply forget to book rather than a lack of willing volunteers. Paul Bivins, our supporters manager, also has new folks coming through the system as well which will hopefully smooth out the gaps in the rotas.

More on this topic in the near future

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


16th December 2018

LRBB – Group Committee Overview

Hello all LRBB group members

I thought it might be useful to share by email an overview / reminder of who is taking part in our group committee and what their roles are. Details are shown on our web site under tab “committee” but here is an overview by email for you with email contacts if you need to send them any mails. You can find mobile contact numbers also on the members section of the web site

Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)
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Oliver Cufflin (Chairman) – chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Ollie is responsible for the group as a whole, making sure we achieve what we set out to do and trying to keep us moving in the right direction.

Jonathan Bostock (Vice Chairman) – chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Jonathan’s role as vice chairman is to be aware of all that the chairman is involved in and to be able to stand-in and represent the group if the Chairman is not available to do so. (Jonathan also is our group Operations Manager)

Paul Bivins (Membership) – supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Paul co-ordinates the new member activities in group. Paul Bivins is supported by Paul Johnson with some of the day to day activities with getting new people actively involved in the group

Paul Johnson (Stores and Equipment) – contact via email  supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Paul manages our “stores”, looking after our clothing and equipment used for events and day to day running of the group

Ebrahim Ahmed & Aimee Hurst (Treasurers) – treasurer@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Ebrahim and Aimee together take care of our finances and book-keeping activities

Jonathan Bostock (Operations Manager) – operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Jonathan is responsible for day to day operational issues and all things related to our vehicle fleet. In addition Richard manages our our rotas and chases various paperwork topics.

Les Congdon & Andy Bryant (Fleet Managers) – fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Les and Andy are supporting the operational side of the group alongside Jonathan. There are many little “bits and pieces” that need managing to keep the vehicles rolling and Les/ Andy are there to help get it all running as smoothly as possible

Malc York (Media Co-ordinator) –  media@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Malc is working to keep our media interfaces (facebook / web pages and the like) active with current news and information.
If you have any pictures or news that you think would be useful to include on the media platforms please email Malc and let him know your ideas.

Elaine Bivins  (Events Co-ordinator) –  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Elaine is heading up our fund raising events team. If you have any ideas for future events, or feedback on recent events please drop a mail to the events team.

Elaine Bivins  (collection ‘tins’ at venues) –  enquiries@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
As well as organising our events Elaine also looks after our yellow collection “tins” getting them into coffee shops, retail outlets, pubs and the like. Elaine and the team visit locations willing to host a “tin” and make sure the tin is collected when full. If you are interested in having a collecting tin on our behalf at your venue please drop us an email and Elaine will get in touch with you

Ges Martin (Milk Bank team) –  milkteam@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
Ges leads our work with the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and supports the collection and delivery of donated breast milk.  If you have any queries about this part of our work drop Ges an email.


14th December 2018

DRIVE Vauxhall ending their support to the group 

I attended a recent meeting with the manager at DRIVE Vauxhall to chat about the year gone by and to see what their plans are for the coming year.

Owing to a change of management and increased pressure on their finances,  DRIVE Vauxhall will not be continuing their charitable support of our group after the end of January 2019
.
This will mean the loss of the Kawasaki Versys and the newer of the Combo vans in our fleet. (the older van is owned by the group)

It is a shame for the group but not a disaster. I believe we can function with our three remaining motorcycles without too much difficulty. However, having 2 vans has proved extremely useful during poor weather and now we have a few people regularly using the vans for shifts it is a common occurrence for both vans to be in action on some shifts or when we have an event taking place.

Jonathan (our operations manager) and I have shared some initial thoughts  and he is going to make some operational plans as to options going forward. More in the near future. If you have any thoughts on this topic please email them to Jonathan  at   operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk

I have asked the manager at DRIVE if they would be interested in making the bike available for any of our group members to buy as I know the bike has been popular with some of our riders. I am awaiting his response.

I think two vans has become almost a necessity for our group and so we are looking at options to obtain a 2nd vehicle in place of the combo van, possibly even buying the van currently on loan to us from DRIVE. This is not agreed but an idea to work on.

We’ll  let you know more in the coming weeks as plans develop.
Ollie
(Group Chairman)


11th December 2018

GROUP WIDE EMAILS AVAILABLE ON MEMBERS AREA OF WEB SITE

Hi all LRBB members,

A reminder of availability of previous group wide mails

In order to increase the communication flow inside the group, all of the information that is sent in a group wide emails is added to the members’ area of the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes web site. Go to members area and select the tab for group wide emails. They are stored on order of newest nearest the top and all have the dates they were sent out

So, in case you have not been able to check your emails for a while and you would like to make sure you have seen all group news and information, you can check the members’ area of the web site in parallel to checking your own email system.

Let me know any issues logging in to the web site. Hope this helps increase the ease of getting to see any news snippets and group emails

NOTE – in general we will not post on the web the regular, short term “shout outs” for riders / drivers to fill rota gaps

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email  chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Friday 7th December 2018

Hello all  LRBB members

GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT REMINDER FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Reminder that in a week’s time we have our next group social night. Friday 14th December.

We have decided to alternate the monthly sessions between Syston and Hinckley so that the travel distances to the venues are ‘shared around’ as it were.

On Friday 14th December we’ll be meeting at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston   People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm and stay as long as suitable for them. .

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

maybe see you over in Syston next week Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


5th December 2018

Hello all group members

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR SHIFTS & WINTER FLU SAMPLE DELIVERIES

For those booking rider / driver shifts please note the following extra days need cover as they are Bank Holidays and so we offer to cover day times on those days. We have following extra day time shifts we need to have volunteer cover (some already booked up, nice one)

Tuesday 25th December (Christmas day) Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) Tuesday January 1st (New Years Day)

Otherwise we cover our normal ‘out of hours’ routine shifts

I have received a request from the Hospital team asking that again this winter we utilise our regular rider / driver to carry out a twice daily pick up of flu blood samples from Glenfield and deliver to LRI level 5. Some of you carried out these pick-up and deliveries last winter. Exact start date and end date is to be finalised and I’ll circulate more details once known. It’ll mean that our night driver / rider will carry out a pick up / delivery at the start of the evening shift and will end the shift with the same at around 6am. Weekends we can juggle with the day time driver / rider – but fuller details to be shared in near future.

Thanks all, keep booking those shifts to save the last minute panic “shout outs” !

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


Hello all LRBB Members

November 21st 2018

TAVERNERS’ CHEQUE PRESENTATION

As you may know, the Taverners held their Founders Day during the summer, and chose LRBB as the charity they wished to support this year,  They helped us raise a total of £652.76 on the day, which was a fantastic amount.
In addition to this, they recently held an auto jumble sale, with all the proceeds going to LRBB.

There is to be an official cheque presentation to LRBB this Sunday, 25th November at 11am.
This will be held at Drive Vauxhall, Freemans Common Road,  Leicester LE2 7SL.

There will be light refreshments available and I would anticipate that the event will take less than an hour in total.

It would really good to show our thanks and support to the Taverners and in this vein I am asking if there are any members that could come along to join us on Sunday morning. Ideally half a dozen folk would be great.  If anyone could take the Versys from the ambulance station or the Van (which is kept at Lancaster Road) that would be a great help.

If you can assist could you please let me know asap?
Email: events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk    or     on my mobile: 07789 708 392

Thank you for your help, it is much appreciated

Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator


14th November 2018

Sunday afternoon relaxed music opportunity

Hello all group members,

This Sunday afternoon, 18th November, one of our members (Jonathan Read) is playing a gig at The Musician Bar and Venue in Leicester with his band ‘Project Blackbird’.

Anyone with a Blood Bike membership can get in for £4 (a £1 off) and the band will also donate  £1 to Bloodbikes. In addition, whoever is on shift can get in for free. The gig is on from 2-5pm with a support act.

Anyone who buys the vinyl or CD at the gig 10% will be donated to LRBB.

This is a link to the music for a preview.

https://projectblackbird.bandcamp.com/album/endurance

And this is a link to the venue if you are not sure where it is http://www.themusicianpub.co.uk/

The music is very ‘chilled out’, so if you fancy a Sunday afternoon relax Project Blackbird could be just what you need.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


12th November 2018

Rider for LRI Cheque Presentation

Hello all LRBB riders

The staff at LRI pathology have raised some money internally and would like to make their presentation to us on Tuesday afternoon 13th November at around 4pm.

I’ll be going down their to meet their team but if one of our riders is free and would like to take one of the bikes down there that would be great. We already have on of the group coming with me with one of the bikes but a 2nd one would go down well on the afternoon

If you are free from around 2.30pm through to about 5.30pm and would be willing to help please get in touch me and I can firm up details.
As ever . . . “first come, first served” !

Thanks all, keep it safe out there

Jonathan Bostock (Group Operations Manager)
email  operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk mobile phone  07714 863 736


9th November 2018

FJR Yamaha Has New Tyres

Hello all riders

Our FJR Yamaha fleet bike has had new front and rear tyres fitted today.  Please be aware if you are riding this bike in the near future and, as ever with new tyres, ride with that little bit of extra care as the tyres get “scrubbed in”

Thanks all

Jonathan Bostock,  Operations Manager
Email  –  operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


7th November 2018

Hi all LRBB members,

A reminder of availability of previous group wide mails

In order to increase the communication flow inside the group, all of the information that is sent in a group wide email will also be added to the members’ area of the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes web site. Go to members area and select the tab for group wide emails. They are stored on order of newest nearest the top and all have the dates they were sent out by email

So, in case you have not been able to check your emails for a few days and you want to make sure you have seen all group news and information, you can now check the members’ area of the web site in parallel to checking your own email system.

Let me know any issues logging in to the web site. Hope this helps increase the ease of getting to see any news snippets and group emails

NOTE – in general we will not post on the web the regular, short term “shout outs” for riders / drivers to fill rota gaps

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email  chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Thursday 1st November 2018

GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT REMINDER

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that in a week’s time we have our next group social night. Friday 9th November.
We have decided to alternate the monthly sessions between Syston and Hinckley so that the travel distances to the venues are ‘shared around’ as it were.

On Friday 9th we’ll be meeting at The New Plough Inn, Hinckley.  24 Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LS   People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm and stay as long as suitable for them. .

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.
maybe see you over in Hinckley Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)
Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


30th October 2018

CHANCELLOR’S BUDGET AND BLOOD BIKE VEHICLES

Helo all group members,

If you “deep dive” the details of the Chancellor’s budget statement you’ll find some excellent news for Blood Bike Groups in the UK.

The National Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) have been in discussion with government agencies for some time to promote a zero-rate vehicle excise duty on Blood Bike specific / dedicated vehicles.

The Chancellor has announced in his budget that form 2020 dedicated Blood Bike vehicles will have a zero rate of road fund tax on dedicated group vehicLes. Great news.

It is a further recognition by the UK government of the validity of the national Blood Bike movement.

NABB have issued a fuller statement and you can find a copy of this at the link below

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2R9_6IBNj9ya0xxSFFJNllGenc?usp=sharing

We will, of course, need to look at the details how this works from an operational viewpoint, how we demonstrate what vehicles are “blood bike dedicated” and the like, but we have over a year to be looking at this and, for sure, NABB will be sharing with all 30+ Blood Bike groups the practicalities.

All in all, great to be part of a Blood Bike community that our government recognise to a level that will allow future zero rate vehicle excise duty on group vehicles.

Thanks all, keep it safe out there
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


27th October 2018

GROUP AGM AGENDA

Here is a link where you can find the agenda for the AGM on Monday evening 29th October. Copies of the agenda will be available at the meeting, but you can have a look at the planned topics and download the agenda for yourself if you would like to

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2R9_6IBNj9ya0xxSFFJNllGenc?usp=sharing

Copies of financial review and other information will be available at the meeting
Reminder that the meeting starts at 7.30pm at The Blaby Hotel, Blaby.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
Group Chairman


Friday 19th October 2018

WELCOME TO NEW GROUP MEMBERS

This is an email going to a few people who are in the process of joining our group, so a big welcome and really big thanks for wanting to get involved

I am sending you this mail not only as a welcome but so you can see the format of our group wide emails with news or group wide information.  The WhatsApp group we use is only used by about two thirds of our 70-80 members. It is great for a bit of idle chit chat, but we use emails in this typical format to share news or information to all group members.

Feel free to ask me any questions at any time, if I cannot answer I can point you in the right direction and in due course you’ll get to know some of the other folks and they can tell you more stuff about the group from a members day-to-day perspective!!

You can view recent group wide emails you will not have got via the Blood Bike web site and the members area.  password is   LRBBmoto52  (note upper and lower case letters are important) so jump in and take a look  around at the information there
Looking forward to seeing you around, 29th October is our AGM so please do come to that if you are free, a great chance to meet some of the other volunteers in the group.
Details are on the group calendar – also on the web site members area

thanks again for wanting to get involved, please remember we are all volunteers so sometimes we take a few days to catch up with bits and pieces but we’ll do our best to get you up and running as fast as possible !

talk soon
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


17th October 2018

Hello all LRBB Members

We have a few events between now and Christmas for which we need volunteers,  I have listed these below and would be really grateful if you could see if you are able to help at all.

Friday 2nd November
Mallory Park Bonfire and Firework Event  5pm – 9pm

4 Volunteers required in total.  One member to take a bike and another to take the events van

Tuesday 13th November and Wednesday 14th November
Fire and Rescue Services Days at Stephenson’s College in Coalville

1 or 2 volunteers required on both days.  A bike will be needed

Saturday 18th November  Melton Theatre 6.30 – 10.30
One volunteer required. (Garry Kendall is taking a bike)

Saturday 2nd December  2pm – 5pm
Wigston Xmas Capers

2 volunteers required.  One to take a bike and one to take the events van

If you are able to help at all, please let me know as soon as possible. I can then let you have further details of the events, Many thanks for your support.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months.  You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator

EMAIL:  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


12th October 2018

GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT REMINDER

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that tonight (Friday) we have our monthly informal evening up at “the Gate Hangs Well” in Syston.  People arrive from around 7.00pm / 7.30pm..

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not.

You can find all the group activities, events and dates on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

Thanks all,
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota – “refresher” ride around

11th October 2018

Hello to all group Riders / Drivers

This is a message for anyone feeling a bit “rusty” about the local hospital pick up / drop off points and Air Ambulance / Walsgrave Hospital locations.

Group member Herby Borrell has offered to lead a ride around the locations on Saturday 20th October 2018 with any group members who might not have booked a shift for a while and would value a reminder and refresher about pick up locations, door entry codes and the like.

Ride round will start at 9.00am at the Coleman Road Ambulance station on your own bike, group hi-viz should be worn for the ride around.  Herby will then ride around with you and show the locations, door entry positions and where to go when you are on shift. The ride around will probably take around 3 hours.

A great opportunity to get back into Blood Bike mode if you have not been able to book a shift for a little while and you feel a refresher would help you.

Please contact Herby directly if you are interested to confirm your attendance. Herby’s email is herby@borrell.co.uk  or mobile phone 07887 990 214

Thanks all
Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


TAVERNERS’ AUTO JUMBLE

Hello all LRBB Members

Just a reminder that the Taverner’s are holding their annual Auto Jumble Auction on Thursday 11th October.
The venue is the Enderby Social Club, Colleridge Drive, Leicester LE19 4QF.  

The auction starts at 7.30p,m. but folk are advised to arrive at 7pm if they have an item to donate and also to allow time to look at the items being auctioned.  There will be many bike-related items going under the hammer, and there are sure to be bargains to be had (bids start at £1)

The Taverner’s are kindly donating all proceeds from the auction to LRBB, and all LRBB members are invited to attend.

If you are unable to go along, but have an item to donate to the auction, I will be happy to take it for you, if you can get it to my home address (96 Althorpe Drive, Loughborough LE11 4QU).  If this is the case, just give me a ring to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator ,  email  events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


LRBB – 2018 Annual General Meeting , Monday October 29th 2018

2nd October 2018
Hello all Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bike Group members,

The date for our 2018 Annual General Meeting is now fixed for Monday 29th October 2018. Venue will be The Blaby Hotel, Blaby, Leicester. (15 Enderby Rd, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4GD) Meeting start time is 7.30pm.

The date is showing on the group calendar available in the members area of the web site. As this is not a meeting open to the general public the meeting will not show on our Facebook events page. . All group members are very welcome to join, listen to group activity updates and take part in the election / confirmation of the group committee members. There will be time for general questions / discussions. A detailed agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting.

All
the group committee roles are open for members, this is the link where you can find the committee roles and a description of what the role involves. If you would like to chat in more detail about any of the roles please get in touch with me https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2R9_6IBNj9yNVBlSjhkOWJnbk0

Please consider if you are willing to join the group committee to help organise and plan the various group activities.

If you would like to join the committee please let me know by Monday 15th October, so that I can then circulate before the AGM the names of the people standing to serve on your group committee. If there is more than one person standing for any role then election will be by ‘show of hands’ with the chairman having the casting vote if needed, if only one person stands for a role they will be confirmed onto the committee without the need for a vote.

If you have any questions, or specific items you’d like to make sure are on the agenda drop me a note or get in touch. Thanks all, looks forward to seeing many of you at the A.G.M. at the end of October

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


Date 18th September 2018

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND BLOODBIKES – RICHARD COLLYER STANDING DOWN AS GROUP OPERATIONS MANAGER

Hello all group members

After several years looking after various day to day aspects of the group as “Operations Manager”, Richard Collyer has decided that it is time to stand down from an active group committee role.

Richard recently got married, recently bought a house that is in need of a lot of work and his work is now taking him away from home much more frequently. So, it is totally understandable he does not have the time to commit to our operations activities that he has had over last few years

Richard will still support the group as a member and with a focus to make sure we have IT related things fully working. We have a solid system that we will continue try and fine tune and develop.

We have the Annual General Meeting coming up soon (note the date will be pushed back into October and will be confirmed in the near future) and I hope we will be able to find someone with the time and commitment to take on the role of Operations Manager for Richard to hand over to. I’ll send out details of all the committee roles and what is involved for each of them for your consideration as to whether you feel able to step into a committee role and help the running and organisation of our charity.

Richard has been a huge solid contributor to the ‘back office’ activities (many of them unseen) of the group and on behalf of all of us I’d like to thank him for all he has done as a committee member. Richard plans to be at the AGM and so we can also extend personal thanks at that meeting.

Thanks all

Ollie Cufflin
Group Chairman


18th September 2018

LRBB Events and Volunteers Needed

Hello all LRBB Members

There are a few events between now and Christmas that still need volunteers.  I have listed these below and would be grateful if you could see if you are able to assist at any of them.. I realise that leading up to Christmas can be a busy time for us all, but would much appreciate any time that you can spare, Plans for the Christmas Santa Run are not yet finalised, but I will let you know the details as soon as possible.

Sunday 23rd September  Loughborough Fire Station Open Day  10am – 4pm

One more volunteer required

Sunday 7th October. Husbands Bosworth Conker/Wellie Wanging and more!

One or Two Volunteers required

18th November Melton Mowbray Theatre. 6.30pm – 10.30pm

One volunteer required to take a bike plus one other volunteer

Saturday 24th November Woodlands Garden Centre 10am – 3pm

One volunteer required to take the Events van

As you may know, we were invited to attend the Taverner’s Founders Day at Stanford Hall.We made just over £652 on the day, some of which was collected by the Taverner’s themselves, and also included £174 profit from our LRBB Tombola.  It was a very successful day!

Last week we gave a Presentation to the Taverner’s and they have advised us that we will be receiving another donation from them, this being the total raised from their annual Auto Jumble. This is being held on 11th October at Enderby Social Club (LE14 4QF). All LRBB members are welcome to go along, either to bid for items, or to donate something to the auction. The auction starts at 7.30 prompt, but folk are advised to arrive by 7pm. Items will include all kinds of motorbike related goods all at very reduced costs, and items start at only £1.00.
If you have any items to donate, but can’t make the auction, you could drop them over to me (96 Althorpe Drive, Loughborough
LE11 4QU) and I will be happy to take them for you,.
I am waiting to be advised of the date of the presentation from the Auto Jumble, but it will most likely be at a weekend, starting from Enderby. The Taverners have suggested it would be nice for some of them to have a ride out with some of our members.  I will let you have more information on this in due course. It would be good to show our appreciation to the Taverners for all their support this year.

If you are able to help at any of the above events please send me an email and I will give you further details.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months.  You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-ordinator


Monday 17th September 2018

REMINDER: BMW R1200 Speedo Inaccuracy

Hello all group riders / drivers

We are still setting up the re-callibration of the speedo on the BMW R1200, so just as a reminder here is a repeat of the information sent a short while ago……

It looks like the speedo on our BMW R1200 (ex police bike) is showing speeds slightly LESS than the actual travel speed. So, if you are riding with 70 mph indicated on the speedo then you are possibly actually travelling at 73 – 74 mph.

Please be aware of this when riding the BMW R1200 and keep the speed indicated on the speedo to a maximum of 65 mph when on roads with a posted limit of 70 mph. Likewise in all areas keep the indicated speed a few mph LESS than the posted speed limit.

We’ll get the bike booked in to get the speedo checked and as needed re-calibrated and keep you posted on the outcome.

Thanks all
Andy Bryant
Fleet Manager,  email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Thursday 13th September 2018

REMINDER OF GROUP SOCIAN NIGHT 14TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Hello all  LRBB members

Reminder that tomorrow night (Friday) we have our monthly informal evening up at “the Gate Hangs Well” in Syston.  People arrive from around 7.00pm.

Totally informal, totally friendly. All are welcome whether group members or not. You can find all the group activities and events on the members area of the website under “group calendar” and the events that are relevant to group members and the general facebook community we also add there. Check out the group calendar so you can see what is coming up.

Maybe see you up there tomorrow Thanks all,

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman) Email chairman@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Saturday 8th September 2018

BMW R1200 Speedo Accuracy

Hello all group riders / drivers

It looks like the speedo on our BMW R1200 (ex police bike) is showing speeds slightly LESS than the actual travel speed. So, if you are riding with 70 mph indicated on the speedo then you are possibly actually travelling at 73 – 74 mph.

Please be aware of this when riding the BMW R1200 and keep the speed indicated on the speedo to a maximum of 65 mph when on roads with a posted limit of 70 mph. Likewise in all areas keep the indicated speed a few mph LESS than the posted speed limit.

We’ll get the bike booked in to get the speedo checked and as needed re-calibrated and keep you posted on the outcome.

Thanks all
Andy Bryant
Fleet Manager,  email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Date August 31st 2018

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND BLOOD BIKES – REVIEW AND UPDATE AUGUST 2018

Here is an overview of our Blood Bike group activities, what is happening and what is coming up. Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever) and have a read through all the current bits and pieces.
I hope this helps keep group members up to date if they have not been able to get to a recent supporters meeting or keep track all the posts and emails snippets that come round

  1. FLEET NEWS (a) Ongoing thanks to DRIVE Vauxhall for sponsoring the group in 2018. We have a 67 plate Combo van now in the fleet courtesy of DRIVE and the Kawasaki Versys bike remains in the fleet as in 2017. As of now the Versys is having new chain and sprockets fitted having covered round about 17,000 miles (b) The older Combo van we purchased from DRIVE Vauxhall has had a livery refresh; it was getting a little tired and dog eared. Having the two vans has enabled us to get some non-bike rider members to be able to book some delivery shifts even if we are using a van to move event equipment around at events. (c) BMW index VX57 was written off earlier in the year after a spill on a roundabout. We are thankful the rider suffered no serious or lasting injuries (d) The BMW 1200 donated by the Family of Martyn Turner has now been in regular use in the group for several months. It’ss be having some new tyres in the very near future (e) The Yamaha FJR 1300 remains a solid and reliable workhorse (f) At the time of writing this update we are picking up and making final preparations to use a new BMW F800GT in the fleet. This has been generously funded by the Mark Master Masons group. This is a “mid weight” bike which we think will be very user friendly for those riders who find the Yamaha and BMW heavy and the Versys quite tall.
  2. Booking rider / driver shifts – we are needing to send out 2 or more times every week a plea to our riders / drivers to fill in rota gaps that are empty in the coming 2 weeks. We are living ‘hand to mouth’ and there is a concern that when we send out the plea riders / drivers will not even open the mail as they are “bored” by the continual sending out of the pleas. Keep trying to check your diaries and be as proactive as possible to keep us on the road as a group
  3. VEHICLE STORAGE LOCATIONS We have three main locations:- (i) The ambulance station, Goodwood Road  (ii) Central fire station and (iii) Birstall Fire Station We are looking at options to have a vehicle based in the Hinckley area but as we have found with other locations, when dealing with facility management systems the wheels of progress work slowly. With the existing garaging locations we are operating a rotation policy and from time to time moving the vehicles between the venues so all drivers / riders get an equal share of riding a bike of their preference from a location nearest to them. A reminder to all drivers / riders – please do NOT write down location access codes or key box codes in a format that can be recognised by someone if you lose the information. Use some format or naming that you will understand but a stranger will not if they find or come across the details you have written down
  4. Van driver competence assessment – We are reviewing and finalising an updated group policy on formal driver competence assessment for van drivers. We had been working under group policy that people having passed an advanced bike rider assessment and with a full driving license were deemed to be competent to use the group vans. Our insurance policy does not demand any more than drivers have a full car driving license. However, we believe it a positive step forward to look at a short, formal assessment and driver coaching session for all those wanting to drive group vans. We expect there will be a nominal cost to this which we would request drivers to pay, in the same way that group riders fund their own advanced rider training / assessments. More details in the near future
  5. AIR AMBULANCE (a) The Monday / Weds / Friday / Sunday, fixed time runs in the evenings between Walsgrave Hospital and East Midlands Airport continue. We have had a few occasions where blood has not been available from Walsgrave and this has been frustrating when for one reason or another we had not received notification of this. We are looking at ways to double check blood availability before a rider / driver goes to Walsgrave to avoid any wasted journeys. (b) We still plan to set up a group “PR” photo with our vehicles and the air ambulance. Group members can come along and we can get (I hope) a big group photo. (c) The team at the air ambulance station at East Midlands are very appreciative, some of you will have met them if you’ve done the shift
  6. EVENTS (a) Elaine Bivins continues to plan and organise our fund raising events and presentations. Please go to this link to see our group “12 month look ahead” showing all planned activities. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1VkBcaY6b4OBNnym6pzWhwm6Htb-Ws86n6rH01mdlXUY/edit?usp=drive_web&ouid=118109883331904780043 (b) It continues to be an uphill struggle to get group members to help out at the planned events. We expect all members to actively support activities. We do not “babysit” members but rely on the proactive attitude of members to check the plans and chat to Elaine to get a date that works for them. Please help Elaine as it is tiresome, event after event, to keep asking for helpers. Take a look at the events ahead and contact Elaine via events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
  7. MEDIA (a) Jonathan Bostock continues to push to our facebook information flow. Thanks to him for the work (b) If you have pictures or stories to share please contact him so he can use them in sharing in our media channels Jonathan is at  media@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
  8. HOSPITALS (a) ongoing out of hours cover continues. Thanks to all our riders / drivers for stepping up to take the shifts (b) we continue to talking with the outlying hospitals for possible one daytime per week to offer blood sample movement from outlying hospitals to LRI. Details are not yet finalised and we expect to meet the hospitals management team late in August to make next decisions. We have a concern that even though we have a large rider / driver base, the ongoing last minute chasing to fill regular shifts will only be made worse by taking on this additional workload. So, we’ll make sure we give this suitable recognition in any decision. It is great to have a large membership, but we need to be realistic that all members are not able to book any rider / driver shifts for one reason or another. It is fully recognised that life can bring challenges that mean booking shifts is difficult from time to time – this is the reality of a volunteer group, and we need to be realistic when considering taking on this daytime ‘once per week’ workload.
  9. RIDING / ADHERANCE TO ROAD REGUALTIONS A brief reminder to all that group policy requires our drivers / riders to act in accordance with road rules and regulations. We conduct random checks on vehicle tracker records and where necessary we alert riders / drivers where it is evident that vehicle speeds are in excess of known speed limits. We are NOT an emergency service and we do not use blue lights on the public roads. We do not have any need to break speed limits or any other road regulations and hospital staff have no authority to request that any rider / driver acts outside the requirements of normal road regulations. We’ll continue to have a ‘quiet word’ where needed with any of the team as needed
  10. GROUP AGM We have our AGM planned for September 26th 2018. Main business will be a review of 2017 group actions and accounts and the election or affirmation of the group committee for the coming year. All members will receive details of the committee positions open to all. If we get only one person standing for any role then they will take up that position without the need for a vote. Where we get more than one person offering to take a role then members present at the AGM will vote by show of hands as to who will be elected to take the role for the coming year.
  11. NEW MEMBERS Paul Johnson and Aimee Hurst continue to ‘process’ our new members, so if you have any queries or names of interested people you can contact them via   supporters@lrbloodbikes.org.uk We have a number of dormant member and we are working through those to check if they are still interested and where not they are removed from the members list.

Hope that helps give an overview of the group activities generally, let me know if any specific questions and look out for the invitations to the group AGM on 26th September

Ollie Cufflin (Group Chairman)


LRBB Funeral Attendance Thursday 30th Sept

sent 29th August 2018

Hello all

One of our group riders (Bryan Spence) has heard that tomorrow (Thursday 30th August) is the funeral service of a local biker called Phil Hawksley. Phil was also known for his skills as a mechanic on BMWs and so was also locally known as “boxer man”.

Phil’s family are wanting to make a donation in memory of Phil to our group and so even though a bit last minute, if anyone is free to take the FJR from Coleman Road Ambulance Station over to Loughborough crematorium for 12.30pm that would be great.

If this is something you could do please get in touch with Bryan, he’ll take the BMW over there from Birstall fire station, Bryan’s mobile number is 07946 469 335.

Even if not riding a group bike, if any members are able to join Bryan then please contact him, it would be nice to get a few ‘high viz’ members there if possible.

Apologies that this is short notice but we have only just heard about the family wanting to support the group in memory of Phil.
Thanks all
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


SHOUT OUT RIDRS / DRIVERS TO FILL EMPTY ROTA SHIFTS

Saturday 18th August 2018

email to group riders/ drivers

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.
We have 18 gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air amb Run
Sat 25 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Day
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 28 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 29 Aug 2018 Night
Thu 30 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 31 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb Run
Sat 01 Sep 2018 Day Sat 01 Sep 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


LRBB NEWS ALERT – PICK UP NEW BMW F800 FROM PIDCOCK

15th August 2018

Hello all LRBB members,

We will be doing a “pick up” of the new BMW F800GT from Pidcock BMW Long Eaton on Thursday 16th August at around 9.00am. Any group members interested in coming over for the occasion please make your own way there. Group Hi Viz can be worn for the occasion.

It will not be much more than a key handover and a few photos but we’re sure there’ll be a coffee and a chance to look at the range of BMWs over there!.

Colin Brink is going to ride the F800 back to Leicester and then take if on Friday 17th August to the official Mark Master Masons UK wide celebration of their funded bikes at the event hosted by the Mark Master Masons.

The bike will then be stabled at Coleman Road Ambulance Station ready for sat nav, tracker and rack fitting before going into use in the fleet in the near future

Maybe see some of your there in Long Eaton.

Regards

Richard Collyer, Operations Manager  (operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager  (fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)

** a copy of this and all group wide emails from the last couple of months can be found on the members area of the LRBB web site


LRBB NEWS ALERT – NEW BMW F800 FUNDED BY MARK MASTER MASONS

14th August 2018

Hello all LRBB members   Great news for the group, the BMW F800GT motorcycle, funded by the Mark Master Masons group, is ready for a formal “pick up” from Pidcock BMW in Long Eaton. We’ll confirm the pick up day asap and all those who are free will be welcome to come over to Pidcock to join the little PR ‘splash’ we’ll make of it.

The Mark Master Masons group has funded vehicles across a number of Blood Bike groups and we are fortunate to be able to benefit from the support with the purchase costs of this bike from them.

The BMW F800 bike still needs to have tracker, sat nav and rack fitted but will be in use in our fleet in the very near future. It will be rotated over time between the garaging locations as are the other bikes.

It is an excellent addition to the fleet as the F800 bike is a little lighter in weight and has a slightly lower seat height than the other motorcycles. It will mean a very useful alternative for those in the group, or thinking of joining the group, who find the existing motorbikes a little heavy or tall at times. The F800 is a tried and tested ‘work horse’ and used widely amongst blood bike groups.

We are extremely grateful to the Mark Master Mason’s group for their funding and we will be taking the bike along to their publicity event taking place in the near future when our bike, along with others funded for other blood bike groups, will be unveiled “en masse” in a PR event.

We will set up necessary paperwork and check lists for this bike along with organising some familiarisation sessions to the bike itself for those who might be riding the bike.

The additional of this 4th bike to our fleet is tremendous but it also brings the additional burden to our costs and so a reminder to all group members to please support the events we go to where we gather much of the needed funding to operate our fleet. All future events can be seen on the members area of the group web site.

Our motorcycle fleet now looks like this
Yamaha FJR1300 (group owned)
BMW 1200R (group owned)
BMW F800 (group owned, purchase costs funded by Mark Master Masons)
Kawasaki Versys 1000 (loaned and serviced free of charge by DRIVE Vauxhall group)

For further information about the Mark Master Masons group here is a wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Mark_Master_Masons from where you can also follow various web links to see the work this part of masonic organisation

Regards
Richard Collyer, Operations Manager  (operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)
Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager  (fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)


LRBB Rider/Driver Rota – gaps in rota over next 2 weeks as at 13th August

Monday 13th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Tue 14 Aug 2018 Night  VERY URGENT
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Early Eve
Sat 18 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Sat 25 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 26 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Mon 27 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota – Urgent Shout Out for Rider / Driver Tomorrow (Sunday)

Sat 11th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

This is an urgent shout out for a rider /driver for tomorrow’s (Sunday) daytime shift and also the Sunday evening Air Ambulance returns from East Midlands to Walsgrave Hospital
Can you help?

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager) Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


12 GAPS IN ROTA OVER NEXT 2 WEEKS

Sat 11th August 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 12 Aug 2018 Day   URGENT NEED
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Early Eve   Air Amb run
Tue 14 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 17 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run
Sat 18 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 19 Aug 2018 Night
Mon 20 Aug 2018 Night
Tue 21 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 22 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 24 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Amb run

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52

Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. If someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming the shift is already booked

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


GROUP SOCIAL NIGHT

10th August 2018

Hello LRBB members,

Quick reminder, tonight is our next group informal social night at “The Gate Hangs Well”, Syston.

Also, remember all our group dates and events are shown in our “12 month look ahead” calendar on the members area of the group web site plus we post public events also on Facebook

The social night is totally optional and totally informal. Bring any friends or family if you would like to.

Meet anytime from around 7pm until you need to head home

thanks
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)


SMOKING IN GROUP VEHICLES

30th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

A friendly reminder to all group members about smoking in group vehicles.

Smoking in vehicles used by multiple persons or which are classed as company/work vehicles is against the law and carries an on the spot penalty of £50 which can be increased by the courts to £200 (For more details check various web pages using any web search engine)

It has been illegal for a number of years and as a group we do not put ‘no smoking’ stickers in the vans as it is assumed drivers are aware of the legal implications. However one of the vans has just had an inside and outside clean this weekend and there was a quantity of ash and cigarette materials in the van that needed to be cleaned up.

Please be aware as a van driver or potential van driver it is illegal to smoke in the group vans and we remind you of the law and also not least out of consideration to other users.

I fully appreciate the voluntary efforts you ALL put in and naturally some people smoke (as do I) so all I ask is if you want to take a smoke then have a short ‘smoke break’ and stop in a safe place en-route if you are driving one of the vans

Thanks again for all you efforts and the time you give and I hope no one is offended by this email but I need everyone to be aware of the legalities as we don’t want a volunteer ending up £50 out of pocket for doing great work!

Regards
Andy Bryant, Fleet Manager
Tel: 07522 027709

email   fleet@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


GAPS IN RIDER/ DRIVER ROTA

Monday 30th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Fri 03 Aug 2018 Night
Sat 04 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Day
Wed 08 Aug 2018 Early Eve  Air Ambulance
Thu 09 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 10 Aug 2018 Night
Sat 11 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 12 Aug 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Mon 13 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)

Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


ROTA GAPS

Thursday 26th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have the following gaps in our rider / driver rota over the next 2 weeks
Can you help?

Sun 29 Jul 2018 Day Sun 29 Jul 2018 Early Eve – Air Ambulance)
Mon 30 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 01 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 01 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air ambulance
Fri 03 Aug 2018 Night
Fri 03 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air Ambulance
Sat 04 Aug 2018 Night
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Day
Sun 05 Aug 2018 Night
Wed 08 Aug 2018 Early Eve – Air ambulance
Thu 09 Aug 2018 Night

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email    operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


25th July 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EVENTS

Hello all LRBB Members

We have 2 events in August for which we are short of one volunteer.

If you could possibly help with either of these events, I would be really grateful.  The details are as follows:-

Saturday 11th August.
Evington Village Fete.  12 noon to 5pm. (arrive to set up at 11.30)

One volunteer needed to take the events van from Birstall  
Venue is: The Village Green, Main Street, Evington. LE5 6FA

Saturday 18th August
Woodstock in Whitwick. 12 noon  to 5pm (arrive to set up at 11.30)

One volunteer needed to take the events van from Birstall
Venue is The Hermitage Leisure Centre (Field} Silver Street, Whitwick, Coalville, LE67 5EU

If you are able to help at either of these, could you either drop me an email (events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk)
or send a text /phone me on  07789 708392 as soon as possible.

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have attended events so far this year.  You have done a grand job in helping to raise the profile of the group, and bring in much needed funds. Your support is very much appreciated.

With many thanks

Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
Events Co-ordinator

email events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota – Critical Gaps in the next few days

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have some critical gaps in our rota in the coming days, as well as ongoing multiple gaps in the next 2+ weeks. Can you help with these most critical ones, then we will worry later in the week about the gaps for next week and beyond

Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day – CRITICAL
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night – CRITICAL

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.  Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots
Go the web site   www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab,  login password is   LRBBmoto52 Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”.  You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,
Richard Collyer (Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Parking Permits When on Shift

15th July 2018

Hello all LRBB riders and drivers

Our members area of the web site contains a variety of forms and documents that we use to help manage the group rider / driver activities.

You can find these documents under Forms and Procedures in the “Members’ Area”

We have been alerted to an incorrect phone number on the parking permits contained in the Operation Procedures documents “OP18”. This error has now been corrected. Apologies to those who recently had some frustration while trying to use the incorrect number.

Please download the documents and print for yourselves the one page permits for Lancaster Road Fire Station and Goodwood Ambulance Station

Birstall Fire Station uses same parking permit as per Lancaster Road

We try and make sure there are laminated printed permits in the vehicle / bike folders for you to use but, unfortunately, sometimes after use they are not returned to the folder so our advice is to have your own printed (no need to laminate them for your personal use!) and available for when you are parking a motor vehicle.

If you do not use a parking permit displayed in the windscreen of a vehicle then it is possible you will receive a parking “fine” from a third party company OR that the station staff are not sure if the vehicle parked there is for genuine reasons.

Many thanks

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager, operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk )


Urgent Shift Shout Out for Sunday Day Time

Friday 13th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

At the time of writing this (1.35pm) We have a critical rider / driver gap this coming Sunday day-time

If you can help with this shift then go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk



Group Calendar and Dates for your Diaries

12th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

A reminder and some dates for your diaries . . .

Reminder – all of the group events and activities can be found via our group website (www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk) and link on the members area tab. Look for the link “LRBB Events & Support Needed”.
You’ll see all the things coming up and the dates also where we still need help.
Public events are also posted on facebook and main web pages but some of the group “internal” activities are just shown on the members calendar on the web site. So, in the first instance always check the group web site calendar first, this is the central place where we co-ordinate all group activities

Dates for your diaries:

1. We have a group social evening on the 2nd Friday of each month at “The Gate Hangs Well” in Syston from around 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Some get there earlier, no fixed start time . (totally informal evening. There may be a few people there or there could be 10 or more there)
Next social is Friday 13th July

2. We have a supporters meeting taking place on Thursday July 19th at the Blaby Hotel in Blaby. 7.30pm start. All are welcome whether members or new people wanting to find out what we do
We’ll look at current group activities, news about the new bike coming, group finances as well as sharing ideas how to improve any areas of concern or frustrations with any area of our group workings. Please do join if you can

3. We need group members to step up in the middle of the busyness of life and be willing to help at some events in the coming months. Please take a look and see what you might be able to help with.

If we share the work then the load is light, but when left to a small group the load is tough. Thanks if you can look at the calendar of events and consider if you can support one of the future dates.

Thanks all, hope to see you in the near future
Ollie Cufflin
(Group Chairman)



Can you help this weekend day time?

Thursday 12th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have critical gaps in the rota this coming Saturday and Sunday day times.

If you can help with these shifts (and many other gaps in the coming week or two and beyond!) then go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk



Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 10 Empty Shifts

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

Sorry but once again we have a high number of gaps in our driver / rider rota for the coming 14 days. So once again here is a plea to check your diaries and see what you might be able to fill – also of course feel more than free to book ahead more than 2 weeks.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 23 Jul 2018 Night

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Urgent Shout out for Wednesday Night Shift

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all our current active rider / driver list

We have no cover for Wednesday Night’s shift (11th July)

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our riders / drivers can double check their diaries to see if they can cover.

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. OR if you cannot get online easily please call Ollie Cufflin 07976 802 956)

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Request for Volunteers for Events

9th July 2018

Hello all LRBB Members

We have a few upcoming events for which we are short of volunteers. The details are listed below and I would be really grateful if you could see if you are able to assist at one of these.

Saturday 14th July Hinckley Family Fun Day 11am to 3pm

We require one volunteer to take a bike and another to take the Events Van
(as this is short notice, please let me know by the end of today if you can help as I need to let the organisers know tomorrow whether or not we are attending)

Sunday 22nd July Taverner’s Founders Day 9am – 4pm

We require one Volunteer to take one of our Blood Bikes to this event
This is being held at Stanford Hall, Nr Lutterworth, LE17 6DH
The Taverner’s have chosen the Blood Bikes as their nominated charity for the year, so this is an important event for us.

Saturday 11th August Evington Fete 12 noon to 5pm

We require one volunteer to take the Events Van to the event
This is being held on the village green, Main St, Evington LE5 6FA

If you can help at any of the above, please let me know asap either by email : events@lrbloodbikes.org.uk
or by phone: 07789 708392

May I say a big thank you to all of you who have volunteered for events over the past few months. You have done a great job in raising the profile of LRBB and getting much needed funds.Your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you
Kind regards

Elaine Bivins
LRBB Events Co-Ordinator


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 12 Empty Shifts

Monday 9th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all the people on our current active rider / driver list.

Sorry but once again we have a high number of gaps in our driver / rider rota for the coming 14 days. So once again here is a plea to check your diaries and see what you might be able to fill – also of course feel more than free to book ahead more than 2 weeks.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Wed 18 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 21 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 22 Jul 2018 Night
Mon 23 Jul 2018 Night

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Urgent Shout out for tonght’s shift (Sunday)

Sunday 8th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list (sorry also therefore including those who have already jumped in over the last few days to fill the empty shifts).

We have no cover at all for tonight’s shift (Sunday 8th July)

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our riders / drivers to double check their diaries to see if they can cover

If you can help please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. OR if you cannot get online easily please call Ollie Cufflin 07976 802 956 or Aimee Hurst (controller today and tonight) 07810 554 007

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Urgent Shout out for Sunday shift rider / driver

Saturday 7th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

We have no cover at all for Sunday 8th July either for the day shift or the night shift.

This is an urgent shout out to see if any of our 49 riders / drivers can double check their diaries to see if they can cover

If you can help and fill these (or other) shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can.

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


Rider / Driver Rota 2 Week Look Ahead: 9 Empty Shifts

Friday 6th July 2018

Hello LRBB Riders / Drivers,

This mail is being sent to all 49 people on our current active rider / driver list.

Here is the current 2 week look ahead for our Rider / Driver rota, please see if you are able to help with any of the following empty shifts not filled as of now

Sun 08 Jul 2018 Day
Sun 08 Jul 2018 Night
Wed 11 Jul 2018 Night
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Day
Sat 14 Jul 2018 Night
Sun 15 Jul 2018 Day
Wed 18 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Night
Fri 20 Jul 2018 Early Eve Air Ambulance

If you can help and fill any of this shifts please log into the members area of the web site and do a “self booking” if you can. Also look ahead at future dates and if possible volunteer for any of the empty slots

Go the web site www.lrbloodbikes.org.uk and go to the members tab, login password is LRBBmoto52
Open the sheet “LRBB Available Shifts”. You can self-book empty shifts.

The rota updates online every 5 minutes, if no-one else booked your date in the 5 minutes before you then you’ll get a text message confirming successful booking. Conversely if someone got in there a few minutes before you then you’ll get a text confirming someone else has booked that slot

Thanks all,

Richard Collyer
(Group Operations Manager)
Email operations@lrbloodbikes.org.uk


New Bike to be Added to our Fleet

6th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members

Great news . . . we have received a donation from the ’Mark Masons’ group to enable us to buy a new bike to add to our fleet.

Whereas we are not looking to continually expand our fleet, we have for a long time wanted to be able to have a “mid weight” bike in the fleet that would be just that little bit easier to handle and move around and have a seat height a little lower than the other bikes in our fleet.

We will use the donation to buy a new BMW F800GT. These bikes are tried and tested by many Blood Bike groups and have proven reliability track record. In addition, as the bike is belt driven we avoid the ongoing maintenance issues linked to chain driven bikes.

We have been able to secure an early delivery of a white F800GT from Pidcock BMW and once we have the bike we will apply the Blood Bike livery and rack in line with the FJR and BMW 1200 Yamaha in our fleet.

Once the livery is applied we’ll do an ‘official’ handover from Pidcock in Long Eaton to which all group members will be invited. I hope this will be in the next 2-3 weeks. At the same time we’ll post the news on facebook / social media with pictures of the new bike.

The Mark Masons group have funded a number of other Blood Bike Groups around the UK and they will be hosting a UK wide publicity event in August for all of their donated machines to the various groups. We will attend that event of course with our BMW F800. That event is scheduled to be held at the Motorcycle museum near Birmingham Airport

More information and dates coming soon, but great news for sure.

Richard Collyer
Group Operations Manager


New Milk Team Leader

5th July 2018

Hello all LRBB members,

One of our long-time group members and committee member Mark Sampson has decided it is time to spend more time with family and other interests outside of the Blood Bike group. As Mark has been around for several years (since the ‘early days’ in fact) as well as managing our “tins” for some time and also looking after the “milk team” I thought it worthwhile to let you all know.

We do not normally send out a mail whenever a group member decides to move on from group activities as this is the reality of a volunteer group; people will join and people will leave. However, as Mark has been around and leading various parts of the group for the period he has and is such a well-respected group member I thought it good to share the news with you all.

Mark’s proactive input to the group will be missed and on behalf of the group I share a big “thank you” to Mark.

The “milk team” activities are now being looked after by Ges Martin, the email address stays the same for all milk team information. milkteam@lrbloodbikes.org.uk and you can get in touch with Ges via his mobile number 07411 038172. Ges is co-opted onto the committee for the time being. All committee roles will be open for election / re-election in the Autumn at the AGM (date and details to be announced)

Big thanks again to Mark, we’ll see you around I am sure.

Ollie
(Group Chairman)