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Peterborough MAG branch comes back from the dead! Report by Dave Hammond & Tracy (Tink) Wyatt

Peterborough MAG has had a somewhat chequered past, being on and off more than the lights at a Pelican Crossing. After a few months of wondering should we or shouldn’t we resurrect the Peterborough Branch and spending hours speaking to a variety of MAG members, we bit the bullet and finally did it! But with the deision made, now started the hard work.The planning, finding a venue, advertising, press releases, obtaining raffle prizes for our first night’s meet and of course getting the word out that Peterborough MAG was back. There’s no point having a MAG meeting if there was only going

to be Dave and I sat there. All too soon Friday 11th November came around and everything was finally ready and in place. Even the weather was being kind. Arriving early at the venue, (The Fox and Hounds, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 6NB 01733 807409) a warm welcome was extended by the landlord who had reserved a great area for us with doors leading to the pub’s beer garden.

The riders started arriving from 7pm and by 8pm the area reserved for us was over-spilling into the adjacent bar area, a great start to our first night. With approximately 40 in attendance, Dave formally opened the meeting, introducing us both and the new branch, while I was busy with the camera trying to get some good shots. We were also lucky enough to get Paddy Tyson, MAG’s National Campaigns Manager to

come along and let those in attendance discover what MAG are currently up to and what they are currently doing to defend rider’s rights in the UK. As well as answering a number of questions from the floor, Paddy dispelled myths regarding proposed EU Regulations. After a short break it was raffle time, with all the prizes being kindly donated by local businesses. With £54 being raised, Andy Campion, County representative for Cambridgeshire’s Riders Branch of the Royal British

Legion Poppy Appeal received the total with thanks. As the evening drew to its inevitable conclusion, the feedback from the turnout was very good, with quotes like, “see you in a fortnights time” and “it’s good to have MAG back in Peterborough,” coming from a number of riders.

It was clear to see that all our hard work had paid off and both Dave and I can’t wait for the up- coming meetings – planned every fortnight at the Fox and Hounds – we hope to see you there.

Peterborough MAG Helps Animal Charity

The good autumn winds kept the rains away, making it a dry start for our first Christmas Toy Run to the Wood Green Animal Shelter.

All riders and supporters, with the youngest being just seven months old, arrived at the Fox & Hounds in time for a photo call with the local press. We were fortunate to have a support vehicle to transport most of the cuddly toys, dog bowls & chews etc, which had been kindly donated by local businesses, with the remaining MAG member donations being crammed into top boxes and panniers.

After riding through the Cambridgeshire countryside in lovely sunshine for just over an hour, we arrived and unloaded

our presents. A table that had been set aside for the donations was stacked to overflowing when we started to add our gifts! A quick thank you by Peterborough MAG Rep Dave Hammond was followed by much appreciated hot drinks and biscuits during which time we were given an overview of the work that the shelter does by the fund raising rep.

During her talk it was explained that the Wood Green shelter is wholly dependant on charitable donations and while the core funding provides for a good standard of care for the animals, the addition of toys and chews serves to enhance the environment that the animals live in. This was obviously a very important part of the care that the

shelter provides.

After thanking us once again we were invited to look around the 52 acre site during which time we were able to see how the donations would be put to use. As we walked around it was clear that all of the staff cared very much for the animals, with lots of affection being displayed to all the creatures in their various compounds. It was clear

that the animals were relaxed and happy in the shelter.

It is our intention to make this a bigger event next year and to work more closely with local business to increase their donations.

Thank you to everyone for all the support given.

Dave & Tink Peterborough MAG Reps

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