Sep 24, 2018

2018 APDI Meeting Sept 2018



Minutes of the Wirral APDI Meeting Held on Thursday 6th September

at Heswall Football Club


The meeting started at 7.15pm
16 Members present

Apologies this month : Shirley Lewis, Thea Copple, Brian Murray, Rob Fyffe, Steve Gallagher, Dave Shackleton, Michelle Thelwell, Heather Barnes,
Ian Hazlehurst



Brian sent his apologies this month as he was unable to attend the meeting, Richard welcomed everyone on behalf of the committee and chaired this months meeting along with help from Kevin. 


Guest Speakers 

Our guests this month were Paul and Gary from Merseyside Police's Speed Camera Van along with Officers Matt and Tom from Merseyside Police who all came along to chat to members and allow us time to look around the camera van and patrol vehicle along with the speed camera equipment. Members had chance to look at the vehicles and equipment as well as asking questions of the police staff. 

We were also joined by local ADI Kate Jones from Chris Kelly who is this years Lead Car in the First leg of the Big Learner Relay for Children in Need from Leasowe to Claire House at Clatterbridge.


Other Business

Big Learner Relay

We are pleased to annouce that there are 2 local legs to this years Big Learner Relay for Children in Need. 

The first leg (and start of this years BLR convoy) is from Leasowe Castle, Moreton to Claire House in Clatterbridge at 8am on Friday 2nd November. Lead car is Kate Jones. 

The second leg from Claire House to Ellesmere Port Blue Planet at 9am will be lead by Rob Fyffe. It would be great to have as many local instructors supporting the event to get the convoy off to a really big start. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before the times above. 

For more details visit the Facebook group or contact one of the lead car instructors.

This year’s spots are slightly different from last year as The BBC have recognised our efforts and given us ‘Fundraising Partners’! This means that to be so deeply associated with them we need to look the look! This year’s spots are exactly the colours determined by the BBC. Pudsey is also licensed and will be appearing in our packs again. PLEASE use our spots! Any other spots or any other Pudseys (including last year’s) aren’t legal, so although you can use them, we can’t show you off! Please don’t recreate your own Pudseys... he is copywriten!

First Aid Refresher Course

Richard has organised a refresher course for those who took part in the full days first aid training last year. The cost is at a discounted rate of £25 for the 2 hour session and will take place in Liverpool at John Davies' training premises on Thursday 11th October. Further details will be sent in a separate email. If you would like to join the course, please email Richard to book your place. 

Test Centre Surgery 

This months surgery took place with Pete, Dave and Jack on 3rd September. Brian, Richard and Kevin attended the meeting on behalf of the APDI and minutes will be sent to members separately. 

Highways Agency Trip

Feedback from the recent visit to the Highways Agency Control room in Newton-Le-Willows was very positive and members found it interesting. If anyone has suggestions for similar visits, please let Richard know. 

Cardington DVSA Training Academy Visit

Richard has sent an email out for members who are attending this trip to Bedford with details of the local Premier Inn Hotel we are staying in after the visit. Please book your room as soon as possible as prices will increase. If you book a flexible room, there is no charge until the day. 

APDI Christmas Meal 

Following the success of the last few years, we are pleased to say we have booked the Toby Carvery Arrowe Park for our Christmas Meal in place of our regular December meeting on Thursday 6th December.

We will need a non refundable deposit of £5 per person by the October meeting to book your place.

The menu can be found here 3 courses are £13.99

Senior Road Users Event

This event is open to over 60's and is being held in Port Sunlight at Hulme Hall on Wednesday 3rd October from 10am-2pm.

These events are held twice a year by each local authority. They are usually well attended and well received by the senior community, so far we have the Police, Arriva, Mersey Travel,  Ian Edwards, Dave Rees, IAM  and Kathy Hall confirmed as speakers.

If you know of any senior drivers who maybe interested or groups that could promote the event, please contact Kathy Hall at Wirral Road Safety Team 0151 606 2151 or email

Facebook group page & Whatsapp

Members are reminded that we have a Facebook group as well as Whatsapp for communicating amongst members between meetings. If you are not already members, please let our APDI secretary know and you can easily be added. 

The winners of this months raffle were : 

Congratulations to Dee Darbyshire Colton who won this months raffle. 



Dates for your Diaries
Our next meeting is Thursday 4th October
Next LDTM Surgery is Monday 8th October
Refresher First Aid Course is Thursday 11th October
Cardington DVSA Trip is Wednesday 5th December
APDI Christmas Meal is Thursday 6th December


As you may notice, we have chosen a new format to send out APDI emails such as updates and minutes. This should be easier to read on a variety of equipment such as mobile phone, tablets as well as PC. If you have any problems or queries please let Richard know. Thanks