oCTOBER 14 2008.

Bright sunshine set the scene for Saturday's BMF AGM held at the Great Western Railway Social Club in Hereford.

After the BMF's recent turbulent times, this was a more reflective AGM with members keenly interested in the BMF's current performance and future plans and not the internal politics of the past.

Reporting on the BMF's planned move to new and smaller offices, outgoing Director of Administration Don Lewis said that staff reductions since 2005 and the contracting out of events management to Live Promotions had meant that the BMF's existing headquarters was now larger than required and a move to smaller premises would therefore considerably reduce operating costs. The move, still within Leicester, is scheduled for early November and when completed will enable the existing Jack Wiley House, owned by the BMF, to be let.

Financially, reported Finance Director Howard Anderson, the BMF's performance had met or exceeded budget projections in most areas, with the BMF's programme of shows all making a healthy profit despite increased running costs. The only downside had been in the running of Track Experience days, which although a hit with those who had attended, had not drawn the hoped for attendance numbers. This new venture was however seen as something that the BMF should offer and is now being reviewed for next year.

Overall membership at 84,693 had, like many other organisations, shown a slight decline, but club affiliations at 339 were holding up well. To overwhelming support from delegates membership increased by one on Saturday when Eddie Kidd was voted in as an honorary member of the BMF. Britain's top stunt rider until his career was sadly ended by an horrendous accident in 1996, Eddie was awarded honorary membership in recognition of his courage in overcoming his injuries and his ongoing support for the BMF.

Even though there were several posts up for election, with one candidate for each post, none were contested, but with Don Lewis standing down, a vote of thanks was given for his many years of unstinting service and a warm welcome given to his successor as Director of Administration, Sue Chadwick, a former President of the Women's International Motorcyclists Association. Sue is a contracts manager with a large multi-national company and looks forward to bringing those skills to the BMF.

In recognition of the importance of BMF events in funding BMF activities, it was agreed that a new post of Events Director will be implemented from the 2009 AGM, necessitating the amalgamation of the Individual and Affiliate member services director roles into one Member Services post.

Anna Zee was returned for a third year as BMF Chairman and said that now the BMF had stability, she was looking forward to planning for the BMF's Golden Jubilee in 2010.