Calendar (biker) girls back in print

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MEFI OUS MAIDENS – ‘beware of girls’ in Guernsey French – is the third charity calendar featuring female Guernsey bikers to raise money for charity.

Some of the women who feature in the Mefi Ous Maidens 2019 charity bikers calendar with Sam Proudlove-Gains, third from right, who was the inspiration behind the calendar idea. (Picture supplied by Andrew Le Poidevin)

The idea for the calendar was dreamt up in 2015 by Jayne Packham and the rest of the Mums of Anarchy group who would meet and socialise after rides.

‘We got talking and realised cancer affected a lot of people we know. A son of one of my friends [Sam Proudlove-Gains] was diagnosed with leukaemia and a charity was formed in his name. We wanted to do something to raise money to help,’ she said.

The first calendar raised £1,150 and the second in 2015 raised £1,300. However, this year the group are hoping to raise around £4,000 with the sale of their £10 calendars.

‘The price reflects the professionalism. We got really good photographers on board and it’s printed to a really high standard.

‘Of course, all of the men said they wanted “sexy” shots, but I said it was totally up to the girls what they wanted to do. They’re all women who love bikes and it’s all ages, shapes and sizes but the photos look fantastic, everyone’s having fun,’ she said.

One of the models, Annette Bessin, said she took a bit of convincing but was really glad she took part. ‘I thought about it the first couple of times it came about but this time I thought I’d go for it and I really enjoyed it and wish I did it sooner,’ she said.

Shona Linton and Lucy Le Page both agreed to model again because the shoot was so much fun the previous year

‘To co-ordinate three of us in the shot took about 40 minutes, so the laughter you can see on our faces is real. I taught one of the boys whom the charity benefits so it was close to my heart. It was really because of that I got involved,’ said Miss Le Page.

‘My dad died of leukaemia and I’ve seen a lot of kids go with it, I had to do it again. The first time I thought I’d do it just for the hell of it, it was so much fun after that,’ said Ms Linton.

The 2019 calendar goes on sale soon at garages and some local shops and features shots at scenic locations from local bikers and bike enthusiasts.

Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter


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