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Latest News November 2020

Just a quick update on what's going on,or not,as the case may be. The BMF ,as members of COMO,( Coalition of Motorcycle Organisations), have issued some guidance on riding, and can easily be found on their website. Its common sense really,and its a pity that some of the hooligans who are still roaring about on noisy gutless machines cant read it, for some of the other advice. They certainly dont do the rest of us any favours! On a brighter note, Kevin has very kindly agreed to sort out a calendar for us for 2021. Just order one from Colin, and Kevin will arrange for one to be posted to you. Each one will cost £5 to get to you so if you feel like paying £6, the club will benefit as well! And lets hope we can get some rides and visits on it next year. Some nice bikes and maybe a familiar face? We havent had too many photographs sent in so far so if you want to get your name on what may be the only trophy awarded for 2020, nows the time to get them sent in Please send them in online, to Colin,and we will decide which one is the best, at the begining of the year. We would like to know what you think of what we are doing for the club, and if you have any ideas of what else we can get up to, within the rules. Gordon

November 2020

I was hoping that we wouldnt be reporting more restrictions,but it clear that enough people havent been keeping to the rules. It means that we cant realistically do anything as a club for the time being. In the mean time we will try to keep in touch via this website and e mails. The air ambulance run couldnt take place this year and they came up with a scheme for bikers to register,and do a run on their own , for a donation to the funds. I had a go, and while I didnt go far, the event was hailed a success, and over 600 riders took part and raised over £16,000. The club continues to support the air ambulance via its monthly lottery, and if we win anything it goes back to them. It doesnt look likely that we will be running an awards evening any time soon , but we may be able to do something on line, and at least entries for the photo competition can be submitted. The pre 65 scramblers are riding today, November 1st, without spectators,their last outing for 2020. Good to see Johnathan Rea has won the WSB for the sixth time,although the BBC didnt bother to mention it! Moto GP hasnt been quite the same without Marques senior. Do contact us if you have any tales to tell or just to have a yarn. Gordon

Update 2 October 2020

With increased restrictions in Essex for the forseable future, its not looking likely that we will be able to run any club related activities for some time. I should say that we are not alone and there are lots of classic bike and car clubs having to keep in touch via websites, e mails, and some on Zoom. Colin is doing a weekly e mail of members stories, and do keep them coming in. Im sure that you are all managing to get out for a ride somehow,as its easy to ride a bike while socially distanced. We have all experianced how most of the  population regard us in normal times,so they definitly wouldnt want to get too close to us at the minute! Anyway, keep those bikes in good fettle,so that when we do see the light at the end of the tunnel,we are ready to go. Gordon

Latest News September 29th

Its with some sadness that we have had to suspend the club activities to keep within the latest restrictions. You should have recieved an e mail from Colin outlining the details, and we hope that you will all understand the reasons why. At least we had a couple of club nights and one or two outings in 2020,which is more than most clubs managed. If you can support the Alma during these difficult times, then Im sure it would be appreciated. In the mean time we will keep an eye on what we can do to keep in touch with you all. Look out for e mails,and keep an eye on this website. Gordon

PS

PS As a club we support Herts and Essex Air Ambulance via their lottery, but they usually raise some money by the bike runs this time of the year.Because of the restrictions these are not taking place leaving them £60K out of pocket. They are running a scheme where for a donation of £10, you get a badge and an invite just to take a ride on your own for about 60 miles,and send in a photo of your trip. Its a very good cause,and if you want more details or sign up, just go to their website. Gordon

September 2020 update 2

We were hoping to squeeze in another club night in October along the lines of the last two, but it looks like the new rules have at least spoiled the chance for organising a pre meeting ride. However, George is going to see what can be done about meeting at the Alma, without breaking the rules, while at the same time,maintaining our safety. Colin has asked you all to contact him if you would be coming along if we can sort something out, just to get an idea of numbers. In the mean time, we will have to keep our riding activities to privately arranged affairs,keeping the numbers below six to avoid any problems. Keep an eye on this website and your E mails for the latest  information. You will have seen that the Green lane group had a good time in Wales,and all have returned safely. Gordon

September 2020

The September club night went quite well,with the weather not detering nine members and a guest going for a burst around the country lanes before hand, arriving back to the Alma with just minutes to spare for 7-30 start of the meeting. Because of the rain the landlord had us all in the covered beer garden at the rear. George has written, thanking him for looking after us.Having lead the run, I went back home, leaving Colin to do the honours. Nothing personal, honestly!  I understand it was a good evening with some 21 members attending  and 2 guests,with 14 turning up on bikes. Both Christian and Kevin turned up on Matchless machines, and Vic was on his AJS,and all three had come a good distance in the rain. The green lane group are off to Wales for a few days on the 14th,and when they get back I hope to organise a daytime ride before the end of the month. Christian gave us an update on the Hadleigh club activities. Kevin  has offered to do a calender for 2021 so if you have any photos that would be suitable, please get in touch with Kevin. Good to see Peter as well,and he was sensible enough to come by car,as did a few others.Hopefully we may be able to continue a bit longer with this club night format, so watch this website and your e mails for the latest info. Gordon

PS August 31st

Just to thank  Paul Davies for organising a very popular and socialy distanced fish and chip run to Mersea Island last week. It looks like you all had a good evening and the whole event was very well planned and executed. Gordon

Latest News August 31st

A quick message to confirm that the club night on this Wednsday 2nd September, will take place at The Alma at 7-30 pm. The arrangement will be as last month with the area at the front of the Alma reserved for us from 7-30. I shall be leading a short ride around the lanes leaving Church Road promptly at 6-30 pm, in order to get back for 7-30. looking forward to seeing you there .Gordon

Latest news August 2020

George and I have just visited the Alma and we have made a reservation for our next clubnight scheduled for Wednesday September 2nd on the basis that the July clubnight was well attended and you all appeared to enjoy it! The arrangement is the same as the last time,from 7-30, for 30 people,we have the front of the Alma, with bike parking alongside but Im sure a few more wouldnt cause a problem. You come as before entirely at your own risk. I shall lead a ride before the meeting,leaving Church Lane as before,leaving promptly at 6-30,to get back for 7-30. I have run the route and it should take just about an hour. As you come along to the Alma,at the London Road end, it says the road is closed but its closed past the Alma so you can get there from London Road. You can also get there on the back road that leads to church lane passing the cricket club which we left on last time.Looking forward to seeing you all. Gordon

Bike Ride Details Friday 14th August

Details of the ride for Friday 14th of August. Friday Shudy Bike Meet,  Near Haverhill CB21 4QZ. Leaving the Alma at 5pm. A gentle jog along the A 604. Colin has posted more info in the clubnight report. Gordon