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Latest news March 2019

There will be a visit to Burnham Railway Museum on Sunday April 7th, leaving the Alma at 10am. John Walsh is in charge. It is a good day out, and you can go by car! More details at the next clubnight. Gordon

March Update 2019

The Lunch Meeting was our first for March at The Saracens Head, Newton Green and ten of us had a nice lunch and a look at Jim Lomax's very nice AJS.

Good to see you all at the Club Night. So much to talk about! There was some discussion about events in the pipeline, as well as the ride this month on the 14th to Pin Mill. With promises of trips to the Railway Museum to be announced as well as Andrews Field, Mersea Myths / fish and chips, and Littley Green, there should be plenty riding coming up.

I hope to start the pre Club Night rides in April, just a short ride to get the bikes warmed up before the serious stuff. The dates for some future events have been decided and details  can be found on the events page. And dont forget the off roaders have been quite active already this year,so contact Steve if you want to join in. And the first Pre 65 scramble at Marks Tey is on March 17th. The next lunch meeting is on Friday 29th March at Waldegraves West Mersea. And the next club night is april 3rd, with the pre meeting ride starting promptly at 7pm, with no petrol stops! See you there Gordon

February update 2 Location

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February update 2, 2019

Our second daytime ride of the year took place on a very lovely day, 26th of February. Ten riders left the Alma, ably led by John Swan and despite an unexpected “road closed” arrived at Landguard Point in good time for lunch. They were met by two others who had travelled independantly and by myself and Julia, coming by car. After a lovely lunch, we presented John with a special trophy for his efforts for trying to locate a 17mm socket in our favourite scrap yard last year!

Our next lunch meeting is on Friday the !st March at Newton Green, The Saracens Head. This is an experiment to catch some of the special offers not available at weekends. The next club night is March 6th, and we shall be discussing the coming months rides as well as events later in the year. See you there .Gordon

February 2019

Sorry I missed the club night, but I understand Colin did an excellent job without me. I'm afraid I also missed the Section Notes deadline for the magazine, no great lost but useful for new members to see what we get up to!

Pleased to see several volunteers for rides and visits for the coming year and I thank you all for your efforts - railway museums, airfields and many more.

There was another record turnout with thirty members, two guests and four apologies. Lets hope we see more of you riding with us during the year. The Pre 65 event in June is now a section event so we shall need some help and support for that.

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Latest News January 2019 Sammy Miller Museum

There has been some discussion about a visit to the Sammy Miller Museum and we have just spotted that The Jampot Rally in 2019 is in Hampshire, just an hour away from the museum. We could combine a visit to the Rally and the museum with an overnight stay. The Jampot Rally is on August 23rd-26th at Horndean, Hampshire. If you are interested let us know at the next club night. Camping at the Rally is not compulsory, there are hotels nearby, and, dare I say, you could make the trip by car! Gordon

PS January 2019

One of the suggested visit is a railway museum to the south of Essex. John Walsh has asked to let him know at the next club night if you would like to go, so he can get an idea of numbers. Gordon

January 2019 update

It was good to have a nice day for our first ride of the year. Six of us headed off to the Suffolk countryside from the Alma, and we picked up another at Sproughton. With two others joining us at the Victoria, a total of nine was a good turnout. After a nice lunch, we made our way back to Colchester, by a similar route, dropping off one or two at various points along the way. A good start to the year.

As you will have seen from Colins e-mails, our intrepid group of off-roaders have also had a good start to the year, ably led by Steve. All we have to do is keep it all going.

We have had a few ideas for rides and visits this year,so if you have somewhere you think is worth a visit , please bring details to the next club night. One of the suggestions is a combined visit to The Sammy Miller Museum and Beaulieu with an overnight stay. It's a three and a half hours drive down there. If you are interested please let us know. It would be a summer event, outside school holidays! Finally did you spot the deliberate mistake in the last update? Senior moment.See you soon Gordon

February Update 2019

It was good to see you all at the Presentation Evening last night, and I hope you all had an enjoyable evening. We should give a vote of thanks to Colin for organising the evening and negotiating a good deal, (how topical at the moment), and for George for persuading you all to part with the money! The trophies mostly went to deserving members and you all now know what you need to do this year to get your hands on such coverted awards. Photos need to have some motorcycle content, The riding award has to be something special on a Matchless or AJS, and you can score points for turning up to section events on a classic machine. Later machines are scored but not so highly. We felt Steve had done such a good job of encouraging members to take part in riding activities, he deserved his. I would rather Colin had accepted one, as he does a lot of work behind the scenes and my efforts to keep us all up to date rely heavily on Colins record keeping.

Any way we hope you are all suitably inspired to make 2019 another good year for the club. We will try to provide activities to suit all tastes and look forward to seeing you taking part. Remember if you have somewhere you would like to ride to, or an event we could support, do let us know.

We are starting our riding for the year next week, on January 15th, leaving the Alma at 10.30am to visit the Victoria at Earl Soham. You don't have to ride with us, you can meet us there for a spot of lunch. It does depend on the weather (not keen on ice or snow!) so if in doubt contact me on the 14th. There is no lunch meet in January, but the next club night is on February 6th, when rides for the month will be discussed. See you there Gordon

January 2019

We did have second thoughts about a club night on January 2nd 2019, but we needn't have worried. It was lovely to see you all, with 23 members and 3 guests turning out. Colin reported on the events of December.  We discussed supporting the pre65 40th anniversary scramble and it was agreed to make it a section event. I hope you will come along on the day, June 16th, because Im sure you will enjoy it. We reported that the BMF have got in a muddle over renewals but they cleared our cheque on December 13th so hopefully they will soon have it sorted. We closed the book on the Presentation Evening, and all the monies have been collected and Colin and Bernie will be visiting the New Times just to inform them of the numbers. Thanks to George for collecting the money. Kevin brought another batch of Calendars, and I think there are one or two left if you want one.

The first section ride of the year will take place on the 15th of January to The Victoria Earl Soham, weather permitting. It's not too long a ride, all back roads and after lunch and a warmup we return home on the same route. Nothing to distant or adventurous this time of year.

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