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June update 2

Just a quick word on the last week or so when we have had several things  going on. First, the lunch meeting with Joan and Annie on the 22nd went very well and they enjoyed themselves. They were chatting to us all throughout their visit and it was good to see Joan back driving again.

Monday 22nd saw 13 bikes, with Julia on the Rocket for the first time in years, head for the Hadleigh Club BBQ, abley  lead by Steve, and despite the rain a good evening was had by all. Complete contrast to the evening run I organised for that club on the 19th when three of us met one representative of the Hadleigh club in Hadleigh Market square. We did have a good ride finishing at the Donkey and Buskins. Now run by Allans son we were made very welcome and while it is a good venue for an evening ride out, I cant see how we could fit our club nights there again.

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June 2019 Update

Our June club night was a bit down on numbers with 20 attending, but there were eight apologies so thats not so bad. Three of us ventured out in the rain for the pre-meeting ride but the weather relented so we didnt get soaked. After the usual club business, the events for the month were discussed and then the main event was the presentation of a bike to Bernie. Thanks to Colins generosity, and the efforts of several members over the past few months, Bernie is now the proud owner of a working bike that he can use to ride with us. It was felt that the with problems he has encountered over the last year or so he deserved a break!  The full story should appear in the Jampot magazine.

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June Update 2019

Just a reminder to keep an eye on the events page because there are lots of things going on this time of the year and the end of this month is looking extra busy. Watch this space! Gordon

May update 2019

I gather the May Club Night was well attended, but the pre meeting ride was a bit of a trial because of road closures encountered on the route. Im afraid that has become more common in the last couple of years. Sorry I missed it but I was researching the NC500 route around Scotland's coastline. Well worth the trip, despite the long journey up there to begin with. Lots of bikers doing it, but I didn't spot any AJS or Matchless machines. I also missed John Swann's mystery tour into the countryside, but I had to make a trip to Spain.

We went to meet the Suffolk section at Manningtree last night in the rain. Its been a regular event for years.  Six of us had a good ride around the Essex backroads thanks again to John Swann, and after being there for a while we were told that we should have got a parking ticket and that there were ANR cameras at the entrance. At that point two members of the Suffolks turned up, the rest having had fish and chips elsewhere and gone home! I was not impressed and left! But not before spotting Steve Toy with a nasty damaged knee, which looked like off roading will be on hold for a bit!

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April 2019 Update

It was good to see you all at the this months club night, with 26 members and three guests attending. Not such a good turn out for the pre meeting ride, perhaps the weather forecast put you off! Four of us left the Alma promptly at 7 ,but unfortunately a breakdown meant that only three returned. The fourth was picked up eventually and arrived home about 10pm. And no ,it wasn't due to lack of petrol. Various rides were mentioned for future months, and volunteers for May rides would be welcome as I dont have much spare time in the next few weeks. I will be doing a recce of the NC500 with a view to having a go on a bike next year,if anyone fancies it. Dont forget the VMCC invite to take part in their rides from The Langford Museum of Power on the weekend 12th to 14th of April. Not a section event but you will be made very welcome. The next lunch meeting should be on April 26th but keep an eye out for details. The next club night is May 1st. There will be a ride before the meeting. Gordon

Update 3 March 2019

Just a quick reminder that its club night next Wednesday 3rd April, and that the first pre meeting ride will leave the Alma at 7pm sharp. No petrol stops! Our ride to Pin Mill on the 14th was cancelled because of the wet and windy weather, and we tried again on the 26th and six of us enjoyed a lovely ride in the sunshine, despite road closures and road works. The lunch meet on Mersea was well attended on the 29th, (not such a significant day after all), but the promised bargains were a bit thin on the ground, probably due to the affluence of the locals! Gordon

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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