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May Update 2018

The Mersea Myths ride proved to be very popular with twelve bikes including seven classics enjoying a trip around the Essex countryside.Together with three guests,we all enjoyed excellent fish and chips on Mersea island. Unfortunately for Colin, this trip did nothing to dispel the belief that the residents of the Island are all well off! There was a good turnout for the lunch meet at The Wooden Fender, Ardleigh,and fourteen members and guests enjoyed good company and lovely food.Rumour has it we might just venture over the border into Norfolk next time! 

We turned up in good time at The Bell, Castle Hedingham for the Intersection Meet. Despite being booked some months previously, they refused to open for us before 12 o clock and the car park was full of cars.Just down the road, The Wheatsheaf was open and they made us all very welcome, so everyone decamped there for lunch! The weather forecast didnt do much for the event, but around thirty bikes turned up, with a dozen of our section. Members from other sections made up the rest and it was good to see them. Next year we may well return to The Wheatsheaf, as they did an excellent job catering for us all with no prior warning, and there is a good car park!

The May club night is the next event and with lots to discuss,and T shirts to be distributed ,I hope to see you there .Gordon

April PS

We have mentioned making one of the Marks Tey Pre 65 Scramble meetings into a section event. The dates for this year are May 27th,June 17th,October 14th, and November 4th. If you do fancy having a go, and any of the dates suit you, please let us know at the next club night, or by e mailing Colin. 

Gordons Blog April 2018

There were a few absentees for the April Club Night, myself included. Phil led a ride that saw six bikes have a swift tour of the depths of Essex, another bike arrived and there twenty present at the meeting. Colin reported his petrol tank saga succesfully sorted by George.

The March events, a ride to Pin Mill, and the lunch meet were well supported and enjoyed by those taking part. It was decided to schedule Jim's ride for Monday 16th, leaving from Hadleigh Market Square, and that the Colchester contingent would meet up at the BP garage on Ipswich road at 10.45am and make their way to Hadleigh for 11.30am start.

The first evening ride revisiting Mersea Myths will be on Wednesday 25th, leaving the Alma at 7.00pm finishing with fish & chips. The lunch meeting is at the Wooden Fender, Ardleigh on the 28th and the Intersection Meeting on the next day, Sunday 29th at The Bell Inn Castle Hedingham, from 11am. As we are helping with the organisation, I hope to leave Colchester about 10.15am to be there in time to help.

Read more: Gordons Blog April 2018

March update

Just a quick update in the midst of some unpleasant weather and I hope you are all keeping safe and warm. Unfortunately we had to call off the ride to Pin Mill as it was snowing in Colchester and minus 1 at 9 am on the 26th. Not worth risking and it clearly got worse as the day went on. I hope we can have that ride in March.

Sorry I missed the lunch meeting on the 24th,which had mixed revues, but it was lovely in Spain. Once again the country is at a standstill, as the local authorities fail to keep on top of the problem. Same old excuses. Hopefully the weather will have improved by the next club night, Wednesday March 7th. We will be looking for ideas and volunteers for rides this year. Gordon

February 2018

We had an excellent turnout for our February club night with some twenty members and guests. Colin gave a run through of the events of a busy month for the club, including our trip to say farewell to Russel. We intend to return the hospitality we recieved when Joan is in better health.

We did get our first club ride in January, and three of us left the Alma on bikes, and one coming on by car due to unforseen circumstances. We arrived at the Victoria to find Jim Lomax who had travelled on his own from Ipswich, so five of us sat down to lunch and put the world to rights. We discussed rides for the coming few months at the club night, and it was agreed to have a ride to Pin Mill on the 26th February, and that the pre meeting rides would start in April. It was also agreed to wait a bit before we visit Merlin.

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January 2018 update

Another good turnout for our January clubnight, and Colin brought us up to date with club events,and I presented a suggested list of places to visit on our bikes this coming year, which hopefully contains something for us all. The first ride is scheduled for next Friday, January 26th,10.30am at The Alma, to the Victoria, Earl Soham. Dont forget if you dont fancy getting cold you can meet us there!

The Annual Presentation Dinner was well supported on the 10th at the New Times. I think the evening went well. I apologise for those recieving awards which have yet to get your names on. I hope to get that sorted for the next club night. I hope you agree that the awards were well deserved, particularly Colins, as he puts a lot of effort into keeping the club going, as well as putting in the greatest number of appearances at club events. Three consecutive years as well. Who will match him this year?

Several of us attended the Hadleigh club dinner a few days later and had a nice evening. We had a good club presence at Russel's funeral, with nine members and two guests, and the family made us all very welcome, and i am sure Joan was pleased to see us. A suitable send off for such a character.

The next club night is February 7th at the Alma, and I hope to see you there. Gordon

December 2017

Our December club night was well attended, with 18 members attending, a few apologies, and five on bikes. Kevin brought along calendars and they were well recieved, with Paul being responsible for sales. Kevin also brought along his Dad,who normally prefers to be playing crib on our club nights, and his dog, who had no choice. George was busy collecting payment for the Presentation Dinner on January 10th. It's still not too late to join us!

We had a good turnout for the 20th to thank Dereck and his staff for his hospitality throughout the year. Pleased to see him on the mend. The mincepies and the prospect of Colin buying everyone a drink obviously worked.

Read more: December 2017

Provisional List of Bike Rides for 2018

Weekday Rides - Only suggestions, and not necessarily in this order.

  • Visit Victoria in January
  • Merlin Engine run
  • Longshop Museum/Honda Museum
  • Stow Maries Airfield
  • Granary Museum/Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Landguard Point
  • Great Yeldham cafe
  • Pinn Mill/Shotley Marina
  • Lowestoft/Bungay/Flixton
  • Diss/Scrapyard/Bressingham
  • Dengie Peninsula/Burnham on Crouch

Read more: Provisional List of Bike Rides for 2018

November 2017 update

Our ride to Languard Point was well attended and after a devious route, we were met there by Jim, just a short ride from Ipswich, and Rob and family. This is a popular venue and some of us more hardy souls had to sit outside!

Our lunch meeting this month had a low turnout for various reasons, but we were able to book the New Times, Tiptree for our annual Dinner and Presentation evening on Wednesday January 10th. 7pm for 7-30. The price has been held from last year, £20 per head for 3 courses, including tips. George has kindly agreed to collect the money before hand, preferably cash, and can be contacted on 01206243662, or . Please let us know as soon as possible if you are coming.

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November 2017

Last night we had a good turnout at the Alma, with 15 members, nine of which turned up on bikes, including a combination. We discussed the clubs upcoming events in the next couple of months and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

The October club night was a bit down on numbers, but here was some discussion about the museum trip and it was decided that those who wanted to go should make their own arrangements and meet there. In the event, seven of us made it to the National Motor Cycle Museum, with three intrepid riders, and a car full from Mersea. Claiming to have left Mersea at the same time we left the Alma, how did they get there before us? Anyway it was well worth the trip and could become a regular visit.

Read more: November 2017

PS trip into Suffolk

I am having to change the date of my run into Suffolk to Monday 30th October. Sorry about that. Meet at the Alma at 10am Gordon