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October 2015

The September lunch time meet at the Lamarsh Lion was not up to its usual standard this time and may be dropped from our list in the future. I have to say it was ok when I last visited it with the CVCVC bike section not so long ago.

Incidentally for those of you with an interest in cars as well as bikes I can recommend this club at £15pa. For a taster look up the website, Colne Valley Classic & Vintage Club. Some of us are already members of both.

AJS CustomThe latest Club night was well attended with some fifteen members attending and one new recruit, Jim Finigan with a very nice customised AJS.

We now have at least three retired and one active police officer in our section. My speculation is that they all choose AJS or Matchless machines so as not to get caught speeding!

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September 2015

The run scheduled for July 14th was to Stow Maries airfield, but, we discovered it was closed on that day, so a hastily arranged trip to the Combined Services Museum at Maldon proved just as disappointing as it was closed as well! However all was not lost as we revisited the L33 Zeppelin crash site at Lt Wigborough. Colin has found out a lot of what went on, and next year will be the 100th anniversary of this event. It will be interesting to hear more about a bit of local history.
 
We carried on to the very popular Ship Inn at Tiptree for a very enjoyable lunch. Colin and I made a trip to visit Russell in Saffron Walden by Porsche as the weather didn't look too good, and Russell and his wife Joan were pleased to see us. It was good to see him getting back to his old self, although he was struggling a bit with mobility. Never the less we may well see them for a visit at one of the coming club nights, even if it is a 70 mile round trip for them.

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July 2015

Several of us attended the Alma Classic Car and Bike show on May 25th, in a show of support for Derek, the landlord who looks after us very well all the year round. It coincided with his beer festival as well and one or two of us enjoyed some fine food and beer among a lovely collection of cars and bikes. The weather was good and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Star bike had to be the totally unrestored Triumph Tiger 100, sadly not a club member.

The following Tuesday was our annual get together with the East Suffolk Section and again we had glorious weather and a good turnout of bikes including one or two very unusual machines belonging to our members. I’m not sure we outnumbered them this time but it was a lovely evening and it was good to watch Julian’s son Jake, doing his bit of work experience Abellio Greater Anglia Railways. It looked to me he was enjoying it far too much!

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Alf Salmon RIP

Sadly, we have been informed of the passing of Alf Salmon former leader of The North Essex Section AMOC.

The funeral will take place at Colchester Crematorium on Tuesday 2nd June at 1.15pm, followed by a wake at The Yew Tree, Great Horkesley.

May 2015

A good turnout for our may club night at the Alma with several members from the Hadleigh Classic Bike club joining us for a natter.

The ride to the Whiskey Distillery was a good day out, with four of us making it, (very near to Snetterton) and Chris met us at the start, but had other commitments so just waved us off.

This bank Holiday weekend has lots going on , including the Sandlings run by the East Suffolk’s,(see jampot for details, and of course on Monday , the Alma has its classic bike and car show. Please support it if you can, as they do look after us very well throughout the year.

On Tuesday26th there is an evening run by Jim and Eric starting at Washbrook Service Station, and then on Wednesday, the intersection meet at Manningtree Station Buffet, and then the lunch meet at Pentlow on Saturday 30th.

The next club night is June 6th and we will start with a short run at 7pm.

April 2015

The first entry of section notes using our new website, northessexjampot.co.uk, and a hearty vote of thanks to Julian Smith, for getting it up and running.

The year started well with twenty five members and partners attending our annual dinner and presentation evening, at the Crown Wormingford. It was a lovely evening, once again organised by John, and a good time was had by all.

The Alan Jones cup went to John Walsh for his devotion to riding his Matchless to far away events, in the same spirit as the awards namesake.

The photo competition went to John Swann for his action shot of Guy Martin at Oliver’s Mount. I think we all have a secret admiration for Guy Martin!

The Ralph Davis award went to John Lay for his unrivalled enthusiasm for running The Section.

The Reeve Family award went to me but I am not sure what for!

John summed up the year and announced that this would be his last year as Chairman.

Sadly, just a few days later, John was taken ill, working on rebuilding a G80, and died later that day.

It came as a shock to us all, and is sadly missed both by his family and ourselves in this Section.

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December 2014

Christmas is just around the corner and another year flown by. The section has had quite a busy year and all credit to John and Colin for keeping an eye on it all for us. The last couple of months have been quite busy and the weather has been kind, so despite low turnouts the rides have been extra enjoyable.

There was a good attendance at the Fox in Mersea for the September lunch meet, and we were able to attend, due to a change of plan. Some 13 of us sat down for the usual good fare. The November club night was well attended, with one or two bikes turning up, but no pre meeting run this time. There were 11 members in attendance, and a lot of nattering.

On Sunday 19th, five of us visited the London Motorcycle Museum and then the Ace Cafe for refreshment before making our way home. An excellent collection of bikes, some rare and not all totally authentic. But well worth a visit. It was a lovely day after a damp start and a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Thanks to Chris for that.

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October 2014

Our section has been busy over the last couple of months and I will try to make a note of them all.

The ladies lunch at the end of July was very good at the Donkey and Buskins, where some of us renewed our contact with Allan, the landlord, and he made it clear we would be made more than welcome should we wish to return.

The august club night was well attended, with sixteen present, and we welcomed a new member, Paul, who has just moved here from Hampshire, bringing a nice G9 with plenty of works history.

John Lay led four of us on a run into deepest Suffolk, stopping for lunch at the cafe near Highpoint Prison. I don’t think there was any significance in the location but we were all driving carefully!

Eight bikes and one pillion passenger took the fish and chip run to Walton this year. It’s a bit nearer than Aldeburgh, and gave the bikes a good run on some quicker roads. As usual the food was excellent and it was good to see Julian back with us again.

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July 2014

I must apologise for the gap between updates but I have had a lot going on.

I took the bike to the Alma Classic show at the end of May, and several of us turned up and were made very welcome.

I missed the annual trip to Manningtree to meet up withy the East Suffolk section, which I understand was a bit down on numbers from both sections, which is a bit worrying.

We did make it to the Landmarsh Lion for the Ladies Lunch and there were twelve present and very good it was too.

I missed the June club night as I was on the way to Le Mans and I gather there were just six members in attendance. Unfortunately this is a busy time of the year for all classic vehicle owners

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April 2014

It was good to see you all at New Times on the 29th of March. Child minding duties at Higham Ferrers forced me to miss several events including the last club night on the 2nd.

We did manage a run out on Friday 11th which centred around the Sudbury area and finished up at the Lamarsh Lion for lunch. We welcomed Tony and George, two of our club members taking part in a run for the first time. I believe they both enjoyed it! Colin’s run has now been rescheduled so keep an eye on the events list, and your e mail.

I needed a navigator for a car club event on the 13th as Julia was singing in London during the Marathon. Tony Reynolds volunteered and we had a very good day, only getting lost once when I was on familiar territory and missed a junction! Tony could do with some help sorting out a gearbox oil leak on his AJS.Any help most appreciated.

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March 2014

Its spring already and the Northeast Essex branch has been very active with five of us on the run out to the Victoria, Earl Soham,where we were dismayed to find the landlord was moving to another pub. Fortunately it’s not much further down the road so we may get there next year! Hope he has a log fire.

The February club night had ten in attendance, with the usual discussions as to how the rebuilding etc was going, and who would be getting the bikes out.

The run to Coventry and the Transport museum finally took place, albeit by car. I didn’t make it, as it coincided with half term and a trip up north. Eight members made the trip, and it sounded quite impressive. There were a large number of early vehicles; some of them prior to 1900.The list of vehicle manufacturers included many names recognised from the past as well as many that were not. With a separate hall for bikes, which were mostly run of the mill from the fifties and sixties, there was a lot of reminiscing about their youthful adventures on similar machines. An unintentional free car park made the day for some and tales from a retired Essex policeman, made the journey home go by quite quickly. Evidently the various uses of a transit van were discussed at length!

Read more: March 2014