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East London & Essex Section Notes

(as appearing in Jampot magazine from 2017)

 

 

Jun 2019

 

Our second mid-week lunch meet took place on Wednesday 1st May at Stapleford airfield, with a good turn out of around 10 on a fine day, if a little too windy to sit outside.

 

Three days later four of us, Roy, Geoff, Steve and myself, set off from Crown Corner bound for the Open Day at Kettering. We met up with Graham Eaton at Bishops Stortford, who led us through some very picturesque Hertfordshire lanes between there and Royston on our way to a breakfast stop off at Kimbolton. Unfortunately we had to pass by a rather “skittish” horse on the way, which took some time for us all to get by and resulted in our party getting separated and Steve missing out on his breakfast at Kimbolton. However we all met up again at Kettering where we also met with Alan Jennings, who having gone in his car was able to take home the various purchases of tyres and oil etc. Despite several heavy showers and hail while we were there we left for home in the dry with Graham leading again. Although there were always black clouds and heavy rain that we could see in the distance we were lucky enough to miss most of the rain, if not the wet roads, and all arrived back undrenched and all together this time, making for a good days ride out.

 

May 2019

 

The section run to the High Beach tea hut on Sunday 17th March saw Roy, Steve Cardozo, Pete Berry, Geoff Gibbins and Dave Kewell set out from Crown Corner and meeting up with Pat Gill at the tea hut, while the first section mid week lunch meet of the year on Wednesday 3rd April saw 10 of us gathering at Stapleford Airfield. Arriving on my sidecar outfit in sunshine the weather unfortunately changed to quite heavy rain on the way home, although Pam kept dry in the sidecar.

 

The planned run to the Ardingly show saw only three of the intending five leaving from the meeting point and with Geoff Gibbins leading Roy and Pete Berry they had a fairly uneventful run down. However, Roy arrived with a flat battery so purchased another battery on site, although it might have only gone flat due to a broken connection. The journey back, again led by Geoff, I am reliably informed took a rather more “creative” route, apparently taking in parts of Croydon and then almost Gatwick as well before resorting to the M25 for most of the remaining journey home. Arriving home Roy found that once again his battery (the new one) was flat. This time the broken connection being due to the fuse holder coming unscrewed and falling apart. With that apparent amount of vibration perhaps that was the reason for the loose oil connection liberally lubricating the rear of his bike as well. I’d better not mention too much about vibration though, having had an exhaust bracket fracture from vibration on my bike last year.

 

Apr 2019

 

At the 28th February club night it was decided that the mid week lunchtime meets at Stapleford Airfield and the mid week runs for 2019 should start again in April. As for the previous year the dates would be kept to the first Wednesday of each month for the lunchtime meets and the third Wednesday of each month for the mid week runs. This of course gives an extra meeting opportunity for the two weeks in each month when there isn’t a club night. Roy needs ideas for possible run destinations from those willing to lead a run to their suggested destination.

 

Although we have yet to start spring it is a sign of just how early things need to be booked ahead that we had to make a choice as to whether we wanted to book our 2019 Christmas dinner at The Plough, Bulphan, again. It was agreed amongst those present that we enjoyed the 2018 dinner there, so it was decided that we would book it again for this year. The date will be announced later.

 

It is intended to have a section run to the Kettering HQ Open Day on Saturday 4th May. It will start from Crown Corner and further details can be had from Roy.

 

It was mentioned that the British Owners Club were holding their annual classic motorcycle event on Blackmore village green on Sunday 12th May, but as it was such a nearby event there would be no section run to it and members would make their own way there as we did last year.

 

 

Mar 2019

 

With the weather not being very predictable at the moment we have not had any runs planned but our section nights have carried on well attended. The 24th January meeting was interesting in that new member Barry Thompson and his friend George fetched along a large assortment of small parts from a heavyweight single which they needed identifying and it was made into a competition between teams trying to identify the various bits and pieces. From the other end of the room, where Dave Kewell and I were trying to assist another new member, Mick Roberts, to sort out the arrangement of some parts on his 250 lightweight it seemed, from the volume of voices at the competition end of the room, that part identification was being disputed quite often. At the end of the evening however Barry and Geoff were pleased that many parts had been identified and it had been a great help, and hopefully Mick’s lightweight parts arrangement for the brake pedal and associated fixings had been successfully sorted as well. It’s the sort of thing that sections do well, helping out with information from the knowledge and experience of other members when someone is stuck and it is a very good reason for joining a section if you possibly can.

 

Feb 2019

 

Not a lot happening within the section over the Christmas period but prior to that, on the December 13th club night the section held its well attended “Social Night” at Stapleford, where Geoff Gibbins was presented with his Section Clubman of The Year award, much to his surprise.

 

On December 30th we had an “End of The Year Run” to the High Beach tea hut and as it was quite a foggy day at first we decided to stick to the main roads. Eight of us set out from Crown Corner, it was nearly nine but Dudley did not quite make the start before needing a lift to get the van from Roy’s home to collect his bike. However, he met us later at the tea hut, along with Pat Gill on his WW1 outfit, a great hit with other visitors (the bike not Pat), and Terry Summerfield on his G3, which had been reluctant to start in the damp weather that morning. Roy was still grumbling about being “stitched up” with the Piston Broke award while Dudley, in jest after his breakdown, spoke of “giving up bikes”, while, under the circumstances some thought he already had. I couldn’t be smug though as my G5 is still not starting reliably and once more I had to use an alternative. Must get it sorted come spring.

 

Jan 2019

 

On our 22nd November club night we had our section AGM. It didn’t take long though as there was nothing contentious and all the committee were re-elected to serve another year.

 

On the evening of the 8th December we had our annual section dinner, this year for the first time at The Plough, Bulphan, and around 30 of us sat down to a nice meal in pleasant surroundings. As the winner of the “Clubman of The Year” award, Geoff Gibbins, was not present at the dinner it was decided not to announce the winner of it on the night but to award it to him on the section “social night” at Stapleford a few days later on the 13th. However, the winner of the “Piston Broke” award was present and after a re-appraisal of the original decision by a “sub committee of the sub committee” it was awarded to Roy, much to his surprise, for his machine problems at various events during the year. Serves him right for stitching me up with it last year.

 

Vic Sayers has been very active again, green laning on a bike he has resurrected, and on one of the wettest weekends so far he was part of a group that arrived dripping and quite muddy at Andrewsfield airfield, where despite their condition they were still welcomed. Places like that deserve patronising.

 

Dec 2018

 

Not a lot happening at this time of the year but on Sunday 4th Nov Roy, Geoff and myself took a ride out to the High Beach tea hut. Of course it had to happen that the first time since my article appeared in Jampot praising the reliability of my Matchless G5 when I wanted to use that bike it refused to start and rushing around to get out on something else built up a fair old sauna inside my cold weather clothing. I got it running easily enough once I got back home, so I guess it was just having a sulk. We met up with Pat gill at the tea hut, where his WW1 machine gun sidecar was once more a point of interest. He intended stopping off at Homebase on the way home, for some decorating supplies and as he was dressed in his WW1 uniform as well I can only guess at the attention he got in the store, car park and Loughton High Street.

 

On Armistice Sunday 11 members plus a friend, made the section’s annual trip from our meeting place at Stapleford airfield to the North Weald War Memorial for the annual service of remembrance, with Roy, Geoff, Steve, Dudley, Alan, Pat, Lin and Mark (friend of Chris) on bikes and Chris in his classic Land Rover on the run from the airfield with Dave K, Graham B and Bob in their cars and Pete on his Bike joining at the service..

 

Nov 2018

 

On 3rd October the section said a sad farewell to former speedway rider and section member since 1995 Dave Slater. An expert welder Dave had made many finely crafted parts, notably carriers, for club members over the years. His funeral procession on October 3rd was followed by section members on five bikes, two of which had been built by Dave in past years and which he had ridden at many Jampot rallies and club runs. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Pam and their family

 

There was a good turn out for the mid week run of September 19th when the run finished up at Chris Willis’ wheel building premises at North Weald Airfield, probably the first time that some had been back to that airfield since we lost our meeting place there a couple of years ago.

 

Pat Gill’s WW1 Motor Machine Gun Corps outfit is continuing to get recognition, a photo taken at the VMCC Founders Day event appearing in the pages of Real Classic magazine and it was also on display at this year’s Goodwood Revival event. 

 

Oct 2018

 

The topic of this month has to be the excellent Jampot Rally hosted by the Heart of England Section. While most of us section attendees made our way there by means of “wheels with a top” Alan Jennings and Dave Walling rode there on their bikes through very heavy rain and in doing so confirmed what I have always found, that modern waterproof riding kit does not actually stay waterproof for very long after purchase. Fortunately we had warm weather, suitable for drying out, after they had arrived on site.

 

I think that it ought to be mentioned, after remarks in previous years, that this time neither Alan or Dudley needed the services of the breakdown truck, with Dudley completing all three runs and Alan both of those that he took part in as well, of course, his return rides to the venue.

 

Pat, once again, took the best pre-war Matchless award with his WW1 machine gun corps outfit, so Mary can look forward to cleaning it again before the next “Jampot”. It was a shame that Pat had electrical troubles and was unable to get far with it on the Friday run though as it would have made quite a talking point for bystanders. After all they have could hardly been a common sight on the roads since about 1918. 

 

Sep 2018

 

On the 7th July Bob Russell took part in his 45th ACU/BMF National Rally (of which he has finished in 44 of them). Although these days and not in the best of health he restricts himself to the day class rather than going for maximum marks he still covered 298 miles and is surely one of the event’s most dedicated competitors.

 

Vic Sayers recently covered considerably more miles when, in company with two friends on their RD Yamahas, he rode his AJS Model 20 on a 1857 mile week long tour from his home in Harwich via the lake district passes to Fort William in Scotland then on to the pass to Applecross before dropping back down to Ripon before taking a days break at Pateley Bridge then heading down to Derby, where they attended the Aircooled RD Yamaha Owners Club Rally. Vic gained the Spirit of the Event award at the rally and also took in the rally run on the Saturday before heading home on Sunday with another 190 miles back to Harwich. Vic, who’s pre 65 scrambles exploits featured in last month’s Jampot and who has also taken part in track day events in previous years is surely the section’s keenest rider and the reliability of his Model 20 is also a credit to his maintenance and preparation skills.

 

Aug 2018

 

On 1st July the section run a successful stand at the Battlesbridge Classic Motorcycle event where although no new members were actually signed up on the day a lot of interest was shown by show visitors. One of the highlights on the stand was surely Pat Gill’s 1914 first world war replica machine gun corps outfit, complete with Vickers machine gun. It certainly caused great interest at the High Beach tea hut when he rode it there for its first outing, especially when he unwrapped the Vickers gun.

 

Recent section member Norman now has his 350 lightweight running OK and following the DVLA formalities another lightweight will now be joining our ranks and hopefully he will enjoy many happy miles on it.

 

There was a fairly good turn out for the July mid week lunch meet on the first Wednesday of the month, although the extremely hot weather did discourage some from donning their riding kit this time.

 

Jun 2018

 

The section’s first mid-week run took place on 18th April and eight members set out for a run around the countryside in fine sunny weather to end up at the High Beach tea hut for refreshments. A good turn out which we hope will continue for future runs.

 

The weather was a lot different on April 29th for the Spring Intersection Meet when it was a dull and very cold day. Only two of us from the section went this time. At least I think that was the case as when we got to the venue at the Bell, Castle Hedingham at about half past 11, it was to find that it wouldn’t be opening its doors until 12. So all those who arrived before then went down the road to the Wheatsheaf for warmth and hot food. Assuming that those who arrived after 12 still went to the Bell I expect that it ended up as two meetings and as I never went back to the Bell I do not know if any of our section members turned up there. All in all a rather strange day but a good ride out nevertheless – and the meal at the Wheatsheaf was good as well.

 

The weather didn’t improve for our second mid-week lunch meet at Stapleford on 2nd May, with heavy showers all day. Even so we had a good turn out of eleven, but none of us on bikes this time though.

 

May 2018

 

The perils of having a month’s lead time for these notes and late date changes for section events were revealed last month with the wrong date appearing for the fish and chip supper. For this I can only apologise and I will have to be careful about announcing specific dates of section events and risking confusion in future.

 

On 25th March seven of our section set off for the Ardingly Classic Motorcycle Show in Sussex. Unfortunately only six made it there as Dave Walling became victim of AMC’s, “guess the rotor/stator clearance and hope it stays the same when tightened up”, method of mounting the alternator stator in the outer primary chaincase and sadly destroyed his twin’s newly fitted alternator on the journey.

 

The section’s first mid-week lunch meet at Stapleford Airfield on 4th April was a success with ten members turning up on a windy day where we were expecting heavy rain showers, which fortunately never really materialised. Hopefully we will have a good turn out for the rest of these “first Wednesday each month” meets and also the mid-week runs on the third Wednesday each month.

 

Over the Easter weekend Vic Sayers, probably our most active rider, took part in a classic moto cross event. Unfortunately his bike (not an AMC) let him down with a loss of sparks, so he didn’t manage to finish his race. Better luck next time Vic.

 

April 2018.

 

The past month saw the completion (the DVLA inspection, that is) of Roy’s latest project, the resurrection of a burnt-out twin which has previously featured in the Club’s calendar. His dedication to “patina” reached new heights with laquering over the carefully prepared rust. That was never going to end well so it’s now back to the oily rag I guess. However, yet another old wreck, previously scrapped at some point, has now returned to the road and that has got to be good for the marque.

 

The section fish and chip supper has had its date changed and will now be held on the 12 April club night and not the date originally shown in section calendar. The first mid week lunch meet at Stapleford will be on Wednesday 4th April and the first mid week run is on Wednesday the 18th of that month, with the run to the Spring Intersection Meet at Castle Hedingham taking place on Sunday 29th. Both runs are intending to start from Crown Corner but finalised details can be checked with Roy nearer the run dates.

 

At the 8th March club night there was a discussion about a venue for the section end of year dinner. It is essential that a venue be booked within the next few weeks if there is to be any hope of getting somewhere that could take us at that time of the year. Currently there only two options found to be “possibles” with no other researched alternatives being offered by anyone. So if members wish to try somewhere different from the Fox then it looks like it will have to be one of those.

 

March 2018.

 

Not a lot happening within the section at this time of the year other than our usual twice monthly club nights. At the second January meeting it was decided that the section would definitely go ahead with having a club stand at the Battlesbridge event on 1st July, with the setting up being on the previous day. Thos attending on the day would, of course, need to be on bikes of the marque and be prepared to stay for the whole of the event.

 

The first of our mid week lunchtime meetings at Stapleford airfield will be on the first Wednesday in April and it is intended that these meetings will continue to be on the first Wednesday of each month, with the mid week section runs taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, these being easier to remember than random dates.

 

It is also intended to have a section run to the Spring Intersection Meet at Castle Hedingham on April 29th.

 

February 2018

 

Although the section Social Club Night with “nibbles” on 14th December went well the same could not be said for the proposed Post Christmas section run on 27th, which was called off due to it snowing on the day. However, the following evening’s club night saw a fairly good turn out of section members as the previous day’s snow never really settled in the end.

 

The section’s Annual General Meeting, which originally was scheduled for 14th December but postponed to make room for the Social Night, took place during the 11th January club night. As all the existing committee were willing to stand again and there were no nominations for any of the posts all the previous post holders were re-elected on a block vote. The section calendar for this years activities is in the process of being amended and finalised and will be distributed to section members in the near future.

 

January 2018

 

Ten from the section (members and family) attended the North Weald Remembrance Day memorial event, with those going by bike meeting up at Crown Corner and being led to North Weald by Chris Willis in his classic Land Rover.

 

On the 9th December 28 of us gathered at “The Fox”, Matching Tye for our annual section Christmas Dinner, where we had a nice meal in pleasant (of course) company. This was our third year at this venue and it is good to record that the serving of the food was a lot better than it had been the previous year. At the meeting our Section Clubman of the Year award was presented to Reg Green (Harlow) for being a good ambassador for the club on his very well travelled AJS Model 16. The other award was the “Piston Broke”, for the most problems and I feel that I was probably “stitched up” by someone (wonder who???) when I got it for my diesel fill-up misdemeanour on the way back from the Kettering open day. To give ourselves an easier run home in daylight the following day (and allow a few drinks on the night) some of us opted to book a room for the night. This didn’t seem such a good idea in the morning when we awoke to heavy snow building up on the roads and the normal half hour or so journey for Pam and I taking three hours this time.

 

The last section events of the year are our club nights on 14th and 28th December, with 14th being our section social night with “nibbles” and, if the weather permits, a section mid week run from Crown Corner out to the tea hut at High Beach on 27th.

 

December 2017

 

On 29th October seven of the section set forth over the Dartford crossing heading for Ardingly. It didn’t start too well for Chris Willis who found that his battery wasn’t charging and wondered if it would last the distance there. We now know that it can. Having bought a charger it had a few hours topup charge before the journey home. However, it wasn’t a flat battery that caused a very terminal sounding noise and sudden stoppage of his twin, just before the Brentwood turnoff of the M25.

 

With a short piece of tow rope and some heroic efforts, which I won’t elaborate here, from Roy and Chris, they eventually got to the garage area just off the roundabout, where they had met up that morning and from there Chris’ bike was recovered home by van. All the time this drama was played out Roy’s phone had been ringing more or less continuously. Eventually he was able to answer, to find out that Colin Seeley had drawn Roy’s raffle ticket and that he had won the first prize raffle bike….lucky so and so.

 

At our first November meeting Reg Green (Harlow) spoke about the enjoyable Colombres rally that he had attended in Spain, during which he covered a high mileage on some testing roads on his very well travelled AJS model 16.

 

On December 9th we have the section dinner at The Fox, Matching Tye and on our14th December club night it will be a family social night. Roy has mentioned the possibility of a mid-week run on Wednesday 27th but nothing definite yet.

 

November 2017

 

Not much planned for our section this November, our usual Thursday club nights for November are on 9th and 23rd. The section Christmas dinner at The Fox, Matching Tye is on the 9th December and those who are now booked in should be sure to get their menu choices back to Pete Berry as soon as the menu becomes available.

 

On 6th to 8th October some of the section attended the “Alternative” at Woodbridge and one of them, Dave Wallings, wrote:-

 

“Five section members attended, myself, Roy, Geoff, Graham Eaton, Steve and Vic

After a false start when my G9 had the speedo drive lock up and I had to change bikes to my M18S, we had a good and uneventful ride to Woodbridge, picking up Graham and Vic on route. We had an excellent breakfast at our favourite café at Woodbridge Harbour, although we had to leave sharpish when we were told the high tide was fast approaching and would flood where the bikes were parked.

 

The rally was excellent and the food provided by Otley College caterers good quality and substantial plus excellent value at £5 a go. The runs went well, Friday to the very interesting Parham Airfield Museum and Saturday to Sizewell Beach and Leiston to the Garrett Long Shop factory museum of a traction engine manufacturer. Roy, Geoff, Steve and I chose to visit the David Silver Collection, just down the road, instead, although Roy got caught at some lights and lost his way briefly, then almost had a fit at the £10 entrance charge!

 

The weather was kind, some rain on Saturday as we returned from the rally site to our digs, the only time we got wet, and the journey home uneventful apart from my tank vacuuming due to a blocked fuel cap breather hole causing a brief stop on the A12 at Galleywood.”  

 

October 2017

 

Over the weekend of 5th/6th August a group of section members took part in the West Kent Run and meeting at Aylesford in Kent and had an enjoyable time at this popular event and venue.

 

On Wednesday 20th August eight members started out on the mid week run around the lanes which finished up at our Stapleford airfield section meeting place where another eight members joined them for our August mid week lunch meet. This was the highest turnout of members for both the run and lunch meet for some months.

 

August 24th to 28th saw 23 section members, partners and guests travel to Stow-on-the-Wold for this year’s Jampot Rally. With excellent weather the whole event was a great success with higher attendance numbers than previous years which, despite a few resulting shortage problems, must be a step in the right direction. Roy’s infamous “Clockwork Orange” bike got plenty of use on the runs with a different rider each time – none of them Roy, and on Sunday Pat Gill once again took the award for best pre-war Matchless while Dudley got a commended rosette for his pre-war AJS.

 

On 6th to 8th October some of the section will be attending the “Alternative” at Woodbridge. While on 29th October there will be a section run to Ardingly, which will start from the usual meeting place near J28 on the M25 at 10.00am. Further details on both these events can be had from Roy.

 

September 2017

 

The19th July run saw seven leave from Crown Corner. Keith Smith initially led the run to Blackmore where they met with Alan Jennings, who was running late. Roy took over as run leader, following part of our 2011 Alternative Jampot route as far as Great Baddow where Keith took over once more, leading the run to Heybridge basin where they enjoyed lunch before returning home. The run got a bit spread out at times but it was the best attendance for a mid week run for sometime.

 

This year’s ACU/BMF National Rally saw the section’s arch enthusiast for this long distance navigation trial, Bob Russell, take part in his 43rd event, his first being way back in 1961. Now restricted to “twist & go” scooters since an accident some years ago left him unable to operate conventional clutches, his enthusiasm for this particular event remains undiminished. There can’t be many riders who have completed as many Nationals as Bob.

 

Our Sept 20th mid week run is on the same Wednesday as our mid week meet at Stapleford. The run will again start from Crown Corner and end up at Stapleford for the lunch. Then on Sunday Sept 24th there will be a run to Battlesbridge from Crown Corner at 10am. More details can be got from Roy nearer the date.

 

August 2017

 

On our 22nd June club night Vic Sayers, who belongs to both our section and the North Essex, led a group of the North Essex members to Stapleford on a visit, so there were a lot more bikes than usual to look at. It was a fine evening so we could stay outside as well as inside the club room and our Stapleford hosts once again supplied a good buffet for all to devour.

 

On 30th June some of the section said farewell to a friend at the funeral of Dave Speck. Although Dave lived in Norfolk he, along with fellow Norfolk resident John, had been good friends to our section for many years and we considered them as honorary members. Dave’s cheerful, friendly personality and banter will be sorely missed at future rallies.

 

As the Jampot Rally approaches Roy wishes to remind section members who intend going but have yet to book then please do so to ensure that you will be able to get food at the event, the caterers need to know before hand.

 

For our August section events we have the section run to visit the Kent section, meeting at our M25 J28 meeting place at 6pm. Our mid week lunch meet at Stapleford on  16th August, which according to our calendar will also have the month’s mid week run, starting at Crown Corner and ending at Stapleford, with further details available from Roy.

 

July 2017

 

On 23rd May the section said a sad farewell to Alan Earl. Alan and Margaret lived in Kent but had been coming across the Thames to our section meetings for many years and were very well known throughout the Club both from their attendance at countless Jampot and International Jampot rallies and membership of the Kent section. Alan will be sadly missed but we are pleased to know that Margaret is still going to be part of our future activities.

 

Those section members who attended the International Jampot in Poland all seemed to have had a successful event which the sometimes inclement weather did not spoil and Graham Eaton took an award for “Best Post War single” with his 350 rigid AJS. For all those who doubted whether it would make it, Roy wishes to report that his “Clockwork Orange” bike not only made it all the way there and back with the only trouble being a rear light failure due to the brake light sticking on at one time, but that his was the only bike amongst the group that he was riding with that did not require more serious attention.

 

For the July section events there is a run to the Battlesbridge Classic Motorcycle event on 2nd, from the usual Crown Corner meeting place at 10.00am and on Wednesday 12th July there is our next Mid-week meet at Stapleford, which might have a mid-week run on the same day and ending at Stapleford for the lunch time meet, as happened for the June event. More details can be had from Roy nearer the date.

 

June 2017

 

Our April 27 meeting was the section’s “fish & chip supper” night and our hosts at Stapleford Airfield did us proud, with tablecloths, real plates, metal cutlery and condiments, certainly a step up from what we had been used to in previous years. We sat down to an enjoyable evening, rounded off by a music quiz organised by Rob, Jan and Kerry Harknet.

 

Six riders set off for the Inter Section meet at Blackmore End on 30th April and met up with Dudley at a breakfast stop at High Easter. Only six continued though as one felt not too good and headed for home. It was quite a challenging ride as no-one knew exactly where the pub (The Bull) was and another rider also decided to head homewards at the first ford encountered. There was a good gathering when they got there and Dudley was talking about taking bets as to whether Roy’s bike would make it to Poland. So it was rather ironic that it was also Dudley who broke down on his way home.

 

I got my own come-uppance a week later, when four of us rode up to the open day at Kettering. All went well on the trip up and Geoff Gibbins got an award for his fine AJS twin. On our way home though, I suffered a major brain fade when I mistakenly filled up with diesel instead of petrol. The bike didn’t like its new 60/40 diesel/petrol ratio fuel one bit but with help from Roy, Geoff and Steve, and some petrol siphoned from Roy’s bike I was back on the road again with no harm done except to my pride. It will take a long time to live that one down.

 

For June there is our next mid week meet at Stapleford on 14th. Possibly also be a mid week run organised for one Wednesday but nothing has been arranged yet.

 

                                                      

May 2017

 

The section has now held its first mid week lunchtime meet of 2017 at Stapleford airfield. Around eleven of us attended and were pleased to see Margaret Earl who had made the trip over from Kent. The run to the Ardingly Show on 2nd April saw seven riders leave from our meeting place near M25 junction 28 with Roy leading the run on his intended International Jampot bike, which showed him that he still had a bit of work to do on the electrical side if he wanted the battery to keep charging .

 

It only came to my attention after the evening that we had a new visitor to our section meeting on 23rd March who got missed until almost the end. If that member was you then please give us another try. Ask the first person you see to point you in my direction and I will be happy to chat about bikes and introduce you to our section properly.

 

The four events in May for our section involvement are the next mid week lunch meet at Stapleford on 3rd.  Then the run to the Kettering HQ Open Day on 6th, the run to the local Jericho Cottage Classic Bike Day on 14th, and the first Wednesday Run on 19th. All three of the runs start from our usual meeting place at Crown Corner.

 

Apr 2017

 

March this year was a sad month for the section as we say farewell to our good friend Dave Nichols, who will be greatly missed not only by us in the section but also by the many members of the club as a whole.

 

Our section meeting of 23rd February didn’t quite go according to plan, when a shortage of staff resulted in our usual meeting place at Stapleford airfield not being available to us which resulted in a lot of hasty phoning around by secretary Alan to advise members that there was to be an alternative gathering for that meeting in the Woodman public house at Stanford Rivers a couple of miles away. It  would have to be in the bar area  but fortunately it was not too busy that night and 16 members managed to pass a pleasant evening with a group of them hogging the open fire on what was a cold evening.

 

Our 9th March meeting was back to normal and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the staffing problems for our meetings at Stapleford can be overcome in future. At least this will not be a problem for the first of our mid-week lunchtime meetings at the airfield on Wednesday 5th April from around 11am

 

Mar 2017

 

For our second and third section meetings of the year our numbers were back to around the usual attendance for section meetings after the previous meeting where only the hardy few braved the first snow of the year in these parts, not forgetting of course Zoe, who so capably caters for us behind the bar at each event and who also had to brave the weather to get home after all others had left.

 

Not much is going on at this time of the year as regards events that we might attend although several future events were mentioned as possibilities, including one at Stowe Maries airfield on 21st May and a “Wings and Wheels” event at Damens airfield later on 16th July which we may visit. There is also the regular Blackmore village classic bike event taking place on 14th May, which many of our section members go along to. There is also the Club’s Spring Intersection Meet at Blackmore End on 30th April and the Club HQ open day on 6th May, so plenty to think about for the future

 

The dates of our mid week runs and mid week meets at Stapleford airfield for this year are in the process of being decided and intended to be given out at the last meeting, but due to a few errors they will now hopefully be available next meeting and subsequently be put on our section web site.

 

Feb 2017

 

At our last section AGM, in my absence, apparently I was voted in as the new section scribe against strong competition from…..absolutely no-one else. As I start my new job at a time of the year when there is not a great deal happening I do have a little time to work myself into the role.

 

For our last club night before Christmas the section decided to have a “buffet evening”, to include family members who do not normally attend meetings and the opportunity was taken for our new section secretary Alan Jennings to present an award to our retiring secretary Dennis Fox for his hard work for the section over many years. Indeed Dennis was one of the first to welcome me when I joined in 1994.

 

Our last run of 2016 was a short one to High Beach tea hut and four bikes took part in bright but cold weather, meeting up with two other members at the venue.

 

 

Colin Atkinson