Cross Keys? They looked quite happy to me. January comes but once a year, so we had a meeting, 9 of us chaps and one chapess. The East & North Norfolk clans got together with a guest, Mr Utting snr, to eat drink & chat. Much happy discussion took place, 2 quizzes, pictorial guess the bike and 2 mystery objects. Many thanks to Greg Le Citroen for 1 quiz & other features. Pleasant ale was supped and good food was eaten. The pub seems a good hit so we will return there in February. Come on other Norfolk members, don’t miss out, join in the fun!
Where there’s a Will, there’s a whole lot of other people, in fact 9 other people with 3 of our regulars missing. 10 folks associated with and enthusiastic about mopeds, autocycles and cyclemotors gathered at the Cross Keys in Dilham. It was good to see not less than 2 Chris’s (E & W), 2 Ian’s (de O & de S) and the rest of an irregular bunch including Dr Watson. New boys on the block were Bob, from Aylsham, and Will from Honing. Both gents are happy additions to the throng. Bob is a steam enthusiast with a penchant for Cyclemotors whilst Will is an all round motorcycle enthusiast with many interesting tales to tell. Methinks both gents make worthy members of our happy band.
Ian de S stood in as quizmaster with both a pictorial and tick box quiz, each emphasising the Autocycle side of our hobby. Reasonable scores were made by some lucky contestants whilst others were in the “also ran” class. Food was delivered to our tables in good time, piping hot and all good fayre; be warned, if you order a mixed grill the chef believes you need to eat most of a pig, a chicken and notable sections of a cow too. The skillet full of meaty goodness would feed the likes of me for at least a week.
Beer was supped, as were other beverages and the evening drew on until we decided to head for the hill (Martham is up an incline) and called time on our gathering but not before concluding that the Cross Keys made a suitable venue for our next meeting too. See you there? March 13th usual time.
Gareth wasn’t invited to the meeting but he was making his presence felt; this certainly wasn’t moped riding weather but it didn’t stop 11 of us gathering at the Cross Keys in Dilham for the March meeting. It seemed appropriate to be blown about in March, let’s hope April isn’t too wet. Dr Watson, David U, Jamie, Ian de O & I arrived in style courtesy of David. The North Norfolk contingent arrived in various modes including by foot and by sports car. It was a cheerful and chatty meeting with conversations across a broad spectrum including the merits of certain bikes, latest purchases, what to pay for prospective purchases and more personal matters too. There is always something to learn at meetings and this was no exception. Readers may like to research which company made the Ladybird and what engine was used to power it. Several publications were shown around the group including interesting books dating back to the days of autocycles and early mopeds. Ian de O shared a BSA catalogue from 1962 which showed plunger framed Bantams were still in production at that late stage. Will arrived after visiting the village hall cinema, making our meeting almost a full house. Food and beer were consumed and the meeting wound up with agreement to meet in West Runton on the 10th of next month to ride out to West Beckham. Dr Watson’s April ride was also publicised and riders are welcome on Sunday 28th April, gather at Repps cum Bastwick village hall at the A149 B1152 junction.