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.
The April meeting of the Norfolk Section was a Northern affair, taking place in the sunny evening calm of the North Norfolk coast. Weather had been laid out, bright but cold with no sign of rain. The hardy folk, Dr Watson, Paul, Colin, Greg, John and Chris either rode to the start or unloaded machines when we gathered in the car park of The Village Inn at West Runton. Not wishing to stand about for long we were soon under way. Paul whizzed off before the group photo and led the way through Beeston to the metropolis of Sheringham. John made it to within sight of town before his MS Stewart decided that going home was a far better idea; John rejoined us later. The rest of the machines, from a British lightweight to German moped via autocycle and Wisp all made the short trip uphill (Norfolk is not flat) to The Wheatsheaf at West Beckham. Not too long after we arrived John appeared on his rather smart Herald 125, looking every bit like a small British bike built in China and copying a Japanese design. The pub was busy which meant that until we sat down to eat we were gathered in small groups but this didn’t stop the ribald banter and bon homie that we all enjoy. When the food was ordered and served we sat together, riders and whimps joined by a common interest. Jamie, Bob, Ian de O & I hadn’t ridden for a variety of reasons, some involving illumination. Ian de S couldn’t be with us and his knowledge and whit were missed particularly during the excellent quiz produced by Paul. Top score of 6 ½ out of 18 was John. Over to you to create the next quiz John.
After food, drink and comfort we headed back to West Runton, some of us with halogen bulbs, some with LEDs and some with what may have been incandescent bulbs but they weren’t bright enough to be able to tell. At ‘Runton I left the pack to head home. It is possible that more ale was supped but I wasn’t there to tell. The debate about the next meeting left me a little confused but The Grange at Ormesby, NR29 3QG is the gathering point with a ride out to be arranged. Usual time and date usual time and date applies. See you there
Don't forget next week 8th May, is the 2nd Wednesday of the Month. As discussed at the last meeting we will meet at the Grange Hotel, Yarmouth Rd, Ormesby St Margaret, NR29 3QG. Pedal off at 7:00 sharp for a 17 mile run round the local area, back to the Grange about 8:00ish for the quiz !!! All welcome. The run: www.plotaroute.com/myroutes
Thames - Southwest 5 to 7 decreasing 3 or 4. Sea State Moderate becoming slight, Thundery showers. Visibility Good. That was the weather one brave soul headed out into, not to rescue the perishing but to reach the May meeting of the Norfolk Section of the EACC. Our fearless leader set off “avec un Mobylette a la pub”. He may have had back up nearby but that would be telling. The little bronze moped made good progress and 6 miles later he was outside The Grange in Ormesby. Shame faced fellow enthusiasts looked on with something between mirth and awe, 6 members in all. Jamie had a bike with him, but it was in the van in sick bay awaiting a clutch cable repair. Ian de O seemed to have forgotten that the 8th day of the month would be the 2nd Wednesday in May but he arrived later with valid reasons for delay & the evening’s second (or third) bike.
Jon provided a challenging quiz which we attacked with vigour after eating our way through various burgers and chips. The quiz got us scratching our heads as we tried to get inside the mind of the master inquisitor. Several members got 6 & ½ points out of 20 only to be trumped by Ian de O and his impressive score of 10/20.
Discussion covered many common topics but included a Stafford show report, spoke spanners, Vincents, mods, rockers and scooters, including a Lambretta in a dustcart. The craic was good and the beer wasn’t too bad either. General consensus was for a meeting next month back at Dilham Cross Keys for a ride out in better weather. Wednesday 12th June is the date for meeting. Some of us will be bringing back tales of France after a weekend in L’Avesnois. Chris E, Jon, Ian de S, Jamie, Dr Watson & I were in attendance with Ian de O arriving after a minor, but trying, car repair episode which did not go well. Paul & Greg were much missed & we look forward to seeing them both soon.
Next meeting will Wed 12th Jun when we will assemble at the winter haunt of the Cross Keys, Dilham departing 7:00 sharp for a ride out (probably up to the coast at Walcott unless somebody has a better plan) returning to the pub at 8ish for the rest of the evening. All welcome either for the ride or just for the meet in the pub.
July will be decided by those present at the June meeting.
Weather or not, we still met in June. That is a statement not a question. The ‘damp at the edges’ 8 gathered somewhat less than magnificently at The Cross Keys in Dilham for chat and bon homie rather than donning waterproofs and getting cold wet and miserable which was the option if we had chosen to go out and ride our machines. Flaming June was a damp squib as far as enjoying an evening trip to the coast and back was concerned. Never mind the weather, we still met up and enjoyed good company including potential new member Neville who arrived from the middle of the Shire to meet Dave and others. Neville is an interesting gentleman who has a few cycle motors which he has owned from the days when they were acceptable daily transport. Not many folks can claim to own machines from their youth, still registered with DVLA. We hope to see more of Neville and his machines in the future; he went home talking about membership form and joining up. Meanwhile 7 of the regulars enjoyed subjects as varied as BSA owners rally, Citroen 100 celebrations, the delights of Colchester, traction engines, live fish transport and the woes of failing to meet personal targets for getting bikes prepared and complete to ride. Beer and food were consumed during the gathering with the hosts making a side room available for our use. A quiz was available and once again Ian de O triumphed over other participants to hold top score. Our lad from Ormesby is a regular boffin when it comes to many things motorcycle and he applies his knowledge to our trivial trials with verve. After a few hours together we wended our ways home amidst the rain, again.
Next month’s meeting will be on the third Friday of the month 19th July, gather at Hevingham to head to Whitwell Bike Night.