Alan Throssell

Alan Throssell

Norton enthusiast since 1981, I still own and ride the same 1971 Commando I bought back then. I also own a 1972 Combat Commando and a 1951 Big 4 (featured on Feb 2009 NOC calendar). A 1961 Model 50 and a 1957 Dominator 99 which Won Best in Show at 2012 Essex Branch Concourse d’elegance (this bike was shipped to the USA for the 2011 NOC International Rally and I toured the New England area riding 4,322 miles before flying back home). I attend many NOC events and since 2013 I am the Secretary of the Essex NOC branch.

Essex Branch AGM 8th May 2017 Minutes of the meeting.


Minutes of AGM 8th May 2017

Meeting opened at 20:43

Number of members present: 20

Apologies of absence:
Barry Boyten & Tim Harrison

Agreed minutes of last meeting:
Proposed & Seconded: Paul Nicholls & Roger Beadle
All members present voted in favour

Matters arising from last meeting minutes: Nil

Chairman’s report: (Written by Barry Boyten – read out by branch secretary)
First I must apologise for my absence but my holiday has fallen on this date and couldn’t be changed. Welcome to all the branch members, once again another good year for the branch. As usual all the rallies were well attended by the members, it makes me feel good to see so many attending the rallies and this is shown by the times we have received the best turnout trophy, please keep it up.
The International rally was well attended by our branch members considering how far we had to travel and we had a good collection of singles there, well done to those who rode them all the way, well done guys !!!!!!!!!!
This year we are helping Mike McVey to hold the National rally in Suffolk so will need many volunteers to run this event, as we wish it to be a great success as to keep up with the Essex tradition, so please help.
Also Mike is trying to raise the Suffolk branch from the ashes, I wish to thank the committee for their hard workover the year, thanks to Brian our treasurer for keeping the funds in order. Thanks go to Alan for all his hard work at keeping us all informed of events in the club and the national events .
This year we are holding our 40th anniversary on our BBQ event and hope to have a good turnout from all the UK branches more from Alan on this.
We look forward to seeing you all in the year.
Safe ridding, Barry Boyten – Branch Chairman
Secretaries report: (Alan Throssell – Essex Branch Secretary)
Once again we achieved a strong presence at every major NOC event in the last year.
In May a dozen Essex branch members travelled across Europe to attend the International rally in Italy.
In June a few branch members attended the Norfolk branch anniversary rally.
In July 19 branch members went to the Norton festival in Dorset which incorporating Norton Day at Sammy Millers Museum.
The annual Branch camping weekend and BBQ at Weeley came next, this was another successful event enjoyed by all attendants
In August many branch members made the journey to Cumbria for the National rally. Where we won for the third year running, the George Child Trophy for best branch turnout.
In the same month many Essex branch members made their annual expedition to the Begonia Rally in Belgium.
October saw our branch annual stand at the Copdock Motorcycle Show, creating plenty of interest in our Nortons on display.
Our annual dinner in March this year, at the Norton pub, ended the successful year.
Treasurers Report: (Brian Harriss – Essex Branch Treasurer)

Several copies of the “Income Expenditure accounts for year ending 30th April” were handed out to members and Brian talked about the figures. Brian reported that the profit was up this year at £174.43p. The branch camping weekend cost the club this year a mere 0.75p. The income from raffles during the year (£86.10) would be rounded up to £100 and given as a charity donation to the Essex Air Ambulance.

Election of Officers:
It was proposed that as the present Branch Officers are happy to continue, the members present would vote for the main committee positions ‘En Bloc’.
Proposed & Seconded by John Birch & Nigel Darken.
All members present voted in favour.

Chairman: Barry Boyten
Secretary: Alan Throssell
Treasurer: Brian Harriss
Webmaster: Paul Nicholls

It was proposed that the new branch sub committee will consist of the following members:-
Sub Committee: Derek Fox, Tim Harrison & Roger Beadle
Proposed & Seconded by John Spalding & Mark Gelsthorpe.
All members present voted in favour.

Annual Branch Subscriptions:
Treasurer’s recommendation to stay at £5:00 per year.
All members present voted in favour.

Events – National & Branch:
Eight or nine branch members indicated that they will attend the Suffolk Rally in June.
Only two members indicated that they have booked for the “InCider rally” in September.
Members agreed they would like to continue displaying their Nortons on a club stand at the Copdock Motorcycle show in October. The branch secretary will apply as usual.
Both Graham Adams and Nigel Darken suggested we need to organise branch runs. None have been organised so far this year. The secretary suggested that members should inform the committee of any ideas, once a venue and date is decided, the secretary can email out to all members the details and arrangements.

Any other Business:
Derek Fox proposed that to avoid clashing with other events going on in the Bell on AGM night, we could move the AGM to another night possibly the April club meet.
The secretary suggested we change branch meetings that fall on a bank holiday to the following Tuesday (the next day) instead of the following Monday. After a short discussion this was then proposed & seconded by Paul Nicholls & John Spalding all members present voted in favour. The secretary is to inform the Roadholder editor to make the changes in the magazine.

Meeting closed at 21:00

Alan Throssell – Essex Branch Secretary

2017 Norton Rally Suffolk

See details here =  event=noc-national-rally-suffolk

Branch run to Chatham Historic Dockyard 22nd April 2015

Seven branch members on seven Nortons rode down into Kent to enjoy a day at the Chatham Historic Dockyards. It was really nice to be able to park our bikes under cover, inside what once was a covered slip where originally ships were built then slipped gently into the river Medway.Undercover parking

We first visited the very clever “Heart of Oak” inside the Mast House and Mould Loft (built 1750’s). This followed the footsteps of a retired Master Shipwright as he revisits the Dockyard with his grandson trying to encourage his grandson to a Shipwright career. At the same time explaining the processes that take place to build a timber hulled, sail powered war ship.HMS Gannet rigging

We next went on the tour of HM Submarine Ocelot which again was excellent, the guide talked as if he himself was crew of the sub when it was in service.HM Submarine Ocelot
After lunch & refreshments we were booked to attend the 2.30pm Victorian Ropery tour. Rope has been made here since 1618 and is still manufactured in the present quarter mile long building which was last modernised in 1812. The tour guide was excellent (herself a biker) she made the tour extremely entertaining.Spin some yarn

We had a turn at making rope (on a small scale) before entering the real “ropewalk” where we watched workers actually making a modern polypropylene rope using the traditional method on very old machinery.The rope walk

We looked at some of the other buildings and warships. Including this impressive cantilevered timber frame roof built in 1838 over “Slip 3”.No3 Covered Slip

A full day is not enough time to see everything, I have a feeling we will be going back later in the year as our entrance tickets last a full twelve months.

Essex branch camping weekend 2014

See some pictures of the camping weekend and BBQ July 2014 click here

Essex NOC Branch Run 16th April 2014

Essex NOC Branch Run 16th April 2014

The first branch run for the 2014 riding season was blessed with fine weather, we met at J26 café (M25) from 8am for breakfast and five of us headed off soon after 9am heading north on a great biking ‘back road’ route.

We travelled through some spectacular villages such as Much Hadham and Clavering. I think I saw more thatched roof cottages today than I can ever remember. Unfortunately Derek on his Dominator suffered a puncture after we had stopped in a pub car park while Graham went for petrol. Derek had picked up an incredibly large diameter nail right in the centre of a brand new rear tyre. One can of ‘foam instant repair’ just came straight out the hole all over the tarmac without inflating the tyre at all. A call to Carol Nash and a recovery truck was ordered but would be an hour and a half. Mick had a spare inner tube on board his Commando so it was decided to change the tube and take the wheel to the garage for an air fill.


Half an hour before recovery was due Derek was ready to go, so he cancelled the rescue truck. We finished the planned route on more great roads and arrived in Swavesey 3 hours late. Too late to get lunch at the pub, so our host and hostess Will and Sue fixed lunch and refreshments for us all sitting in their back garden in the sunshine, how nice. After lunch Will started up his 1926 Model T Ford and drove it to a nearby Private road so that playtime could begin.


Sue and Graham led the way riding a pair of old Autocycles, one Rudge and one James. We took turns at the controls of the Model T being carefully tutored by Will.  Then a go on the Autocycles.


The fun and games over we headed back to our hosts house for more tea. We left there and found a nice route back to Essex via Saffron Walden, Thaxted and Great Dunmow.

Keep those wheels turning.

Take care, Alan


Norton Day & Summer Party – Kent Branch 29-30th June 2013

The Kent branch arranged a great display of bikes at the Preston rally/East Kent Show during the daytime Saturday. In the evening they had a party with live music at the Chequers pub, to help celebrate their 30th anniversary.
A total of 17 Essex branch members made an appearance during the weekend.





Essex Branch Polish your Bike Night – Monday 1st July

Congratulations to Mark Gelsthorpe for getting his 1969 Commando Fastback voted favourite bike.

Mark& Barry

Here are some early arrivals posing by their Nortons outside the Bell pub.DSCF2097

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm NOC Essex branch annual dinner @ The Bell
NOC Essex branch annual dinner @ The Bell
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm
This is an invitation to attend the NOC Essex branch annual dinner, 7pm Saturday 3rd March 2018 at the The Bell Inn, Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8RF. This is a 3 course pre-book dinner[...]
8:00 pm Club night @ The Bell Inn
Club night @ The Bell Inn
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
We meet at The Bell Inn, Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8RF on the 1st. Monday each month from 8pm (the 1st Tuesday following Bank Holiday). This is on the B4148 between South[...]
8:00 pm Club night @ The Bell Inn
Club night @ The Bell Inn
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
We meet at The Bell Inn, Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8RF on the 1st. Monday each month from 8pm (Tuesday if Bank Holiday). This is on the B4148 between South Woodham Ferrers[...]
7:45 pm Club night – Branch AGM @ The Bell Inn
Club night – Branch AGM @ The Bell Inn
May 8 @ 7:45 pm
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all-day Essex Branch Camping Weekend & BBQ @ Weeley, Essex
Essex Branch Camping Weekend & BBQ @ Weeley, Essex
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day
Invitation to all NOC members to join the Essex Branch camping weekend and BBQ. Camping fee for weekend per person £10 pre-book only. Fish’n’Chip ride-out Friday eve. Silly games on site Saturday or ride out.[...]