Past Events

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.

DSCF0005

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.

DSCF0019

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.

DSCF0011

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.
Photo1339

Photo1342

Photo1343

Photo1344

Photo1346

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

Apr
28
Sun
2019
9:00 am BRAXTED BREAKFAST MEET – DRIVE I...
BRAXTED BREAKFAST MEET – DRIVE I...
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
PETER BEST INSURANCE SERVICES: BRAXTED BREAKFAST MEET – DRIVE IT DAY Braxted Park Estate, Braxted CM8 3EN Followed by a branch run PB Braxted Breakfast Invite Flyer Hi Essex NOC, National Drive It Day on[...]
May
7
Tue
2019
7:45 pm Club night – Branch AGM @ The Bell Inn
Club night – Branch AGM @ The Bell Inn
May 7 @ 7:45 pm
Branch AGM first then the usual Norton chatter. Can branch members please email the branch secretary with items for the agenda by 1st May 2019 Last years AGM minutes are available to read here:- http://essex.branches.nortonownersclub.org/?p=753[...]
Jun
3
Mon
2019
8:00 pm Club night @ The Bell Inn
Club night @ The Bell Inn
Jun 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 (1st Tuesday if Bank Holiday). This is on the B4148 between South Woodham[...]
Jul
1
Mon
2019
7:30 pm Club night – Polish/Show Night @ The Bell Inn
Club night – Polish/Show Night @ The Bell Inn
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm
Polish your Norton for Show Night. Come and vote for the Best Norton on show. We meet at The Bell Inn, Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8RF on the 1st. Monday each month[...]
Jul
19
Fri
2019
all-day Essex Branch Camping Weekend & BBQ @ Weeley, Essex
Essex Branch Camping Weekend & BBQ @ Weeley, Essex
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
Invitation to all NOC members to join the Essex Branch camping weekend and BBQ. Camping fee for weekend £10 per person (pre-book only). Fish’n’Chip ride-out Friday eve. Silly games on site Saturday or ride out. Free[...]