Alan Throssell

Norton enthusiast since 1981, I still own and ride the same 1972 Commando I bought back then. I also own a 1972 Combat Commando, a 1961 slimline Model 50 and a 1957 wideline Dominator 99. I attend many NOC events and since 2013 I have been the Secretary of the Norton Owners Club Essex branch.

Branch BBQ Camping Weekend

A great weekend was had by all at the Essex Branch BBQ.

Some pictures of the event.

Fish & Chip run to Brightlingsea on Friday evening.

Barry and Mick busy cooking

Food is served

Plenty of interesting bikes to see in the camp field

Some just like chilling out with music

Some enjoyed playing around on Micks outfit

Some had fun riding round the field on Micks ‘Noddy Bike’

Some had great fun on the Steamroller

Brian getting a lesson from John, on Steamroller steering, STAND CLEAR!


Chilling out in the classroom and a nice message left behind on the blackboard.

Show Night – 1st July 2019

We had 15 various Nortons on display in The Bell’s car park. The best bike voted by people present went to Paul Nicholls (Trogg) with his immaculate 1949 Model 7.


Gathering at the Norton Pub, Cold Norton on Tuesday 21st May 2019

Here are a few pictures of the bikes that turned up at the Norton Pub, Cold Norton on 21/5/19

Essex Branch AGM 8th May 2018 Minutes of the meeting.


Minutes of AGM 8th May 2018

Meeting opened at 20:38

Number of members present: 18

Apologies of absence:
None received in writing

Agreed minutes of last meeting:
Proposed & Seconded: John Birch & Graham Adams
All members present voted in favour

Matters arising from last meeting minutes: Nil

Chairman’s report: (Barry Boyten)

The branch is doing well with a good membership holding its numbers well.
Rallies we have attended has been very good with Essex again winning best turn out, so keep it up gentlemen and the ladies who attended. The Incider Rally was well attended, also the International in Belgium which was also the Begonia.
Hope that we have a good membership at the Rallies in 2018, especially the Austrian Rally, as they have put on great event previously so please try and attend.
Club BBQ was a great success and well attended.
SUFFOLK BRANCH – 2017 saw the return of the Suffolk Branch thanks to Michael McVey, well done Michael, and then he was asked to run a Suffolk Rally with help from the Essex Branch, and a very good rally was well organised, even with problems of double booking the site. Mikes negotiation skills won the day well done Mike.
Club Supper had a very good turnout, thanks go to all who attended.
RIDE OUTS – These seem to have drifted away, as in my early days in the Branch we had many ride outs on the weekend and also on a Wednesday. What has gone wrong? What can we do to get them back? If any of the members can come up with ideas please let the committee know.
On that note I wish to thank the committee for all their hard work over the year.
Thanks to you all for attending the AGM and safer riding and hope to see you all at the 2018 Rallies.

Barry Boyten – Branch Chairman

Secretaries report: (Alan Throssell)

The last year was a busy time for the branch as 2017 was the 40th anniversary year of the Essex branch, so to celebrate we turned our July annual BBQ/camping weekend into a 40th Anniversary Rally which was well attended, everyone helped make it a success. Prior to this the branch played an important role in being the hands on branch for the NOC White Horse Rally in June 2017. Suffolk branch chairman Mike McVey was the main rally organiser but the main active crew of Essex branch volunteered to assist Mike and help make the rally the success it was.
At the end of August the usual Essex branch mob loaded up their Norton’s to attended the NOC International Rally in Belgium, this was the usual fantastic rally we have come to expect from the NOC European members.
The last rally of the year that Essex branch attended in mass was the Weston-Super-Mare InCider Rally held at a Pontins resort. We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the new idea of rallying within accommodation, although it won’t stop us camping when tents are required I’m sure. The Essex branch was very pleased to walk away from this rally with the George Child Trophy, awarded for having the most members attending the combined 2017 White Horse and InCider Rallies.
October saw our branch annual stand at the Copdock Motorcycle Show, creating plenty of interest in our Nortons on display and time spent promoting the NOC.
The year ended with the branch annual dinner where 30 people booked their place for the evening.

Treasurers Report: (Brian Harriss)
I am pleased to report the Branch made a small profit over expenditure of £ 148.54 which this year is mainly from Branch Subscriptions. The Weeley weekend we covered our costs and made a small profit for our effort. We bought the NOC Annual calendar and sold at cost price. The bank interest was again minimal and added little to the branch funds. The annual dinner the raffle money of £101.00 was donated to the Essex Air Ambulance which the Branch rounded up to £110.00 . Engraving cost to Tropies amounted to £7.50
As our branch funds are close on £2750 I again recommend to the meeting Annual Branch Subscriptions remain at £5.
Treasurers Report Approval:
Proposed & Seconded: Mark Gelsthorpe & Mick Hubbard
All members present voted in favour.

Annual Branch Subscriptions: (Treasurer’s recommendation to stay at £5:00 per year).
Proposed & Seconded: Mike McVey & Roger Beadle
All members present voted in favour.

Election of Officers:
It was proposed that as there are no members standing for election and the present Branch Committee are happy to continue, the members present would vote for the whole committee ‘En Bloc’.
Proposed & Seconded by Mick Hubbard & Mark Gelsthorpe
All members present voted in favour.

Chairman: Barry Boyten
Secretary: Alan Throssell
Treasurer: Brian Harriss
Webmaster: Paul Nicholls
Sub Committee: Derek Fox, Tim Harrison & Roger Beadle

Branch Web site:
Everyone present was happy that nothing required change.

Branch Regalia:
J.B. suggested he’d like to see some more of the branch Tea Towels that we had produced some years ago. Brian Harriss answered that he would look into this and stated that he can sort out anything, if members let him know. Other possible suppliers were mentioned but Brian said that as the present suppliers have our artwork we best to stick with them.

Events – Future Programme:
Branch Camping weekend 27th to 29th July. Members happy to help with organisation as usual.
Copdock Show 7th October 2018. Members agreed to attend with bikes.
Annual Dinner Venue next year. Members agreed they would like to have the annual dinner at the Bell again. Branch secretary to arrange.
Branch runs? Graham Adams has expressed to the secretary his desire to organise some midweek runs. He told members present that he has the next three Wednesday free. There was a general interest in the room so Graham will liaise with the secretary with some arrangements to be emailed out to the members.

Any other Business:
2018 NOC Rallies?
Norton ‘In Steam’ Festival – Weeting Norfolk. 20th to 22nd July. Eleven members in the room showed their interest in attending.
International Rally – Austria 15th to 20th August. At least twelve members in the room showed their interest in attending.
Begonia Rally – Belgium 24th to 26th August. Six members present going.
The Reivers Rally, Waverly Castle Hotel, Melrose in the Scottish lowlands 31st August to 3rd September. Only two members present booked for this event.

Meeting closed at 21:10

Alan Throssell – Essex Branch Secretary

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