CRAGG Three-chapter meeting, April 2018

Clyde Valley, Red Rose and Geordie chapters all meeting up, with an overnight stay. This was a fantastic event in 2017, so get booked up sharpish. Over 90 people have booked accommodation already – we have reserved the whole hotel but this could easily be a sell-out.

For accommodation, contact Vicki Waugh on 01461 338257. Be sure to mention you’re in Geordie Chapter, use Barry’s name as the reference, as we already have rooms reserved.

There’ll be lots to do with ride-outs and live music.

Barry will lead a ride over there, leaving Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead at 11.30 am, on Friday 13 April 2018.

News feed, 30.12.17

Here’s a few pictures from our fabulous Christmas party at Nissan SLC …

Happy New Year everyone!!

Chapter Christmas Party, 2017

Chapter Christmas meal, with a fabulous night for everyone.

The Test Pilots will be entertaining us all this year.

Tickets are £5 for Chapter members and £15 for non-members. We’ve got the venue all to ourselves this year, with up to 100 tickets – get yours now!

It’s a two-course traditional dinner, with carriages at midnight.

L.O.H. Bowling night, November 2017

Our Ladies of Harley have arranged a bowling night at AMF Bowling in Washington.

There are plans to meet at Frankie’s for dinner before heading into the venue. Keep an eye out on our closed Facebook group for more details.

AMF Bowling, Galleries Shopping Centre, Galleries Retail Park, Washington NE38 7RZ

Harleyween, October 2017

Our Ladies of Harley are meeting at Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead on Saturday. They’re going to combine this with the JH-DG Harleyween event:

‘New t-shirts are in! Also 3-4-2 on all in-stock t-shirts as well as selected parts and accessories. Special offers on all in-stock products, and up to 50% off selected clothing. Michelle is hosting a ghoulish lucky dip, and there will be sweets and raffle on Saturday. Demo rides of the new 2018 range are available as well as our Harley Originals in-store.’

Get yer scary face on and see you down there!

Chapter BBQ, 2017

Chapter BBQ at Ingram Valley

We will leave at 11:00 am.

Here’s the route, for those who want to catch up:

Onto northbound A1 stay on slip road, left onto A696.
Turn right onto B6341 through Elsdon and Rothbury, then left onto A696.
Turn left onto A697. Turn left at the Green cottages, straight on past the Visitor Centre and park by the river.

We should get to Ingram Valley at 12.15 pm.

Chapter Weekend, Falkirk 2017

We’re going to have a ride north, first to West Coast Harley-Davidson then on to Falkirk, to visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel!

  • Meet at Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead, blast up to Glasgow and West Coast Harley-Davidson
  • Stop for lunch somewhere along the way, then whizz over to the Kelpies
  • Stay overnight at the North Falkirk Premier Inn
  • Visit the Falkirk Wheel, before heading back on Sunday

Postcode for hotel is FK2 8PJ, currently £51 per night

Sounds like a treat, get booked up early!

News feed, 2.7.17

Music, motorbikes and mayhem sums up our second outing to Clennell Hall! The finest Northumbrian scenery and landscape provided a green and pleasant backdrop, with about forty chapter members making their way there over the weekend. We had a combination of people in the Hall itself, some in the bunk rooms, and a wide selection of tents and motorhomes.

The trip up on Friday was reasonably uneventful, but the promise of some rain somewhere meant the clouds were grey rather than white. A bit better than last year though, when it tipped down on the way up. We got there about four, and the GC faithful already occupied the bar.

Drinks orders and food orders came and went over the next hour or so and, after checking in, we installed ourselves next to the Charlton and Kent party at the long table in the middle. Rocky kept the beer chilled for us all, and after our own food, we settled down to some music from a local band, and general tomfoolery, GC-style.

The band was good, playing a varied selection of tunes, and they kept everything swinging along nicely until the wee hours.

Breakfast came and went in the morning, and we shared a table with Ron and Lyn. We covered all the finer points of GC merchandise during our brief time together!

James, Bill, Mandy and Paul then arrived from Newcastle to join our ride-out, scheduled for an 11.00 am departure. Peter was up front and Paul at the back. Peter delivered the briefing, and revealed our lunch stop – the Lavender Tea Rooms, at Etal.

And we were off! We took a quick left-turn out of Clennell Hall, and then navigated through some great roads, heading for Alnwick. There were nineteen bikes and two trikes on the day. The sun popped in and out from behind the clouds, and the day was getting much warmer as we landed into Alnwick, past the lovely Edlingham Castle. We also played second-man-drop-off which is always good fun!

We arrived at a very familiar petrol station, got some fuel in the Sportys, then had a slow meander back through Alnwick, fighting against some Saturday morning traffic. Alnwick must be very used to having the GC through its street: we had a great pit-stop there last weekend as part of our ABC ride.

Peter’s route then kicked up a gear, as we headed north through Eglingham and Chillingham. At times, it felt like we were on the waltzer at The Hoppings but the plan slotted beautifully together and, after a small about-turn at the castle in Etal, we landed en masse at the Lavender Tea Rooms. What a glorious spot! A few of our gang who weren’t on bikes had also made their way up there, so we all sat for an hour and drank up the sunshine and some lovely tea and coffee from the café. They were so excited about it, they even filmed our departure!

Barry now took the back-marker spot and we whizzed back down the A697 for some more fuel at Powburn. Peter wasn’t finished with us yet, so we went into Glanton, Callaly and some other lovely villages back to Clennell Hall. There was a great collection of narrow roads, potholes, green tufts and gravel to keep us all on our toes, and we were in and out of our seats bouncing through it all.

And that was that! Eighty miles later, we were back at Clennell Hall, debating the day’s ride with a cold beer outside in the sunshine. The place overflowed with more of the GC gang, in additional tents and motorhomes. As a small reward for his superb efforts, Jasper the dog then took a tinkle in Peter’s lid.

NB: this is NOT Jasper!

We fought the temptation to stay out right through, so showered and changed and landed back in the bar at seven.

More tea, more music and more beer, that’s how it went from there. Our Les, followed by Stu, accompanied at times by Mark, then kept our toes a-tapping though another fantastic evening.

What a great time! Great folk, great patter and some great riding! Let’s get it sorted again for 2018.

Chapter Ride Weekend, 2017

Costs are:

Double room £85 B&B, per night

Bunk room £20 B&B, per night

Camping (including motorhomes) £10, per night

Get in touch with our Activities Officers if you would like to arrange accommodation.