Reunions  

Reunion pub meal pic
Reunion pub meal and pint

There have been three officially organised events to remember the closure of the AMC factory; A 'Made in Plumstead' exhibition, held in February 1989, a 'Homecoming Rally' and plaque unveiling ceremony, in May 2007 and a re-run of the 2007 rally in 2009.

(see bottom of page for more details)


It was brought home to Bill Cakebread (website co-author) after the 2007 rally that these commemorations might be the last excuses for ex. AMC colleagues to gather together and maintain contact with each other.


To prevent this happening, Bill decided that, if others were keen, he was willing to organise a reunion meeting at a suitable watering hole for any ex. employees who could be contacted. Thus, with the help of his brother, Bob, the project began.


Friends Reunited (the now-defunct precursor to Facebook) helped to find some of the more far-flung company members, and enough responded favourably to the proposal for a reunion lunch to be held later that month.


The success of the first get-together led to the request to repeat the exercise on a two-yearly basis, and to attempt to spread the net to include any others missed out the first time around.


Almost a decade on, the reunions have become a welcome event in the calendar of the regular and new attendees, who travel to Kent in the bleak month of November to see if they can still recognise their old colleagues through their ever-increasing prescription glasses (and through the bottoms of their ever-emptying beer glasses).

We all thank Bill, and his brother Bob, for their time and effort in keeping this event going, giving us all a chance to catch up on old times at the firm.


If you didn't know about these reunions, and would like to join the others next time around, then please use the Contact page to let us know.



Here are some photos taken at previous events (in reverse date order, all courtesy Bill Cakebread).


Shortcuts to 2015 Reunion 2013 Reunion 2011 Reunion  2009 Reunion 2007 Reunion (and Woolwich Arsenal) 1989 Woolwich Rally



2017


November 9th at the Lion Hotel, Farningham, Kent


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2017 Reunion group #1 pic
2017 Reunion Group #1
Les Apps Bob Cakebread John Kelleher Graham Hancock Eileen Creasey Peter Attwood Derek Munton
2017 Reunion group #2 pic
2017 Reunion Group #2
Graham Hancock John Kelleher Alan Jones Dave Hampson Mick Giddings Margaret Giddings Linda Foster David Goodfellow
2017 Reunion group #3 pic
2017 Reunion Group #3
Alan Jones Mavis Hawkins Sheila Jones David Goodfellow Linda Foster Roy Cunningham Mavis Cunningham Fran Hancock Val Cakebread Graham Hancock
2017 Reunion group #4 pic
2017 Reunion Group #4
Arthur Lewthwaite Bill Brooker Tommy Mortimer
2017 Reunion group #5 pic
2017 Reunion Group #5
Les Apps Bob Cakebread John Kelleher Peter Attwood Eileen Creasey Elaine Bunch Graham Hancock Val Cakebread Ernestine Goodfellow David Goodfellow
2017 Reunion group #6 pic
2017 Reunion Group #6
Bill Cakebread
2017 Reunion group #7 pic
2017 Reunion Group #7
Derek Munton

    List of Attendees

Les Apps and Elaine Bunch

Peter Attwood and Eileen Creasey (sister-in-law)

Bill Brooker

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Roy and Mavis Cunningham

Mick and Margaret Giddings

David, Ernestine Goodfellow and Linda Foster

Dave Hampson

Graham and Fran Hancock

Mavis Hawkins

John Kelleher

Alan and Sheila Jones

Arthur Lewthwaite

Tommy Mortimer

Derek Munton






2017 Mini-reunion with Brian Slark


April 7th at The Harvester Inn, Riverhead, nr Sevenoaks, Kent


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2015 Reunion group #1 pic
2017 Mini-reunion with Brian Slark
Brian Slark Dian Slark Sheila Jones Alan Jones Val Cakebread

Brian Slark worked at AMC in the off-road competition department, as a production & experimental road tester, from 1954 until the early '60s, taking part himself in racing motocross, scrambles, and trials bikes, including competing in the 1965 Isle of Man ISDT event.


After a visit to the United States in 1963, Brian has been more or less permanently based there, acting as service manager for various motor cycle marques before setting up his own Norton shop in Southern California.


Since 1995, Brian has been the technical consultant at The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.


Bill Cakebread was contacted by Brian in early 2017 to say that he was planning a holiday visit to Britain with his wife Dian and suggestest a meet-up with any of his fellow AMC test riders who might be available.


A mini-reunion was soon arranged at a pub in Kent with Alan Jones, Bill Hawkins, Bill Cakebread and their respective wives for April 7th, but this nearly didn't come about as Brian's flight from Atlanta had taken 26 hours, due to being grounded by a tornado, followed by a blow-out in their hire car after leaving London Airport for Sevenoaks.


However, Brian and Dian did manage to stay awake to enjoy meeting up with his ex-colleagues, before leaving to stay with friends north of the Thames.
Unfortunately, the photo taken on their departure is missing Bill Hawkins and his wife, Mavis, as Bill Cakebread had left his camera in the pub and, by the time he had retrieved it, they had already left.


You can read an article that Brian Slark wrote for the Classic Bike magazine, recalling his time at AMC, on the  Links page.




2015


November 12th at the Woodman, Ide Hill (downstairs room)


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2015 Reunion group #1 pic
2015 Reunion Group #1
Peter Attwood Bob Cakebread Mavis Cunningham Roy Cunningham Mark Stevens Beryl Stevens
2015 Reunion group #2 pic
2015 Reunion Group #2
Elaine Bunch Teresa Munton Les Apps Derek Munton
2015 Reunion group #3 pic
2015 Reunion Group #3
Cyril Ford Anne Ford Dave Hampson
2015 Reunion group #4 pic
2015 Reunion Group #4
Brenda Lightfoot Val Cakebread Fran Hancock Graham Hancock Ray Lightfoot
2015 Reunion group #5 pic
2015 Reunion Group #5
Ray Lightfoot Alan Puplett Terry Ann Sheila Jones Alan Jones Brenda Lightfoot

    List of Attendees

Les Apps and Elaine Bunch

Peter Attwood

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Roy and Mavis Cunningham

Cyril and Ann Ford

Dave Hampson

Graham and Fran Hancock

Alan and Sheila Jones

Ray and Brenda Lightfoot

Derek and Teresa Munton

Alan Puplett

Mark and Beryl Stevens

Terry Ann



2013


November 14th at the Woodman, Ide Hill (upstairs room)


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2013 Reunion group #1 pic
2013 Reunion Group #1
John Tickner Alan Puplett Bob Cakebread Roy Cunningham Graham Hancock Val Cakebread Fran Hancock Peter Stevens Beryl Stevens Les Apps Peter Attwood Nick Hyde Bill Brooker
2013 Reunion group #2 pic
2013 Reunion Group #2
Ann Conie Alan Jones Sheila Jones Dave Hampson Bill Hawkins Mavis Hawkins Anne Ford Cyril Ford Ken Conie
2013 Reunion group #3 pic
2013 Reunion Group #3
Ann Conie Sheila Jones Dave Hampson Bill Hawkins Alan Jones Mavis Hawkins Anne Ford Cyril Ford Ken Conie

    List of Attendees

Les Apps

Peter Attwood

Bill Brooker

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Ken and Ann Conie

Roy Cunningham

Cyril and Ann Ford

Dave Hampson

Graham and Fran Hancock

Bill and Mavis Hawkins

Nick Hyde

Alan and Sheila Jones

Alan Puplett

Peter and Beryl Stevens

John Tickner



2011


November 16th at the Woodman, Ide Hill (upstairs room)


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2011 Reunion group #1 pic
2011 Reunion Group #1
Peter Stevens Ernestine Goodfellow Linda Foster David Goodfellow Beryl Stevens
2011 Reunion group #2 pic
2011 Reunion Group #2
Graham Hancock Fran Hancock Val Cakebread Tommy Mortimer John Kelleher
2011 Reunion group #3 pic
2011 Reunion Group #3
Alan Jones Bill Hawkins Bill Brooker Mavis Hawkins Sheila Jones
2011 Reunion group #4 pic
2011 Reunion Group #4
Val Hampson Dave Hampson Cyril Ford Anne Ford
2011 Reunion group #5 pic
2011 Reunion Group #5
Bernard Copleston Elaine Bunch Les Apps Peter Attwood Lynda Attwood Bob Cakebread

    List of Attendees

Les Apps and Elaine Bunch

Peter and Lynda Attwood

Bill Brooker

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Bernard Copleston

Roy and Mavis Cunningham

Cyril and Ann Ford

David, Ernestine Goodfellow and Linda Foster

Dave and Val (nee. Maddocks) Hampson

Graham and Fran Hancock

Bill and Mavis Hawkins

Alan and Sheila Jones

John Kelleher

Ray and Brenda Lightfoot

Fred Miles

Tommy Mortimer

Derek and Teresa Munton

Peter and Beryl Stevens



2009


November 3rd at the White Hart, Brasted


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2009 Reunion group #1 pic
2009 Reunion Group #1
Bob Cakebread John McClaren Ros Maddocks Ron Maddocks Val Hampson Mavis Hawkins Bill Hawkins Dave Hampson
2009 Reunion group #2 pic
2009 Reunion Group #2
Alan Crouch Cyril Ford Margaret Giddings Mick Giddings
2009 Reunion group #3 pic
2009 Reunion Group #3
Beryl Stevens Elaine Bunch Georgina Smith Val Cakebread
2009 Reunion group #4 pic
2009 Reunion Group #4
Les Apps Peter Attwood Peter Stevens Derek Munton
2009 Reunion group #5 pic
2009 Reunion Group #5
Sheila Jones Alan Jones
2009 Reunion group #6 pic
2009 Reunion Group #6
Jim Boughen Nick Hyde Bob Smith Bill Brooker
2009 Reunion group #7 pic
2009 Reunion Group #7
Bob Smith Roy Cunningham Mavis Cunningham Fred Miles Brenda Miles Keith Jackson Bill Brooker

    List of Attendees

Les Apps and Elaine Bunch

Peter Attwood

Jim Boughen

Bill Brooker

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Alan Crouch

Roy and Mavis Cunningham

Cyril Ford

Mick and Margaret Giddings

Dave and Val (nee. Maddocks) Hampson

Bill and Mavis Hawkins

Nick Hyde

Keith Jackson

Alan and Sheila Jones

John McClaren

Ron and Ros Maddocks

Fred and Brenda Miles

Tommy Mortimer

Derek Munton

Bob Smith

Peter and Beryl Stevens



2009


Woolwich Arsenal


To mark the 40th anniversary of the closure, a very similar event to that of 2007 was held at the same location with a similar format and an equal level of success.

Sadly, the encroachment of housing development within the former Royal Arsenal grounds means that the opportunity to demonstrate Plumstead's finest racing machinery on the site is unlikely to be possible in the future.




2007


November 21st at the White Hart, Brasted


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2007 Reunion group #1 pic
2007 Reunion Group #1
Bill Cakebread Bill Hawkins Doug Anderson Bernard Copleston Bob Smith Alan Jones
2007 Reunion group #2 pic
2007 Reunion Group #2
Ron Maddocks Dave Hampson Bob Cakebread Les Apps
2007 Reunion group #3 pic
2007 Reunion Group #3
Ros Maddocks Georgia Smith Elaine Bunch Val Cakebread Mavis Hawkins Val Hampson

    List of Attendees

Doug Anderson

Les Apps and Elaine Bunch

Bill and Val Cakebread

Bob Cakebread

Bernard Copleston

Dave and Val Hampson

Bill and Mavis Hawkins

Alan Jones

Ron and Ros Maddocks

Bob and Georgia Smith




2007


Woolwich Arsenal


On Sunday 9th September 2007, following a long campaign to have the site where the factory once stood marked, another meeting was held within the Royal Arsenal as a base from which to witness the unveiling of a plaque on a low wall at the junction of Plumstead and Maxey Roads.


The event was blessed with glorious weather and a fine demonstration of racing machinery took place along the central spine road of the Arsenal.


Sprinting 7Rs pic
Sprinting 7Rs on Arsenal 'main drag'
3 original AMC Testers  pic
Some of original AMC testers
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Alan Jones Cyril Ford Bill Hawkins

This was accompanied by an exhibition of artefacts relating to the factory's history in the Greenwich Museum, now also relocated within the Royal Arsenal.

Exhibition cabinets pic
Exhibition cabinets

A contingent of those assembled then rode to the site of the former factory for the plaque unveiling ceremony itself.


AMC plaque pic
Commemorative plaque
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1989


Woolwich Exhibition and Rally


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1989 Evening invitation pic
Evening invitation

In 1989, several events were held to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the Plumstead factory.


The first was a 'Made in Plumstead' exhibition featuring AMC history at the Greenwich Museum, then sited at 232 Plumstead High Street, on the evening of 16th February.


1989 Evening reception #1 pic
Reviving memories at evening reception
1 Harry Larner 3

1989 Evening reception #2 pic
Wheel builder 'Tiger' Smith chatting to tester Alan Jones
Fran Hancock 2 Tiger Smith Alan Jones Sheila Jones

Although essentially a reunion of former employees of Associated Motor Cycles Ltd, the organisers had also arranged an excellent display of memorabilia, in honour of the company's past glory.



1989 Greenwich Museum #1 pic
Admiring bikes in Greenwich Museum
1 Eric Goodfellow 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Fran Hancock Graham Hancock 15 16 17 18 19
group outside Greenwich Museum pic
Group outside Woolwich Arsenal main gate
1 Val Hampson Ron Maddocks Eric Goodfellow Jeff Boult 6 7 8 Trevor Denman (?) Keith Jackson Bill Cakebread Mick Odell

For a full report on this event, read the Motorcycle Sport article 'Made in Plumstead' on the  Links page.


1989 homecoming rally programme pic
Homecoming Rally programme

The exhibition was followed by a 'Homecoming Rally' with a large gathering of bikes in Beresford Square, Woolwich on Sunday May 14th.

A collection of significant racing machines made by the factory was also on display in the window of a shop in nearby Powis Street.


1989 Beresford Square rally pic
Homecoming Rally in Beresford Square
1989 Beresford Square #1 pic
More bikes in Beresford Square
Powis Street shop display pic
Powis Street shop display