Welcome to the East Suffolk Section of the AJS & Matchless Owners’ Club
The Owners’ Club gets you in contact with fellow enthusiasts through one of the largest and, we think, the best of the one-make classic clubs !
The East Suffolk section of the AJS and MOC was formed in 1997 and quickly grew to the stage that we were able to undertake the organisation of the annual rally of the Owners’ Club at a site near Woodbridge only ten years later.
For those interested the club history can be found here
Please take time to browse around the site. Perhaps you’ll be able to come along to a meet up – you would be most welcome. Ownership of a bike of the marque is not a necessary requirement – just interest and enthusiasm!
We’re a friendly bunch and meet informally each month at Waldringfield Golf Club near Woodbridge, for a pleasant chat, mainly about bikes of course, and we also have weekend and evening runs and other events. If you need it, there is a broad range of experience in the Section to help with advice or assist with technical problems.
We meet at Waldringfield Golf Club. Newbourne Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4PT on the second Wednesday each month at 7.30 pm.
For directions to Waldringfield Golf Club, please click here.
Here’s what we’ve been doing lately:
In October, our oldest member, Jack Worthington, had announced that, since he would be celebrating his 90th birthday at the end of November; he would be leaving us shortly as he and his wife had decided they should move to be nearer their family. As a result, members planned to make his last Section meeting at Waldringfield a special birthday celebration, resulting in a full house to ensure he had a rousing farewell.
The meeting was also to be to be entertained by Pete Ranson with his Bits in the Bag puzzle teasers, but first, Albert opened the proceedings by presenting Jack with the award of Club Member of the Year, in recognition of his contribution to the Section, over the years, of wit, humour and leading numerous runs. Hardly had he recovered from his surprise when Chris appeared from the kitchen with a candlelit birthday cake. After he’d blown out the candles, to a round of acclaim from the members, he expressed his thanks for the award of the cup and the surprise cake, then explained that he and Margaret would be moving to Dorset to be nearer family. They were buying a house in Weymouth and hoped to be there in December. The cake was cut and all enjoyed a slice as we wished him a happy birthday and a happy (second) retirement.
After all that excitement, silence fell as we settled down to ponder Pete’s bagged samples. We all laughed when someone asked if he’d been raiding Andy Tiernan’s stores, (he denied it) but it was no surprise that, at the close, no-one had got a score anywhere near as high a score as Mick, proclaimed the winner. Our thanks go to Peter for the testing brainteaser he set us.
Jack was originally from Lancashire and, after a career as a telephone engineer, he and Margaret retired to Suffolk where she could enjoy a large garden and he could go dinghy sailing. Soon after that, he started with the rebuild of the 350 single he’d owned since the 1950’s. This faithful AJS had taken them on many holidays—including some in Europe, crossing the Alps on one occasion. Before long, when he heard about the Section, he came along to join and has since become a key member, not only for sharing his broad electrical knowledge but also for his mischievous wit and humour, which was guaranteed to enliven any gathering! He has always ridden with utmost verve and led many a Section run (when we could keep up!) That reliable Model 16 will still be with us in Suffolk, though, as it’s now in the care of another Section member, Peter Ling