AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th February 2016

28h Feb 2016                                                 Section News
There was a full house of around fifty at the clubhouse for our traditional February entertainment of a film evening, our members being joined by an equal number from the local Ipswich section of the VMCC.   It’s good to get together occasionally with the vintage lads, many we already know through other contacts, and it all makes for a convivial evening. We had a varied programme that included a film of a club run up into the Welsh mountains on a route regularly used by testers from the AJS Wolverhampton factory in days gone by, and another film covering a range of motorcycle sport events in the Yorkshire dales from the post-war years.  It was interesting to notice a flat-tank Triumph being campaigned in the early 1950’s Scott Trial and several people commented how many of the bikes competing in the trials and scrambles were road-registered (and with several of their riders wearing sports jackets with collar and tie)  At the end of the evening, a collection was made for our charity.
After a draft of events for inclusion in the summer programme was outlined at the AGM, leaders for runs have now been settled and the programme will come out shortly. One event missing this year, unfortunately, will be the run to the once-popular inter-section meet.  We took on the organisation some years ago but, following very poor attendance from other sections for the last few meets, Maurice wrote in the Jampot last year to ask if a different date or venue might improve the attraction of the event. However, as he had no response at all, we have decided not to organise a meet at all this year. We shall have to see how long it takes before anyone notices that it’s gone!
Ten of us enjoyed the warmth of the recently re-opened Turk’s Head a week ago as our informal month-end bar meets there have now got firmly re-established. While it was being completely renovated, we had a couple of years unsuccessfully trying to be cheerful at other pubs in Woodbridge and in Bredfield, where the Castle has itself closed its door for what is now, we suspect, the final time.
28th Feb 2016                                                 Section News
There was a full house of around fifty at the clubhouse for our traditional February entertainment of a film evening, our members being joined by an equal number from the local Ipswich section of the VMCC.   It’s good to get together occasionally with the vintage lads, many we already know through other contacts, and it all makes for a convivial evening. We had a varied programme that included a film of a club run up into the Welsh mountains on a route regularly used by testers from the AJS Wolverhampton factory in days gone by, and another film covering a range of motorcycle sport events in the Yorkshire dales from the post-war years.  It was interesting to notice a flat-tank Triumph being campaigned in the early 1950’s Scott Trial and several people commented how many of the bikes competing in the trials and scrambles were road-registered (and with several of their riders wearing sports jackets with collar and tie)  At the end of the evening, a collection was made for our charity.
After a draft of events for inclusion in the summer programme was outlined at the AGM, leaders for runs have now been settled and the programme will come out shortly. One event missing this year, unfortunately, will be the run to the once-popular inter-section meet.  We took on the organisation some years ago but, following very poor attendance from other sections for the last few meets, Maurice wrote in the Jampot last year to ask if a different date or venue might improve the attraction of the event. However, as he had no response at all, we have decided not to organise a meet at all this year. We shall have to see how long it takes before anyone notices that it’s gone!
Ten of us enjoyed the warmth of the recently re-opened Turk’s Head a week ago as our informal month-end bar meets there have now got firmly re-established. While it was being completely renovated, we had a couple of years unsuccessfully trying to be cheerful at other pubs in Woodbridge and in Bredfield, where the Castle has itself closed its door for what is now, we suspect, the final time.