AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th January 2016

28h Jan 2016                                                 Section News
The post-Christmas canter on 27th December that we call the Frostbite Run was poorly supported, with only three riders ignoring the threat of drizzle. One of the three, Richard, realised his dynamo wasn’t charging and since it would be unwise to risk failing lights on a gloomy morning, decided to turn back from the start to return to the finish later on four wheels. Maurice and Albert completed a twenty-mile run up via Henley, Earl Stonham and Helmingham to the White Hart at Otley. Until two years ago the run unfailingly drew fifteen or more well-muffled souls. After a year when the run was abandoned because there was a deluge and everyone went straight to the pub, last year’s run only had four runners. We must be getting soft.
At the pub we had a warm welcome, however. It soon got quite busy, but they still put on a good lunch for us, so as we have heard the Bredfield Castle is closing down. we intend to go there again to finish May’s charity run, Richard and his family were joined by several other members and a Velocette-riding friend of Lee’s who was out for a run from Sizewell, over on the coast.  Afterwards we all piled out to see him set off. The bike is his winter hack and along with his helmet was painted matt khaki, so he soon disappeared into the gloom as he purred away on the little LE.
There was a healthy turnout for the Section AGM in January. Peter, the money-man, summarised a healthy financial picture and will hold the subs at the current figure for the coming year.  This evidently impressed the membership, who immediately clamoured for the re-election of the ruling junta, otherwise known as the committee. An outline of the spring and summer events was discussed and run-leaders nominated. One further item was the selection of the charity we shall support during the year. It was suggested from the floor that we ought to make more effort to achieve a worthwhile sum, so it was decided that in addition to the Charity run, we look into running some form of “pub-card” at monthly gatherings and St Elizabeth’s Hospice was selected for support. Finally, Albert announced that, to mark the Section’s 20 year anniversary, the committee was looking at the possibility of the section hosting the 2017 Alternative Rally. As to possible venues. High Lodge and Trimley Sports club were suggested, with Dave and Albert to investigate along with any other possibilities.
In February we shall again be joined by the local VMCC members on our club night for another programme of motorcycling films, with an earlier start at 7 pm.
28h Jan 2016
The post-Christmas canter on 27th December that we call the Frostbite Run was poorly supported, with only three riders ignoring the threat of drizzle. One of the three, Richard, realised his dynamo wasn’t charging and since it would be unwise to risk failing lights on a gloomy morning, decided to turn back from the start to return to the finish later on four wheels. Maurice and Albert completed a twenty-mile run up via Henley, Earl Stonham and Helmingham to the White Hart at Otley. Until two years ago the run unfailingly drew fifteen or more well-muffled souls. After a year when the run was abandoned because there was a deluge and everyone went straight to the pub, last year’s run only had four runners. We must be getting soft.
At the pub we had a warm welcome, however. It soon got quite busy, but they still put on a good lunch for us, so as we have heard the Bredfield Castle is closing down. we intend to go there again to finish May’s charity run, Richard and his family were joined by several other members and a Velocette-riding friend of Lee’s who was out for a run from Sizewell, over on the coast.  Afterwards we all piled out to see him set off. The bike is his winter hack and along with his helmet was painted matt khaki, so he soon disappeared into the gloom as he purred away on the little LE.
There was a healthy turnout for the Section AGM in January. Peter, the money-man, summarised a healthy financial picture and will hold the subs at the current figure for the coming year.  This evidently impressed the membership, who immediately clamoured for the re-election of the ruling junta, otherwise known as the committee. An outline of the spring and summer events was discussed and run-leaders nominated. One further item was the selection of the charity we shall support during the year. It was suggested from the floor that we ought to make more effort to achieve a worthwhile sum, so it was decided that in addition to the Charity run, we look into running some form of “pub-card” at monthly gatherings and St Elizabeth’s Hospice was selected for support. Finally, Albert announced that, to mark the Section’s 20 year anniversary, the committee was looking at the possibility of the section hosting the 2017 Alternative Rally. As to possible venues. High Lodge and Trimley Sports club were suggested, with Dave and Albert to investigate along with any other possibilities.
In February we shall again be joined by the local VMCC members on our club night for another programme of motorcycling films, with an earlier start at 7 pm.