AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 13th February 2014

13th   Feb 2014

A draft programme, incorporating suggestions for summer events noted at the AGM, is circulating for the addition of volunteer leaders for evening runs. However, Sunday runs will, no doubt, continue to be led by Dave, since he generally seems to know the way to everywhere. This is always impressive and we take good care of him as a result! Publication is expected shortly. Ten members enjoyed January’s pub lunch at the Shepherd and Dog, a carvery near the Suffolk Showground. When the waitress discovered that she’d undercharged everyone else just as the last one, Tony, was paying, there was a bit of sorting out to do! The informal month-end bar meets were moved to the Bredfield Castle this winter after Hasketon changed hands, with the intention of supporting them since the Castle is also the intended lunch-stop for the May charity run. Unfortunately, the meets have been thinly supported, nothing like the convivial times we had round the fire in the bar of the Turk’s Head, so when the landlord decided to close early whilst we were meeting there in January, it was felt that perhaps  a more central venue would be better. Consequently, for February and March these informal get-togethers are moving to Red Lion in Woodbridge, our original home many years ago, though of course, Waldrngfield remains our main base.
The February club meeting there was the deadline for bookings for the awards dinner later in the month and unfortunately, since numbers were below the minimum and there were no late entries, the decision was taken to cancel it. However, the awards will now be made at Club night in March and we can discuss alternative arrangements for the dinner that have since been suggested. A full house of around fifty included a large contingent from the local VMCC section, invited specially to share the evening’s varied programme of motorcycling films. We hope to build on the contact and exchanged programme details, particularly mentioning our Charity run.
February has been a rough month for everyone, but that’s been an opportunity to get on with those projects in the workshop and there will surely be a good turnout looking for those elusive parts at the Ipswich Jumble at Blakenham at the end of the month.