AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section notes 14th January 2012

14th Jan 2011

A good proportion of the regular runners mustered at Spencer’s for the Cold Turkey Run, the Section’s after-Christmas jaunt, to be led off by Maurice. Conditions weren’t as cold as we usually encounter, which was a surprise, but a brisk 25-mile canter to finish at Hasketon was ideal to blow away the cobwebs. Several non-riders and family had gathered back at the pub to meet us for a bite of lunch.
Democracy was assured when there was a healthy turnout for the Section AGM on January’s clubnight. Albert and Richard dealt with business briskly, each with brief reports.  Peter, the treasurer, summarised the satisfactory financial picture and announced that as there are no big expenses looming, the committee was recommending a reduction in subs This evidently impressed members, who clamoured for their re-election! Long-standing runs captain Dave, who was ill and unable to be there, had said he wished to stand down, so currently a vacancy awaits a volunteer. He has done an outstanding job over the years suggesting venues and organising some interesting runs, so we are very grateful to him.
Exciting news announced by Richard was that the Section would be receiving a cheque for winning the Club’s award for the amazing sales of raffle tickets we made at the Copdock show in October.
The main item on the agenda, however, was that rising numbers at meetings are making it difficult for members to get in and be part of the proceedings. As a result we are risking friction with the operation of the pub — basically, we’ve outgrown it!
An alternative venue, Waldringfield Golf Club, had been suggested by Graham and after a visit by Albert and Richard, was recommended as ideal. After very little debate, it was decided that from February, the main monthly Section meets each second Monday would be at Waldringfield.  Currently members also meet informally on each fourth Monday at the Turk’s Head during the winter months and this will continue. We want to keep our connection with the pub and intend to continue finishing events such as the Charity run at Hasketon.
A useful discussion followed with several suggestions for the coming year’s programme. It was felt that, with the rising cost of the Felixstowe run, it is probably not going to be a choice for as many members as used to ride it, so it may not be included. Several members expressed interest in going to the International rally in Kent at the end of May. The Charity Run will be on Spring Bank Holiday as usual.