AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 15th February 2010

15th   Feb 2010
Section Report-East Suffolk

The East Suffolk section clubnight in snowy January was cancelled when even more snow threatened. The only other January event was the Saturday pub lunch which, actually, wasn’t in a pub! At the suggestion of someone a few months ago it was at a truck-stop on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge that offers a carvery. Maybe because of the weather, the assembled party was smaller than usual and with some misgivings about what to expect, but they thoroughly enjoyed the food, which was excellent, plentiful and amazingly cheap. Overall, an interesting experience.

The AGM, postponed from January to the February meeting, saw a change at the top when Mick Barritt stood down after many years as treasurer. By general acclaim, Albert was re-elected chairman, Richard secretary and Peter Haddon was voted the new treasurer. In the eight years that Mick was in charge of the money, the Section has doubled in size and this period also included the Wantisden Jampot rally for which he successfully managed the finances. Albert thanked him for all he had done and proposed that in recognition of this, Mick should be elected a life member, and that was agreed unanimously. Dave Cook remains as run captain and outlined the spring and summer event programme, allocating the run leaders and finish points for evening runs.

There will be rather fewer weekend runs this year, as it had been found last season that programming more risked each having only a handful of riders. Other changes are to the charity run, which will be expanded this year with an earlier start and a mid-way stop, and to the Section barbecue, which moves to a Saturday afternoon, rather than holding it in place of the regular clubnight. Our headquarters, the Turk’s Head’s is run by some of the regulars who use it and who bought the lease last year. Richard had outlined to them a proposal for a bike show in the field behind the pub next year and they gave an enthusiastic go-ahead, so it was agreed that our committee begin to make some detailed plans to put to the section members later this year.

The last item on the agenda was when Albert donated a new trophy, the Chairman’s Cup, to be awarded for some outstanding endeavour, with the first award, for two recent high quality restorations, going to Tom Wells, who was speechless with surprise!!