AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 15th May 2011

Last month’s report got rather roughly edited and regrettably, it appeared in the magazine with a mystery photo and no reference to it in the text. It was actually of the proud winners of the April Treasure Hunt, Brian and Celia, receiving the award shield at clubnight.

The venue for the intersection meet at Sible Hedingham was ideal and riders from all the eastern sections turned up in droves. Not so successful, though, was the barbecue they put on at the pub and we shall certainly be having words with them about that!
Into May, and Group Captain Worthington piloted a smashing run, calling at Sizewell Gap for a bite of lunch at the café, then on to Parham to the museum at the wartime ex-US airfield. Apparently, the bombers flying from there had sobering aircrew losses of 800 in only two years operation. There’s also another fascinating museum there, showing details of the secret British underground resistance organisation.

Dave leads the Sunday run on 15th to visit Suffolk wind and watermills that are open for National Mills Weekend, after several folk recalled having an enjoyable day climbing round them a few years ago. At the end of the month, the Bank Holiday Charity run gets more popular each year and this year it supports Leukaemia Research. A 60-mile route with a half way break finishes with a Turk’s Head barbecue.  The run on Sunday 12th June is going to Scole, so we ought perhaps to take the opportunity to check the fences on the border! Evening runs continue to be popular, with some large turnouts recently. In early June Pete Nicholls leads off to Yoxford and then there’s the annual midsummer run later that month to Aldeburgh for fish’n’chips.
Assembly of the Section’s new marquee has been practiced in advance of using it during the Camping Weekend on 24th/26th and all were very impressed with its quality. Interest from other clubs and sections to the weekend’s publicity has been very positive, so we are expecting a good number to be camping.  The details of the weekend are that the pub is providing breakfasts each day, there’s a ride out in the country on Saturday and then one of their sumptuous barbecues along with a live band in the evening.  On Sunday, the bike show with another barbecue concludes the weekend.