AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th May 2012

16th   May 2012

There was good support from East Suffolk members for this year’s get-together of the eastern counties
sections. The venue was at a small airfield, Stebbing, near Braintree, centrally placed for easy access from all directions and the run was led by Richard, since he knew the way, having been down there to organise the event! It was the first long run of the year and notably, went both ways through Sudbury without losing anyone. Despite an uncertain forecast and a shower over lunchtime whilst everyone was inside the clubhouse, it was a dry run both ways. Over 40 bikes attended the meet and, as usual, plenty of news and banter was swapped. There was plenty of hard standing for the bikes to park and, with the small clubhouse providing ample inexpensive food and the added interest of flying to watch, it was an ideal meeting place, so the hope is it could be the regular venue for the future.

The evening runs programme got off to a poor start as a result of the unsettled spring weather, with the first being cancelled at short notice after high winds and torrents were forecast and little support for the second led by Jim. However, there was a full turnout for the club meeting at Waldringfield and apart from those going to the International in Kent finalising their arrangements, one of the main topics of discussion was a request from the committee for ideas for future expenditure. Several suggestions were made. The inevitable less serious ones apart, a suggestion of a formal dinner at the golf club during the winter months and another of a small trailer for the club marquee were two that will be looked into. In answer to a query about the format of the Sandlings charity run, Albert outlined the plans. Separate route sheets and a map are provided for each rider, with the outward and return routes totalling 75 miles. A halfway break for refreshment and issue of the return route sheets is at the High Lodge golf centre at Darsham and at the finish at the Turk’s Head, a barbecue has been arranged.

A good number of members are planning to camp at Old Buckenham airfield for the weekend of the air show in June, and for the ride out on the Saturday, it is hoped to go a heritage railway where they are holding a Sixties weekend. About ten led by Dave Cook plan to ride up to join them on the Sunday for the show.