AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th November 2011

The start of darker months brings the consolation of the Saturday pub lunches that replace our evening runs. Nine members enjoyed the warm welcome at the Gardener’s Arms at Stutton for our October meet. For the November lunch, we will be at the Castle, Bredfield from around noon, if anyone wishes to join us.

There were two local jumbles recently, at Kettleburgh and Blakenham, which attracted many section members. Both were larger than usual, and “the Kettle” has now spread to a second field. Most people admitted they weren’t seeking anything in particular but were there mainly to enjoy the excellent bacon rolls and chat!
November’s clubnight was packed at the Turk’s Head but, strangely, there were few bikes outside. The final few votes were collected for the section’s “Clubman of the Year” award, due to be awarded next month. Pete, the man with the money, reported the amazing total of £917 for raffle ticket sales at the Copdock Show- all credit to our bonny sales girls!  A lengthy discussion followed a request from the show’s organisers for our views on the proposal for running it over two days next year. They are hesitant to go for it and our members were also split seeing, as the Copdock folk do, the benefit of a larger show whilst realising the extra work along with the possibility of just spreading the current attendance more thinly. It was decided, whilst agreeing with their concerns, to continue our support of the show. Another topic for debate was the date for our charity run, traditionally at the end of May on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. The problem is that since the bank holiday will be moved to June next year, the International Jampot, to be held on that end-of-May weekend, will be in Kent and we anticipate that many members will wish to go, especially so as the main Jampot will be in Scotland.
Some members had been to the Classic Show at the NEC and reported that the Club’s stand was impressive and busy, but felt disappointed with the display in the bike area, considering the time and expense of the journey. Good case for supporting local shows, certainly.
Coming up soon, December’s popular clubnight has a quiz, to be set by Pete Ranson this year, along with the traditional “bring a prize and get one” raffle and a generous buffet supper subsidised by Section funds. The next riding event, and the last for this year, will be the annual Cold Turkey run after Christmas. Well-muffled figures emerge from their sheds to meet up and ride round the countryside until someone eventually decides they really should stop and get indoors to warm through. The finish is at the Turk’s Head for a welcome fire and food.  If they don’t see you before that, Albert, Richard and Peter wish you all the best for next year and may your wheels spin smoothly in 2012.