AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 18th November 2013

18th   Nov 2013

One of the consolations about the coming of the darker months is the prospect of the Saturday pub lunches that replace the summer’s evening runs. The first of these was in October at the Laxfield King’s Head with ten members present. A new menu since Richard was there before was rather disappointing, but nonetheless it was an enjoyable occasion. In the sunshine outside as we arrived stood a gleaming brand-new clubman-style Royal Enfield Continental. The owner was Robin, who had only had it a week and was full of praise for its handling, particularly. The November lunch will be on the 23rd at the Gardener’s Arms, Stutton and we shall be there from about noon if anyone wishes to join us. There were outdoor jumbles on two successive weekends at Kettleburgh and Great Blakenham, both very busy and attended by many of our members who were to be seen rooting through the rust. At these affairs, it’s always best to keep one’s marque allegiance hidden, if you want to avoid being pressed to buy battered AMC chainguards or knackered lightweight gearboxes!
The informal month-end bar meets have resumed for the winter months, too — now at the Castle at Bredfield, but on a Tuesday as they’re closed on Mondays. When we arrived at the Golf club for November’s clubnight, the car park was already fairly full which was alarming, as we didn’t expect Mick’s Bits-in- a-Bag event to be that popular! However, it turned out there was a big Rotary club charity event in the ballroom, so there was still room for us in the bar, as usual. After the usual news and business was out of the way, silence fell as we gave Mick’s bags of bike parts our fumbling attention. The bagged items were from both heavyweight and lightweight models and unusually, he hadn’t included the “foreigner” we usually expect him to tease us with. Whilst there were plenty of answers at the close, there were not all that many correct ones, so all scores were low and credit to Storm and Pete for finishing neck and neck once again with 60 percent. However, one last (unbagged) puzzle was to put a value on a display case of coins and nobody got even near on that one! Our thanks to Mick and Chris for an entertaining evening.
Coming up soon, December’s popular clubnight will follow the traditional party format of a quiz, to be presented by Mel this year, along with the “bring a prize and take one home” raffle and a festive buffet subsidised by the section funds. The new “sew-on” embroidered section badges will be available at £3 each. The next riding event and the last for the year, will be the annual Cold Turkey Run after Christmas on 27th, to be led by Albert and set to finish at the Bredfield Castle at noon for a welcome warm-through and a bite of food.