AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 24th August 2015

24th Aug 2015

Section News

July’s evening runs again attracted between fifteen and eighteen riders and Rob Day was in charge of the first one, which set off north from Spencer’s to go via Brandeston before looping back through Otley to the finish at the Swilland Moon and Mushroom. The following week, Jim led us off through Ashbocking and Coddenham to reach the Barham Sorrel Horse in the fading light. However, both pubs have good outside seating under cover, and that is just ideal for a pleasant summer’s evening. The weekend following the Barham run was the section barbecue, hosted in Chris and Mick’s lovely garden, the social event of the summer. We were lucky to have a warm, sunny afternoon for the members and ladies to enjoy Mick’s cooking and the tasty desserts.

Plans were made at August clubnight for means of getting to the Jampot rally. A total of fifteen of us made it for all or part of the weekend and all were agreed that it was a good ‘un. All credit to the E.London and Essex section for a successful event. When there was that sudden deluge on the Friday, our members were lucky that they had just completed putting the roof on the frame of the section marquee and could finish its assembly in the dry. Following that, the weekend’s weather was ideal for the runs and activities and, apart from some getting separated on the return from the Sunday run, (one member found himself on the A12, so just kept going and went home!) the runs were interesting and well-marshalled.  One of our members, Christine Dykes, was luckily close at hand to give first aid to the riders involved until the ambulance arrived at the unfortunate SMIDSY incident at the filling station on the Saturday run. We wish both the riders a full and speedy recovery.

Given the unsettled weather at the end of August, we certainly had the right day for a ride up to the Norfolk border, led by John Fisk. It was glorious bright weather and John had picked an enjoyable roundabout route up to Flixton, where he’d booked us in for lunch at the pub next to the air museum. After the meal, some of the eleven stayed to look round the museum, whilst the majority rode back through the Saints, Hadleigh and Framlingham. It was certainly a run to look back on with pleasure on one of those dark days in wintertime.