AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 24th June 2015

Section News

24th June
Club night in June celebrated the arrival of lighter nights with an astonishing array of bikes gleaming  in the sunshine in the golf club carpark. Included with the Ajays and Matchlesses was a lineup of Hinckley Triumphs,. a couple of these machines belonging to our members’ but another three were visitors, interested in joining. We have recently welcomed Barry Lewis and Richard Robinson, living t’other side of Ipswich, and two other prospective members had come along, so the room was getting quite full! At the meeting, Albert reported that the charity run had raised over £160 to date. A couple of months ago, Ipswich Council had enquired if we would support a display of bikes for an all-day event on the Ipswich waterfront in July. Albert said we have declined since none of our members were available as, among other reasons, the date clashes with the Vintage Club Founder’s Day that many will be going to.
Finally, he then reminded members that to get free entry to the Henham Steam rally in September, it’s necessary to fill in an entry form and these have to be in during July. This year, though, the Rally will at the Suffolk showground in Ipswich and, since we normally enjoy having a good run of a decent length to get to Henham in addition to the day at the rally, there is a possibility we might insert an extra run into our programme in September to compensate.
On the Sunday, a few days before the meeting,  on a lovely warm day, Dave led a run north to the county border, riding through Debenham, Eye and Hoxne. Meeting John F on the way, we combined a return visit to the Thorpe Abbotts airbase museum, just into Norfolk, with a good roast lunch at Scole. David can always be relied on to know some  good places for us to eat! The return route came back through Framlingham, before we dispersed–it shows what good day we’d had that some of us were quite unaware how late it was until we got home and the authorities were wondering where we’d got to! (“What time d’you call this?”)
A traditional event in the Section is the evening fish and chip run to Aldeburgh to celebrate midsummer, led as usual by Mick Dykes and comprising eighteen bikes this year. We usually expect go and sit on the seafront in the sunshine to enjoy both the food and the view, but this year’s unsettled “summer” weather gave us a dark overcast sky instead, but we still sat there in the gloom enjoying ourselves!  In contrast, a second evening run a week later was out to the pub next to Andy Tiernan’s at Framlingham in glorious sunshine.