AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 25th November 2016

Section News

In October, our oldest member, Jack Worthington, had announced that, since he would be celebrating his 90th birthday at the end of November; he would be leaving us shortly as he and his wife had decided they should move to be nearer their family. As a result, members planned to make his last Section meeting at Waldringfield a special birthday celebration, resulting in a full house to ensure he had a rousing farewell. jw-091116-d
The meeting was also to be to be entertained by Pete Ranson with his Bits in the Bag puzzle teasers, but first, Albert opened the proceedings by presenting Jack with the award of Club Member of the Year, in recognition of his contribution to the Section, over the years, of wit, humour and leading numerous runs. Hardly had he recovered from his surprise when Chris appeared from the kitchen with a candlelit birthday cake. After he’d blown out the candles, to a round of acclaim from the members, he expressed his thanks for the award of the cup and the surprise cake, then explained that he and Margaret would be moving to Dorset to be nearer family. They were buying a house in Weymouth and hoped to be there in December. The cake was cut and all enjoyed a slice as we wished him a happy birthday and a happy (second) retirement.
After all that excitement, silence fell as we settled down to ponder Pete’s bagged samples. We all laughed when someone asked if he’d been raiding Andy Tiernan’s stores, (he denied it) but it was no surprise that, at the close, no-one had got a score anywhere near as high a score as Mick, proclaimed the winner. Our thanks go to Peter for the testing brainteaser he set us.
Jack was originally from Lancashire and, after a career as a telephone engineer, he and Margaret retired to Suffolk where she could enjoy a large garden and he could go dinghy sailing. Soon after that, he started with the rebuild of the 350 single he’d owned since the 1950’s. This faithful AJS had taken them on many holidays—including some in Europe, crossing the Alps on one occasion. Before long, when he heard about the Section, he came along to join and has since become a key member, not only for sharing his broad electrical knowledge but also for his mischievous wit and humour, which was guaranteed to enliven any gathering! He has always ridden with utmost verve and led many a Section run (when we could keep up!) That reliable Model 16 will still be with us in Suffolk, though, as it’s now in the care of another Section member, Peter Ling