AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28 September 2014

28th  Sept 2014

Section News
There was a full house for clubnight at the golf club this month, when the discussions centred on the plans for the coming Copdock show and the role of the secretary after Richard steps aside at the AGM in January There hasn’t been a rush to be considered for the vacancy and it was suggested that some members, whilst interested, might be unable to do it in its entirety because of other commitments.  There might be some virtue in the different parts of the job being separated and the committee agreed to look into that. The organisation of the Section display at the Copdock show is one of these areas and Richard detailed the bikes selected from those volunteered at last month’s clubnight.  The show is an established landmark in the East Anglian calendar and so successful that it constantly seems to take over more of the county showground. There will be nine section machines on our display, a number we have found is the best for allowing visitors to circulate around the stand, The show organisers always send the same inadequate number of wristbands each year, so the section purchases extra ones for Stuart Smith, who will be there with the Club’s raffle bike, and for the raffle ticket team.
Another regular feature in our calendar is the outing to the Henham steam rally where there is always a lot to see. There were so many cars on display that the organiser had to cancel their parade because they couldn’t easily extract any to circulate in the ring! The organisers specify a 1975 cutoff date for classics and there was a huge contingent of bikes on display this year, with more than a hundred in the programme. The lineup is in the order of arrival, so we concluded that trying to organise a Section display isn’t practical.
The Glow Worm Supper, that celebrates the summer’s evening runs, was at the Red Lion in Martlesham this year after a change of plan when the golf club needed a minimum number higher than we felt was likely. Since the “Wots On” page hadn’t caught up with that or our change to Wednesday there was, unfortunately, scope for some confusion, but nonetheless it was a very successful evening. With a private area to ourselves in the pub and a good menu at reasonable prices, we really couldn’t have chosen a better venue.