AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th April 2016

28h April 2016

The last of the winter’s Saturday pub lunches in March was near the Essex border at the Gardener’s Arms at Stutton, always popular since the food is such good value. It’s a lively pub with lots of amusing paraphernalia such as road signs (several), a costumed shop dummy or two and a notice on the bar that anyone seen smoking would be regarded as being on fire and dealt with accordingly!

Our riding escapades got underway in early April with the Treasure Hunt, efficiently organised jointly by Dave and Andy. The shining bikes, fresh from over-winter fettling, set off from the regular starting point in Martlesham, Spencer’s garage. A bright but chilly day kept the riders from getting too warm as they solved the various clue. No-one got lost this year and after they’d all reported in at the finish at the Chequers, where Dave had thoughtfully booked places for their Sunday roast lunch, the Ranson clan were declared winners with their obvious navigational flair and will get their due reward at the next clubnight.

The first of the programme of evening runs was the next riding event and was led by Richard, who took them up on a quick circle beyond Earl Soham and back to the White Hart at Otley, just as the evening chill was getting through the riding gear.,. The pub was crowded and busy with a local group who appeared to have been collecting litter, Fortunately, all the bikes were gleaming so none of them disappeared into their sacks. We shall be back there in a month for the finish of the charity run.

Members of the committee have been busy recently following up the suggestion that the section could offer to host the Alternative Jampot next year, 2017, which will be the 20th anniversary of the section and at the last club night, Albert reported on progress. After we  contacted a local pub with a large field that hosts car rallies, several sports clubs and village halls, it was amazing to find how difficult it was to get any venues to compare, with several not even replying. However,after a lot of false starts, we are now pleased to have found since then a venue at a local agricultural college that certainly meets all the requirements. The details cannot be finalised until their estate director returns from his hols next month, but watch this space! The college is ideally placed for rally runs out into open country and we have a very interesting finishing-point in mind for the Saturday run. It will be the same weekend as our display at the Sunday’s massive Copdock bike show at the Suffolk Showground, but since our members who faithfully go to the Alternative each year are usually not involvedanyway and the two events won’t overlap,  we can manage enough members to run them both. Exciting times!