AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 31st July 2016

31st J uly 2016                                           Section News
Early in July, it seemed as if most of the active members of of the Section were to be seen lined up alongside their P and J on the village green at the village of Friston which, for a number of years now, has organised Classics on the Green, an informal gathering for cars and bikes.. Owners of all sorts of classics come and go during the afternoon and evening, and there must have been be more than a hundred on show so, with refreshments available and the pub open, everyone has a fine time.,
A few dayslater, Dave led an early run to have breakfasts at the cafe at Stradishall, south of Newmarket, popular with both motorcyclists and cyclists.  Unfortunately, several of the regulars were unable to go, and they missed an ideal soft summer day for riding the deserted roads through the attractive mid-Suffolk villages around Long Melford and Cavendish.
An annual fixture in the evening run diary is the run, led by Jim this year, down to the station buffet at Manningtree where we met up with our friends from the North Essex section, At saddling-up time, the sky was overcast, but with waterproofs at the ready, I set off.  However, riding over the Orwell bridge, there was a really strong buffeting wind and the blackest cloud imaginable could be seen over Ipswich. Fortunately, whilst we were assembling it slid away without threatening our run, which was in warm sunshine, but it was no surprise that the members from Ipswich missed the event. There was a better turnout from North Essex, who arrived after us, having had a country run on the way and it was good to catch up and chat with them. The other recent evening run was piloted by Little Peter who had planned an enjoyable route via Framlingham and Yoxford up to finish at the Bell at Middleton, where we all sat and stood chatting outsidethe pub until it was time to head off into the dusk.
Talking of time, there is still time to call Albert and book a ticket for the barbecue on August 6th in the lovely garden at Maison Dykes, Christine and Mick’s house.
Early in July, it seemed as if most of the active members of of the Section were to be seen lined up alongside their P and J on the village green at the village of Friston which, for a number of years now, has organised Classics on the Green, an informal gathering for cars and bikes.. Owners of all sorts of classics come and go during the afternoon and evening, and there must have been be more than a hundred on show so, with refreshments available and the pub open, everyone has a fine time.,
A few dayslater, Dave led an early run to have breakfasts at the cafe at Stradishall, south of Newmarket, popular with both motorcyclists and cyclists.  Unfortunately, several of the regulars were unable to go, and they missed an ideal soft summer day for riding the deserted roads through the attractive mid-Suffolk villages around Long Melford and Cavendish.
An annual fixture in the evening run diary is the run, led by Jim this year, down to the station buffet at Manningtree where we met up with our friends from the North Essex section, At saddling-up time, the sky was overcast, but with waterproofs at the ready, I set off.  However, riding over the Orwell bridge, there was a really strong buffeting wind and the blackest cloud imaginable could be seen over Ipswich. Fortunately, whilst we were assembling it slid away without threatening our run, which was in warm sunshine, but it was no surprise that the members from Ipswich missed the event. There was a better turnout from North Essex, who arrived after us, having had a country run on the way and it was good to catch up and chat with them. The other recent evening run was piloted by Little Peter who had planned an enjoyable route via Framlingham and Yoxford up to finish at the Bell at Middleton, where we all sat and stood chatting outsidethe pub until it was time to head off into the dusk.
Talking of time, there is still time to call Albert and book a ticket for the barbecue on August 6th in the lovely garden at Maison Dykes, Christine and Mick’s house.