AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes June 2017

3rd July 2017 Section News

As a result of another event booked at our temporary base at the golf club, we were back in the Elizabethan splendour of the Seckford Hall hotel again for our clubnight in June and celebrated the continuing summer days of sunshine with a good line-up of bikes of the marque outside. After a summary of events and news, John outlined the roles that have been identified for the running of the Otley rally in October. There were sufficient volunteers for the committee to feel confident all the jobs can be covered and those members who put their hands up were listed for specific tasks. In other news, Albert said that the rally details had been put on the website and we already have a camper booked in for it, so suddenly it all seems closer. The suggested Friday run stop at Parham airfield has been confirmed. Finally, there was a reminder to return entries for the Henham Steam Rally by the beginning of July.
On the Sunday a few days later, John led a super run round the country to the water park at Bramford on the other side of Ipswich, first riding past the rally site at Otley for John Fisk to see, then on by Coddenham and Claydon . It was a very hot day so a delight to be able to keep cool on the move. There’s a cafe at the lakeside, very busy when we rolled in, but we sat outside enjoying the lake view whilst the food and drink arrived, and by then the crowds had thinned. Returning by the same route completed a great day’s run.
Two well-supported evening runs followed. The traditional midsummer’s day fish and chip run to Aldeburgh had about fifteen bikes. We always set off early to try to beat the crowd, but this year, because a scout troop was collecting their large order, there was a long queue at the chippie before we could go and enjoy our supper, seated on the sea wall. The second run of about 30 miles was led by Mel and he took us on some unfamiliar lanes round Falkenham and Trimley before looping back to Woodbridge and the Yacht club, where we lined the bikes up on the river wall and disappeared into the club to enjoy the sunset over Adnams at £2 a pint.