AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 15th April 2011

A group of East Suffolk members were invited into deepest Essex during March, to tour the works of a powder-coating company at Maldon, returning highly impressed with the finish on its work. As a result, we know of two paint jobs that may well go their way. The winter programme ended with a convivial pub lunch at the Ferryboat Inn at Felixstowe with members filling every spare seat.

In early April, Richard set the clues for this year’s treasure hunt. In contrast with last year, when drizzle resulted in soggy paper maps, it was a perfect day for a trundle in the country. At the close, despite letting Maurice pass them on the road in, Brian and Celia still came out with top marks and at the club meeting the following evening, were presented with the Pathfinder Shield by Albert.

Our room was full for the meeting as Richard gave an update on coming events and the plans for the summer show. A lengthy discussion followed about the proposals for reduction in the Jampot magazine’s section notes and the unanimous verdict was to support full reports, as they were felt essential to keep in touch current section members who can’t attend regularly and newer members have said they were encouraged to come along after reading them.

We welcomed a new member, Richard Arundel, who caused some interest by arriving in his Jowett Bradford van, and will join the list of those hoping to find a suitable bike of the marque. The latest news is that the Doom and Gloom, our former HQ, reportedly now looks even gloomier, being converted to two houses with more in the car park.

After Jim leads the first of the season’s evening runs in April, two runs each month are planned for the summer months. The Woolpack at Debenham (run starts from Wickham Market) and the Swilland Moon and Mushroom are the targets for the May evenings. The Sunday run on May 15th will take advantage of National Mills Weekend to repeat the enjoyable day we had a few years ago and visit many of the wind and watermills open for the day in Suffolk. The month closes with the well-supported Spring Bank holiday Charity run, this year in support of Leukaemia research. After a 60-mile route with a half way break, this will finish at the Turk’s Head where they’ve promised us a barbecue.