AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th December 2010

16th Dec 2010

In East Suffolk, we were sad to learn from Colin in North Essex of the death last month of our old friend and long-time supporter, Alan Jones.  From the founding of our section years ago, he’s always come along to encourage and to support our events. When we’re assembling for the annual post-Christmas Cold Turkey Run in a couple of weeks, we’ll miss his mischievous banter and will think of him. See the appreciation of Alan on our website, (www.ajsmatchlesseastsuffolk). Richard represented the Section at his funeral along with John Swann.

Earlier in the month, the pub-lunch mob descended on the hostelry in Brandeston, near Framlingham, and enjoyed some beautifully served meals. It’s definitely one to return to in future. At the club night in December, after the latest order of clothing emblazoned with the Section badge was distributed, the meeting followed the traditional Christmas pattern, starting with a quiz, set this year by Albert. The questions covered much more than just bikes, though–some led to much agonised searching of distant memory; for example, the question “After Polly put the kettle on, who took it off again”. Eventually, after a close tie was resolved, Peter Ranson was declared the winner.

Albert announced that the nominations for the Clubman of the Year award overwhelmingly named Jack Worthington and presented him with the cup to general applause. Jack always enlivens the meetings with his wit and mischief, and is a fund of knowledge on electrical problems. Well-deserved recognition, we say. Later in the meeting, the pub put on a very good buffet supper and the evening closed in the usual style with the raffle.

The next riding event, and the last for 2010, is the Cold Turkey Run, where well-muffled figures (who really should know better) emerge from their warm homes to meet up and ride around the countryside until eventually someone decides that they really should stop and go in to get thawed out at the pub in front of a big fire with something warming to eat. The run is always surprisingly well-supported, nonetheless, and really, a lot of fun. Last year, the snow started falling just as we left the Turk’s Head and it blanketed the countryside for weeks. With wintry weather having started early this year, we’re anxiously hoping there won’t be any problem. If they don’t see you before, the chairman and committee send everyone best wishes and hope your wheels spin smoothly throughout  2011.