AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th January 2011

16th Jan 2011

As they say in East Suffolk, there were a “good fair few” hardies, actually sixteen of them, lined up at Spencer’s for the start of the post-Christmas Cold Turkey run, relieved that the earlier snow and ice seemed to have disappeared from the local roads. Our tour guide, Dave, led off on a very cold but dry 25-mile run, via Tunstall and Wickham Market, and he had strict instructions to be at the Turk’s Head by 12 noon. When they were on the home stretch and approaching Grundisburgh, though, they took a side turn, only to find that there were still some icy rutted lanes remaining and for the last few miles they posed quite a challenge. However, there were no mishaps and the riders quickly clustered round the fire back at the pub to thaw out, with hot food soon on the way.

After the January meeting, it’s quite safe to make an appearance at clubnight again-the AGM is over for another year and the ruling junta, Albert, Richard and Peter, were re-elected unanimously with Dave as Runs Captain. The spring and summer programme will be decided shortly, and it was agreed that the pattern of the past year for weekday and weekend runs should continue. A First Aid training day had been suggested last year, but when details emerged of the cost, at £37-50 per head interest disappeared like dew in the morning, so it was decided not to go ahead with it. After the business part of the meeting, Albert presented the Quiz Cup to the winner of his Christmas quiz, Peter Ranson; the other part of the award is that he gets to set the questions next December!  The presentation of the Chairman’s Cup then followed and this went to Richard to recognise his tireless work on behalf of the Section over many years.

Later in the week, a sizeable group of members and friends had an evening visit to the Orwell Park Observatory. The Victorian owner of the estate, which stretched right out to the coast, established Felixstowe, also building the railway link to it from Ipswich. The observatory, still equipped with the original huge1874 telescope, was built as a bit of swank in one wing of his mansion, now a boarding school. An astronomical society now runs it and their members showed the party their various telescopes, now including modern electronics, Though we weren’t able to see any stars, since cloud was low with a persistent drizzle, it was a fascinating evening and we were astonished to find it was 10.30 when we left!