AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th June 2011

Section Report-East Suffolk
Eight East Suffolk riders went on a good run in the middle of May that visited a water mill and several windmills that had opened specially for the National Mills Weekend. Unfortunately, the party was reduced before long when one rider completely lost contact with the pack at a roundabout on the way. The first stop was at Pakenham watermill where they spent a fair while looking at the machinery and then enjoyed the barbecue that was on offer. Not all the windmills visited next were open, but Stanton post mill was particularly interesting, because the owner took the party right through to the very top to explain the mechanism and milling processes. Thanks to Dave Cook for planning the day.

A second Sunday run to report was in mid-June and it went out, without losing anyone this time, to the county’s northern border, where a Norfolk section member had ridden to meet us at the pub at Scole. At the Greyhound there, now long closed, both our sections started years ago as the East Anglian Section. After a meal, we went on to a nearby airfield museum at Dickleburgh– following a theme here, after last month’s visit to Parham. New member, Richard from Bawdsey was for the first time on his new early-50s AJS single, which was performing well.

The Sandlings run on Bank Holiday Monday had 35 riders out on a route of over 60 miles of quiet roads on a glorious sunny day. This run is advertised outside the section and so attracted several non-members, with machines ranged from a couple of brand-new Bonnevilles to a pre-war Excelsior Manxman that later won the Popular Choice award. A halfway stop at a golf clubhouse north of Darsham got approval, as did the Turk’s Head barbecue at the finish and over £250 was raised for Leukaemia Research. There‘s a separate report in the July Jampot magazine. Two well-supported evening runs. Despite a threatening forecast, Andy’s run went on dry roads to an old favourite destination, the Moon and Mushroom at Swilland, before drizzle arrived. Peter Nicholls was more fortunate for the run to the Griffin at Yoxford on a fine evening in early June, but that gave its own problems of seeing against the glare of low sun.

At June’s clubnight we discussed details for the camping weekend and the show, meeting for the first time in the barn the Turk’s Head have offered us for the summer months.

Finally, note that the summer barbecue in July will not be at Albert and Sylvia’s house but at lunchtime in Hasketon.