AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 16th October 2011

October 2011 Section Report

Despite wondering how the hosts at the Turk’s Head would somehow manage to pack us all in, East Suffolk section members and wives enjoyed a very successful Glow-worm Supper to round off the success of the summer’s evening runs. As there was also a team of morris dancers performing outside that evening, the pub was really buzzing with activity inside and out.
The big event in the Section recently was the Copdock bike show at the Suffolk showground. This Show has got bigger every year and as the weather on show day was brilliant, this year’s event was bigger than ever; indeed, we hear it may be going to two days next year. The age of the nine machines on our stand ranged over 50 years, from Mick’s recently restored 1929 Matchless V2 to the Harris G80ES brought along by Albert. The stand also featured the Club raffle bike and was thronged from opening time. Chris and Celia, the raffle ticket sellers, were frantically busy with a queue of eager customers all day. When the last few “punters” trailed in at the end, they were down to their last six books of tickets. Paul Manning’s very original G11 twin was judged the best bike of the marque and he was awarded with the Roy Stock Shield. As usual, there was plenty of willing assistance with erecting the stand and dismantling after the show, so thanks to all involved.
Meanwhile, several other members went to the Alternative that weekend and early reports were that they had enjoyed a very good rally.
The Section’s Clubman of the year award is for someone who members feel has made a big contribution during the year. Voting slips are now available and should be returned by November clubnight so the award can be made at the December meeting.
Saturday pub lunches are resuming for the winter months and all are welcome, but do check arrangements with Richard. The first, at the end of October, is down the Shotley peninsula at the Gardeners Arms at Stutton.  In November, the published venue has been changed and we’re going to the Bredfield Castle, as the pub at Charsfield is currently closed.