AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 1st December 2017

 Section News

November’s club night was a lively affair, the first in the winter pattern of events being provided by Mick Dykes with another “Bits in a Bag” evening, the bags containing all sorts of bafflement from all the models in the marque. There was the usual studious silence whilst the bags circulated, followed by comparison of answers (or blanks) whilst he revealed the answers. It was a tough test and with no others close, all credit to Peter and Storm, the only ones to have full scores, so they were declared joint winners and will be presented with the Groper’s Trophy at the AGM in January. Unusually, Mick hadn’t slipped in a “foreigner” this year!

The local section of the vintage club had passed us details of a proposed trip next March to the National motorcycle museum, with names required to be in by the end of the month. Also circulating was the list for ordering section clothing, which Albert wanted to send in quickly for delivery in December, so there was quite a lot of paper being passed around at the same time. Amazingly, the clothing order was delivered only a little more than a week later, so was available for distribution for the Glow-worm Supper later in November. When we’d been deciding the programme, as the Douglas Bader had fitted us in so well when we needed to find a new base in the summer, Mel had been suggested we could look at the possibility of having the meal there since they would have the Christmas menu on. That proved to be a good choice as the meal was really excellent.

There was a bit of a mix-up of dates earlier at the venues for our local jumbles. Great Blakenham and Kettleburgh, having struggled to avoid both Remembrance Sunday and plot night, both finished up running on the same Sunday at the end of October. There was a normal attendance at Kettleburgh, which draws in a much wider customer net, covering as it does bikes, cars, commercials and agricultural machinery, (including a grey Fergie in running order) but only two or three section members were spotted, so maybe the rest all went to Blakenham. December club night will have the traditional festive party atmosphere, with a Quiz and a raffle, (but do leave space for the buffet supper to follow) then the year ends with the Cold Turkey Run on 27th December, ending as quickly as possible in the warmth of the White Hart at Otley