AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 24th November 2014

24th Nov 2014

The informal winter bar meets that replace the evening runs of the summer months used to be jolly affairs at the old Turk’s Head, but when it closed (sob) we tried the pub at Bredfield last year but only a handful went and also, if there were few customers they tended to want to close early.  This winter, the meets have returned to our original base from years ago, the Red Lion in the Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. It’s warm and comfortable with plenty of parking-space but attendance (two!) for the first one in the middle of October was a bit disappointing so we hope it builds up over the winter.  The venue for the first of the Saturday pub lunches, on a brilliantly sunny day, was the Coach and Horses in Melton, resulting in a line-up of several of our bikes parked on the front. The food there is good and since some of those present can tell a good tale, a lively gathering was guaranteed. The November lunch is at Stutton, the Gardener’s Arms on 29th.

On two successive weekends, local jumbles at Kettleburgh and Great Blakenham saw many of the section members gathering to poke about for treasure and to enjoy the bacon rolls. Both jumbles were busy, with Kettleburgh now spreading over two fields. As usual, most people admitted they weren’t seeking anything in particular, but there are always unforeseen opportunities—I got a perfectly usable lawn scarifier for £3 and a scruffy but complete cased set of twist drills for £2, both of which will be put to good use. The attraction for many at Kettleburgh is the man selling all sorts of engineering tools and measuring instruments, so useful for equipping the workshop.

We were sorry to hear at November’s clubnight that Celia had tripped and hurt herself quite badly, so we sent good wishes to her and look forward to seeing her fit again.  Since the meeting was rather lightly attended, the plan to gather details for the clothing order was deferred until the next meeting, but before that, on December 7th, we understand that some of the members will be having a run over to Boxford to watch the annual pre-65 trial. Then, we’re eagerly looking forward to the December meeting, which is always a lot of fun. It will as usual have a quiz, to be set by Pete Ranson this year, along with the traditional “bring a prize and take one home” raffle and finally, do leave some space for the usual  generous buffet supper.