AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 28th January 2015

28th Jan 2015

Section News
After two years when the Cold Turkey run after Boxing Day had been blighted, first by pouring rain in 2012, then by dangerously high winds a year ago, December’s report closed with hopes of good weather for the 2014 season-closing event However, despite the skies brightening after steady rain overnight, only four riders appeared on the start line at Spencer’s garage. Albert was the run-leader and took them on a brisk invigorating run, meeting only one water-splash of a couple inches on the way up to Ashbocking and Helmingham They returned via Otley to ford a second one at Otley Bottom and be greeted by a welcome fire at the pub at Bredfield, where the Castle had opened specially for us. Along with the many non-runners and family members who had arrived by car, they were glad of the hot soup and sandwiches on offer.
Democracy was assured when there was a healthy turnout for the AGM, listed for January’s clubnight.  Albert and Richard dealt with business briskly, each with brief reports before the treasurer, Peter summarised the finances. With a satisfactory financial picture and no big expenses looming, the subs will again stay unchanged this year. Albert and Peter were unanimously re-elected but after serving as secretary since 2002, Richard had decided not to seek re-election. Maurice Pinner was elected to the position with unanimous approval. Last autumn we had discussed sharing the responsibilities of the post, so as Maurice has other commitments conflicting with the Copdock Show, Peter was also elected Social secretary. He will take on the arrangements for the show, whilst Mel offered assistance with other aspects of social arrangements and Christine will record events with her camera for the website where Richard will continue as webmaster. Richard was thanked for his unstinting work over the past years.
Adding detail to the outline programme of spring and summer events was next for discussion and leaders for the proposed runs were quickly agreed. The diary will be published shortly when everything is finalised. Then the meeting moved on to what organisation to support with the Charity run at the end of May. There were only two suggestions for consideration by the committee: Blood Runners, the voluntary medical emergency riders, and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Business was concluded after a few extra names were added to complete the clothing order and the nomination forms for the Club member of the year were issued, these to be returned by the  February meeting,
This is to be another programme of motorcycling films to be presented by Albert, and members of the Ipswich section of the VMCC have again been invited along. Note that to ensure a prompt start to the films at 7.30, the bar will be open at 7 o’clock.