AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Section Notes 31st August 2014

Section News

All our local members joined the throng earlier this month at the packed village church in Kirton to say farewell to one of our members, Tom Wells.  A popular section member and talented restorer, his interests spread beyond bikes to farm machinery, tractors in particular, and anything mechanical, shown by the huge number of friends and former work colleagues at the church.  He had been ill for the past year.
The section Barbecue, hosted again by Mick and Chris in their garden, was the usual social success, and we’re grateful they do it so well, providing as it does an opportunity for some of the ladies who don’t ride to come and meet whilst, inevitably, the men kept gravitating to the workshop from time to time.
Richard led a Sunday run round by Saxmundham that finished at the lifeboat station in Aldeburgh so that we could have a guided tour. When we arrived, fortunately finding that there was a space reserved for us on the cramped frontage, the boat had just returned after a practice launch. The Aldeburgh boat has to be launched and retrieved over the shingle on a trailer, so we watched as the crew washed down and manoeuvred the boat back into its house, before enjoying a fascinating hour with the coxswain, looking over the boat and getting the lowdown on the thrills and perils of lifeboats.
The Jampot rally was much enjoyed by the group who made their way up to Church Gresley in early August, despite the disappointing weather on the Sunday. We understand they were very glad of the excellent section marquee!  With the Jampot team away at the rally, the next outing was not until later in the month, led round all his favourite back lanes to the air museum at Flixton by John Fisk, who lives in that area. Robin missed the start, so came up direct on his new Enfield. There’s always something interesting new to see there, notwithstanding how many times we’ve been before. The success of the run was rounded off with a meal in the neighbouring carvery before the ride home independently.
With the better summer this year, all the evening runs have continued to be well-supported. Maurice and Albert led the last two round the local back lanes, beating the fading light to finish at the ClaydonGreyhound and the Grundisburgh Dog respectively. Coming up in September we have the Glow-worm Supper celebrate the success of the summer’s runs. The original plan to hold it at the golf club was shelved when they specified a minimum above the number we expect, so we are going to be at the Red Lion in Martlesham on 24th, which is nicely appropriate, since the evening runs generally start just across the road.