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Masonic Bikers Association
Freemasons | Motorcycles | Charity
These three attributes are what makes up our unique organisation. Read more about us here
Here’s what we have been up to of late,but please browse the website to learn about much more of our activities all done in friendship and charity…..
Would you like to join us?
The only prerequisite is that you are a Master Mason in good standing (being a current and paid up member of a Lodge) and own a motorbike.
If you ride a bike and are considering joining Freemasonry, you can join our affiliate group, the ‘Bad Pennies’ and partake in our rides whilst you join and attain your 3rd degree in Freemasonry.
Go to our Contact page for more information.
Thursday 18th March saw our AGM, which we held online and amongst other business we elected new officers to primary positions as our Founding President stood down after his statutory term of 3 years. During this time ‘Big H’ has brought the club from ground zero to having 42 patched members and a waiting list of people waiting to join. Thankfully those people have still been able to join our activities in the ‘Bad Pennies’ group.
Our Founding and now Past President would like to say the following as the tenure of his term of office formally closed:-
It would have been impossible for me or the founders of the Chapter to achieve what we have achieved over the last 4 years without the dedication and support of all the members. The first 12 months, saw 10 founding members meeting on a regular basis to iron out all the background work with the Province and the WSMBA.
At our inaugural meeting in April 2018 we patched 4 members into the chapter and also gave a substantial donation to a few charity's. This was quickly followed over the years by a further 25 Cheshire motorcycling mason's being patched into the chapter. During our very short life span, we have arranged many rides and attended many functions, during which we have all made some great friendships and memories. The chapter functions have all been very well supported by the members, their families and of course by the many friends we have all met through this association. As a chapter we have remembered our fallen Brethren, with donations to the poppy appeal as well as laying poppy wreaths across the province. ( long may this continue ).
The chapter have supported 20+ charities over the last 3 years with equipment and financial donations, (£10K in total) we have seen a few men become masons as well as a few masons returning to their Lodges. I know under the new leadership, and with the support of all the patched members and bad pennies the CWSMBA will grow from strength to strength.
Big H. Past President.
The Principal Officers for 2021-22 as proposed and elected (by road names) are:-
President : Cridosi
Vice President : Stevo
Secretary : Doozer
Treasurer : Jonboy
We wish them well for their term of office and thank all outgoing members for their commitment as well as those new or continuing in office to keep our fine club running.
Charitable donations for 2020/2021
£1,500.00. Prostate Cancer UK Charity.
£500.00. Mark Benevolent Fund (Cheshire 2024 Festival
£201.00. Bethany Hall Food Banks.
£192.00. Leighton Hospital, Neonatal Department for Baby Grows.
£100.00. Cheshire Freemasons Charity, Push Bike Ride. Mike Ross.
£150.00. Mid Cheshire Food Banks.
£325.00. Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
£200.00. CFC4CFC. Mike Ross Sponsored Diet. CFC.
£250.00. Clare Mount Special Sports College. (for disadvantaged kids)
Total of £3,418.00. in the last 12 months
£9,838.00 since April 2018
Despite Covid, we have still managed significant Charitable donation in the true spirit of Freemasonry
We intend to present a cheque to the Bloodbikes as soon as we are able to do so - watch this space!
In the meantime, our nominated Charity for 2021 - 22 is
Cheshire Young Carers
A worthy charity who offer support to children aged between 6-18 who care for a family member they live with. Cheshire Young Carers helps to give them a childhood.
Read more about them here
As always, our meetings are still subject to Government guidelines, but all being well, we have the following amongst are plans for 2021 meetings on top of our regular ride outs:-
BIG H makes a formal speech at the official launch of CWSMBA in 2018
I would like to start by thanking Harry (Big H) for his leadership and guidance in setting up this wonderful CWSMBA along with the other founding members. This was no mean feat and all credit must go to all those involved. Taking over from Harry is a bit like taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson! This from a Liverpool supporter. Please bare with me, I will make mistakes but be assured the other officers and indeed members will quickly point out my short-comings. Harry has reported the not inconsiderable sums we have raised in a very short space of time. We need to reflect on this and how the monies have helped folks less fortunate. I have been asked for my thoughts going forward. Well that’s easy: more of the same! Rides-outs, get togethers, meeting up with brothers and friends, having a laugh and taking the proverbial.. Expect to get mugged at these meetings but know that it is all going to go to good causes. Having spoken to a few of the members, unfortunately Covid19 obviously put paid to meeting regularly, I would like to see us help out at a local level such as food banks and local charities from across all 5 Areas. Not just in donating money but purchasing items they need. That having been said, can I ask you all to consider where you want the monies to be used and if you are made aware of a suitable recipient send a short explanation Email to the Charity Committee. But one thing I will insist on is a receipt being given to the Treasurer. That job is hard enough so lets give him as much support as we can please.
I must also make mention of the Bad Pennies. Whether it is an ambition to become a Patched member or to support our causes these folks turn-up, ride-out and bring good cheer. They are part of the bigger picture and I feel could be over-looked at times. But their support is gratefully received so if you have non-masonic friends who like riding why not invite them along. As the world we live in changes to the new normal we will have the monthly breakfasts, ride outs, social gatherings along with the Hiram Abiff wardens and even hopefully for some the branding ceremony in Scotland to look forward to.
I would like to personally thank all the folks in the CWSMBA who are doing great deeds during this difficult time, Blood Bikes, cleaning and driving ambulances even just giving the guys in your lodge a welfare check call. We cannot change the world but we can change our small bit of it.
In conclusion I would like to thank you for the trust you have bestowed on me. I do not take this lightly and will endeavour to carry on the good work of my esteemed predecessor.
Pete (Cridosi) Wright
President of CWSMBA.
Our outgoing President ‘Big H’ (foreground) has now handed over the helm to ‘Cridosi’
One of the many fundraising events in past years as Big H presents a defibrillator to a The Combined Services Barbarians Rugby Team