Masonic Bikers Association
© Blue Light Media on behalf of Cheshire Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association
The primary objective of CWSMBA is for like minded Cheshire freemasons to simply use our motorbikes for ride outs, events, Rally's and general fellowship. If in that process we can raise a few pounds for Charity then all the better, so this we do.....
See more stories on our Archive page here
Two dozen members turned out on Saturday 31st August 2019 when President Harry Shone presented a defibrillator to Andy Topham, founder and manager of The Combined Services Barbarians Rugby Team. Our own Steve Stockford, a soon to be member of Noctorum Lodge and a Masonic biker heard the Barbarians were short of this lifesaving technology and arranged a match with his team, Anselms Mavricks RFC, at The Vauxhall FC, Ellesmere Port . The ‘Barbarians’ are former service men from the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force and the Royal Marines who raise funds for HM Forces Charities by playing matches all over the country. The ‘Barbars’ Manager, Andy, thanked the ever generous and big hearted bikers and later said “jumping up and down on someones chest may save lives, but this little beauty WILL save lives. “
We celebrated our second anniversary at the Mollington Banastre Hotel, near Chester, who put up a fine evening for us with a 4 course meal, disco and of course our ‘professional’ karaoke singers taking the limelight as usual!
It wasn’t all about the enjoyment for ourselves, friends & families of course as we also raised the magnificent sum of £2,500.00 that will be distributed to a variety of local charities.
One of the requirements to be a fully patched Widows Son, is to become a Master Mason. As Paul (aka ‘Gunner Lofty’) Lang, recently became such. Prior to this time however, you can be a part of our ‘Bad Pennies’ group as a friend, family member, or just interested in Freemasonry. Contact us for more information.
Two of our more recent recruits to CWSMBA, Dave aka ‘Chip’ & ‘Gunner Lofty’ Paul, both of whom were ‘patched’ at one of our recent breakfast meetings. Dave has been a MM for sometime, recently joining us and Paul has been with us as a ‘Bad Penny’ and recently became a MM.
Lockdown Tuesday 5th May 2020 - Following a plea for help from the Neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital requesting donations for baby grows, the Cheshire Widows Sons stepped in and donated £190 for the purchase of new baby grows which were hand delivered to Ward 22 by CWSMBA members Dave Lee, Rob Howell, Jeff Arnold & Pete Wright.
The staff were amazed at the generosity of the members and couldn’t wait to grab a photo.They quoted on their Facebook page “A big thank you to the Cheshire Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association, who have generously donated 80 brand new baby growers….”
CWSMBA had nominated the 2019/20 to the Prostrate Cancer Charity and donated a total £1500
The Club members gathered at Richard (Bugsy) Houghs' house following a scenic, if somewhat blustery ride around the east of Cheshire. Here we received a warm welcome and an interesting and informative talk from Tony Collier regarding the Prostate cancer charity. Tony, gave us a personal perspective of his journey, symptoms, survival rates and the need for more speedy and effective early diagnoses. Far from dry and humourless, the talk gave all those present a rather humbling insight into this terrible disease but also the staunch attitude of those who suffer, including their nearest and dearest and the efforts of Cancer Research and all those who lead the fight.
For more information on this worthwhile charity go to https://prostatecanceruk.org or call 0800 074 8383
*Thanks to Dave Allen & Jeff Arnold our able Road-Captains. The Welsh brothers joining us and Tony for his excellent and captivating talk. Special thanks of course to Richard and Jill, who supplied a perfect setting, light refreshments and hand-sanitiser! oh and CAKE!
Cheshire Widows Sons Masonic Bikers continue to support those most in need, when on 14th October 2020 we donated £150.00 - approximately 80kg of food to Mid-Cheshire Food bank where it was gratefully received.
This came about as the result of a post on Facebook, picked up by CWS member Dave Lee (aka Chip) where the food bank had posted a plea for food donations due to the COVID pandemic. The CWS were quick to act and donated £150 to purchase items which were desperately needed.
A spokesperson from the food bank said “The donation has come at just the right time, we have been overwhelmed during COVID. This donation will help many families in need in the local area”
November 2020 - Due to CV19, our traditional Remembrance Sunday services were cancelled. However, not being perturbed, we got in quick before full lockdown rules came into play and laid some wreaths at various cenotaphs around Cheshire. In addition we placed Remembrance Poppy crosses against the graves of those that had received the Victoria Cross for the bravery in wartime.
Wreaths were laid at the following sites:
Port Sunlight; Tarporley, Hartford, Macclesfield and Crewe
Various members of the CWSMBA also placed Poppy Crosses against the following graves:-
Macclesfield Crematorium - George Harold EARDLEY VC The Netherlands October 1944
Grange Cemetry, West Kirby - Cyril Edward GOURLEY VC Epehy France November 1917
St Marys Churchyard, Acton - Thomas Egerton HALE VC Sebastapool, Crimea September 1855
St Marys Churchyard, Eccleston - Alfred Ernest IND VC Orange River, South Africa December 1901
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Hoylake, John O’NEIL VC Belgium October 1918
May they Rest in Peace - May we never forget.
View our 2020 Remembrance Day tribute video here…