Welcome to the official website of the South West Chapter of Widows Sons, the Masonic Bikers Association in the South West region of the United Kingdom. Widows Sons is an International Association recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England.
Unlike other motorcycle organisations, the Widows Sons is not motorcycle brand, area or patch specific. We are united by the fraternal bond of freemasonry, mutual respect and enjoyment of motorcycling. Our regalia, comprising five patches, illustrates and demonstrates that we are proud freemasons. One of fourteen chapters in the UK, the South West has members in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Moorlanders MCC Egg Run 2018
On Easter Sunday at Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, the Widows Sons South West gathered to assist the Moorlanders, a family-oriented motorcycle club, in holding their annual Egg Run. We provide route marshals for the ride so the bikers don’t have to worry about navigating.
Davidstow Airfield is always the start point, and is always the coldest place in Britain, usually with a biting wind, and this year was no different. It’s a good place to see if your latest eBay bargain motorcycle clothing is any good! Luckily there is a burger van there to provide coffee and bacon rolls. The bikers started to arrive, paid £5 and an Easter Egg to enter and the stage was set.The Marshals were briefed and departed to their allocated points on the road. The ride was led off at 11:00 by Bro Graham Holtum in his amazing Ural sidecar outfit, complete with the Easter Bunny, followed by 400 assorted motorcycles and trikes. It was a 2 hour ride on various types of road, taking in some beautiful Cornish scenery on the way. We arrived at Bowden Derra residential care home, our usual finish point, at 13:00, mostly cold and wet. We were welcomed by the residents and staff, everyone was fed and watered, entertained by a band, and a raffle was held. The most unusual prize was a case of tins of rice pudding!As ever, it was a pleasure to assist the Moorlanders, and £4,000 was raised for charity, a wonderful sum of money. Donations will go to Children’s Hospice SW, Action for Children, Learning Support Units in Launceston and Camelford. The eggs will be distributed to children in care through various organisations.Thanks to all the Widows Sons who gave their time to assist. See you next year.
W.Bro Keith Rigby PPAGDC
Per Mare Per Terram No 9355
On Sunday 13th November 2017 we took part in the Remembrance Day service in Wadebridge, where our President and WM of Lodge of the Chisel 9398, W.Bro Hallett, laid a wreath on our behalf.
Congratulations to our President after his installation as WM at
At our recent regular meeting, we presented Bro. Hart with a donation to Action Duchenne who he raised money for in the Plymouth Half Marathon
It was our pleasure and priviledge to take part in the 10th RTTW (Ride to the Wall)
The North Wales Chapter hosted this year's Widows Sons National Rally, a thoroughly enjoyable and successful event - especially as the South West Chapter won the Tug of War contest!
Our Chapter is proud to have contributed to the £42,500 raised nationally by Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association this year, as announced at the National Rally.
We also played our part in promoting Freemasonry and attracting 40 new candidates in the past 12 months.
We are a charity minded, social riding association, with a name that comes from certain aspects of our Fraternity, and is not territorial. We ask that our members act in a way that will reflect well on our Association, our Fraternity and motorcycling in general, in accordance with the sanction and recognition we have received from UGLE.
We meet regularly for rides, charity events and attend rallies throughout the country. One of the charities supported by the South West Chapter is Ambers Angels Trust, Plymouth, which provides a range of valuable services for adult and children survivors of sexual abuse. They receive no government funding, yet have set up a drop in centre that provides counselling and respite care. It is the first and only drop in centre in the whole of the UK for survivors of sexual abuse. Since starting to support Amber's Angels, we have donated over £4,000 to the charity.
To become a member of the Widows Sons, you have to be a Master Mason, of good standing, and ride a motorcycle.
To register your interest, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In April we supported the Moorlanders MCC Egg Run again by assisting with the marshalling and fund raising. Starting at Davidstow Airfield, the Egg Run collected chocolate eggs for children in care, and make a circular route around North Cornwall, ending at Bowden Derra Park with a lively event. Attracting a large crowd at the airfield, and hundreds of motorcycles taking part, the event raised over £5,000 for local children's charities.
This June, we escorted two maids to the school prom held at Tregenna Castle, St Ives. As well as many thanks, and miles of smiles, they gave us a donation towards the charities that we support.
Also in June we joined our brothers from the South East Chapter on the Cornwall and Devon section of their 12 Provinces in 24 Hours challenge to raise money for Lifelites charity.
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