The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (MBA) is an organisation established for Freemasons who have a passion for motorcycling.
To qualify for membership of The Widows Sons you need to be a Master Mason of (or recognised by) the United Grand Lodge of England, in good standing in your own Lodge and run a road-worthy motorbike capable of maintaining the national speed limit. Basically, we are a masonic association.
The Widows Sons has over 1,000 members in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It has been growing at a phenomenal rate since its establishment in 2004 as Freemasons realise the benefits of mixing their interest with the Craft and motorcycling.
Founders of Wyvern Chapter
Leaving Cartgate Picnic Site, Yeovil.
It started out with a fairly uncertain weather forecast but, with 23 bikes keen to get out and about in the Somerset countryside, everyone set off for the starting RV, Cartgate Picnic Site near Yeovil.
Parisi Chapter had ridden down from North Yorkshire a few days before and we (Wyvern) were exceptionally keen to meet them.
We set off from Cartgate shortly after 11am and headed to Glastonbury Tor, from there we rode up to Cheddar Gorge for a bite of lunch. Once the Parisi had had their fill of Cheddar cheese, they really like cheese, we mounted up again and headed up through the Gorge in the direction of Weston super Mare, via Burrington Coombe.
At this point a well earned fish and chip supper on the seafront was the order of the day.
Myself and all the brethren of Wyvern were delighted to play host to Parisi, may it we enjoy a long and enjoyable future, visiting and riding together.
President, Wyvern Chapter
Leaving Llyn Brianne
What do masonic bikers do when they can't perform a ceremony? We ride!!
WBro 'Gunny' O'Meara, Almoner of Wyvern Chapter, designed a route and put the word out amongst the brethren of Mayflower Lodge as well as the Provinces of Somerset and Devon.
The day of the ride came along, we met up at Morrisons carpark, Cribbs Causeway and set off on the first leg of the trip, across the bridge into South Wales to meet a few other brethren and then up into the valleys.
The weather was tremendous, having been threatened with rain for most of the week, it stayed away and the sweeping roads and switchbacks through the Brecon's made for an excellent morning's ride.
We stopped for lunch at a small cafe where, it turned out that, the proprietor was also a biker. I must admit, the look on the poor girl's face behind the counter when we started coming into the cafe looking for food. I think we must have trebled their takings for the day. The food was great and the staff there were really nice and friendly but the afternoon was ticking away and so we got back into the saddles and headed back into the valley, this time, heading for the Devil's Staircase. The switchbacks make that route a great ride, I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for some of the greatest scenery I've ever seen in the UK.
So, after approximately 175 miles in the saddle the brethren of Wyvern Chapter bade farewell to our visitors and we headed back to our respective Provinces. The ride drew brethren from far and wide, not only Somerset but also Devon, Hampshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire and South Wales and I'd like to make special mention of the hard work put in by WBro O'Meara on arranging such a fantastic day out.
President - Wyvern Chapter
Matty (written in motorbikes)
On Saturday 3rd July, a gathering of Widows Sons, from all across the country, converged on a secondary school sports field in Loughborough for a very special cause.
A young man by the name of Matty Howard has been diagnosed with Medulla Blastoma, a terminal brain cancer. East Midlands Chapter have been running a number of events over the last year or so, to give Matty and his family some cherished memories. The latest of which was a helicopter ride around his home town.
As a special treat, John Perridge (President of East Midlands) put a call out to the other Chapters to join them in forming his name, in motorcycles, so that he'd see it as they flew over the college grounds.
Eight riders of Wyvern Chapter set off from Somerset at 9am to join another 50+ riders who had ridden in from as far afield as Yorkshire and Hampshire to support this young man and his family for their helicopter experience.
Matty's Mum said...We are so grateful to all you amazing gents (and of course your fabulous wives too!) for the most incredible day we had today! Matty enjoyed every single moment and LOVED seeing you all out on the school field! It was so touching! Thank you to all of those involved, we are so grateful that some of you travelled great distances to support us today. Words cannot express our gratitude to you all, making memories with Matty is vital to us and your kindness and generosity have enabled us to do things that we couldn’t even have dreamt of! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts 💙
If any brother wishes to make a donation for future events, then please feel free to send whatever you can to
East Midlands Chapter
Sort code - 30-84-79
Account.no - 58120668
Reference - Matty's Fund
All donations are very gratefully received and faithfully applied.
It was a really great day out and very humbling to be part of.
President - Wyvern Chapter
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