The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire
Cheshire Widows Sons Masonic Biker Association
It was an early start for a number of Cheshire Freemason bikers, known as the Cheshire Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (CWSMBA) as they gathered in Wallasey for the start of their 188 mile ride around Cheshire. The tour took in 18 Masonic Halls, taking 10 hours and was designed to raise awareness of the association among Cheshire Freemasons (any of whom can join as long as they have an interest in motorbikes of course), as well as raise funds for charity.
The CWSMBA take their name from ancient Masonic wording and are growing steadily in numbers.
Despite the awful weather conditions, the members were enthusiastically greeted at each Hall and in many cases received a charitable donation. The Bikers efforts were rewarded as they collected £860.00 on the day, which, when added to funds they have already raised, makes a sizable donation to the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Appeal. The TLC Appeal is a Freemason initiative which provides approx. 12,000 Teddy Bears each year to Cheshire Hospitals. Hospital staff then give them to children at times of distress when they find themselves on a ward or in A and E.
‘Chapter’ President Harry Shone commented, “The aim of the ride was to spread the word that we are now up and running, or should I say riding, and I would like to thank everyone for the support given. Despite the rain, we enjoyed every minute”.
Stephen Blank, Head of Freemasonry in Cheshire said – “I was delighted when I first heard that some of the members wanted to start a Masonic Bikers Association. Freemasons have many interests and it is great to see those who want to, can now share their love of motorbikes with the fun they get from being a Freemason. I wish them all the best for the future and I am sure we will see and hear more from them as they get back on the road in the coming months.”
The riders take a break just outside Dukinfield before the next leg of their journey