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Golftyn Lodge 7946 – Widows Sons Lecture

On Tuesday the 7th March a number of members from the North Wales Chapter attended Golftyn Lodge #7946 to support W.Bro Alan Sullivan who was presenting a lecture titled “Three Degrees to Two Wheels – The Widows Sons” for the first time.

During the evening the members of Golftyn Lodge presented W.Bro Alan Sullivan with a cheque for £200 to put into the North Wales Chapters 2017 Charity collection to be shared amongst several local charities at the end of the year.

Pictured: W.Bro Harold Griffith the Worshipful Master of Golftyn Lodge presenting the cheque to W.Bro Alan Sullivan,

with members of the North Wales Chapter Widows Sons.

The lecture was based off the one written by W.Bro Andy [Baxi] Baxendale of Hardshaw Lodge No 8722.

Visit to Deva Lodge 3447

A New Year and a new Lewis member for Deva Lodge meeting at Cheshire View on 4 January.

Robert Ian Edwards, blood Brother of W.Bro Mike Edwards (North Wales Chapter Member) the Lodge DC was Initiated by his Brother in a five star ceremony that kept members and guests in awe at his splendid ritual, word perfect from start to finish, no wonder he is the Lodge Director of Ceremonies. WBro George Mann APGM was on hand to welcome Bro Robert to Freemasonry who was accompanied on this occasion by another Entered Apprentice from Wrexhamian Lodge in North Wales who had come along to watch a ceremony from a different perspective.

Several of our members went along to support Mike.

A Welsh Adventure by Hugh Jackson

The North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association very kindly organised a 3 day charity ride around Wales in order to raise funds for the local Blood Bikes group.

Friday morning, 23rd September, saw 3 Wrexham Blood Bike riders arriving at Farfield Hall to meet up with the others who were participating in the tour. Although most of us were from this area, 3 riders had travelled all the way from Cornwall to take part.

At the start of the ride there were 17 bikes of various makes, ages and types including cruisers, sports, tourers and adventure bikes. There was even a trike to bring up the rear and herd us along!

The first stop was at Betws-y-Coed for coffee then on to Llanfairpwllgwyn for a longer stop and photographs. These photos and many more can be seen on the Widows Sons North Wales website. Gareth, the support van driver, has a catering business and he provided us with sausage rolls that he had made early that morning.

Barmouth was our next stop for lunch and then it was on to Llanfarian, 3 or 4 miles south of Aberystwyth, for our first night’s stay which was to be in the Community Centre.

We arrived to find that Gareth had been busy making hot dogs and drinks for everyone. Once refreshed all we had to do was decide on a spot where we would be sleeping.

Despite having a few beers, it was a rather restless night as I’m not used to sleeping on the floor on a bed roll that deflates during the night. The clever ones had brought camp beds and the even brighter ones stayed in a hotel.

Before leaving Llanfarian on Saturday we were presented with a cheque, photographed and interviewed by the local press.

We rode some great roads but the wind was strong and gusting as we made our way to St. David’s for a lunch break. Most of us ate in the cathedral refectory overlooking the nearby 6th century monastery.

Later on in the afternoon we were forced to make a detour when we found the A40 closed and despite going on single track roads we were unable to find a way around and back onto the A40 so we ended up heading south for the M4 and A470 towards Merthyr Tydfil for our second night.

We were pleased to learn that the TA Barracks we were staying in had showers and we would be sleeping on proper beds. Across the road was an award winning Indian restaurant and from there it was a very short walk to the rugby club for a few more beers.

Sunday’s breakfast was at McDonalds before starting the journey home via Brecon, Builth Wells, Crossgates and Newtown.

Our final stop was for afternoon tea at the home of Alun Jones of T Alun Jones Haulage. The lovely farm house is just outside Welshpool and is set in open countryside with panoramic views. The cakes that Mrs Jones had baked were both delicious and plentiful.

Once back at Farfield Hall and after saying our goodbyes it was off home for a well deserved rest.

The Widows Sons website summed it up as follows:

“We had a great time, saw some amazing scenery, had loads of laughs along the way and most importantly raised some money for Blood Bikes Wales”.

I couldn’t have put it better.

We Will Remember Them (2016)

For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Lecture on the Widows Sons

On Tuesday the 8th November W.Bro Andy [Baxi] Baxendale of Hardshaw Lodge No 8722, and Vice President of the North West Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association visited Kelserton Lodge No 7681 to present a talk on the Widows Sons, and explain the good work they do as an organisation, both as an ambassador for Freemasonry, and as a means to collect money for charities. How they are  recognised by UGLE.

In the last two years, the 550 members of the UK based WSMBA have raised £140,000 for charity.