The Northwest Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association held their 2016 Presidents Night at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport. The evening was very well supported by the membership.
An excellent buffet style meal was laid on by the hotel and entertainment was provided by Andrew Baxendale, the vice president of the chapter. The hotel provided a discounted room rate, allowing everyone to take full advantage of the party and bar.
The highlight of the evening was the ‘patching’ of Shaun Higson as the latest member, having completed the necessary three runs with the members and being favourably elected in a unanimous vote.
A raffle was held which raised the sum of £187 towards the charities and the president Marcus Avci thanked all who attended and for their support during the runs and events which had been held during the year.
The Widows Sons recent charity work has included the following: £1,000 to Ecclesholme RMBI Home, £4,000 to the Lily Foundation researching Mitrochondrial disease, £250 to the Kidney Unit at Manchester Royal Hospital, £500 to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, £2,200 to the Mark Gorrey Foundation for testicular cancer.
This year’s activities have included: Lancashire’s Hidden Gems tour around the Lancashire Coast, The Fireball Run II, watching the sunset at Holyhead then riding to Whitby overnight to watch it rise again, this was a sponsored event which raised over £2,000; WS National Rally in Falkirk, a gathering of the clans; Ride to the Wall, an annual event that the chapter has taken part in for several years which raises annually £90,000 to £100,000 for the National Memorial Arboretum and many others.
The Northwest Chapter was invited to join the Southport Masons in the parade to the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. This was supported by 20 members, an event that was enjoyed by all.
If anyone is interested in joining the chapter, finding out more or wants a lodge lecture on the Widows Sons, please contact Andy Baxendale email; firstname.lastname@example.org