Upcoming Events 2022

MAY

Six Bells Bike Night – 17th May 2022, 6pm (alternate Tuesday evenings)

Location

The Street, Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6HT.

The Lee Rigby Ride of Respect : Sunday 22nd May, 9:30am

Set off Point: Nell’s Café, Marling Cross, Watling St, Gravesend DA12 5UD

Set off time: 9.30 am From Nell’s Cafe Travelling via Blackheath and passing Woolwich Barracks to end point Flamingo Park.

 Please join me on the annual memorial ride to honour the memory of 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby who was brutally murdered on 22 May 2013 whilst off duty outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, South London.

100% of all donations made go to the Charity, which provides long term support for bereaved British Forces Children and Young People aged from 0 – 25. You can donate directly via their website or by clicking on the link below.

Should you have any queries before the day, please contact secretary@wsmbasussex.com for assistance.

On the day, please contact
president@wsmbasussex.com or 07860 490634.

Natter Night: Wednesday 25th May, 7pm

Location

Fox & Hounds, Fox Hill, Haywards Heath RH16 4QY.

Agenda:

Introduce any new Members and Cornerstones
Secretary’s report – AG
Treasurer’s report – MT (Acting)
Fundraising events (All)
Charities – Matthew 25 Mission and Sussex SERV
Planned rideouts
Next Meeting – TBC

It would be much appreciated if you could kindly confirm whether you will be attending by sending
an email to secretary@wsmbasussex.com.
Thank you

JUNE

France Trip: 2nd June - 7th June (Postponed -To be rebooked)

This year it has been suggested that two parties head to France for the D-Day celebrations, one on Thursday 2nd June and the other on Friday 3rd June. The return journey can be made either on Monday 6th June or Tuesday 7th June to fit in with work and family commitments.

Day 1 Travel to Beauchamps in France

Ferry – Newhaven to Dieppe – please click on the following link for ferry times, costs and booking advice nearer to the time as DFDS do not currently provide information for crossings taking place in June 2022. https://www.dfds.com/en-gb/passenger- ferries/passenger-information/timetables.

Current details, correct as at 6 5 2021 are: Outbound sailings from Newhaven at 10 am, 5 pm and 11 pm. Return sailings from Dieppe are at 11 am, 6 pm and 11.59 pm. These are Monday to Friday only. Weekend times might vary.

Current costs are between £40 to £60 depending on which crossing and what day.

Please allow at least 1 hour for check-in. I suggest we meet at the port and enjoy a big breakfast together before boarding the ferry, which departs at 9 am.

4 hours on ferry
2 hours by bike to Beauchamps

Days 2/3/4 To be decided on the day. As this is the weekend of the D-Day celebrations, a visit to Arromanches is planned.

Day 5/6 Travel to Dieppe for ferry crossing to Newhaven and home

As I will not be taking a bike recovery trailer this year, please make sure that you have sufficient travel and recovery insurance on your bikes. I have a kit to take nails out of tyres and plug holes, and will take spare bulbs, fuel and Tyre Weld.

Please remember to take your V5 log book, especially when travelling through Caen, as the authorities there can be extremely officious and seize your bike if you cannot provide evidence of ownership.

Please take your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) or GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) with you, which following Brexit and at the time of writing, are still valid until their

expiry date. You should also obtain an International Driving Licence, this can be purchased from your local Post Office.

Would you please remember to provide us with details and contact details of your next of kin on the attached form should the worst happen (which we sincerely hope will not).

 

Accomodation and Meals

The address of my house is 4 La Forge aux Balais, Beauchamps, 50320, France. There is a Normandy flag depicting the three lions on in the garden by the side of the road.

I have 5 bedrooms with double beds and 1 room with bunk beds at my home in Beauchamps. I also have camp beds should you wish to stay on a shared room basis. You are of course welcome to camp in my garden, or alternatively you can pitch in my stables which is completely dry and you have room to stand up. Please bring your own camping equipment.

I will supply the beer, and also breakfast every morning, and would suggest and appreciate a minimum donation of £50, limited only by your generosity, to go to our chosen charity.

On Friday we will have a BBQ at my home at La Forge aux Balais. As Tracy and her mother will not be joining with us this year, it would be much appreciated if someone would kindly volunteer to cook breakfast each morning and to help keep ship! We need willing helpers to volunteer. No deductions will be made for breakfast which will be provided.

On Saturday we can perhaps eat out at the wonderful restaurant Le Citadelle in Granville.

The remaining days are free to do as we wish. A few suggestions are:

  • Le ferme de l’hermitiere – Saint-Jean-Des-Champs. Cider Factory, approximately 3 km from Karl’s home. Tours and tastings offered. infos@ferme-hermitiere.com

  • Arromanches-les-Bains – Beaches, cliff walks, museums, memorials to D-Day. info@musee-arromanches.fr

  • Festyland amusement park, rides, restaurants, 3D cinema. https://festyland.com/discover-festyland/

  • Zoo de Champrepus near Granville https://www.zoo-champrepus.com/?lang=en

  • Le Souterroscope, Caumont l’Eventé, abandoned slate mines and museum https://www.souterroscope-ardoisieres.fr/en-fr/

  • Mont-Saint-Michel – historic island abbey. http://www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com/en

  • Bayeaux Tapestry (if still there as plans are afoot to transfer it to the UK). This is a historic tapestry depicting the epic adventures of William the Conqueror in 1066. https://www.bayeuxmuseum.com/en/the-bayeux-tapestry/

  • Pegasus Museum, Ranville – the story of the 6th Airborne Division info@memorial- pegasus.org

  • D-Day Experience – Climb aboard an authentic C-47 aircraft converted into a dynamic high tech flight simulator, also see Dead Man’s Corner, the historic House Museum of the German paratroopers. www.dday-experience.com

  • Normandy Victory Museum – www.normandy-victory-museum.com

  • Overlord Museum – www.overlordmuseum.com

  • Colleville-sur-Mer – the Normandy American cemetery overlooking Omaha beach

    containing 9,388 graves from the Second World War. This American Cemetery is fittingly pristine and serene and just as it appeared in the opening/closing scenes of Saving Private Ryan. At the memorial’s centre is a bronze statue entitled Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.

• Canoeing at Pont d’Ouilly – I have spent many very happy hours here, it is a beautiful spot as shown in the photo’s below. We could have a day canoeing 17 kilometres down this lovely wide river and then return to Beauchamps. There is a canoe centre at Pont d’Ouilly where canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, together with the appropriate safety gear can be hired. I also have several canoes which I will bring with me in a van and trailer which we can load up at the end of the paddle and drive back to the start. I am a qualified canoe instructor and will be delighted to give instructions and assistance to anyone who requires it.

There are many other attractions in the area, we can decide the night before or even each morning what we wish to do and where we wish to go. If you have any suggestions, please do let me know. Hopefully the weather will be more pleasant than during our last visit, although even the rain could not deter us from having a good time.

Hopefully David Oakenfold and Bob Lewis will join us. This will give them the opportunity to sell Widows Sons merchandise.

 

SEPTEMBER

CLAY PIGEON SHOOT, FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND BBQ: SUNDAY 11TH

Location: In the field opposite the Custom Café, Barnhorn Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN39 4QR

Members and Guests welcome upon invitation

ITINERARY
7 am:  Karl and Roger and two other volunteers are to meet at the field at 7 am to set up traps, shooting stands, flags, hand sanitiser station, refreshment table, etc. Please do let me know as soon as possible if you would be willing to offer your assistance. Should you have your own guns and shotgun licences, please bring these with you.

A large flag will identify the field, when arriving please follow the parking arrows and signs and be considerate to your fellow motorists when parking.


8 am: All members and guests are to meet Karl, Roger and friends for breakfast at The Custom Café. Barnhorn Road (A259), Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4QR. 01424 319660. An inside table has been booked for up to a maximum of 30 people.
9 am Safety briefing by Karl Hopper-Young.
Commence shooting, 10 rounds each. Instruction concerning the use of guns will be provided if required.


11.30 am: Finish shooting. Award of trophy for the shooter who misses the fewest clays.

11.45 am: Everyone to please help to clear the field as this field is used for livestock, and return traps, tables, etc. to barn. Pick up spent clays and shotgun cartridges and dispose of safely.
12 noon Family activities including BBQ.

Proceeds from the day will be shared between The Holywell Club and Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (South East)

Past Events

APRIL

Operation Thunderbolt, Rolling Thunder: Friday 15th April

Easter Egg Run: Sunday 17th April

We are arranging to deliver 100 Easter Eggs to children in both the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, and to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

If you would like to help to spread a little joy by donating or contributing to the purchase of Easter Eggs, then please contact: president@wsmbasussex.com or drop them into Sussex IFA, Downford House, George Street, Hailsham, BN27 1AE.

All contributions will be gratefully received and faithfully applied.

Natter Night: Wednesday 27th April, 6:00 PM

FEBRUARY

Rock House Trio Gig : Sunday 6th February 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Eddie Webb is a Sussex Cornerstone. His band ‘Rock House Trio’ are playing at the venue shown below on Sunday 6th February, the gig is from 4 – 7pm (free entry) – maybe some WSMBA members would fancy getting out & seeing some live music?

The set list will be classic Rock tunes, we are all seasoned players & been on the circuit for many years – promises to be a good gig !

The Nightingale, 53 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4LG

Natter Night: Thursday 24th 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm

The Venue:
The Bulls Head, Boreham Street, Hailsham, East Sussex

This is at a new venue, the Bulls Head, Boreham Street, Nr Hailsham, East Sussex. ‘We are a Harvey’s Pub serving traditional Sussex Ales. The Bull’s Head is an unspoilt rural inn and set in the splendid Sussex countryside nearby to many great historic sites –

Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Herstmonceux Castle, Pevensey Castle, Batemans… plus there are many fine walks in the neighbourhood.

We have a large shady Garden, plenty of Parking and 8 acres of Fields…. so you can always camp!’

JANUARY

Natter Night: Wednesday 19th January, 6:30 pm

The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Sussex Chapter held their monthly Natter Night on the 19th January at the Fox & Hounds, Haywards Heath. The members present, and those who joined by Zoom, were delighted to welcome representatives of both Matthew 25 Mission and SERV Sussex.

Andrew Walker of the Eastbourne based charity Matthew 25 Mission spoke of the very serious work they do with homeless people, helping them rebuild broken lives. Michael Hepworth and Neil Hayward both Trustees of SERV Sussex spoke about the lifesaving work they do by providing transportation for blood and other urgent medical items. A very humbling meeting and admiration for the selfless work these guys do.  

The members of WSMBA Sussex Chapter agreed to provide regular monthly donations to each of these organisations and to set up, and to promote an Electronic Raffle to be drawn on 15th June 2022 with all proceeds split between these two organisations. 

2021

DECEMBER

Widows Sons Sussex Chapter Family/Xmas meal

The Venue:
The Fox and Hounds, Fox Hill, Haywards Heath, RH16 4QY
01444 413342

Christmas Toy Run: Sunday 19th

These bins are currently located at the following sites

  • Eastbourne Masonic Centre, 15 South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UJ
  • The Custom Cafe, Barnhorn Road, Bexhill on Sea TN39 4QR
  • East Grinstead Masonic Centre, St James’s Road, East Grinstead RH19 1DL
  • Sussex Independent Financial Advisers, Down ward House, 16 George Street, Hailsham, BN27 1AE
  • Masonic Hall, East Ascent, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0DR
  • For details of how to make a donation of toys to the relevant collection point, call 01323 441788

NOVEMBER

Natter Night: Wednesday 24th

Dear Brother and Cornerstone

I am pleased to invite you to a WSMBA Natter Night/Meeting on Wednesday 24th October 2021 from 6pm. This will be an ideal opportunity to have a short meeting to discuss the business in hand, followed by a social get-together.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to attend.

My telephone number is 07860 490634, my email address is president@wsmbasussex.com.I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Yours S & F

Karl Hopper-Young, President Sussex Chapter

The Venue:
The Fox and Hounds, Fox Hill, Haywards Heath, RH16 4QY
01444 413342

If you’re looking to tuck into great quality pub food near you in cosy and comfortable surroundings, catch up with friends, or enjoy a quiet mid-week drink, The Fox and Hounds in Fox Hill should be your first port of call.

This local pub in Fox Hill is a great spot for good quality pub food and family gatherings. Located close to the A272, this welcoming pub near you is the ideal place to relax and refuel in front of the fire after a long day exploring South Downs National Park, Borde Hill Garden, or Mid Sussex Golf Club.

With a spacious beer garden, this local pub is the ideal location for good quality pub food with a warm welcome, all year round. Take your pick from a wide selection of delicious dishes on our fixed price lunch and dinner menu, as well as buffet choices, kids menu, vegetarian & vegan menu and our special Sunday menu.

Near Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, with plenty of free car parking on site, The Fox and Hounds is the ultimate place to eat, drink, and relax, no matter what the occasion.

We’re just a 7-minute drive from Haywards Heath train station. Head southwest on Market Place towards Bannister Way then continue onto Boltro Road, take a slight left onto Munster Green North/B2272 and then turn right onto The Broadway/B2272. Use any lane to turn slightly left onto South Road/B2272 and, at the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto Sussex Road/B2112. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Fox Hill/B2112.

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