Upcoming Events 2024

MAY

JUNE

WSMBA Sussex Chapter Natter Night/Meeting Tuesday 18th June 2024 from 7.00 pm

Dear Brother and Cornerstone
I am pleased to invite you to a WSMBA Natter Night/Meeting on Tuesday 18th
June 2024 from 7 pm for our Chapter Officers Meeting followed by Natter.
This will be an ideal opportunity to have a short meeting to discuss the
business in hand, followed by a social get-together.
The venue is The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Near Lewes, East
Sussex BN8 5RX. Telephone 01273 812040
Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to attend to enable a
decision to be taken on which room to book for the meeting.
My telephone number is 07860 490634, my email address is
secretary@wsmbasussex.com.
I look forward to hearing from you very soon.
Yours S & F


AGENDA

Introduce any new Members and Cornerstones

Apologies

Acceptance of Draft Minutes from 16th April 2024

President’s report – DMcL

Secretary’s report – KHY

Treasurer’s report – AK

Charity Stewards report – JC

Almoner’s report – AD

Chaplain’s report – JB

Proposed rides / events – All

WSMBA National Rally. Newton Abbot, Devon. Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2024 – All

Barford Court Summer Fayre. Sunday 21st July 2024 from 1 to 5 pm.

Dover Transport Museum – Sunday 15th September 2024

Walk around Beachy Head Lighthouse followed by BBQ on beach. Sunday 21st September 2024.

Fundraising events and raffles – (All)

Fundraising for Minnie Shaw (granddaughter of GT) – KHY. Link to fundraising shown below

Charities – Sussex SERV and DocBikeNext Meeting – TBC

It would be much appreciated if you could kindly confirm as soon as possible whether you will be in attendance by sending an email to secretary@wsmbasussex.com. Thank you.

The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Near Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5RX.

JULY

WSMBA National Rally 2024

Fri 19 Jul 2024 12:00 PM – Sun 21 Jul 2024 6:00 PM

Newton Abbot RFC, TQ12 3SJ
Description
Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association National Rally 2024

The Annual Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Flagship Event returns in 2024 bigger than ever hosted by our WestCountry chapters Stonecutters, Pilgrims, Wyvern, Quarrymen and Brycgstow

Location will be Newton Abbot Rugby Club in Devon – Real Ale and Cider will be on Tap from one of our 2 bars aswell as all the usuals. We have a number of catering Vans onsite all weekend aswell as Rally stalls

Bands will fill the marquee Friday and Saturday night with our annual Rideout this time taking you across Dartmoor National Park Saturday morning and Widows Sons Lodge Meeting held on the Saturday afternoon.we have a number of games planned so get your Tug’O’War teams ready

make sure your bikes are nice and shiny as we are also hosting a bike Show with all winners receiving Trophies.

Hotels

There is a hotel within walking distance from the Rally Location Premier Inn Newton Abbot Racecourse – also 1mile away from the venue is The Passage House Hotel.

Merch

T-Shirts are available to Pre order we are also this year having a small batch of Challenge Coins made up these are limited number and once gone will not be remade. (Designs are subject to change)

WIDOWS SONS 20th ANNIVERSARY 

Limited edition 20th anniversary patches and T-shirts available . These will be pre order only (Designs are subject to change. Chapters formed in 2024 will be added to the final design)

This event is open to all WSMBA members supporters and invited guests only. 

 

– All children must be kept under control, any Over the Age of 16 require a full Adult Ticket

 

– NO DOGS ALLOWED ON SITE

 

– NO BBQS ALLOWED ON SITE (gas stoves permitted)

 

– THERE IS A HARD STANDING AREA FOR A NUMBER OF MOTORHOMES/ CARAVANS, DEPENDING ON TOTAL NUMBERS AWNINGS MAY BE RESTRICTED ON USE

 

– PLEASE INFORM THE RALLY COMMITTEE VIA EMAIL IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OR MOBILITY ISSUES (PRIORITY AREAS CAN BE PROVIDED CLOSER TO THE AMENITIES IF NEEDED)

 

– IT IS ADVISED THAT WHERE POSSIBLE ALL MEMBERS OF THE CHAPTER ARRIVE TOGETHER AS TENT AREA WILL BE PLACED IN ROWS WITH BIKES PARKED OPPOSITE.

 

 

 

 

**Event Terms and Conditions: Widow’s Sons MBA Exclusive Gathering**

 

1. **Attendance Eligibility:**

This event is exclusively open to members of the Widow’s Sons Masonic Bikers Association (MBA) and individuals who have received an official invitation. Non-members and non-invited individuals are not permitted to attend.

2. **Invited Guests:**

Invited guests must present a valid invitation at the event entrance for admission. Only individuals explicitly mentioned in the invitation are considered invited guests.

3. **Widow’s Sons MBA Membership Verification:**

All attendees claiming membership in the Widow’s Sons MBA may be required to provide proof of membership upon request. Attendees found to be falsely claiming membership will be denied entry.

4. **Non-Recognized Groups:**

This event is not open to non-recognized or unauthorized groups, organizations, or individuals. Any attempt to gain unauthorized access to the event will result in immediate removal.

5. **Event Conduct:**

All attendees are expected to adhere to respectful and courteous behavior throughout the event. Any disruptive behavior, harassment, or misconduct will lead to ejection from the premises.

6. **Event Management’s Discretion:**

The event organizers reserve the right to refuse entry or eject any individual who violates these terms and conditions or exhibits behavior deemed inappropriate.

7. **Security and Screening:**

For security reasons, all attendees may be subject to security screening at the entrance. Any attendee refusing to comply with the security screening will be denied entry.

8. **Photo and Video Consent:**

By attending the event, attendees consent to being photographed or recorded for promotional and documentation purposes.

9. **Liability Waiver:**

Attendees acknowledge and agree that they attend the event at their own risk. The event organizers, venue, and associated personnel shall not be held liable for any injury, loss, or damage to personal property.

10. **Changes to Event Details:**

The event organizers reserve the right to make changes to event details, including date, time, venue, and programming, if deemed necessary.

11. **Compliance with Laws:**

Attendees are required to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations during their attendance at the event.

12. **Termination of Access:**

 

Any violation of these terms and conditions may result in immediate termination of access to the event without refund.

By attending this event, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions. On NationalRally2024@gmail.com

 

SEPTEMBER

Past Events

2024

MARCH

FEBRUARY

WSMBA Sussex Chapter Natter Night/Meeting
Tuesday 13th February 2024 from 7.00 pm

2023

OCTOBER

DECEMBER

2024

JUNE

Sussex Chapter WSMBA D-Day Trip to France
Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th

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.

 

2023

SEPTEMBER

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTS

AUGUST

JULY

WSMBA National Rally 2023

Fri 28 Jul 2023 10:00 AM – Sun 30 Jul 2023 6:00 PM, Hull Ionians Rugby Club, HU15 1HX

JUNE

APRIL

Easter Egg Run, Sunday 9th

MAY

Scotty's Little Soldiers Charity

Lee Rigby Ride of Respect 2023

Sunday 21st May

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 15th from 7.00 pm

2022

DECEMBER

Toy Run, Saturday 10th December 2022

MTSFC (Masonic Trout & Salmon Fishing Club)

Having become involved in the MTSFC, our President, Karl Hopper-Young, was keen to co-opt other seasoned fishing enthusiasts from within the Sussex Chapter. He invited 3 of us, VP Dan McClusky and his father Jon Sewell plus Comms Officer, Roger White to Chalk Springs, Arundel for a spot of fly fishing with children from two special needs schools.

As with the last few events, the elements were not on our side. Torrential rain and floods accompanied the 50 mile trek for homes to the venue arriving at 7.30am to help set up for the day. Fortunately the weather improved as the morning progressed and was fine by the time the children arrived. The children were paired with casters and a good number of trout were caught after which the children were provided with lunch and presented with medals and certificates. What a great, rewarding experience.

NOVEMBER

WSMBA Sussex Chapter Natter Night/Meeting

Thursday 24th November 2022, 6.00 pm

OCTOBER

Sussex Chapter WSMBA Sunday Rideout, 2nd October 2022

Sussex Chapter WSMBA Sunday Rideout, Sunday 30th October 2022

Come and join us on a ride to the world famous Ace Café, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD, 0208 961 1000

SEPTEMBER

NATTER NIGHT: THURSDAY 22ND

Dear Brother and Cornerstone
I am pleased to invite you to a WSMBA Natter Night/Meeting on Thursday 22nd
September 2022 from 6 pm to 9 pm for our Chapter Officers Meeting followed
by Natter.
This will be an ideal opportunity to have a short meeting to discuss the
business in hand, followed by a social get-together.
The venue is The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Near Lewes, East
Sussex BN8 5RX. Telephone 01273 812040
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

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 and DocBike
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

Sussex Chapter WSMBA Sunday Rideout, 18th September

Come and join us on a ride to the Kent Museum of Freemasonry, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2DA. Tel: 01227 785625.

Open to all and located in the heart of Canterbury’s tourist route, you will find the Kent Museum of
Freemasonry close to the Westgate Towers and a five minute stroll from the Cathedral.
The museum is a hidden treasure which boasts a rare collection of exhibits of national and
international importance. Our collection of Masonic material is probably the finest in the UK outside
of London. The vast collection of regalia and books covers all Masonic orders through the ages.

OUR HISTORY
The history of the Kent Museum of Freemasonry can be traced to the latter end of the 19th Century. Speculative masonry has been present in Canterbury since 1730 when the city’s first lodge began meeting at the Red Lion Tavern which adjoined the old Guildhall in the High Street. According to Lanes Masonic record 1717-1894, no fewer than 3 private and 6 military lodges were consecrated in the city. In 1878 the Canterbury lodges, that until then had met in different public houses in the city such as the Kings Head and Brewers Arms, joined together to purchase their own premises near to the Westgate Towers at 38 St Peter’s Street. It was in the garden of this building that the Canterbury masonic temple was subsequently constructed in 1880.

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

AUGUST

Dan's BBQ August 14th, 1PM

JULY

BBQ: Sunday 10th July, 2 pm

We are delighted to invite you and your friends to a barbecue being arranged by and held at the home of Andy Brown, a fellow biker and Cornerstones member.

The address is 14 Mare Bay Close, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8EQ.

This is a cul de sac with parking on the road on a first come, first served basis. There is also space for one car on Andy’s driveway.

Please email secretary@wsmbasussex.com if you will be attending to enable numbers to be calculated.

JUNE

Natter Night: Wednesday 15th June, 7pm

Dear Brother and Cornerstone
I am pleased to invite you to a WSMBA Natter Night/Meeting on Wednesday
15th June 2022 at 6.30 pm for our Chapter Officers Meeting followed by Natter.
This will be an ideal opportunity to have a short meeting to discuss the
business in hand, followed by a social get-together.
The venue is The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Near Lewes, East
Sussex BN8 5RX. Telephone 01273 812040
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

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

Location

The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, Ringmer, Near Lewes,
East Sussex BN8 5RX

This is part of a small local chain of family-run pubs in East Sussex. The Cock Inn Nr Ringmer is run by the Ridley family. Parking is available.

“We pride ourselves on both our range of good pub food that is home-cooked and our wide selection of drinks. Here at The Cock Inn we usually keep three cask conditioned real ales and you will always find Harveys Best Bitter, together with regular guest beers – usually from some of the excellent local microbreweries and we are on the CAMRA Ale Trail. Take a look at our entry in the 2021 Good Pub Guide. We have also attained Cask Marque accreditation.

We have a good choice of lagers, ciders and wines by the glass or bottle plus prosecco and champagne together with a wide choice of soft drinks, teas and coffees.

Whatever your taste in food and drink, The Cock Inn has a dish and a beverage for every occasion and budget. Check out our menu and let us know if there is anything that you would like to see included. We are always happy to cater for special dietary requirements, please contact us before your visit so that we can discuss your requirements.

Our regular menu has several vegetarian dishes, one of which is vegan and we also have a vegan dessert on the menu. Our staff will be happy to check with our chefs and advise about ingredients for allergies and food intolerance’s. Please ask when ordering or ringing to make a reservation.

Whilst pre-ordering of food is not required, their menu is linked below for your information.

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

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.

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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