Upcoming Events 2022

SEPTEMBER

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.

Over the years the separate lodges acquired and inherited many contemporary and historic masonic artefacts and ephemera. Once the temple was established these were all brought together in the lodge of instruction room at the rear of the building. As the collection continued to grow, space was an ongoing problem. In 1919 the East Kent Masters Lodge No.3931 was consecrated in Canterbury and its first Master was Colonel Fiennes Stanley Wykeham Cornwallis, (later the first Lord Cornwallis), the Provincial Grand Master of the time. After seeing the growing collection of masonic artefacts and books, he conceived the idea of the Kent Provincial Library & Museum. Both Maidstone – the County town and location of the Provincial office and Bromley – the home of a large number of lodges, were considered as suitable places. However the Provincial Grand Master decided that Canterbury was the proper location.

It was not long before the Provincial minutes show that an appeal was set up to raise funds “to house”, as the Provincial Grand Master put it, “the many treasures that lodges, the Province and its private members had collected over the years for all to see.” He also wanted them to remain in masonic care.

1920 saw the Province of Kent form a fundraising committee under the chairmanship of W.H. East of Dover, supported by secretary H.C. Page and treasurer H. Biggleston, both of Canterbury. Over the next 5 years the Provincial minutes acknowledge the receipt of many gifts from lodges and the appeal fund, “doing well”, but without the mention of specific totals. However, in 1925 the accounts of the Province showed the sum of £1,036 4s 11d being paid to Bro Edward Dean of St Augustine’s Lodge No. 972 for the purchase of the garden of 34 St Peters Street, Canterbury for the Library & Museum at Canterbury. In 1930 an architect, Bro F.G. Haywood of Market Square, Dover, was appointed to plan and oversee the construction of the building. The main contractors were W.W. Martin of Ramsgate and G.H. Denne & Son of Walmer. The Provincial Grand Master, The Lord Cornwallis, was by this time also the Deputy Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England and when the old Grand Library and Museum in Great Queen Street, London was demolished to make room for the new Grand Temple and Connaught Rooms, he acquired the stained glass windows, internal doors and most of the showcases for Canterbury.

The solid oak entrance doors were donated by a Worshipful Bro Jimmy Edwards and came from St Mary’s College, part of the Jesuit Monastery in Hales Place, Canterbury, which was also being demolished at the time. June 1932 saw the building completed and £2,900 was paid to the contractors from the Province’s general fund. The total cost including the land is recorded as £3,936 4s 11d. The Kent Library & Museum of Freemasonry was officially opened by the Provincial Grand Master on April 19th 1933.

The collection has continued to grow and now boasts more than 3,000 pieces of masonic paintings, literature, regalia, glassware and ceramics. 2012 Redevelopment After an extensive eighteen month redevelopment programme the Kent Museum of Freemasonry was reopened to the public on September 14th 2012. Using existing funds and a magnificent donation from an anonymous benefactor the doors were closed on June 3rd 2011 and the work of clearing the contents to safe storage commenced immediately.

An experienced team was assembled to carry out the redevelopment. Professional building consultant, Tony Taylor, oversaw the planning and construction. Curator and Librarian, Tony Periton, managed the safe removal storage and return of the vast collection of masonic artefacts, books and documents and is attending to its redisplay. Both Tonys worked closely with Vice President Charles Boxer to oversee the design and construction of the exhibition display area. During the closure period two new appointments were made to spread the growing workload, namely Jeff Davis as Assistant Librarian and Sarah Blatter as Assistant Curator.

David Anning, the Treasurer of the Kent Masonic Library and Museum Trust kept a tight hold of the purse strings, as Financial Controller for the entire project. The electronic recording of all artefacts, books and documents continued under the guiding hand of John Andrews, the Secretary to the Trust, whilst Eddie baker, the Operations Manager, kept the back office running. The first change that is evident to previous visitors is the striking new entrance from St Peter’s Place, which catches the eye of the thousands of passers-by who walk, cycle and drive past every week. As well as a bigger library space and the new audio-visual displays designed to provide visitors with an overview of Freemasonry and its presence and history in Kent, the refurbishment included a timber-framed balcony creating a separate workspace for the curator and his team resulting in an enlarged exhibition display area.

 

Parking: There is ample public car parking available nearby.

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8 am. Meet at Polegate Service Station, BN26 6QL, off the Cophall Roundabout at the junction of the A22 / A27.

8.45 am. Meet fellow riders at 1066 Café on the A21, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5JH.

Other pick-ups on route can be arranged as required

Distance Directions

Start: Polegate BN26 6QL, UK

0.0 Head north on Polegate Filling Sta toward Hailsham Rd

0.0 Turn right onto Hailsham Rd

0.1 At Cop Hall Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Polegate Bypass/A27

1.7 At Golden Jubilee Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Pevensey Bypass/A27

3.0 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Wartling Rd

2.4 Continue onto Wartling Hill

0.4 Turn right onto Boreham Ln

1.5 Turn right to stay on Boreham Ln

0.0 Slight right onto Boreham Hill/A271

0.9 Turn left onto A271

5.4 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto London Rd/A2100

3.0 At John’s Cross Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A21

Destination will be on the left

0.3 Arrive: Robertsbridge TN32 5JH, UK

Section time: 32 mins 41 s, Total time: 32 mins 41 s

Start: Robertsbridge TN32 5JH, UK

0.0 Head northwest on A21 toward Poppinghole Ln

1.9 At Northbridge Street Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A21

2.5 Turn right onto A229

7.8 At Wilsley Pound Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Sissinghurst Rd/A262

3.0 Turn left onto Frittenden Rd/Hareplain Rd

Continue to follow Frittenden Rd

2.2 Continue onto Bell Ln

2.0 Continue onto Smarden Bell Rd

3.4 Turn left onto Smarden Rd

2.3 Continue onto Pluckley Rd

1.2 Continue onto Station Rd

0.2 Turn left onto Maidstone Rd/A20

0.3 At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Northern Bypass/A252

8.8 Continue onto Canterbury Rd/A28

Continue to follow A28

Distance Directions

3.5 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Ashford Rd/A28

Continue to follow A28

1.8 At Wincheap Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Rheims Way/A290

0.3 Keep right to stay on Rheims Way/A290

0.0 At St Peter’s Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto St Peter’s Pl/A290

Destination will be on the right

0.1 Arrive: Saint Peter’s Place, Canterbury CT1 2DA, UK

Section time: 1 hours 11 mins, Total time: 1 hours 44 mins

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Please email secretary@wsmbasussex.com if you plan or hope to join this ride. It is hoped that our Sussex Chapter Road Captain, Simon Rideout may be able to lead this rideout but this will be based on his work commitments with Sussex Police. Please ensure that you provide either on the day or preferably before, details of who to contact in the event of an emergency. On the day, should you encounter any problems, please ring Karl Hopper-Young direct on 07860490634.

Sussex Chapter WSMBA Sunday Rideout, 25th September 2022

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

At Ace Cafe London we welcome all who share our passion, based upon the rich traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock n’ roll. Established in 1938, today the Ace has become “the home” for petrolheads and is known as the world´s most famous motor cafe. All Ace venues, whilst catering locally for their crowds, share the true Ace Cafe spirit and, with privilege and pride, invite you all to be part of it. Though the way of expressing oneself, the music and the machines have changed over the last decades, the spirit and motivation remains the same, individual and authentic. So set the wheels in motion and take a journey with us through the unique Ace Cafe experience!

The Ace Cafe was used as a location in the 1964 film The Leather Boys, Sidney J. Furie’s British gay interest kitchen sink drama, starring Rita Tushingham. In the past it has been used for the Channel 5 TV programme Fifth Gear in the seasons 10 to 13 (September 2006 until March 2008), and for ITV programme Used Car Roadshow. It has also featured in the BBC television series By Any Means with Charley Boorman; mentioned as a favourite for Ewan McGregor by his wife in the documentary, Long Way Down; and the 2008 film Freebird.

The cafe also featured in an edition of Car SOS – Season 1, Episode 9, presented by Tim Shaw, filmed during 2012 and shown in the UK on at least one TV channel – National Geographic. The episode depicted the secret restoration of a decaying Ford Zodiac Mk1, which was then unveiled and presented to the unsuspecting owner in the car park, close to the building entrance.

Motoring TV presenters Edd China and Mike Brewer filmed at Ace Cafe on a Hot Rod night in early

2014 during a sequence to sell a Chevrolet Camaro, part of Wheeler Dealers series 1

8 am. Meet at Polegate Service Station, BN26 6QL, off the Cophall Roundabout at the
junction of the A22 / A27.
8.30 am. Meet fellow riders at East Sussex National Golf Course, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22
5ES.
Other pick-ups on route can be arranged as required
Distance Directions
Start: Polegate BN26 6QL, UK
0.0 Head north on Polegate Filling Sta toward Hailsham Rd
0.0 Turn right onto Hailsham Rd
0.1 At Cop Hall Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A22
1.6 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Hailsham Bypass/A22
0.7 At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Hailsham Bypass/A22
1.2 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A22
5.5 At Shaw Roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A22
2.4 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
Destination will be on the left
0.4 Arrive: Uckfield TN22 5ES, UK
Section time: 20 mins 48 s, Total time: 20 mins 48 s
Start: Uckfield TN22 5ES, UK
0.0 Head north
0.4 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Uckfield Bypass/A22
0.6 At Little Horsted Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Uckfield Bypass/A22
0.5 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Uckfield Bypass/A22
2.3 At Black Down Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Maresfield Bypass/A22
0.7 At Batts Bridge Roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Maresfield Bypass/A22
1.0 At Lampool Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Horney Common Rd/A22
Continue to follow A22
5.2 Turn left onto Hindleap Ln
1.2 Turn left onto Plawhatch Ln
1.3 Continue onto Top Rd
0.9 Continue onto The Hollow
0.4 Continue onto Chapel Row
0.2 Continue onto Selsfield Rd
1.2 Turn right onto Selsfield Rd/B2028
Go through 1 roundabout
1.1 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto North St/B2028
Continue to follow B2028
2.4 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Copthorne Common Rd/A264
1.5 At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Copthorne Way/A264
0.4 At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Copthorne Way/A264
0.2 At Crawley Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto the M23 ramp to London/Gatwick Airport
0.3 Keep right at the fork and merge onto M23
8.8 Take the exit onto M25 toward M4/M1/Heathrow Arpt/Watford
Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
16.2 Keep right to stay on M25
4.2 Keep right to stay on M25
15.4 At junction 16, exit onto M40 toward Uxbridge/London (W)
Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
2.7 Continue onto Western Ave/A40
Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
Distance Directions
8.5 Keep left to continue on Greystoke Park Terrace
0.2 At Hanger Lane Gyratory, take the 2nd exit onto N Circular Rd./A406
0.8 Take the exit toward Park Royal (N)/Park Royal (W)
0.1 Turn left onto Abbey Rd
0.0 Turn right onto N Circular Rd
Destination will be on the left
0.1 Arrive: London NW10 7UD, UK
Section time: 1 hours 43 mins, Total time: 2 hours 3 mins
Additional Directions:
Ace Corner is the junction off Beresford Avenue and the old North Circular Road, between the A40
and the A404 (Harrow Road).
Travelling anticlockwise on the North Circular Road: After the traffic lights at Brentfield Road (where
you’ll see Ikea and McDonald’s) take the second exit. Turn right, then right again onto the old North
Circular Road. The Ace is 100 yards on the left. Travelling clockwise on the North Circular Road: Take
the first exit after Hanger Lane and continue going northeast up the old North Circular Road. The Ace
is 800 yards on the left, or take the second exit, turn left, then turn right onto the old North Circular
Road. 100 yards to the Ace.
Parking:
There is a large car park in front of the café. If this is full, drive to the mini roundabout and into
Beresford Avenue which is behind the café where you will find parking on street.
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Please email secretary@wsmbasussex.com if you plan or hope to join this ride.
It is hoped that our Sussex Chapter Road Captain, Simon Rideout may be able to lead this rideout but
this will be based on his work commitments with Sussex Police.
Please ensure that you provide either on the day or preferably before, details of who to contact in
the event of an emergency.
On the day, should you encounter any problems, please ring Karl Hopper-Young direct on 07860
490634.

 

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.

 

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.

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)

NATTER NIGHT: THURSDAY 22ND

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

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

Past Events

AUGUST

Dan's BBQ August 14th, 1PM

JULY

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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