The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (WSMBA) held their National Rally over the weekend of 26th to 28th July.
This year is the 15th Anniversary of the Association which was born in a small room in Goldsmith Street by 5 founder members. There are now 1000 members within 23 Chapters throughout the UK. This year the Rally, held in Lichfield, attracted 500 members, wives, partners and family and several Masonic and local dignitaries.
As with most National Rallies, the weather was not kind, but this didn’t dampen the spirits. Ride outs to the Triumph Factory, The National Memorial Arboretum (including the Masonic Garden) and the Peak District all went ahead despite the rain. Friends old and new partied into the night and some into the morning.
There is of course, a serious side to the event which is to raise money for Charities and the WSMBA are proud to announce that £17,000 was raised and will be distributed amongst the chosen Charities. This is in addition to the £147,685 that has been raised by Chapters over the last year.
The Widows Sons are a fast-growing association whose members hold all those Masonic virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth dear to their hearts. On a sourer note, 6 of our members on their way to the Rally were involved in an accident when their motor home overturned on the A38 close to Burton on Trent. A perfect stranger risked his own life by running across all 4 lanes of the road to smash the widows of the vehicle and pull the occupants from certain death, as ten seconds after they were pulled clear the vehicle exploded and burst into flames. The Widows Sons will be eternally grateful to this man for his bravery. We have his identity and will be making a personal thank you to him as soon as possible.