The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (MBA) is an organisation established for Freemasons who have a passion for motorcycling. To qualify for membership you need to be a Master Mason of (or recognised by) the United Grand Lodge of England, in good standing in your own Lodge and run a road-worthy motorbike capable of maintaining the national speed limit. Basically, we are a masonic association.
The term 'riding' is of Viking origin and derives from "Threthingr" meaning a third part. The Ridings Chapter is an autonomous group with its own set of by-laws, but is part of a wider community. The Widows Sons has over 1,000 members in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It has been growing at a phenomenal rate since its establishment in 2004 as Freemasons realise the benefits of mixing their interest with the Craft and motorcycling. Our only motorcycling affiliation is to the BMF (British Motorcyclists Federation).
In the Ridings Chapter we have over 35 members and cover the entire age range, professions and motorcycle brands. Our activities include ride outs, rallies (including the Widows Sons MBA National Rally), Wednesday nights at Squire's Cafe (Sherburn), Friday nights at Strawberry Fields Cafe (York), as well as socials with other Chapters. Basically, if you are a Mason in Yorkshire, possess a motorbike and a sense of humour we'd like to hear from you. And yes, we even allow brethren with Harleys and BMWs to join!
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