Durham Chapter of The Widows Sons were asked by Billingham Masonic Halls and Provincial Office to help promote TLC Teddies.
We collected a giant bear from Hartlepool Hospital and formed a bike escort to deliver it to Stockton Hospital where it was received by doctors and nurses to be part of a promotion display within the entrance of the hospital.
We certainly received some strange looks from commuters early on Monday morning, riding with a 6 foot Teddy Bear as pillion.
THANK YOU: Freemasons of the Province of Durham have, for more than a decade been supplying TLC Teddy Bears to A&E…
Posted by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust on Monday, 15 October 2018
Durham Chapter Ride Warden Gary Elgie arranged a RideOut over the North Yorkshire Moors to Scarbrough and then on to Squires Cafe near Leeds.
North area members met at Boldon at 9.30 for breakfast and coffee – We then set off to meet southern members at Wolviston.
We rode across the North York Moors National Park and down into Scarbrough for Fish & Chips. We then headed to Squires Cafe at Newthorpe near Leeds.
It was a fine day with 9 members and three friends riding and covering over 200 miles – Great comradery and a truly Masonic day out.
A very wet ride from Sunderland on the North East coast across to Maryport on the North West coast where the sun was shining and the roads were dry.
In all, it was a great day despite the initial weather, well planned by our VP John Stevenson.
This year the National Widows Sons Rally was hosted by Northern Ireland Chapter in Belfast Northern Ireland.
Members of Durham Chapter rode across the Uk to meet with the ferry at Cainryan.
On the Saturday our V.President John Stevenson attended the Presidents Meeting, then the “Party Started” and we drank a couple of Guiness’s !!
The weather for the organised RideOut and/or “Open top” bus tour was terrible and most were soaked.
However, Sunday weather was much improved so a few of us headed to Portrush and The Giants Causeway, stopping of course for coffee & cakes.
Well done Northern Ireland Chapter for a well organised and fun weekend.
Bikewise is an annual event held by Durham Police Force at their HQ in Durham City. http://www.bikewise.org.uk
Again, Past President Den Riley organised a stand at this event which was very well attended by motorcycle enthusiasts and their families.
A lot of interest was shown from the public both in our Association and Freemasonry in general, in all, a great advert for both.
The tide times were perfect for a causeway crossing to Holy Island – Lindisfarne, the birth place of Christianity in the UK
RideOut up the North East Coast in great weather – The bikes all had a good wash down afterwards as the causeway was still wet with salt water.
In all – A great day out on the bikes !