The Widows Sons ride into Town

It was a quiet and glorious sunny day at Provincial Office on The Esplanade, when suddenly the thunder of Motor Bikes was heard as the Durham Masonic Motorcyclists (DMM) rode in to present a cheque for £250 to The Festival Director John Thompson.

The group was formed in January 2015 by members of Freemasons Lodges within the Province of Durham. They are the Durham Chapter of The Widows Sons of Great Britain.

The first Chapter of The Widows Sons was founded in the United States of America in 1999. The association quickly grew in popularity and spread across the States and into Canada.

The Widows Sons arrived in Great Britain in 2004 formed by a group of Masons in the Nottinghamshire area. Since then they have grown substantially and now cover most of the UK.

The cheque was presented by Chapter President Trevor Harbottle and members of the Durham Chapter, Trevor explained that the Chapter had only formed a few months ago but they were very keen to support the Festival.

John thanked them for the kind and generous donation and explained that the money would be put to good use in supporting our 2021 Festival Campaign for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. He further explained that although we don’t launch for another 7 months the support has been tremendous  from the Brethren of Durham with donations already in excess of £620,000.

The Widows Sons then had a detailed tour of The Provincial Museum from Adam Lamb followed by an ample selection of cakes supplied by Chapter member John Watts.

If you want to know more about the Widows Sons follow the link

Aims & Objectives

Their aim is to raise funds through donations, organised events and social activities to support Masonic charities and raise awareness of Freemasonry within the community.

They hope to assist neighbouring provinces and national chapters of The Widows Sons in their endeavours to encourage growth and prosperity within the fraternity.

Above all Durham Masonic Motorcyclists hope to combine their passion for biking and their enthusiasm for Freemasonry, enabling them to promote both within the Province of Durham.