The primary purpose of the Widows Sons is to look after the Widows and Orphans of Masons, as well as provide a social and fraternal outlet for Freemasons who ride and desire to socialise with and travel the open roads with their brethren.
We allow a small percentage of non-mason members to ride along, as long as they promise to behave themselves.
Master masons in good standing who have made such progress in the Widows Sons as to become a full member.
The lady in every mason's life, the women who are there for and ride with us.
A few months riding with us to check your skills, before we let you loose in the pack.
The Widows Sons are a Masonic Rider’s Association and are NOT a MC, MCC or 1% club. We are still governed by the Book of Constitutions as defined by our respective masonic constitutions and abide by the various Presidents Councils that govern biking in South Africa. All cruiser, street, dual-purpose and sport motorbikes of at least 400cc in size are welcome, as long as they are street and highway legal.
Like every other Widows Sons Chapter, Hirams Ashlars sponsors or participates in local charity runs or events, and partakes in regular official rides throughout the year. In all cases, we strive to present a positive image of our Association and our Fraternity to the public at all times.
Widows Sons was founded in 1999 by a brother in North America who believed there was a need for a ‘Riders Association” made up of Masons with the purpose of looking after Widows and Orphans of Masons - nothing different to what Masonry teaches us.
SOUTH AFRICA - GRAND CHAPTER
With this as inspiration, the first Chapter was started in South Africa in 2010, with the inaugural ride on 18 July 2010 and simply called Widows Sons South Africa (WSSA). This Chapter is now the governing body or Grand Chapter. The original members have remained and all Presidents and Vice Presidents sit on the committee of the Grand Chapter.
WESTERN CAPE CHAPTER - THE HIRAM'S ASHLARS
As one can predict, no sooner was the WSSA founded there was a need to have other Chapters to cover the various geographic areas around the country. Hirams Ashlars Western Cape was founded on the 5th of May 2012, by six Brothers of which only three are left; Bro’s William Bowers, Etienne Bester, Aubrey Jacobs and Duane Firmani (deceased). This Chapter continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Other Chapters in South Africa: Central Gauteng Chapter (Knights of the Craft), East Rand Chapter (Sons of Hiram), Bloemfontein Chapter (Sons of Solomon), East Coast Chapter KZN (Tylers Swords) and the Eastern Cape Chapter (Spirit of Hiram).
WHY I'M A WIDOWS SON
RWBro Etienne (IPSO) Bester. As I believe in Faith, hope and Charity it’s pretty self explanatory that Brotherly Love, relief and truth stems from these principles. The Brotherhood of Freemasonry and the Widows Sons inculcate all of these principles and to share them with my extended family on an open road and even miles apart, make this fraternity an obvious choice for me.
WBro Mark Marillier. A brotherhood that stands for what I believe in, a bond that is stronger than blood. I believe that I am a better person because of the company that I choose to keep around me. I have found my home, I am a Widows Son and proud of it. WSFF1.
I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER
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Give us a shout
If you are interested in riding with us, even occasionally or would like to find out more about the various chapters, please complete this form or give us a call. Feel free to join us for a weekend breakfast run or simply meet us for a breakfast.
Our Breakfast Runs are the first Sunday of every month and are communicated via our Secretary each month.
Guardian of membership (Big D):
Club house: Tommy Rendle VC Shell Hole, corner of Koeberg & Stanberry Roads, Rugby, 7405
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him - 1 John 2:10-11
Aude Vide Tace. Hear, see, be silent.
Whom virtue unites, death will not separate
WIDOWS SONS SOUTH AFRICA
WESTERN CAPE CHAPTER
The Widows Sons are a Masonic Rider’s Association and are NOT a MC, MCC or 1%
and are still governed by the Book of Constitutions (UGLE) as defined by our
masonic constitutions. Furthermore, we do also abide by the various Presidents Councils that govern biking in South Africa.
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