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Stonecutters Update - 24 May 2024

2024 started with a conveyor belt like series of storms, bringing very dangerous road conditions to the South West of England. A few of our members managed to travel to The Green Dragon for our first Natter Night of the year, however, most members were unable to safely travel due to the flash floods caused by the storms. The Chapter Officers all managed to attend their planning meeting. We have some interesting rides and events planned for 2024, which will be anounced at our next Natter Night.

Although the weather curtailed our riding, it did not impacted our Freemasonry.  On 25 January, members of the Stonecutters visited New Temple Lodge No. 8435 in Swindon, to see one of our Masonic Cornerstones, "Princess" being passed to the Second Degree. On 26 January, members of the Stonecutters visited Highworth Royal Arch Chapter No. 9009 to see "Spanner" being exhalted into Royal Arch Freemasonry, while the non-Royal Arch Freemasons and our partners met for our monthly quiz night.

The Stonecutters held our Annual Easter Egg Run on Saturday 9th March, where we delivered Easter Eggs to Julia's House Children's Hospice in Devizes. It was great to see all our friends at Julia's House. The following weekend, four of our members travelled to Duncarron Medieval Fort, the home of the Branded Widows Son. The were privileged to be nominated to be Branded as Widows Sons during the Annual Branding Ceremony which is run by Widows Sons Scotland. The weather at Duncarron was very cold and wet, but that did not detract from the ceremony itself.  

The Chapter assembled in the early hours of 24th March to meet up with members of our daughter Chapter, the Quarrymen (from Dorset) for a ride to Loomies Motorcycle Cafe. When we arrived, we were met by members of most Widows Sons Chapters that are based in the South of England. We had a great catch up over a bacon and egg butty and a tea or coffee. Finally, our Immediate Past President, "Ozzy" presented a cheque for £150 to the Dan Payne Memorial Fund which is a small, local cancer support charity.  

On Sunday 21 April 2024, the Stonecutters met at Devizes Masonic Hall for our "Great Provincial Rideout." We visited every Masonic Hall that is currently in use. We stopped at each Masonic Hall to take a group photograph as "proof" of our visit. The route was approximately 160 miles long and with photo stops, breaks and fuel stops took seven hours. The "Great Provincial Rideout" was in support of the Wiltshire 2028 Festival Appeal and raised £510 by the day. Kind donations can still be made at .

May was quite a blur of a month due to good weather facilitating more rides and quite a lot of masonic activity amongst our members. We started the month with the Raising (Ceremony of the Third Degree) for one of our Cornerstones, "Bambi" which coincided with the 20th Anniversary of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association in England and Wales. We also rode on Bank Holiday for our lunch and while we were at it we patched "Standown!" as a Widows Son.

One of our members was installed as Master of his Lodge, while another was Proclaimed in office for a second term. Our Royal Arch Masons also attended Provincial Grand Chapter and we had a member Installed, our Secretary was Exalted (joined the Royal Arch) and a further six Stonecutters became joining members of St Alhelm Chapter No 2888. We also rode to visit Weymouth Veterans Hub with our daughter Chapter, the Quarrymen. In all, a very busy month.

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