About us

We are now the sOUTH wALES Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association Grand Chapter

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About us

The Widows Sons South Wales Chapter has held its original charter since 26th February 2011.

On 16th October 2021 we were fully chartered and fully recognised as the MRA Chapter for the Province of South Wales and Province of Monmouthshire, Wales.

The Widows Sons is quite simply a motorcycle-riding club. We are a non-brand specific riding Association, so no matter what brand of motorcycle you ride, as long as you are a Master Mason in good standing, you are welcome as a member.

We also have Associate membership open to non-riding Masons. We are an internationally based group of independent Masons who have joined together to simply share the thrill of riding with other members of our fraternity.

We do not intend to speak for or represent any Masonic body. We simply want to share our passion for riding with all other Masons who ride and have some fun while we do it.

We are not a 1% club. We are just a social riding club, which happens to have set one of its membership requirements to include being a Master Mason in good standing.

Our name comes from certain aspects of our Fraternity, it is not intended to install fear or appear threatening in any way.

We are not territorial and do not condone illegal activities by our members. All we ask is that our members act in a way that will reflect well on our Association, our Fraternity and motorcycling in general.

We have a club patch comprised of a picture and the words, “Widows Sons” and the name of our local Chapter. We also wear a Square & Compass patch (as we are entitled to do as Masons) to denote our personal fraternal affiliation. This is not a part of our ‘colours’; it is simply a common custom among members of our Fraternity to wear this symbol.

We strive to be friends and on good terms with ALL other clubs and riders we share the road with. We realise that wearing a patch is a serious matter and wear them appropriately. We understand there are clubs that have been around for many years and we respect that ­ Totally! We realise we are able to enjoy many of our riding freedoms thanks to the many clubs and riders that have been ‘in the wind’ before us.

Our patch allows other clubs to know who we are and where we are from. We wear the name of our Chapter simply to identify where we are from not to claim any territory.

In an effort to make sure all clubs understand our purpose we have contacted the NCOM and the COC to make them aware of our existence and our purpose. We ask all our members to wear their patch proudly and to always show respect for all other clubs and riders. We do not take sides or involve ourselves when it comes to other clubs politics. We do not claim ‘turf’ or territory.

Our members are also individually, members of MAG, HOG, AMA and other similar motorcycling associations. We come from all walks of life, including veterans of our Armed Forces.

If any prospective members or other clubs have any questions or would like more information about the Widows Sons we encourage them to contact us, we look forward to working with everyone in the motorcycling community to protect all our rights.

Our Founders


Bro. Philip Popp – Past President

W. Bro. Ed Shepherd – President, Treasurer


Bro. Dai Tester – Vice President

W.Bro Richard John Beecher - Sergeant at Arms


Our Officers


Phillip Popp


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Ed Sheppard

President & Treasurer

ian tester

Dai Tester

Vice President


Richard Beecher

Sgt At Arms


Steve Hampson


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Gareth Price

Road Captain