Three Day Bike Tour of Wales – Recap

Some of the riders at the start

The Participants Bright eyed and ready for their trip.

On the 3rd May 2013 a group of bikers from all over the UK met up in Connah’s Quay, North Wales for a three day sponsored tour of Wales for the benefit of Combat Stress.

Combat Stress is the leading UK charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health. They are currently supporting just over 5,000 ex-Service men and women. This includes 637 who served in Iraq and 284 who served in Afghanistan.

While the event was organised by some Freemason’s who are bikers, it was open to all, and in total there was roughly 40 bike’s taking part in the event.


waved off by Lord and Lady Barry Jones

Lord & Lady Barry Jones turned up to see the Participants on their way.

The tour started off from the Masonic Lodge at Connah’s Quay where they were waved off by Lord and Lady Barry Jones. The Bikers followed the coastline of North Wales, with a quick stop over to Anglesey, before continuing down the coast to Aberystwyth where They spent the night, also throwing an impromptu Live music concert in the nearest pub to where they were staying.





Some of the bikes leaving Brecon

Leaving Brecon

The second day saw them continuing along the coast of Wales, visiting Swansea, and Cardiff where they met Falklands veteran Simon Weston, then on to Brecon where they stopped for the second night, before heading north up Wales on the final leg of their tour ending up where they started in Connah’s Quay, after a trip of roughly 550 Miles over 3 Days.



Between sponsorship, Lodge donations and the end of tour entertainment evening, over £15,500 was raised. all of which went to Combat Stress since everyone taking part paid for their own petrol, food, and accommodation.


On The Road

bikes in barmouth

Pitstop in Barmouth


The Official 3 Day Tour of Wales Website can be seen HERE

Freemasons help those still homeless after the North Wales floods


PRESS RELEASE: – 10 April 2013

Freemasons to help local families still homeless because of last year’s floods

Many people in North Wales are still suffering as a result of the floods that hit last November, with families remaining homeless. The Province of North Wales has joined together with The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, a national grant-maker, to donate £13,000 to those affected.
Freemasons in the local area have raised £3,000, in addition, the President of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has also approved a grant of £10,000 to help the St Asaph & Ruthin Flood Appeals. This money will be used to help families who have been made homeless, many of whom have young children.

On Tuesday 27th November 2012, North Wales was struck by a period of torrential rain, bursting the banks of the River Elwy causing flooding in the St Asaph and Ruthin area. The event was reported as the biggest disaster to hit North Wales since the Towyn floods of 1990. One person was killed and over 1,100 people were affected, with 451 properties flooded.

The Provincial Grand Master for North Wales – Ieuan Redvers Jones stated, “We have witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the floods in the St Asaph and Ruthin area and four months on we are eager to help those families who are still homeless. We hope that this £13,000 will provide them with much needed items, and that soon they will be able to return to their homes. Freemasons care about their local communities and we are very happy to be able to help in this way.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity donates £2.5million to charitable causes every year.

3 Day Motorcycle Tour of Wales


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The Official 3 Day Tour of Wales Website can be seen HERE

Kids Need to Read Tweetathon

Greetings and Salutations Dear Constant Reader, Can I call you CR for short? Why? Oh its because I am lazy that’s why. In university they group I hung out with would shorten everyone’s name to just three letters out of laziness (e.g.. mig,sal,pen,col,mem,ben,bob,etc..) As a more experienced Adult I have improved on this system and reduced everyone to just two letters.

But to more serious matters. KIDS NEED TO READ!. Reading is an amazing experience, it opens up new ideas, lets your mind travel to distant lands, or times, it allows you to experience all kinds of adventures in that most powerful of virtual realities “The Human Imagination“. Therefore it is the utmost importance that we all do whatever we can to help encourage and enable the newer generations to discover the wonders of a good book. And as part of doing our bit, we here at the Ninja Temple would like to bring your attention to the efforts of “Hyde and Geek” @hydeandgeek and his 36 Hour Tweetathon in aid of “Kids Need To Read” Which you have to admit is a very noble and worthy cause. He raised $2000 for them during the 2010 Tweetathon, so lets see if he can do better this year.

Now, I shall hand you over to Scott courtesy of his Blog over at Or you could just jump to the link giving this years details HERE. The text below is taken directly off Scott’s site.

The 2011 Kids Need to Read 36-Hour Tweetathon is officially going to take place from Thursday, May 19th at noon through Friday, May 20th at midnight.

For those who missed out on the fun in 2010, I’ll recap the basic idea. (More details can be found in the FAQ.) I will be sitting in front of my computer for 36 hours straight and tweeting at least once every 10 minutes for the duration of that time to encourage people to donate money to Kids Need to Read through a charity page that will be set up specifically for the Tweetathon. What will I do for 36 hours? That’s sort of random. Last year, I asked geek trivia questions, posted photos (some of them embarrassing) and made a general fool of myself. This year, well… we’ll just see how it goes, shall we?

Just be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss out on all the geeky fun!