All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners. Shriners International is a spin-off from Freemasonry, the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. Freemasonry dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen gathered after work in shelter houses, or lodges. Over time, the members organized into Masonic guilds and the tools of their trade – the square and compass – became the symbol of their brotherhood.

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Noble Steve Turner, PP

Fall 2017 Shriner Spotlight Award Recipient

In recognition of his outstanding dedication to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, Noble Steven John Turner of the U.K. Shrine Club in the United Kingdom (formally under Aahmes Shriners, and now under Almas), was named the recipient of the Shriner Spotlight Award for fall 2017.

Dartford Shrine Club

The Dartford Shrine Club was formed in 2007 after discussion between Nobles John Cornish and Mick Gosling who were members of the London Shrine Club and wanted to start a club in the South East.

Shriners History

On September 26, 1872, the first Temple in the United States was organized in the New York Masonic Hall. Charles T. McClenachan and Dr. Fleming had completed the ritual and propsed that the first temple be named Mecca. The original 13 Masons were made Charter Members of the Meccas Temple. 



Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need. Our backgrounds and interests are diverse, but we are bound together by our shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that can last a lifetime.

Meeting Dates

The Shriners meet on the following dates:

  • 14 April 2018 (Saturday,  Masonic Hall,               Ryston End, Downham Market, PE38 9AX)
  • 26 May 2018 (Saturday, Dartford Masonic         Centre, 71 West Hill, Dartford, DA1 2HJ) 
  • 22 July 2018 (Sunday, Westwood Masonic         Centre, 168 Bellegrove Road, Welling,               DA16 3RD) )
  • 13 October 2018 (Saturday, TBC)
  • 15 December 2018 (Saturday, TBC)

We also meet on additional meeting dates at various masonic venues when needed. Due notice are given for these.