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ALMAS Temple Washington, DC

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.

Appeal for Volunteers, especially Music Lovers

For many years in the States, Shriners and their masonic and non masonic friends have teamed up with well known musicians in a project to raise thousands of pounds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Just prior to the pandemic the project was extended to the UK and Europe, there is not a lot of work involved, but you get to see concerts for free. As and when the opportunity arises I will provide further details.

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.

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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. 

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John Philip Sousa November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932 was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. He is known as the "American March King", Among his best-known marches are "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America), "Semper Fidelis" (official march of the United States Marine Corps), "The Liberty Bell", "The Thunderer", and "The Washington Post".

To listen to the Almas Mystic Shrine March Click below.

Meeting Dates


2nd Saturday of January Dartford

4th Saturday of May Dartford

3rd Sunday of July Welling

2nd Saturday of October Ryston

1st Saturday of December Dartford

28 May 2022 (Saturday) 

Dartford Masonic Centre, 

71 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ 

17 July 2022 (Sunday) 

Westwood Masonic Centre, 

168 Bellegrove Rd, Welling DA16 3RD 

8 October 2022 (Saturday) 

Masonic Hall, Ryston End, 

Downham Market, PE38 9AX 

3 December 2022 (Saturday) 

Dartford Masonic Centre, 

71 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ 

Meetings will also be arranged on other additional dates and at other venues if required. 

Due notice will be given.