“A child’s smile makes it all worthwhile"

Dear All,

A reminder that an Investiture of the International Order of St Stanislas and also of the Royal Confraternity of St Teotonio will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017. It will take place at St Cuthbert's Church, 50, Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London, SW5 9EB, starting at approximately 12:00.

On Sunday the 24th September there is an opportunity to take part in the WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WOOLMEN’S SHEEP DRIVE OVER LONDON BRIDGE, in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Woolmen’s Charitable Trust.

Note availability to participate in the Lord Mayors Sheep Drive is now extremely limited, both Pavlo V'Yalov and Ct Rolim are booked in to drive their sheep. The cost this year is £60, if you want to participate please send your £60 to my Nationwide account Sort Code 07 01 16 A/C 23154815. I need to know if you are a Freeman of the City and or a Liveryman, in which case I need the name of your Livery Company. There is no guarantee that there will be any availability after Saturday.


Steve Turner (President)

About the Shriners

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.

Throughout history both the Freemasons and Shriners have had a reputation for secrecy, but our mission is straightforward. Shriners are committed to:

  • Being the premier fraternal organization for men of good character.

  • Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie.

  • Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.

  • Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

In many cases, being a Shriner is a family tradition. Although Shriners International is a brotherhood, it has a family component. Many of the fraternity's activites are designed to involve family members, promoting our shared values and helping develop the next generation of community and business leaders.

A variety of affiliated groups for both women and children, emphasizing personal growth, fun and friendship participate with Shriners.

Shriners come from all walks of life.

We are plumbers and professionals, salesmen and CEOs.

We are fathers, uncles, and sons.

We are also brothers.

When you become a Shriner, you become part of a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and providing care for children and families in need. While our backgrounds and interests may be diverse, what binds us together are shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build bonds that last a lifetime.

In 1922, the Shriners dedicated themselves to providing expert medical care for children regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Today, that philanthropic effort supports 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children® across North America that provide specialized medical care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.

Many Shriners Hospitals for Children® are also premier medical research centres and are affiliated with top academic medical institutions in North America.

You may be surprised to know that Shriners count among their ranks presidents, senators, local business leaders, professional golfers, country music stars, astronauts and actors. But, we think it's just as important to be a leader in your personal life, to be a role model, to be a sounding board, and to simply be a friend.

As a Shriner, you will become part of a powerful network of mentors who can help you grow as a man, a father and a husband. You will develop relationships that benefit your business and help you reach your career goals. And you will find that you've become a mentor yourself, passing the lessons of leadership along to the next generation.

Throughout Shriners' history we have sought out men of integrity, character and strength.

We bring into the organization men who share our values and will help enhance the mission of Shriners International.

You will be surrounded by a network of like-minded men of great virtue.

You will thrive and aspire to do great things.

Becoming a Shriner is easier than you think.

The rewards will be far more than you expect.

Download and Print Membership Application Form here

How to Become a Freemason

Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria:

1. You must be a male, at least 18 years of age (varies by state)

2. You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being

3. You must be a man of good morals and reputation

In order to join you must seek admission by your own free will, and you must be recommended by a current Freemason, unanimously elected to membership and willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity.

To get started simply go to The Next Step and fill out basic information. A virtual mentor will assist you and introduce you to a local lodge.

Degrees of Masonry As you follow the path of Masonry you will have the opportunity to earn three symbolic degrees representing the lessons of Masonry.

1. Entered Apprentice – beginner

2. Fellowcraft – intermediate

3. Master Mason – expert

All Shriners are Master Masons, but not all Freemasons go on to become Shriners.

Success Stories

He plays basketball, football and soccer; he wrestles; he runs track, snow skis, swims and roller blades, all with two prosthetic legs.

Hunter Woodhall, 13, was born with fibular hemimelia of the left leg. The condition is a shortening or absence of one of the two bones in the calf, which may require amputation or bone-lengthening procedures to correct. In addition, his right ankle was fused.

The Woodhalls had a difficult time finding information about Hunter’s conditions. After exploring options that offered no real hope, the Woodhalls contacted Shriners Hospitals for Children.

After consulting with a team of experts at the Tampa, Fla., facility, the Woodhalls proceeded with the amputation of Hunter’s feet. After his surgery – at just 11 months old – Hunter was soon walking and running around. He hasn’t stopped since.

Later, the Woodhalls moved to Syracuse, Utah, where Hunter became a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Salt Lake City. Hunter is a straight A student and an accomplished athlete. The team of experts at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has always provided options to help Hunter be able to do anything he wants to do, including fitting him with some of the first Flex-Foot Cheetah custom feet that the hospital had ever provided, as well as special liners for wrestling, in addition to his prosthetic legs for daily use.