The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn

Pro Rege, Lege et Grege

The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn (GUOKGH), known as the Knights of the Golden Horn, or KGH, is a fraternal and philanthropic order.  The KGH was founded in 1872 as a higher order within the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB)  before breaking away in 1888.  To read more about our origins and history see our  Information & History page.

The Order is under the governance of the Grand Encampment of England which is headed by the Grand Knight Commander (GKC).  For 2022-23 our Most Worthy GKC is KOS Stephen Preston whose "mother encampment" is No 147 Erimus Encampment, Middlesbrough.  The GKC is assisted by 15 elected officers who are listed on our "Grand Camp Officers" page.  

The Grand Executive is made up of ten of the 15 Grand Camp Officers and meets once a month to provide day-to-day oversight and management of the Order. District Camps are made up of delegates from their local camps and they meet monthly to address local matters and recommend actions to be taken by the Grand Executive or by Grand Camp.

Previously the KGH was comprised of some 100 locally based encampments, today there are ten "Camps", located throughout England. The KGH is entering a period of regeneration and rebuilding with the aim of re-expansion. With this in mind, a new encampment will soon be opening in Sutton, Surrey. Watch out for further details!

Members of the Order, called comrades, meet at their "mother encampments" which today are grouped into four districts: Mid Durham, Teesside, Wearside and Wessex. The 10 minor camps are located from Sunderland to Chippenham and to Sheerness. We hope to open new encampments this year!

Comrades move through six stages, or degrees of membership with progression based on time served and work done within the Order. Each stage is marked by the award of a jewel or collarette. More information is available at our page Degrees, Jewels and Collarettes.

Comrades undertake to support the Queen and constitution and to offer charitable assistance where needed.  Our motto is Pro Rege, Lege et Grege which translates as "For The King, Commander, and Troops".  
Who We AreWho We Are
The GUOKGH is a "closed" order which is to say that it's business and ritual is not disclosed to anyone outside of it's ranks.  Most  "Camps" meet weekly although some, subject to local arrangements meet 2-weekly, monthly or quarterly to provide a forum for discussion and fraternal support and "harmony".    Each camp has its own flavour, based around a standard framework, and this is what makes the KGH unique within other fraternal Orders.  

Some camps still enjoy the harmony of an organist although this skill is becoming less common. Vocal harmony monologues, lectures, quizzes, and even karaoke are all enjoyed as forms of harmony these days.

Charity and benevolence are fundamental to the ethos of the KGH. Camps sponsor local and national charitable causes as well as granting aid to those in need.
Camps meet at a range of venues, traditionally on an evening once a week however in response to the demands of modern life some meet less frequently or on a lunch time and they arrange luncheons and other social gatherings as a way to enjoy their own KGH.

Camps publish an annual calendar of events and ceremonials to which Grand Camp Officers and comrades from the other camps are invited to attend.  Visiting other camps has been a long held and continuing tradition of the KGH.
What We DoWhat We Do

5 Colonel Cameron


Meets Mondays TBN, The Bull and Dog, Greatham, Hartlepool. Scribe: KOS M Lawson

24 Whitworth


Meets Thursdays 7.30 to 9.30 pm: KGH Club, 5-6 Whitworth Terrace Spennymoor. Scribe: KOS Neville Dart DGKC, email:

65 SJ Slade


Meets Mondays 7.30 to 9.30 pm: KGH Club, 5-6 Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor. Scribe: AKC Chris Lewarne GDC, email:

139 William Tindale


Meets Tuesdays, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, Easington Social Welfare Centre, Seaside Lane, Easington Scribe: AKC M Welsh OM IPGKC

144 Grenville

Milton Keynes

Meets: 3rd Wednesday, 7.45pm, Stantonburry Social WMC, Milton Keynes. Please contact the scribe prior to visiting. Scribe: SSKC T Henshaw, email:

145 Moonraker


Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Loyalty Social Club, Chippenham. Scribe: KOS Craig Atkinson

147 Erimus


Meets: 4th Wednesday, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, The Coronation Inn, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS5 8AY. Scribe: SSKC C Warham OM GS

148 Wildfire


Meetings 2022: 22 June, 27 July, 24 Aug, 26 October, 23 November (Christmas Meeting) 1pm preceded by a light lunch. Masonic Hall, St George's Ave, Sheerness. Scribe: SKC L G Feist

149 Phoenix


Meets: Saturday 20 Aug 22 12.30 to 2.30pm Then TBA : The Gunners Club, Mary Street, Sunderland, SR1 3NH Scribe: SKC G G Matthew

150 Worlebury

Lacock, Chippenham

Meets: The George Inn, 7 West St. Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LU, 2nd Monday in February, May, August & November. Opens 6.30pm Closes 8pm, followed by Dinner. Scribe: SSKC Robin CS Todd OM, email: Tel 07843 463642

April 2022 to April 2023 (* Member of the Grand Executive) Dates in parentheses show when post holder was the Grand Knight Commander (GKC).

Grand Knight Commander *

KOS Stephen Preston


Deputy Grand Knight Commander *

KOS Neville Dart

Immediate Past Grand Knight Commander *

AKC Malcolm Welsh OM PGKC

(2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22)

Grand Director of Ceremonies *

AKC Chris Lewarne

Grand Scribe *

SSKC Clive Warham OM

Deputy Grand Scribe *

AKC David Mattimoe OM PGKC (2007-08)

Grand Warden of Treasury

SKC Ian Kent

Grand Warden of Registry

KOS Neil Syres

Grand Sentinel

SKC John Warham

Grand Guard

SKC David Scoon

Grand Usher

KOS D Connor

Grand Steward

KOS Chris Turner

Grand Auditor *

KOS Gary Taylor

Grand Trustee *

AKC J Daley OM PGKC (2015-16)

Grand Trustee *

SSKC Keith Foreman OM

Grand Trustee *

AKC R Trow OM PGKC (2013-14)

High Honour for Barrie
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High Honour for Barrie

L-R: SSKC Clive Warham Grand Scribe presenting AKC Barrie Cooper with the OM certificate witnessed by The Grand Knight Commander KOS Stephen Preston.

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New Grand Camp Officers Elected
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New Grand Camp Officers Elected

L-R: KOS Neville Dart DGKC, KOS Stephen Preston GKC, AKC Chris Lewarne GDC

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Father's and Grandfather's Jewels
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Certificate from 1923 found in Monmouth, Gwent
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KGH Jewel Found in Texas USA
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KGH Jewel Found in Texas USA

A KGH jewel which was awarded to one of our Past Grand Knight Commanders has been found in Texas USA.

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Contact with 142 Dave Morton Encampment
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Contact with 142 Dave Morton Encampment

In Memory of Kt Dave Morton, 9 September 1996, 142 Encampment.

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Welcome to our new forum.
Here you can find a great community for sharing new ideas and talking about day to day life.
  •  20/08/2022 19:00 - 20/08/2022 23:30
  •   The KGH Club, 5 Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor, DL16 7LD

Annual Charity Night . Proceeds in aid of our nominated charity for the year. This is an open event for KGH Members and supporters.

  •  25/07/2022 19:30 - 25/07/2022 21:30
  •   The KGH Club, 5-7 Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor, DL16 7LD

65 SJ Slade Encampment Presentation of the Meritorious Jewel to AKC Chris Lewarne GDC. This is a closed event for KGH members only. Please contact the Scribe AKC Chris Lewarne prior to attending.

  •  14/07/2022 19:30 - 14/07/2022 22:00
  •   The KGH Club, 5-7 Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor, DL16 7LD

24 Whitworth Encampment GUOKGH Presentation of the Order of Merit to AKC B Cooper. This is a closed event for KGH members only. Please contact the Scribe KOS N Dart DGKC prior to attending.

Origins of the GUOKGH

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The early days of the GUOKGH - how it all started.

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History of the GUOKGH

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A history of the GUOKGH.

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Encampments Past and Present

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Details of the locations of encampments, past and present.

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Grand Knight Commanders

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Names, encampments and dates of the past Grand Knight Commanders of the GUOKGH.

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Who can join the KGH?

The Order is open to all men over age 18 who are of good character and who are free from criminal convictions.   There is no upper age limit to join however initiates aged over 65 years old will not be entitled to some membership benefits.  

How do I join the KGH?

We welcome new members to our Order and joining is a relatively simple matter.  It requires the nominee to be proposed and seconded by two existing members.  Your application will be considered by the encampment and if successful you will be prepared for initiation into the GUOKGH.  

If you know which is your local encampment then it may be appropriate to talk to the scribe to discuss the process and any local requirements.

Alternatively, please leave us a message ​(Contact Us)​​​ and we will pass your details on to your nearest camp.  

Can I join more than one Camp?

You can be a member of one camp - this is called your "Mother Encampment" but you are welcome to attend others as a visitor at any time.  It is usual to contact the scribe before the visit, as a courtesy.   Regular visitors may be offered honoroury membership of the other camp.

There isn't a Camp nearby. Can I start one up?

Of course we welcome new camps joining our Order, subject to their being viable.  The first thing to do is talk to the Grand Scribe or seek advice from one of the nearest encampments to you.   

How much does membership cost?

There is no joining fee.  Membership is paid by registration of attendance.  The current fee is £1 per week and can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly, 6 monthly or annually.  So, the cost per year is £52 which can be paid in advance if preferred.   Special rates may apply for the unwaged.   Ask your local encampment for details.

Can you provide past membership information?

Generally, individual membership records are not available especially records from encampments that have closed.   We can pass on enquiries to the scribes of currently active encampments, if appropriate.
  • The KGH Club, 5-6 Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor, DL16 7LD, UK
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Data Protection and Privacy Statement (Website Version)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 give you the right to be informed about how we process your personal information. The information below supports this right.

The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn (GUOKGH) is the data controller for purposes of data protection. We are committed to protecting the personal information of all our members, visitors, and partners. The GUOKGH recognises its obligations to keep personal information secure and believes it is important for you to know how we treat personal information.

We are happy to receive feedback to make this statement more user-friendly.

Who We Are
The GUOKGH is a fraternal and philanthropic charitable order under the governance of the Grand Encampment of England and The Grand Executive which provides day-to-day oversight and management.

Data Protection Officer
The Order appoints a Data Protection Officer to oversee application of the Data Protection legislation and act as a point of contact for all related matters and with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Lawful Basis
The GUOKGH processes personal information about its members, visitors and wider community under any lawful basis, as defined in the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR.

Legitimate Interest
In all our operations as a charitable and fraternal order, we use the ‘legitimate interest’ lawful basis for processing in relation to delivering our services and meeting the high expectations of our members, visitors and the general public.

Sometimes, there will be situations where a member or visitor may wish to engage with additional services or opportunities. For processing personal information in this way, we seek direct consent.
We will always use ‘opted in’ Consent if we send you targeted marketing information. We will ensure that our marketing practices comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR).

Vital Interests
We may be relied upon to provide personal information to the Emergency Services or other agencies in order for them to save a life or where an imminent or potential threat to life exists. We will disclose information to these agencies under these circumstances.

Public Task
On occasion, we will be required to disclose personal information to the police for the purpose of the prevention or detection of a crime. As this purpose would be to protect the general public, we will share such information under the legal basis of a Public Task. Where special category personal data is involved and we decide to disclose information, we will also rely on the Condition of a ‘substantial public interest’ (in the prevention or detection of an unlawful act). We will not always be able to let data subjects know that we have disclosed their personal information to the police, but we will keep a record of all such disclosures.

The GUOKGH may collect your personal information for the legitimate purpose of administering membership of the Order and providing goods and services requested.

The methods we use (electronic form, application form, etc) will inform users at the point of data collection that they are submitting personal information to the GUOKGH. When personal information is collected (in Enquiry Forms or Application Forms, etc), the GUOKGH will provide the reason for collecting the information and how the information will be used.

Where all such data collection takes place online, a secure, encrypted connection is presented to users to protect the data they are submitting. Furthermore, once that data has been safely collected by the system, only authorised personnel will have access to that data, offering additional security.

We may also collect personal information, submitted voluntarily, about users from their use of our website or social media pages. Users should note that information submitted to social media pages is not, in the first instance, collected by us, or held on our servers, but by the third party service provider such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. However, once we have collected such personal information from the external service provider, only appropriately authorised personnel will have access to this information.

We may share personal information with third party organisations (data processors) that we have engaged to provide services to us, or with whom we have a legal duty to share information, such as local authorities, etc. Such organisations are bound by the same regulations as us to use personal information only for the performance of a legal or authorised purpose.

We do not process personal data for any purposes or under any bases not listed here. If we wish to use your personal data for new purposes, we will ask for your permission directly first.
We may be required to share personal information before, during or after your relationship with us is established (member, visitor, etc).

Security of Collected Information
We maintain strict physical, electronic and administrative safeguards to protect users’ personal information from unauthorised or inappropriate access.

Data Protection and Privacy Statement