To learn more about us, just read the Introduction to Buffaloism below
An Introduction to Buffaloism as practiced by the R.A.O.B. Grand Lodge of England (or the Little Green Book, as described by Bro Eric Herbert ROH GP 2001 R.A.O.B. G.L.E.).
The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is a Philanthropic Organisation which is active, not only in its local community, but, at all levels of Society. It is non-political, nor does it look to religion to inspire participation. It does, however, inspire members to commit to a peaceful and meaningful way of life. It is often described as an extended family, a social organisation or a mutually supportive group of like minded people; each true in its own way, they do not adequately describe the true picture; that is painted on a much larger canvas.
There are a number of sections or “banners” of the R.A.O.B. and whilst they differ in numerical strength and procedures, described as “the pursuit of Brotherhood”.
We are the Grand Lodge of England.
This is not a literary composition on the origin and development of the R.A.O.B., however to be able to understand the Order we must first look at how it has progressed in the time it has been in existence.
The origins of the Order were in the theatrical fraternity of the 1820’s. It was, it seems, born out of the need for social activity. As time went on the Order grew and spread becoming active in philanthropic works. It opened orphanages, readily took its place in the community and accepted its responsibilities towards the needs of its members. All the fascinating history of the Order is freely available to anyone who is interested.
The advent of the National Health Service and cradle to grave care ended the need for the orphanages and the Order underwent a fundamental change to become the organisation it is today. The combination of providing support and care for our members and taking part in the wider life of the community at large has evolved throughout the Order.
There are three main levels within the Order.
The Minor Lodge
The Minor Lodge is the cornerstone around which the Order is built. First and foremost we are all members of our own Minor Lodge. Brothers can, if they wish, belong to more than one Lodge; all Brothers must be part of a Lodge. The majority of Lodges meet weekly, though some meet fortnightly or monthly if needs dictate. Each Minor Lodge supports its members and the community at a local level.
The Provincial Grand Lodge
The Provincial Grand Lodge collectively administers a group of lodges known as a Province. Members who have chosen to be active at this level and have proven their knowledge of the rules and procedures attend the P.G.L. to carry this out. P.G.L. meets once a month.
The Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge is made up of delegates from Provincial Grand Lodges and administers the Order nationally. Grand Lodge runs and maintains the Convalescent Homes owned by the Order and supports the community as a whole.
The degree of participation at any level is entirely voluntary and at the discretion of each individual Brother. Many do confine their activities to their own Minor Lodge and do not seek advancement. There is no stigma attached to anyone who does not wish to become active at Provincial Grand Lodge or Grand Lodge.
The provision of care and support for our members works hand in glove with our support for local, regional and national charities.
The image we would wish to present is of a group, who, by their works, encourage members of the community to lead satisfying and enjoyable lives and who provide our members with a sense of belonging. Tangible assistance is provided when needed. Importantly this support is not dependent on what an individual puts in rather by what is needed.
The R.A.O.B. as all levels supports its community and, through its charitable works, raises many millions of pounds for most worthwhile causes, far too many to list, all chosen by the membership locally, regionally or nationally.
The range of charities we support is very wide as are the internal funds we have for use for our members in times of difficulty or need.
The support we provide for our own lodge members and their families is augmented by a comprehensive range of benevolent funds administered by Grand Lodge and includes educational grants. We are particularly proud of the system which has been established to provide care for widows with young children. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions they receive birthday and Christmas gifts, family holidays, pocket money and savings. In short we do our best to fill the material gap left by the husband and father they have lost. As long as the need exists our assistance continues.
We are not a secret organisation, our rules and ceremonies are in the public domain. Our Order is steeped in history, much more information is available but to go in too deep at this stage would only serve to confuse.
Membership is for life and members can be as active as they wish at whichever level they choose. All that is required is that you are a member of a Lodge, further progress is in the hands of the individual as is the frequency of his attendance in his Lodge.
The Grand Lodge of England owns two homes, one in Harrogate the other in Paignton. There we provide facilities for Brothers and their families when there is need for a period of recovery and support. We are very proud of both.
The key words or Hallmarks of our Order are JUSTICE, TRUTH and PHILANTHROPY. These are noble sentiments and we strive to work towards a better understanding of the needs of our community. By encouraging our members to lead active and useful lives we believe we can influence others and show that, by following our philosophy, society can grow and improve.
The principle aims of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes are:
If this has left you with the desire for further information we are more than willing to discuss and answer any questions you may have.
GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
London 1866-1897, Birmingham 1897-1900, Sheffield 1901-1903, Manchester 1904-1906, Leeds 1907-1909, Bath 1910-1912, Nottinghan 1913-1915, Cardiff 1916-1918, Worcester, Harrogate,Derby 1919, Liverpool 1920, Bradford 1921, Birmingham 1922, Leicester 1923, Sheffield 1924, Leeds 1925, London 1926, Blackpool 1927, Doncaster 1928, Newcastle 1929, Worcester 1930, Carlisle 1931, Bristol 1932, London(Eastern) 1933, Portsmouth 1934, Manchester 1935, Brighton 1936, Nottingham 1937, Edinburgh 1938, Southampton 1939, Shrewsbury 1940, Leeds 1941, Bradford 1942, Slough 1943, Peterborough 1944, Blackpool 1945, Stratford(London) 1946, Leicester 1947, Sheffield 1948, Southend 1949, Birmingham 1950, York 1951, Brighton 1952, Nottingham 1952, Stockton-on-tees 1954, Reading 1955, Leicester 1956, Liverpool 1957, Cardiff 1958, Malvern (Wores) 1959, Southport 1960, London(Central) 1961, Cheltenham 1962, Blackpool 1963, Birmingham 1964, Southend 1965, Bath 1966, York 1967, Chester 1968, Norwich 1969, Bristol 1970, Southport 1971, Walsall 1972, Cambridge 1973, Swansea 1974, Sheffield 1975, Malvern(Worcs) 1976, Folkestone(S.EKent) 1977, Weston Super Mare 1978, Manchester 1979, Wolverhampton 1980, Lutton 1981, Bath 1982, Southport 1983, Nottingham 1984, Northampton 1985, Swindon 1986, Sheffield 1987, Llandudno 1988, Margate 1989, Barry(Cardiff) 1990, Dundee 1991, Halifax 1992, Stoke-on-Trent 1993, Ipswich 1994, Torquay 1995, Walsall 1996, Oldham 1997, Nottingham 1998, Folkestone 1999, Chetenham 2000, Hull 2001, Great Yarmouth 2002, Stoke-on-Trent 2003, Salisbury 2004. Blackpool 2005, Margate 2006, Dudley 2007, Redruth 2008,