The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is a social and benevolent organisation whose aims are to aid members in need and the widows and orphans of deceased members, to support external charitable and philanthropic groups at national and local levels and to encourage communication, support and well-being amongst members.
References to the RAOB may be traced back to the reign of King George IV. Many sources cite travelling players as amongst those influencing the early development and promulgation of the Order. Victorian documents show London, Stratford and Manchester as focal points during these early years. Since then the Order has expanded to include members in many parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, bound together by the principles outlined above.
The Bury, Heywood and District Province, which amalgamated in 1898, coordinates activities in one part of the county of Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Nine branches send their representatives to monthly meetings which discuss matters of local importance. If this group feels that a matter could be of wider interest then it can make a representation to the national governing body, which has delegates from over 200 Provinces and meets quarterly.
Currently, the Bury, Heywood and District Province is arranging a number of events to mark its centenary. An evening function is taking place on Saturday 9 May. Numerous visits are planned. Some commemorative items may also be produced. Email the Helmshore address below for further details.
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