Pendle & District Province
Carters and Motormens WMC. 104 Leeds rd. Nelson Lancs. BB9 9TN
The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes founded in the 1820s is a Charitable 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.
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. at 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 comprehensivc range of benevolent funds administered by Grand Lodge and includes educational grants. Aged members and widows of deceased Brethren benefit from our annuities or special grants.
We are particularly proud of the system that 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 Minor Lodge is the cornerstone around which the Outer 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.
A 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.
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 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 Iocal, regional and national charities.