About Us

The R.A.O.B.

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes founded in the 1820’s and 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.

Our Members

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 comprehensive 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 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.

We welcome new members and enquiries on how to join our Order in the Exeter area.

Please contact The Provincial Grand Secretary at the Following email address


We have Lodges in the Exeter Province, in the following areas

  • Exeter
  • Exmouth
  • Sidmouth
  • Okehampton
  • Beer
  • Tiverton
  • Collumpton

 For more information about local lodges that you may wish to visit click here 

We would like to thank www.raobgle.org.uk for allowing us to use the above information.

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