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On the 12th November 1953. Plans were submitted to Rishton Urban District Council (Plan number 6/8/163-1125), for Conversion of building, corner of Eachill Road and Noble Street from Mission Hall, etc., to Masonic Hall for Rishton Masonic Hall Co. Ltd.

Lodge number 3225 was finally formed in Rishton!

Masonic Hall on the 2nd June 2009.

The oldest known Lodge in England was formed in 926AD.

Masonic Medal from 1935.

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

The Buffaloes, to my knowledge have never had a proper home in Rishton, once meetings were held in the Roebuck Inn, and later in the Free Gardeners Club.

The Buffaloes Rishton Lodge number in the UK was 3290.

The Rishton Lodge 3290, was issued with a Dispensation on the 15th October, 1920, meeting at the Rishton Arms Hotel, Rishton, in 1930 they meet at the Roebuck Hotel, High Street, Rishton, the Lodge ceased to function in 1939.1

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes 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.

Masonic Symbol

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 via their website, which is found in the references below.

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., these are the Minor Lodges, The Provincial Lodges, and The Grand Lodge.

Masonic Certificate

The Minor Lodge

The Minor Lodge is the cornerstone around which the Order is built, and was what Rishton's lodge was classed as. First and foremost everyone is a member of a Minor Lodge. Brothers can, if they wish, belong to more than one Lodge; all Brothers must be part of a Lodge.  Each Minor Lodge supports its members and the community at a local level.

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 their 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 they support is very wide as are the internal funds they have for use for their 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 their annuities or special grants. They 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 they do our best to fill the material gap left by the husband and father they have lost. As long as the need exists their assistance continues.


Membership of the Buffaloes 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 key words or Hallmarks of their Order are JUSTICE, TRUTH and PHILANTHROPY. These are noble sentiments and they strive to work towards a better understanding of the needs of their communities. By encouraging their members to lead active and useful lives they believe they can influence others and show that, by following their philosophy, society can grow and improve.

The principle aims of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes are:

• Friendship

• Charitable Works

• Social Activity

• Mutual Support

• Care

For information about the R.A.O.B. G.L.E. in your area please contact: The Grand Secretary, R.A.O.B. G.L.E., Grove House, Skipton Road, HARROGATE, HG1 4LA. Or use the website below.


Order of Free Buffaloes (Via Email)1

Council Minutes 1953 - 54

Order of Buffaloes Web Site

Free Masons Website