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Kings Lynn & District Province


HISTORY OF THE

KINGS LYNN & DISTRICT PROVINCE

The province was first founded back in 1920 as the Wisbech Province but in 1972 the last lodge in Wisbech closed and that's when its name was changed to the

Kings Lynn & District Province.

Since the Province has been Formed lodges have opened and spread from Wisbech to Downham Market and far across to Heacham .

The province has been involved in many national and local charities and I am pleased to say that some £18,000 a year has been donated to local charities over the last 92years.

Every Year we elect a brother to serve as our Provincial Grand Primo and this year Bro. Mick Gurr ROH. was elected and one of the more pleasing duties for him to do is to select our Province charity which minor lodges support.


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Who & What's THE RAOB


The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) under the Grand Lodge of England has been in the community since 1822. History has shown that the organisation has taken on several guises. For example, during the First World War it provided ambulances and crews to the front line. It also took on running of orphanages and convalescent homes. After the Second World War and with the advent of the National Health Service with cradle to grave care there was no longer a need for Orphanages – so it carried on running Convalescence Homes. Over many years it has provided much tangible assistance to its members and to many external charities.


For many years it recruited heavily from the armed forces and troops returning from war. It provided a structure for people to meet and a support network. When national service ceased it grew in the community and changed its focus over many years to embrace and integrate more and more into the community at large.


With lodges in many large towns and cities ‘the buffs’ have been able to quietly raise money for many community projects; indeed it sees supporting family and the community as one of its core values.


All the Lodges are governed by a larger Provincial Grand Lodges in regions. These Provinces with the assistance of the Lodges raise and distribute funds at a regional level, and are usually based on Counties or large urban areas.


The Order as a whole is governed by The Grand Lodge, who in turn, provides administrative support to the order. It runs the two Convalescence Homes at Harrogate and Paignton and manages the various support networks and communication right down to the individual member in his local lodge.


The RAOB is firmly rooted in the community; it provides support not only for the members who are in need, but also to the community. It places absolutely no restriction on age so long as you are over eighteen years of age, it welcomes anyone who can be deemed as community orientated or wishes to become more community orientated.


It is also important to emphasise what it is not. It is not a secret society; indeed the rules and ceremonies book is available in most reference libraries. It meets to provide support to any member in need; it meets in friendship and truthfulness and with a spirit of philanthropy. Members themselves rejoice in convivial company and without any political, religious, physical or ethnic restriction.


The RAOB has often been described as a well kept secret. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. In this modern world the RAOB realises that to espouse family and community values and to support those who need assistance are values not only desirable but more importantly necessary. The RAOB want to attract people with time to put back into the community and help those less fortunate than themselves and most importantly encourage those who join us that the sense of camaraderie and belonging is not lost in these times.


If you are interested in finding out more about the RAOB GLE just clink on the contact us link below.