Tuesday, 6 September 2016


Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB)

This is a photograph of the last meeting of the Rhyl lodge of "The Buffs" i.e. The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB).

The photo was taken in 1990 at the The Millbank pub in Grange Road. Seated on the right is Steve Wheeler, and the gent with the beard is Les Williams the builder.

If you can identify anybody else please let me know:
Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

RAOB does charitable works. As you can see, the regalia is elaborate so there are local collectors of items such as this 1957 President's silver breast jewel:

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB)

Readers who share my distaste for secret societies please note that the RAOB imitates Freemasonry but is completely open in its objectives, activities and ritual. More info on Wikipedia:

TUE 22nd AUG 2017 UPDATE: Another collectable, an RAOB Quinquennial Meeting G.C Rhyl 1947 badge.

I take that to mean a once-every-five-years meeting of the General Council. Yes? No?

Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk