Welcome to the Grand Council website, we hope that what
you see is both enjoyable and informative. If you have any comments that
may usefully help us to improve the content, then we would be pleased to
hear from you.
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
was believed to have been founded at a time during the sixteenth century
when societies were frowned upon, indeed you could have lost your head.
It is said that Queen Elizabeth the 1st, being satisfied that we were
not a threat to either the monarchy or society in general, presented us
with a Banner, which enabled us to meet without fear or favour, and to
this day when ever a Lodge meets, politics and religion may not be
A.D. Cooke R.O.H. Grand President 2012/13
The Formation of Grand Council
In the early part of the nineteenth century a collective
of Banners came together and met under the name of the 'Grand Surrey
Council', for the purpose of working together and therefore being able
to offer more to it's members, for example an Orphanage, Convalescent
Homes and other benefits. The Grand Council was formed in 1923/4 from
Banner Members of the Grand Surrey Council, incorporating the Grand
Surrey Banner (Mother Banner), Grand Surrey Banner (Mother Lodge), Grand
Midland Counties Banner, Royal Wiltshire Banner, Grand Sussex Banner,
Grand Phoenix Banner, Grand Lodge of Canada, Grand Council of Africa,
New Zealand, Belgium, Western Australia and Queensland.
Please think? Before you contact the General
Secretary, is it really necessary. For instance, if you are making
enquiries about your Father, Grandfather etc, have you looked at our
Ancestry page. It could be more informative and also point you in
the right direction.
If however you do wish to contact the General Secretary, please write to;
Bro G.T.Gurden R.O.H.
The General Secretary,
10 Vine Road
Tel 01754 611199
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