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The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is a non-political, non-religious, philanthropic & charitable organisation with Lodges throughout the United Kingdom, and thousands of Lodges held weekly in just about every City & Town, the R.A.O.B. is a truly universal Order. and much of the world. With its main headquarters in Harrogate, convalescent homes in Yorkshire and Devon
The Eastgate Lodge.
The Eastgate Lodge was founded in 1928 at the Eastgate House Pub' in Eastgate. When the pub’ was demolished as part of the new Eastgate development in the 1970s, the Lodge moved to the Peterborough Ex-Servicemen’s Club on City Road – moving again in 1983 when the club moved to its new premises on Northminster. The Eastgate Lodge moved to the Peterborough Hospital Social Club off Thorpe Road in February 1995. Sadly In April 2007 the Hospital Club closed and on 9th May the Lodge moved to the Burghley Square Club. After hosting the Lodge for 13 months, the 'Burghley' closed its doors. The Lodge relocated briefly to the Westwood Hotel for the month of June 2008.
On the 9th of July 2008 the Lodge moved to the Newark Hotel on Eastfield Road, and in 2012 we amalgamated with the King George Lodge from Whittlesey under the name of the Eastgate and remaining at the Newark.
The Eastgate Lodge amalgamated with the Welland Lodge on the 5th of October 2016, again we kept our name but this time moved to the Welland's former home at the PSL Club on Lincoln Road. With the closure of the PSL Club we have moved once again, this time to the PSL Parkway Club on Maskew Avenue in November 2019.
There are now only six Lodges left in the Peterborough Province now that the Cecil & Willoughby Lodges have merged and the Avondale Lodge has closed it's doors. The Eastgate is the last remaining Lodge within the City boundries, the other Lodges meet in Farcet, Stamford, Deeping, Bourne and March.
Most Lodges meet once a week – the Eastgate at 8.00pm on Wednesday evenings. There are no specific membership requirements or restrictions. Prospective members are advised however, to expect no material gain or benefits from the Order. Unlike some other organisations, the R.A.O.B. is not an insurance society.
Through its individual Lodges, and collectively as a regional and national organisation, the R.A.O.B. helps many worthy causes each year. The Buffaloes is more than just a fund raising society however. It is a fellowship based on Liberty, Unity and Charity, providing Members with the opportunity of convivial company and enjoyable recreation.
If you’d like further information, please contact us via this web-site, by writing to the Lodge Secretary, or calling on one of the published telephone numbers.
Martyn Sharp ROH
26 Kent Road,
Telephone 01733 563036 (home)
01733 816392 (work)
Grove House Harrogate