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From: "Lawrence Greenall" <>
Subject: RE: Tiptree, Maypole Pub photo
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 22:50:13 +0100
Well spotted Linda (and others) - I'm obviously getting a bit too long in
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Telepathic [mailto:]
> Sent: 05 August 2004 08:23
> Subject: Re: Tiptree, Maypole Pub photo
> I've heard of the Order of Water Rats, but not of Water Buffaloes! My
> father is a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
> (commonly known as Buffs), which has been going well over a hundred
> years. He described it as "poor man's masons" or "grown-ups' scouts".
> They meet regularly, have arcane ceremonies, and give themselves medals
> and titles, like the masons. More importantly, they raise a lot of money
> for various charities and do a lot of good work. There are Buff "lodges"
> all over the country, and indeed in other countries too. According to my
> dad, who is 81, the average age of Buffs is about 90, as fewer and fewer
> young people are interested in things like that. Shame really, because
> they do so many good works.
> Lawrence Greenall wrote:
> > My grandad F H Greenall (born 1907 at Upshire) was a lifelong member
> of the
> > Grand Order of Water Buffaloes which indeed was/is? a similar sort of
> > philanthropic setup to the Masons. I believe I even tried to track
> them down
> > a couple of decades ago, and found that they then held regular
> meetings in
> > one of our local pubs, so maybe they're still wallowing about as
> strongly as
> > ever?
> > Lawrence
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Audrey Walker [mailto:]...
> >> Earlier in the year we had some correspondence and you e-mailed
> >> me copies of photos you had taken of the Heath also a printout
> >> about Maypole Villas. The latter stated "Tiptree Buffaloes
> >> who are thought to have been a sort of Masonic group possibly
> >> also known as Oddfellows, met in the Maypole once a week on
> >> Monday night.