Welcome to the very first Oddfellows, The Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society Website. We are the oldest and longest established of all the traditional branch-friendly societies, with a proud record of helping our members and their families stretching back over 200 years. Today, our organisation reaches into all four corners of the world, with branches in America, Africa, Australia, the West Indies and Europe.
Click on the pages above to discover our Oddfellows history going back to 1798, our financial products , who and where we are and our Organisation Structure plus, view the events that have taken place throughout the year in our various UK branches in which new members are always welcome.
If you are interested in joining an Oddfellows lodge and becoming active within the Order just contact the secretary of the nearest lodge in your area or Head Office on 0161 872 3356 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and you will be warmly welcomed as a new member entitled to a range of benefits for a small annual contribution.
Financial products ( available to members and non- members) include the Cashbuilder Plan, Helping Hands Savings Plan (Juveniles up to 16) and Individual Account System (IAS - members of lodges only).
Friendship is the bread of life. it is essential to our wellbeing. We could not survive without it. Ever since the beginning of time we have been extending the hand of friendship to each other. In very primitive communities, having the help of others in a crisis is a matter of survival. However, even in today's world where it seems as if we could survive without ever talking to another human being, friendship is important. Friendship is a pre-requisite to sanity. we are social human beings and we need friends to survive."
We are all bound in one common belief that the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society is a committed, contemporary and progressive organisation dedicated entirely to the wellbeing of our members.
Our considerable assets are prudently managed in a commercially sound manner and our tax-exempt status ensures that our members' investments grow quickly.
FUNDRASING AT GUOOFS
Past Grand Master and current Grand Trustee Brother David Whittaker and Grand Secretary Brother Neil Robinson - presenting a cheque to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Team at December 2016.
At the beginning of each term of office for the current Grand Master, a chosen charity will receive the proceeds from various raffles and events over the two years the GM is in office. Brother Whittaker was proud to have raised £2864.44 and wishes to thank all the lodges, brothers and sisters for their very kind support.
In addition to this cheque, a further amount was raised in the sum of £115.70 from Brother Whittaker's own lodge Ron Pryor Huddersfield Lodge 94 for various fines at lodge level.
The current Grand Master Brother Richard Penn's chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer Support who will benefit at the end of his term of office in 2018.
Anyone wishing to make contributions to the YAA towards the wonderful work they do should contact :
Paul Gowland ( Fundraising Director) on 07876 508471