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A District of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
Annual VE Day parade
Ex-Servicemen's LOL 1952 will once again host a parade and remembrance service to mark VE Day.
This year's parade will take place on Saturday 29th April, beginning at 2.15pm from Mary Street Orange Hall.
Accompanied by the Newtownards Protestant Boys Flute Band, the parade will make its way through the town to the cenotaph, where a short service of remembrance and wreath laying will take place.
Following the return parade, refreshments will be available in the hall.
Temple of Loyalty to dedicate new collarettes
LOL 481 are to mark the 220th anniversary of their lodge by unveiling new officers collarettes at an event on Friday 12th May.
The dedication service will be held in Mary Street Orange Hall at 7.30pm with the dedication carried out by Grand Chaplain Rev Ron Johnstone.
A short parade around the town will follow the service and on return to the Orange Hall, members are invited to remain behind and enjoy a social gathering.
Presentation to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
Each year, our District nominates a charity to raise funds for. In 2016, the chosen cause was Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
During the course of the year, lodges and individual members contributed to the charity through monthly donations, a sponsored walk and collections taken up at church services and our carol service.
Suzie Colledge from Cancer Focus was along at our District dinner in March to collect the sum of our efforts, which was a fantastic £1500. In 2017, the District will be supporting Killard House School.
New lodge holds inaugural meeting
Friday 27th January saw the newest lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland former as LOL 1521 became a member of Newtownards District.
Reformation Truth Defenders LOL 1521 held their inaugural meeting at Sloan's House, Museum of Orange Heritage at Loughgall, County Armagh. Sloan's House was where the first Orange warrants were issued following the Battle of the Diamond in September 1795.
The Worshipful District Master of Newtownards District, Wor Bro Mark McDonald instituted the lodge and installed the lodge officers.
On behalf of Sloan's House, the County Master of County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Wor Bro Denis Watson presented the lodge with a special certificate to mark the occasion. Afterwards, the County Secretary of County Armagh, Wor Bro Roger Gardiner conducted a tour of the museum.
LOL 1521 is the first lodge to be instituted in Newtownards District in 64 years. The new lodge will sit at Craigantlet Orange Hall.
New year for the District
The District Lodge installed it's new officers for 2017 at our February meeting, in front of lodge members and visiting brethren and sisters. Bro Mark McDonald was installed as District Master for his third year with Bro John Holland newly installed as Deputy District Master.
The installation was carried out by the Deputy County Master Bro Kyle McIlwrath with assistance from visiting officers from Holywood and Upper Ards.
Picture courtesy of Bobby McGreechan.