Sons of William
George VI Memorial
A District of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
New bannerette dedicated at Craigantlet
King George VI Memorial unfurled their new lodge bannerette at their annual service on Sunday past.
With a dedication from Pastor Roy Graham and the unveiling carried out by long time friends of the lodge Ellie and Jean Henderson, the new bannerette was carried over the hills of Craigantlet for the first time following the service.
The bannerette features a portrait of our last King, George VI while the reverse image displays the nearby Helen's Tower with poppies. Another excellent piece of work produced by Bro Stephen Rodgers.
Somme Remembrance Parade
Our annual Somme Remembrance Parade will be held on Saturday 1st July, beginning in Mary Street at 7.15pm.
The District's lodges, led by LOL 1952, along with bands and visitors will parade to the town cenotaph, where a service of remembrance will be held and wreaths will be laid by each of the lodges. See here for the full parade route.
The District Service will take place this year in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church on Sunday 9th July.
The parade will assembled in Mary Street at 2.45pm, moving off at 3.00pm for the short walk to the church. The parade will be led by LOL 1919. See here for the full parade route.
New banner unfurling
Reformation Truth Defenders LOL 1521 dedicated their new banner at a service held in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in late May.
The District's newest lodge unveiled their banner in front of lodge members and visiting brethren that included the County Master and Deputy County Master.
Following the service, those present were treated to an excellent tour of the chuch buildings that included a fantastic Reformation Exhibition, currently on display at the church.
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.