© Newtownards District No.4


What is the Orange Institution?

It is both a Protestant and a patriotic association pledged to uphold civil and religious liberty. It is often referred to as 'The Orange Order'.

Where does the title "Orange" come from?

In memory of King William III, Prince of Orange, who secured religious freedom and, through the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1691, laid the foundation stones for democratic government.

Is the Orange Institution a secret society?

An organisation whose members take part in colourful public processions could hardly be considered to be secret. Equally the principles and objectives of Orangeism are in the public domain. It is true that, in common with most organizations, meetings are for members only.

Do members have to take an oath?

No. A prospective member simply has to affirm his acceptance of the Principles of the Reformation and loyalty to his country.

Are you anti Roman Catholic?

Orangeism is a positive rather than a negative force. It wishes to promote the Reformed Faith based on the Infallible Word of God - the Bible. Orangeism does not foster resentment or intolerance. Condemnation of religious ideology is directed against church doctrine and not against individual adherents or members.

What is the purpose of your parades?

They are a means by which we bear witness for our faith and celebrate our cultural heritage.

What is the meaning of some of the terms used by the organisation?

LODGE - The name given to the branch or club that members belong to. Each lodge is given a number and also usually adopts a title e.g. "Sons of William"

WORSHIPFUL MASTER - The Chairman of a lodge

DEPUTY MASTER - The Vice-Chairman of a lodge

ORANGE HALL - The building used for lodge meetings. Orange Halls are frequently used as community centres where a variety of social activities are based

BROTHER - Members refer to each other as Brother. This is in common with many fraternal societies

Why not join us?

Newtownards District consists of twelve lodges making up a membership of over 300. Each lodge holds a monthly meeting, where issues affecting the lodge are discussed. Though much of the business is of a formal nature, there is much social gathering between the members as well. If you would like to talk to someone about joining, contact us