Sons of William
George VI Memorial
A District of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
Carol Service 2017
Our annual Carol Service will take place on Thursday 14th December in the Londonderry Room, Newtownards Town hall at 7pm.
Music will be provided by Newtownards Silver Band and the speaker is Bro Rev Ron Johnstone, Grand Chaplain.
There will be an offering for the District's charity for 2017, Killard House School taken up at the service. Everyone will be made very welcome.
Wor Bro David Cargo (1927-2017)
members of Newtownards District LOL No 4 were deeply saddened to
learn of the death of Wor Bro David Cargo who died on 28th June
2017, aged 89.
He was born on 21th September 1927
- the 132nd anniversary of the Battle of the Diamond - and joined
the Junior Orange Lodge 131 in Newtownards in 1939.
At age 16 he joined Dalzell Memorial LOL 1951.
The following year he transferred his membership to his
father’s lodge, Rising Sons of William LOL 240, where he remained
a member for the rest of his life.
David Cargo held office at every
level in the Loyal Orange Institution and the Royal Arch Purple
Institution. In the Loyal
Orange Institution of Ireland he was an Honorary Deputy Grand Master
of Ireland and a Past Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Orange
Lodge of Ireland.
As the archivist of the Grand
Orange Lodge of Ireland he, along with the late Wor Bro Cecil
Kilpatrick, organised the archive collection of the Grand Orange
Lodge of Ireland during the 1990s, and was always willing to give
advice and information to anyone doing research into Orange history.
He published a number of booklets
and articles on the history of the Loyal Orders, including a chapter
in ‘Battles Beyond the Boyne’ on ‘The Early Institution and
its Military Connections’, a 'History of Ards Chosen Few RBP 290',
‘Brotherhoods in Newtownards in the 20th Century’,
and he co-authored ‘The History of the Royal Arch Purple Order’
in 1994. A former
trustee of Newtownards Orange Hall, he had written an unpublished
history of Newtownards Orange Hall.
A strong supporter of the
establishment of the Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House,
he became the first chairman of the ‘Friends of Schomberg
When the Newtownards Orange District Choir was established he became an enthusiastic member, attending all the practices with his warm sense of humour adding to the fellowship within the choir.
David was laid to rest on 1st July in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.
by Jack Greenald
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.