23 June 2007

12th Booklet Article

Bro. Iain Jamieson (in WWI battle dress) looks over: The great 12th Float of the Eagles Wing, The Regimental Dinner, Rebels & Fencibles relaxing at the Saintfield Festival and Members at our meeting in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster.

ROYAL YORK L.O.L. No. 145

York is a very old Lodge having been formed from the ranks of the York Fencible Regiment in 1796. The Regiment was stationed in Ulster to protect Britain from French invasion. During the 1798 uprising the York Fencibles played a major role. In June 1798 the Regiment took part in the Battle of Saintfield and lost 56 officers and men [out of a total strength of 270]. The Regiment was disbanded in 1802 when some of it’s members joined the newly formed Rifle Brigade and fought with Wellington against Napoleon’s armies in Spain, France, and at Waterloo. However the Lodge remained in existence and the Lodge warrant (signed by the future King of Hanover, hence ‘Royal’) made its way back to Belfast where LOL145 has met on the first Wednesday of every month ever since.
York has always been very active in the support of Orangeism and the ideals of the Glorious Revolution. Over the years the Lodge has supplied a number of Orange leaders in Ireland and worldwide. The Lodge has also sponsored two successful daughter Lodges. In recent years the lodge has sought to develop and expand the cultural and community side of Orangeism. The Lodge has always been very proud of its origin in the York Fencibles. The Lodge has explored the history of the 1798 in Ulster and especially the Battle of Saintfield. The Lodge was the driving force in the creation of the York Island Arts and Heritage Association [York Island is a small area of ground just outside Saintfield where the dead of the York Fencible Regiment are mainly buried]. The Assoc. has gone from strength to strength and set up a film company, which produced a much-acclaimed film about the Battle of Saintfield, “Brethren in Arms”. Many Lodge members took part in the film and wore the red and gold uniform of their brothers who originally created LOL 145. The Assoc. has also produced an original play about the 1798 entitled “Who dares speak”. Arising from the Association’s work on the film the Down Council asked them to organise the Saintfield Festival, which has now become an annual event. This January the Lodge held a York Fencible Regimental dinner in honour of the members who died at Saintfield.
York is also the only private Lodge to have held a meeting and dinner in the Palace of Westminster (by invitation of Lodge members Lord Rogan and Lord Laird). This historic event was held to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and was attended by many prominent guests including the Grand Masters of England and Scotland. York Lodge has been very active in support of the Grand Lodge of Belfast’s efforts to make the Twelfth of July parade even more attractive to the community generally and to tourists in particular. The Lodge has had a float or similar attraction in the procession for the past three years. These included a large scale model of a seventeenth century emigrant ship, a horse drawn brake containing Lodge members in the uniform of the York Fencible Regiment, and a float displaying the talents of the only English Lambeg drumming Club, “Luton and Bedford”.
The Lodge has ambitious plans for the future including an “Orange” picnic at the Boyne which will have re-enactment displays, a variety of top stage acts, and extensive catering including a hog roast. It has also been involved in academic ventures, working with the Queen’s LOL 1845 and The Queen’s University Ulster Society to produce a definitive online record of Orange and Loyal Songs and Poems. We have also been a t the forefront of entering the online arena with the creation of our own lodge website, with histories, events and photographs of Royal York.
The future is Orange and LOL 145 intends to be there.

20 June 2007

Join the "Brethren In Arms" Association

The Association of
Brethren in Arms

The association of Brethren in Arms was founded primarily but not exclusively to commemorate the role played by all those members of the Loyal Orders who contributed in diverse ways to Operation Banner, the army’s support of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and later the Police Service of Northern Ireland over the past years.
From the soldiers of the regular army, the men of the RUC, The RUC Reserve , The Ulster Defence Regiment , The Home Service Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment , The Civilian Support Services , and all those un-named civilians who’s assistance , prayers and support all contributed to the campaign .
The part played by the families of those who served cannot be forgotten, the wives and sweethearts, the sons and daughters, the parents and grandparents who waited in hope of that familiar voice and dread of that ever too frequent knock on the door.
“They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait”
The scope of the association has been widened to include all those who served for sovereign and country in the many campaigns throughout history. Those who served in and for the cause of Ulster both at home and overseas from the army of King William, through the years of rebellion in Ireland. In two world wars, and subsequent conflicts, to those who still serve in the many conflicts throughout the world. Their service and sacrifice continues the long history of Ulster’s loyalty to sovereign and country. All of the above mentioned gave some, some gave all and it is our intention to insure that their service and sacrifice is neither forgotten nor understated in the cause of political correctness.
Truly they were and are
Brethren in Arms.
They Shall Grow Not Old As We Who Are Left Grow Old
Age Shall Not Weary Them Nor The Years Condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

01 June 2007

Irish Language Consultation Letter

Margaret O'Keeffe
Irish Language Bill Team
Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure
3rd Floor Interpoint
20-24 York Street
Belfast
BT15 1AQ
Margaret.OKeeffe@dcalni.gov.uk

Friday, 01 June 2007


Dear Margaret O'Keeffe,

Re: Irish Language Bill Consultation

I am writing to you on behalf of the officers and brethren of Royal York LOL 145, in connection with the above consultation.

It is the opinion of the lodge that this legislation is divisive and detrimental to the community in Northern Ireland. It does not allow for the parity of esteem that should be enjoyed by Ulster-Scots in law, funding and accessibility and has been introduced purely for political motives. This is not Scotland or Wales where language is a neutral issue, and also there is more than one language that could claim to be the native language of Northern Ireland.

Without the legislation being joint between Irish and Ulster-Scots, and promoting equality between those two languages, it is doomed to be perceived in a sectarian manner and be resented by the majority, and avoided by even most of its speakers.

It must not be allowed to continue.

Yours truly,

________________________________
Graham Steven Barton
Worshipful Master
Royal York L.O.L. 145