Thursday 8 September 2022

HM Queen Elizabeth II - 1926 - 2022

HM Queen Elizabeth II

HM Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 2022

The Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren express their great sorrow at the passing of The Queen this afternoon. Her devotion and service to our Nation, Realm, the Realms and Members of the Commonwealth and to the world will be remembered for many years to come. Our thoughts are with The King, the Queen Consort and the entire Royal Family at this time.


Tuesday 2 April 2019

An Address by Miss Grace Roe (Suffragette), April 1919

The following is an extract from our Lodge minute book from 100 years ago.


Address by Miss Grace Roe

At close of Lodge meeting held on Wednesday the 2nd April 1919, Bro Dr Marcus Clements introduced Miss Grace Roe, a member of the Women’s Political Party and one whom had done yeoman work for her party, and was now doing equally good work for our Coalition and Unionist Government.

Miss Roe who was warmly welcomed spoke on what women had done during the war, their efforts in S Wales and other industrial cities in preventing strikes, and helping out army in Flanders, the principal plank of the woman’s party platform, was the “Union between England and the rest of the British Empire, watching the Vatican, and a knowledge of the Irish Question, on International Finance, and the Finances of the Socialist Party, were all captured by the Vatican and Germany. Irish Roman Catholics were being urged to join a Centre Labour Party.

The Women’s Party beside doing a good work during the war in munitions and other activities, had owing to the franchise being extended to them, voted Bolshevik Labour at the General Election.
The utter futility of shop stewards, Bolshevik committees and the attempts of Sein Fein to form with Labour were fully exposed, and the pamphlet issued by the Irish Transport Union Each for all and all for each was an example of the methods employed generally.

Miss Roe displayed an intimate knowledge of the many social questions of the day, and at the close of her address, was thanked very warmly by the WM for her entertaining and instructive address.
Bro Davison DM, proposed that the best thanks of the meeting be accorded to Miss Roe which was seconded by Bro R Tougher and passed by acclamation.

Miss Roe suitable replied, and thanked the Lodge for the opportunity given her to address a meeting of Orangemen.

God Save the King

John Sayers


Further reading on Miss Grace Roe:

Her force feeding was not "not exceptional treatment" in Hansard -

Thursday 1 November 2018

Lord Laird Orange Memorial and Celebration Service

John Laird, Lord Laird of Artigarvan
John Laird, Lord Laird of Artigarvan

This Saturday (3 Nov 2018) we hold our Orange Memorial and Celebration to the life of Bro John Laird (Lord Laird) in St Mary Magdalene's Parish Church, Donegall Pass at 3pm.

There will be representatives from Grand Lodge, Boyne Obelisk LOL 1690 and the wider Orange family, as well as entertainments from the world of Ulster-Scots in Dance, Pipes and Song.

All friends of John are invited to attend, and as this is an Orange Service, members of the Institution are requested to wear regalia.

There will be a retiring collection for the Grand Master’s Appeal; the Drew Nelson Life and Legacy Project.

Monday 25 June 2018

Annual Whiterock Parade


Annual Whiterock Parade

Brethren & Sisters to assemble in Glenwood Street at 2.00 p.m. for 2.15 p.m.

Monday 11 June 2018

United Districts Parade of North Belfast


United Districts Parade of North Belfast (Duncairn Gardens/Tigers Bay areas)

Brethren & Sisters to assemble as per Districe Lodge at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Monday 23 April 2018

Annual Church Parade for the City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows Fund


Annual Church Parade for the City of Belfast Loyal Orange Widows Fund

Brethren and Sisters to assemble as per District at 2.15 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. parade to St. Aida’s Parish Church

Wednesday 4 April 2018

One Hundred Years on ... Minutes of Meeting, 3rd April 1918, Death of James Donnelly

York L.O.L 145
Clifton St Orange Hall
3rd April 1918

The usual monthly meeting of this Lodge was held on the above date, Bro Edward Leathem, WM presided and Bro Joseph Davison, DM occupied the vice chair.
The Lodge was opened in proscribed form, and a portion of scripture having been read by Bro Rev Dr Walker, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
There was no meeting of the Lodge Com’ held owing to the Easter Holidays.

Death of Bro 2nd Lieut James A Donnelly RFC

The WM referred to the sad news which was in possession of most of our members, viz the death from wounds received in France of our dear Bro Lieut Jas A Donnelly, his loss to our Lodge was deeply felt by all his brethren and he begged to express for them his sincere regret and deepest sympathy, further his loss to the community in general, as a Loyal Protestant, and a sound Unionist was a very severe blow when all such staunch champions as him were wanted in the present crises.

The D.M. Bro Davison, Bro J L P McKeown and Bro Dr Walker also paid tribute in sympathetic terms to the loss of Bro Donnelly who was beloved by all who knew him.

A resolution of sympathy and condolence was passed in silence, all present standing.

Bro R Tougher pro and Bro Dick seconded a Deputation consisting of the W.M., the D.M., the Secretary and Bro Hodgen, want upon Mrs Donnelly and convey the resolution of sympathy from the Lodge Passed.

Bro Davison D.M. pro that the Lodge adjourn this meeting as a further token of our respect for the late Bro J A Donnelly, this being sec by Bro Kempston was passed unanimously.

Bro R Tougher suggested that the secretary consult with Bro Rev R Dixon Patterson, Rector of St Barnabas Church in order that a memorial service be held on Sunday 7th inst in memory of Bro Donnelly, which was agreed to.

Lodge Closed

The Lodge was then closed in due form.

God Save the King

Edward Leathem WM
John Sayers Secty