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Loughries unfurl new War Bannerette
In April 2016 Loughries True Blues LOL 1948 unfurled a new bannerette at the Somme Museum, Conlig. The bannerette is dedicated to the memory of Lodge members who served, fought and died during the Great War.
The Lodge members and invited guests began the evening with two complimentary tours of the Somme Museum, prior to the unfurling ceremony in the main hall. Wor. Bro. Mark Anderson welcomed everyone to the evening and gave a overview of the World War 1 project that Loughries had undertaken.
This was followed by the unfurling ceremony performed by Wor. Bro. David Cargo Snr. Hon. Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and Wor. Bro. Stephen Rodgers, Lodge Treasurer and the banner painter.
Mrs Carol Walker from the Somme Museum gave a 'twin towers' talk on the Ulster Tower and Helen's Tower.
On Tuesday 10th May at 7.45pm Loughries will launch their historical booklet ‘The Great War and its Legacy – the history of Loughries True Blues LOL 1948" in the Orange Hall, Mary Street.
As part of the evening there will be two talks on the theme of The Battle of the Somme. Philip Orr, writer and World War I historian will give a talk on the Battle of the Somme, while Nigel Henderson, writer and researcher, will give a presentation on his work with Loughries on researching men of the Great War and offer advice on tracing your WWI ancestors.
At the conclusion of the talk both speakers will be available for questions - a light supper will be provided.
New medal struck to commemorate The Somme
The District is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a specially commissioned medal. The unique medal hangs on an orange and purple ribbon and features Helen's Tower with a single poppy and is inscribed 'Lest We Forget'.
The medal is priced at £10 and is available now for members of the District to purchase through their private lodge.
£2500 raised for Friends of Mitchell House
2015 saw our District raise funds for a local charity dear to the hearts of one of our member's family. Friends of Mitchell House is a charity which exists to support the great work done at Mitchell House School in Holywood, which caters for special needs children. Throughout last year each lodge raised money for the school, via direct donations, collections at church services and through other events held within and without the District.
The grand sum of these efforts amounted to £2500, which has now been given over to the Friends of Mitchell House to allow them to carry on their great work and improve the lives of the many children they cater for. On behalf of the school, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed.
In 2016 our District will be fundraising for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, another locally based charity who do terrific work to help improve the outlook for cancer sufferers in our area.