© Newtownards District No.4
As we mark the 104th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2020, we remember those local brethren who served with distinction for King and country. Sadly, a number of those men from the ranks of the Newtownards Orange Order lost their lives on that fateful day, 1 July 1916. Jack Greenald has recorded their stories.
WHEN THE JUNIORS LED OUR PARADE
When Newtownards hosted the 12th demonstration in 2005, the District tasked some junior boys and girls with adding some colour to the parade.
The 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.
On Friday 22nd May 2015, members of our District took the invitation to attend a planned protest on behalf of the Ards & North Down Friends of Twaddell.
A band of 18 Orangemen and friends made a successful assault on Slieve Donard on Saturday 5th October to raise funds for Cancer Research UK
LOL 1973 has recently been given two fantastic photographs relating to the opening of the Orange Hall at Craigantlet
The brethren of Newtownards District gathered in the last week of March to honour three of its most respected Past District Masters
In the run-up to the Twelfth 2004, a series of events were organised within the Orange Hall to market the Twelfth festivities. One of these was a display of lodge memorabilia, much of which had laid out of sight for many years.
THE LAMBEG TRADITION
The tradition of the Lambeg drums leading Lodges on parades has slowly diminished in the last fifty years. At one time drums would have accompanied seven of the fourteen Lodges in Newtownards District LOL No. 4.
The Newtownards branch of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Club celebrated its centenary year in 2005.
In the First World War a large number of Newtownards Orangemen volunteered to fight for King and Country. Over 240 Orangemen from the district joined up and over fifty paid the supreme sacrifice.
The annual Newtownards District Carol Service was initiated by the District Master, the late Wor. Bro. Billy McIlroy, following the District Gospel Mission which marked the Millennium year 2000.
A list of venues to host the local Twelfth demonstration from 1885 to the present
This lodge was formed in 1895 with James Green of Milecross Road as its first Worshipful Master. It replaced an older Total Abstainers Lodge LOL 1949 which disappeared in 1883.
The warrant of LOL 1501 has an interesting history. It was originally an army or marching warrant which was brought to the town in the 1840s.
Junior LOL 131 was reformed in August 1991 filling the void which had seen Newtownards District without a Junior lodge since the mid-eighties.