Private Lodges 1900, 1907, 1951

Kircubbin Volunteers L.O.L. 1900

Kircubbin Volunteers Loyal Orange Lodge 1900 came into being in 1867. The first warrant, dated 2nd May 1867, was issued to Bro. James Muckle Worshipful Master, however it was not until 1888 that the Brethren had a permanent meeting place with the opening of the Orange Hall opposite the harbour at Shore Road.
The earliest photograph in the possession of the lodge dates from 12th July 1902. It shows the Brethren outside the Orange Hall before departing for the Demonstration at Ballynahinch. In those days the Lodge did not have a banner, but an Orange flag was carried, the standard bearer being Bro. Robert White of Gransha. Another personality in the photograph is the local Church of Ireland Rector, Rev. Mr. Foster who on being transferred to Strangford, was made a Canon. The Orange Arch can also be seen. It was renewed annually, being made with ropes, and decorated with flowers, Orange Lilies and Sweet William, and with Orange emblems. It was erected on the Eleventh Night. The poles to carry the arch were fixed in barrels filled with sand and stones.
The Lodge was accompanied on parades by a flute band. In the early days it was first flute but later changed to being a part music band. The members did not have a uniform, but wore a distinctive hat. On 12th July 1920 the Lodge's first banner was unfurled by Mrs. Wilkinson, wife of the then Rector. One of the events to make a profound impression on the people of the time had been the Battle of the Somme in 1916. A scene from the battle was depicted on the banner and on the other side, a portrait of King William III. The Lodge also at this time purchased new sashes. The earlier sashes of orange and purple were replaced with blue sashes to match the new banner. The Commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne was held in Greyabbeythat year, and it must have been with considerable pride that the Brethren of LOL 1900 walked the three miles to the demonstration, displaying the new banner. In the same year, the lodge honoured the memory and contribution of those Brethren who had served in the Great War by erecting a War Memorial in the Orange Hall. In 1926, the Kircubbin Lodge with Bro. James Close as Worshipful Master, had the honour of hosting the annual Twelfth Demonstration. The village then consisted of Shore Road, Blackhall Street, Main Street, The Green and Roden Street. Brethren from the four districts, Upper Ards, Newtownards, Bangor and Holywood, assembled at the foot of Allen's Brae and walked through the village, turning right down a lane at the top of Main Street to the demonstration field at Monaghan Bank. For this special occasion the village was decorated from the Orange Hall to the demonstration field and an additional wooden Arch was erected on Main Street near The Green.
Bro. Frank Oates, vividly remembered life in the lodge in 1932 when he was initiated into the order. Eighty-eight members were on the roll at that time and the dues were six old pence (2.5p). A coal fire opposite the front door heated the lodge room and light was provided by three paraffin oil lamps suspended from the ceiling and by one on the Worshipful Master's table. In the years 1933-34 toilets were added to the Hall, electricity was installed, a new maple floor was laid and a Modern Mistress stove installed in the kitchen. These were the years of the Great Depression and the commitments made by the Brethren were not entered into lightly. Much voluntary labour was given to bring about these improvements. Funds were raised by increasing the dues and by holding social events. Through wise stewardship and guidance by Brethren like Rev. Bro. Wilkinson the project was brought to a successful conclusion.
In 1939 the Twelfth was held in Bangor. Then with the onset of the Second World War there were no Commemorations until 1945 when the venue was Scrabo. In the post war years, the Lodge purchased an Orange Arch, previously used in Conlig. In 1952 this was replaced by one constructed by Bro. Andrew Mawhinney, assisted by Bro. Robin McWatters. The Lodge's third banner depicted Britannia on one side with King William III on the reverse side. In May 1971 when Bro. David Mawhinney was Worshipful Master, a new Standard was dedicated in the Parish Church by Rev. G. C. Martin. The Standard Bearer was Bro. Claude Bull. During the 1970s the Twelfth Demonstrations attended by the four local districts were led by Bro. John Steele dressed as King William III.
On 2nd July 1977, during Bro. George Palmer's term as Worshipful Master, the Lodge's fourth Banner was unfurled by Mrs. Williams, wife of the Worshipful District Master, at a service conducted by Rev. C. McCurdy at the Orange Hall. The illustrations chosen for this banner were ''The Battle of Somme'' and ''The Sermon on the Mount'' The previous banner was given to Raphoe Lodge in County Donegal following the destruction of their own banner.
In 1980, the Lodge had once again the honour of hosting the Twelfth Demonstration. This was during Bro. Victor Harrison's term as Worshipful Master. On this occasion the Brethren walked from the assembly field at Parsonage Road, through the village to the demonstration field at Ballygarvin. Bro. Robert Savage was the only member of the Lodge to have taken part in both the 1926 and 1980 Demonstrations, having been initiated into the Order on 12th July 1926. During the 1980's Kircubbin Accordion Band, formed in 1948 under Bro. James Filson achieved many successes in competitions. Most notably, in the years 1982 to 1984 it gained first place each year in the Intermediate Section of the All Ireland Championships. On moving into the Senior Section a third place was gained in 1985 and a second place in 1986. It has also had the honour of being invited to take part in the Belfast Lord Mayor's Show since 1983. In 1988 a decision was taken to replace the Arch and Bro. Jim Angus (Jun) assisted by Bro. James Caughey undertook to design and construct the new arch which was first used in 1989. The Lodge continues to stand for those principles of civil and religious liberty which were dear to those who applied for the first warrant.

Cloughey Rising Sons L.O.L. 1907

The village of Cloughey, which sits on the rugged coastline of the Ards Peninsula as etched by the Irish Sea, has boasted an Orange Lodge since the year 1869. The actual townland in which the Lodge was formed, with the first meetings taking place in the Master's houses, is known as Calhame, and even today the Lodge is known locally as the Calhame Lodge.
The motto of FEAR NOT was earned by the early Brethren of LOL 1907, as although they were never large in number they were, from their formation, dedicated men to the protestant Orange cause, and on their first banner this motto was placed below the Lodge number, not only to give forth to the public their heartfelt stand of never surrendering, but also to strike fear in the hearts of their enemies in the troubled times that have besought our province. Despite the motto not being printed on two of their banners, the last of these being unfurled on 30th June, 1972, a new banner was unfurled in June of 1988 by Mrs. J. Williams, wife of the Worshipful District Master, and it was with pride that the Lodge members were able once again to look upon their motto of FEAR NOT as the banner leads the Lodge on its Twelfth anniversary parades.
As the men of yore of LOL 1907 paraded on the 12th July they walked to the sound of the Lambeg drums, this being the type of music to lead them until the year 1937 when Brother W. Hasting, a member of the Lodge, decided to form an accordion band in the village. After a great deal of work and effort the Scott Memorial Accordion Band was formed, and from this pre-war date to the early 1980's the music of accordion bands was to fill the air whenever the Fear Nots of Cloughey would be on parade.
Often when reminiscing about the past a topic of interest mentioned by many Brethren will be the cost of the monthly dues paid into the Lodge, and in this respect the older members are no exception, and it was with a twinkle in the eye that Brother David Robinson, one of the most respected of the Fear Nots, recalled how the dues were only ''thruppence a month'' and of the big jump to the mighty figure of ''a tanner'' when the 1930's came along.
On Friday evening, 3rd June 2011, Cloughey Rising Sons LOL 1907, carried out the unfurling of a new Banner at the Dr Finnegan Memorial Presbyterian Church in the village. The evening was blessed with warm sunshine, which allowed the event to be carried out in the open air, and a large crowd of friends and neighbours were in attendance in the Church grounds. The Orange Brethren of Cloughey LOL 1907, accompanied by members form other local Lodges, were welcomed to the proceedings by Worshipful Bro. Joseph Long, GOLI Director of Ceremonies, who in his welcome also introduced the Platform Party of Rev. David Gray, Minister of Dr. Finnegan Memorial Presbyterian Church, Worshipful Bro. Tom Stratton, Worshipful District Master of Upper Ards District LOL 11, Worshipful Bro. Andy Thompson, Worshipful Master LOL 1907, Worshipful Bro. Jack Young, Deputy District Master of Upper Ards District, Worshipful Bro. David McKee, District Treasurer,and Worshipful Bro Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford.
Following the Welcome the Service was conducted by Rev. Gray who led the opening prayer, and introduced the first hymn, Nearer My God To Thee, the musical accompaniment was from Portaferry Accordion Band. This hymn was followed by the act of the Unfurling, carried out by Worshipful Bro. Stratton, with the Prayer of Dedication given by Rev. Gray, before the assembled group of people sang the second hymn, Abide With Me. Worshipful Bro Andy Thompson was next to address the assembled audience, paying his tribute to all who had helped with the evening, and to the members of his own Lodge for their support and help on this very auspicious event in the life of Cloughey LOL 1907. The front of the Banner has a painting on it of the old Presbyterian Church in Cloughey, with the back having a painting of King William III on horseback at the Battle of the Boyne. Prior to, and following the unfurling ceremony the Lodge and visiting Brethren were led through the village by the Portaferry Accordion Band.
If history can be a pointer to what may happen in the future, then the men of Cloughey LOL 1907 can look forward with confidence to a sure future. A future set strong with a back-bone of solid men of honour. Men whose names are set firm in the history of Orangeism. Indeed, the Rising Sons of Cloughey may Fear Not what the future brings and the Orange Institution at large can look to LOL 1907 as a sure part of its future.

Bowtown, Dalzell Memorial L.O.L. 1951

The Original Warrant for LOL 1951 (Ballyblack) was issued to Bro. William James Lamont (Dec. 1869). The same warrant was cancelled by Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland 17th December 1892. The second warrant LOL 1951 was issued to Bro. William J. Canning, and four other Brethren, Robert Allen, John Moore, John Bennett and James Conway on 2nd December 1896 (Ballyblack Churchill). Bro. John Murphy was also one of the members of this reconstituted LOL 1951, he was a member of the original Ballyblack 1951. He remained an active member until his death on 20th February 1906. His connection with the Orange Institution extended over a period of 65 years and with LOL 1951 for 37 years.

It is on record that while a member of Churchill LOL 1951 he never missed a meeting. The members thought it therefore fitting and proper that the portrait of so worthy a member of the Orange Institution should be placed on their new Banner which was unfurled on 9th July 1911. At a meeting of Churchill LOL 1951 on the 7th October 1903 a committee was appointed to find a site for a new Orange Hall. On the 20th October 1904 a site was chosen by LOL 1951 at Bowtown. On the 12th July 1907 the Dalzell Memorial Hall was officially opened by Bro. Chas. Dunbar Buller Deputy Grand Master, Worshipful District Master No. 11 District. The name of the Hall was chosen by Brethren in memory of the late Mr. David Dalzell, Worshipful Master. Bro. Dalzell drew the plans for the new Orange Hall and much credit is due to him as it might be said that on his shoulders rested the burden of the whole undertaking. All work on the hall was carried out by fellow Orangemen in the district. Prior to this new hall being built the members of Ballyblack Churchill LOL 1951 (Named after Lord Randolph Churchill) had no fixed place for their meetings. The present hall has changed very little from the original building and is a lasting memorial to those who over come great difficulty and laboured for the love of the cause.
A few unusual events and incidents occurred in LOL 1951 before they had their own hall, on the 12th July 1887 in Ballywalter each member received a bottle of stout before and after the parade, also at the same parade one Brother was expelled for life from the Institution for being Drunk and Disorderly and losing
his collarette. At the August meeting of 1898 a Brother was suspended for life for wilful abuse of emblems and members on 12th July evening in LOL room's Ballyblack. Another Brother was suspended for 3 years for violating Law 16 Class 4 (Violation of Institution) Class 5 (Offences against Religion, Morality and Soberiety). The original name of LOL 1951 was Ballyblack, when it was reformed it became Churchill LOL 1951. From the 19th March 1912 to the present day it has been named Dalzell Memorial LOL 1951, Bowtown.
Regular monthly meetings have been taking place in Dalzell Memorial Orange Hall since 1907 with the exception of April 1941 when no meeting was held due to certain air raids the previous evening. And in February 1953 the meeting was postponed because the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Lord Brookeborough was visiting Newtownards. In August 1928 Royal Black Preceptory 1022 was formed and held their monthly meeting in Dalzell Memorial Hall gaining most of their members to the present day from the ranks of Dalzell Memorial LOL 1951. The present Orange Hall has some interesting articles from the early days of the Lodge such as an Orange collarette which was found after the Battle of the Somme and is proudly displayed to this day in the Lodge Room.
The following letter with the collarette enclosed was received by Capt. James S. Henry Past Master and  Secretary of LOL 1951.

23rd January 1918.

Dear Sir & Bro.,

The enclosed has been sent to me from ''somewhere in France'' by a Bro. Orangeman and I take the earliest opportunity of restoring it to your LOL. I sincerely hope that the wearer of it is alive and well and that he will return in safety to wear it for many years. I may say that judging from the correspondence I have had
that it was picked up about the Cambrai front. It affords me a great pleasure to place in your charge a memento of such extraordinary interest.

With fraternal greetings.

Yours fraternally,

John McLindon P.M.

Sec. L.O.L. 1973,

Palmerston Park,

Inscribed on Collar
''Churchill L.O.L. 1951 Sec.”

L.O.L. 1900, 12th July 1902

L.O.L. 1951, circa 1980's