Statement by IGM.

There has been much media coverage of the breath of fresh air sweeping through Sinn Fein with the election of Mary Lou McDonald as the next party President and the prospect of Michelle O’Neill joining her as Vice-President.
The ‘old guard’ is being apparently being replaced with a new dynamic leadership team, free from the historical baggage carried by Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
They aim to persuade their Unionist sisters and brothers that they would be much better off in a ‘united Ireland’ of equals. Recent actions, however, show that there is very little difference in the mindset between the old and new leaderships.
Both new leaders-in-waiting have a track record of attending IRA commemorations where they have spoken of their pride at those who were involved in the ‘freedom struggle’.
This is simply a new name to romanticise the IRA campaign that involved the targeting, maiming and killing of men, women and children who were opposed to their warped ideology through religion or political opinion or of those from within their own community who had dared to speak out against the evil they were committing.
While there has been some reluctant admittance of the sectarian massacre at Kingsmill after having been put under extreme pressure in the media, there are countless other atrocities that senior Republicans remain silent about.
Mary Lou McDonald may have said that she has brought her own shoes with her. Hopefully they are hiking boots as it would appear that she still has a long road to travel.

Imperial Grand Lodge Meeting.

The annual meeting of Grand Lodge was held in ILOI Hall Ballymoney on Saturday 6th January 2018 with IGM Rt Wor Bro James Anderson in the chair assisted by Wor Bro Mervyn Storey in the deputy chair.The meeting was opened in the usual manner and all business brought before gthe meeting dealt with.

Following the completion of early business the IGM Rt Wor Bro Anderson declared all offices vacant and called on Wor Bro Alan McLean PIGM to take the chair and conduct the election of officers which resulted in all the  officers being returned to their respective posts. The newly elected officers were then Installed by Senior Lecturer Wor Bro Cyril Glass PIGM PCGM.. Remaining business was then transacted, the meeting closed and all present  entertained to supper by the ladies.

Garryduff ILOL NO 15 Beetle Drive.

 

Annual Beetle Drive

Garryduff Ind. Hall   @7.30pm

Thursday 28th December 2017

Prizes, Raffle & Supper served

Admission:  Adults £3.00 & Children £2.00

 

EVERONE WELCOME

 

 

BUSHSIDE ILOL No 24 PRESENTATION EVENING.

On Tuesday evening 5th December the members of  Bushside iloi No 24 together with visiting brethren held their normal monthly meeting in Bushside Independent Orange Hall.
Following the completion of the normal business WM Wor Bro Alexander McFarland informed those present that they were now going to present some certificates and jewels to three long serving members of the Lodge.
First up was IGM Rt Wor Bro James Anderson who presented a 50 year service
jewel and certificate to Bro James Henry. Next we had  Bro Alex Taggert receiving his 50 year service Jewel and Certificate from DIGM Wor Bro Mervyn Storey. The third receipent of a certificate and jewel was Bro Terry Glenn who was presented with 25 years service  by CGM Wor Bro David Johnston.
The final presentation of the evening was the presentation of a past masters certificate to Bro Tommy Henry.
Following the customary speeches the WM Wor Bro Alexander Mc Farland wished everyone present a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New year and then proceeded to close the Lodge.
All present were then entertained to supper by the members of Bushside lodge.

INDEPENDENT LOYAL ORANGE INSTITUTION IGM’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.

GRAND MASTERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2017.

Brethren, Sisters and friends of our Institution, another year has come and almost gone, the last twelve months have passed so quickly. Our Institution once again has played its part in all the main anniversaries celebrated this year. We were invited to be part of the planning committee for the Luther 500 parade organised by the Orange Institution and the Royal Black Preceptory and played a major role in all that happened at Portadown in  May,   it was good to be part of the joint parade and service as were remembered the work of Martin Luther 500 years ago, it was also a pleasure for me to be able to welcome to Ballymoney the Grand Master, Bro Edward Stevenson, together with other Senior officers from the Orange, Black and Apprentice Boys organisations to our Luther Parade and service in November.

The highlight for the Orange Institutions is the twelfth of July celebration, and for us is was a joy as we celebrated our twelfth demonstration in Rasharkin where we enjoyed a glorious day of celebration, catching up with old friends and off course beautiful weather.

As we all look forward to Christmas with excitement, presents being given and received, loved ones coming home for the festive season, feasting and parties we must also remember those who are less fortunate, and I would encourage all our members and supporters to look in on all those in their area who may be on their own.

This year, again, the terrorists have wreaked havoc in our homeland, and on the streets of our United Kingdom in the cities of London, Manchester and others in the mainland and I offer my sympathies to all who were bereaved in the atrocities, we are all indebted, again, to the security forces whose diligence to duty keep us safe, I pay tribute to all the members of the security forces for their sterling services to our country.

In the past year I was saddened when I learned of the passing of our oldest member, Bro. Jonny Gallagher, who passed away at the age of 103, we also lost another stalwart Bro Jim Lamont, I have fond memories of Jonny and Jim down through the years, to their family circles and to others in our Institution who have lost loved one this year I send sincere condolences.

As I close I want to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan on their engagement last month wishing them God’s richest blessings in the years that lie before them.

Finally, to all our members, their families and our supporters whether they are here at home, Australia, Argentina, England, Scotland or wherever Independent Orangemen might be I send you all seasons greetings and a happy and peaceful new year ever remembering the real Christmas message of God’s love and his special gift to us all.

Rt. Wor. Bro. James Anderson (Imperial Grand Master)

Royal Engagement.

The Grandmaster, Officers and Members of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution send our warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle on the announcement of their engagement to be married. We wish them many happy years together.

God Save the Queen.

HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip 70th Wedding anniversary.

The Grandmaster, Officers and members of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution send our warmest congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip on the occasion on their 70th Wedding Anniversary.

Indeed, their marriage has been a blessing for our nation as a whole, with The Queen describing her husband as ‘a constant strength and guide’.

We wish them many more years of happily married life together.

‘Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign’.

God Save the Queen.

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Hall Naming Evening.

Wednesday 1st November saw a huge crowd in The Headquarters of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution in Edward Street, Ballymoney for the naming of the main hall in memory of Highly Esteemed Past Imperial Grand Master Wor Bro. George Dawson, who sadly had passed away some 10 years ago.

Chief guests of the evening were Mrs Vi Dawson and her two daughters Emma and Sarah.

Many of the assembled were former colleagues of George including Sammy Wilson MP for East Antrim and Mr Paul Greenall from Evangelical Protestant Society, also present was Right Worshipful Bro. Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Orange Institution as well as many members of the Independent Institution.

The evening began with The Imperial Grand Master Bro. James Anderson welcoming everyone to the event, saying that it was a delight to see such a big crowd, he also said it was special occasion in the history of the Institution naming the hall in memory of such a Loved and sadly missed Brother Orangeman. He called on Past Imperial Grand Master Rt Wor. Bro RJ Johnston to commence proceedings, Bro. Johnston recalled how George had always had ambition for a Headquarters building in Ballymoney, somewhere the Institution could call home, were the gospel would be preached, where the community could be served and that while on holiday George phoned him to tell him he had found such a building. The project started over 20 years ago and he was delighted to report that all of the vision George had had in those times was a reality today

Bro Johnston invited Mrs Dawson to unveil the plaque and also invited Bro. Mervyn Storey DIGM, MLA to dedicate it the Glory Of God. Mrs Dawson thanked the Institution for the honour it had given to George’s name in naming the room after him and she said that he would be absolutely delighted with the honour.

The evening concluded with a short epilogue given by Pastor Eric Mc Comb, a cousin of George, and also an excellent musical contribution by members of Hebron Church Choir.

Wor Bro Alan McLean PIGM proposed a vote of thanks and Bro. Derek Mc Farland IGC closed the evening with the benediction.

At the end of the formalities all present were entertained to supper.

Grand Masters Charity Coffee Morning.

Big thanks to all who supported our coffee morning in aid Mc Millan Cancer support, your presence helped raise £671.00

Massive thanks again to all the bakers, coffee and tea makers dish washer and to everyone who helped in any way.

The event was held in Garryduff Presbyterian Church Hall and we would like to thank them for the use of their excellent facilities.

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