Sunday the 4th of June 2017 saw the brethren of Ballymoney District accompanied by visiting brethren parade from the Orange Hall Edward Street to Hebron Free Presbyterian Church led by Lisnagrot Accordion Band. The service was led by Wor Bro Mervyn Storey MLA DIGM, Wor Bro Phil Moffett DIGC offered up prayer, Hebron Choir also took part before the Rev David Park delivered the message. Ballymoney District Master Wor Bro Ryan Elder made the announcements and thanked all those involved. Wor Bro David Johnston CGM closing in prayer. Following the service the parade reformed and walked back to Edward Street via the normal route.
Rasharkin District ILOL No 3 held their annual Church parade on Sunday 28th May 2017. Brethren formed up at Bendooragh cross roads for the short walk to Drumreagh Presbyterian Church. A good turn out of members including visitors from the Orange Order made their way to the church led by Finvoy Pipe Band for the service which was conducted by the Rev Richard Murray. After the service the parade reformed and made its way back to the cross roads.
A Special meeting of Grand Lodge was convened in Independent Orange Hall Ballymoney on Saturday 8th April at 7.00pm. This was a historical meeting as it was being held to confer the Royal Arch Purple Degree on a member of the Institution from Argentina. Following the opening of the Lodge by IGM Rt Wor Bro James Anderson and the usual welcoming remarks the chair was taken over by senior lecturer Wor Bro Cyril Glass who raised the Lodge to the Purple and called on Wor Bro Roy Wilson to conduct the obligation with the candidate Bro Rev Mariano Salguero. After the candidate left the room the Lodge was raised to the Arch Purple. The Lodge room was then prepared and Bro Glass and his helpers conferred the degree on Bro Rev Salguero. Following a few speeches and the obligatory photographs all present were entertained to supper.
We,We the Officers, Sisters and Brethren of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution extend our congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of the Sapphire Jubilee of her Accession to the Throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and the other Commonwealth realms.
Thy choicest gifts in store,
On Her be pleased to pour,
Long May she Reign!
God Save the Queen.
On Monday 16th January members of the Charity committee met in the Headquarters Hall in Ballymoney where they presented the cheque from 2016 to the receipitants Causeway Childrens Diabetic Group. On the night the group was represented by the group leader Rhonda Blakely,Mr and Mrs Tommy Henry and Mrs Andi Lyons..IGM Rt Wor Bro James Anderson welcomed the visitors,congratulated them on the work they are doing and presented Rhonda with a Cheque for £3580.00. to which she suitably replied expressing her amazement at the generous amount the group had received.
Following the taking of photographs the group enjoyed a bite of supper served by the ladies.
The annual meeting of Grand Lodge was held in ILOI Hall Ballymoney on Saturday 7th January 2017 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 it processed.
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 main officers being returned. 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.
INDEPENDENT LOYAL ORANGE INSTITUTION
GRAND MASTERS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016
Brethren, Sisters and Friends of our great Institution here we are in December, the last twelve months passing so quickly since my installation. My first year as Grand Master of our Institution has been a memorable one for me, leading for the first time our Annual parade in Portglenone being a great honour.
Christmas is a special time and many of our Institution’s families will be having their loved ones home to share in the excitement that it offers, exchanging gifts, feasting and relaxing, I wish them all a blessed time, for some in our Orange family this will be a difficult time as there will be an empty chair at the family table probably for the first time and to them we offer our prayers of support.
There will be others from our Institution who will have to go to their place of work on Christmas Day and I pay tribute to them as they serve, whether in the security forces, hospitals, charities or wherever it is and I commend them for their dedication.
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and my main highlight of the year as Grand Master, was in June laying a Poppy wreath at the Ulster Tower in France on behalf of our Institution and in tribute to the fallen from our homeland,We should never forget the sacrifice they made on our behalf, and of course today, we must remember and support the brave young men and women serving our Nation in many different places throughout the world to ensure that we have security and freedom.
Because of the work of our Forces do across the globe , in the air, on the sea or on land in dangerous situations Britain still remains a Christian country, where we can celebrate the birth of Christ, Gods Son, Prince of Peace, the true meaning of Christmas, and the very reason our Institution exists. So, as we come together with our loved ones on Christmas Day to celebrate, remember those who cannot do the same, let’s give thanks to those who are helping to protect us whether here at home or abroad.
Let me wish all our members and supporters a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, here at home in Ulster, in England, Scotland, Australia and anywhere else in the world Independent Orangemen and women find themselves
Rt. Wor.Bro. James Anderson Imperial Grand Master
Saturday evening saw a large crowd meet with the Imperial Grand Master to enjoy a delicious dinner in the Headquarters hall in Ballymoney. The dinner was to fund raise for the support group for Diabetic Children in the Causeway coast area.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal prepared and served by Edith Blair and her staff, followed by an hour of music song and craic provided by a wonderful choir Harmony & Co under the leadership of Annie Sharkey, with some Ulster Scots stories delivered by Gary Blair.
The evening was to raise funds, as already said, for the support group and we are pleased to announce that on the night we raised a magnificent £793.00.
A special meeting of Grand Lodge was convened in the Independent Orange Hall Ballymoney on Saturday 22nd October at 1.45pm. The meeting was opened in the usual manner by Rt Wor Bro James Anderson assisted in the deputy Chair by Wor Bro Mervyn Storey with Wor Bro Derek McFarland conducting the devotional duties.
As the main purpose of the meeting was to confer the Royal Arch Purple degree on some Brethren from Liverpool the meeting was adjurned to allow lunch to be taken. Following lunch the meeting re-convened and control was handed over to Senior lecturer Wor Bro Cyril Glass PIGM,PCGM who raised the Lodge through the Purple degree. Wor Bro Roy Wilson then took the candidates through the obligation before they were asked to retire and the Lodge was raised to the RAP. Wor Bro Glass and his team then proceeded to confer the RAP degree on the Liverpool Brethren. The lecture was performed by Bro Uel Campbell and Bro Frank McClure with Bro Phil Moffatt delivering the lesson.The meeting was then closed and the customary photographs taken.