News From the District 2001

9 December 2001

A very enjoyable Carol Service was held in The Town Hall Carrickfergus. The Service was well attended and the offering will be donated to the Ulster Cancer Foundation. Carrickfergus District Lodge would like to extend their thanks to Rev McFarland, Magheramourne Silver Band, and to all those who helped make this another successful event.

29 November 2001

Congratulations to Bro. Andrew. Higgins. on passing his Lecturers exam. We hope that Andrew gets lots of new candidates to initiate (especially in Whitehead Temperance LOL 968).

23 October 2001

At the District Lodge Election meeting all District Officers were re-elected for a further year. There are however some changes in representatives to various committees. Further details are available from the District Secretary.

Would band secretaries please note that a Lodge in Cloughfern District require a band for 12 July 2002 Demonstration in Carrickfergus. Further details are on the message board in the interactive page on this site. 

19 October 2001

Officers from Carrickfergus District LOL together with the Executive Officer met with a party of retired professional people from the USA. This party had already met the Parades Commission and afterwards had meetings arranged with the RUC and the Lower Ormeau Concerned Community. We were able to answer their questions and put forward our point of view. It was interesting to see some Irish Americans now becoming Ulster Scots ! 

11 September 2001

The Officers and Members of Carrickfergus District Loyal Orange Lodge extend their heartfelt sympathy to the people of the United States Of America following the acts of terrorism in their country. Our sympathy is sincere as for 30 years our people have had to suffer and continue to suffer the terrorism of Irish Republicans.

Grant, O Lord to all who are bereaved, the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience, not sorrowing as those without hope, but in the thankful remembrance of Thy great goodness in past years, and in the sure expectation of a joyful reunion in the heavenly places; and this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.






6th September 2001

Three members Bro's Martin Anderson, John McAllister, and Ernest Wilson of Kilroot True Blues LOL 1544 were presented with their 50 year service jewels and certificates in Kilroot Orange Hall. The presentation was made by the Grand Master of Ireland Bro Robert Saulters who congratulated the brethren and thanked them for their many years of service to the Institution.

21st July 2001

A party of students from the USA were made welcome to the King William III Memorial Orange Hall where their questions on Orangeism were answered by District Officers. Some of the students have posted their comments on this sites Guest Book.

12th July 2001

The District Lodge took part in the celebrations held by the East Antrim Combine in Randalstown. The weather was fine and everyone enjoyed the day. We all look forward to next year when the demonstration will be held in Carrickfergus for the first time since 1990.

4th July 2001

The Somme Anniversay Parade was held with wreaths being laid at the War Memorial by Carrickfergus District Lodge and Bennetts Chosen Few LOL 553. A new format was tried at the War Memorial with the ceremoney being shortened. It was noted that more members of the public were present as compared to previous years. Hopefully these supporters enjoyed the occasion and will contact their local Lodge as new members are always welcome.

 12th June 2001

Congratulations to Bro's David Hilditch, Terence Clements, James McClurg, William Ashe, and Eric Ferguson; also Sis May Beattie and Patricia McKinney on being elected to serve as councillors on Carrickfergus Borough Council. As usual Orangemen and women are playing a leading role in the life of the community.

 9th June 2001

A very successful Pageant was held. Visiting Lodges from Belfast added to the occasion. Members of the Browning Parent Club from Londonderry were also present. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and that the visitors will encourage more of their friends to attend next year.

20th April 2001

A dinner was held in the Barn United Social Club in honour of our outgoing Worshipful District Master Bro David Hilditch. Bro Hilditch was presented with a wrist watch by the County Grand Master of Antrim Bro Robert McIlroy on behalf of the District Lodge.