Newtownards Ex-Servicemen LOL 1952 was formed on Monday 9th August 1948. The ceremony was conducted by Bro James Smyth, Worshipful Master of Newtownards District LOL No.4.
It was mentioned that this was the first lodge instituted locally for close to sixty years, and it was disclosed at the time that the officers were looking forward to having a membership of at least 200.
The following Officers were installed by Bro, the Rt Hon J. M. Andrews, C.H., D.L., M.P., County Grand Master, assisted by Bro. Alex J. Conway, D.G.M.I.: W.M. Bro John McDade; D.M. Bro David Edgar; Secretary Bro Samuel Doak; Treasurer Bro Walter Carter; Chaplain Bro Jack Poole; Tyler Bro Samuel Boyd; Committee – Bros. Edwin Savage, Albert McAllister and William Boyd.
During speeches made that night Bro. McDade explained that the real founder member of LOL 1952 was actually Bro. Joseph Adair, of 1055. Bro. Adair is the father of Bro. David Adair and grandfather of Bro. Colin Adair who both still serve with pride within the ranks of 1952, thus ensuring that the family name of its founding member carries on the tradition within the lodge.
The lodge was confined to ex-servicemen of the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars and to serving men and, as there was over a thousand ex-servicemen in Newtownards, they did not think that they would have any difficulty in raising over 200 members.
Today, the lodge have the honour of leading the District’s annual Somme Remembrance Parade each 1st of July.
New banner unveiled
Ex-Servicemen’s LOL 1952 displayed their new banner prior to the 2018 VE Day parade, as the lodge celebrated its 70th year.
The lodge welcomed visiting brethren and sisters to Mark Street Orange Hall to see their new banner unfurled, in a ceremony conducted by Rev Ron Johnstone, Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge.
Following the service, the standard was put on display for the first time, as the lodge led a parade to the town war memorial to mark the anniversary of the victory in Europe with the service of remembrance.
Victory in Europe marked
Each year members of the District gather to mark VE Day – the end of the war in Europe. A parade and remembrance service, organised by Ex-Servicemen’s LOL 1952 is held on the Saturday closest to 8th May.
The parade makes its way to the town cenotaph where a service of remembrance takes place and wreaths are laid at the war memorial.
Support for the Children’s Hospice
Representatives of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice were in attendance at a meeting of LOL 1952 in 2010, when the lodge were able to hand to the charity a donation of £2250. This sterling effort was greatly appreciated by the hospice and the lodge members would like to thank all of those who contributed to their fund-raising efforts.
12th July 2005
Boyne Cultural Trip
These photos show members of LOL 1952 during the cultural visit they made to Drogheda Town Hall and the Battle of the Boyne site on 16th August 2003.
Why not join us?
Newtownards District consists of twelve lodges making up a membership of over 300. Each lodge holds a monthly meeting, where issues affecting the lodge are discussed. Though much of the business is of a formal nature, there is much social gathering between the members as well, at parades and other events which are organised throughout the year. If you would like to talk to someone about joining, contact us