Newtownards District LOL no. 4

The governing body of 12 Orange lodges in Newtownards, County Down

Temple of Loyalty LOL 481

The oldest lodge in No. 4 District possibly dating back to 1797 formerly met in James Frances’ Inn in Great Frances Street. This lodge has in its ranks one of the oldest Orange families in the town – the McNeilly’s.

Temple of Loyalty begins new year

LOL 481 met in mid-January to install its officers for 2015, in the presence of District Officers and other visiting brethren. After a successful meeting, the brethren enjoyed supper and a social evening in the Orange Hall.

newly installed officers in January 2015
Bro Colin Campbell (right) is presented with a 25 year service jewel by Bro Stephen Wilton

Unfurling of new banner

Temple of Loyalty LOL 481 stepped out with a new banner to parade behind on the Twelfth 2013, following the unveiling of their new lodge standard.

The Orange Hall was packed one Saturday evening to see the new banner unfurled in a ceremony conducted by the Grand Chaplain Bro. Ron Johnston. The new banner was then well and truly christened by the summer showers in the parade that followed.

The banner’s main image is divided between portraits of the Ulster Tower, the Boyne Obelisk, Dan Winter’s Cottage and the statue of Lord Carson. King William crossing the Boyne is on the reverse.

Lodge makes Honourary Member

It was with great pleasure at a function in 2011 that Worshipful Master Bro Phil Smyth presented Wor Bro Wilson Porter with his Honorary Members certificate. Wor Bro Porter joined LOL 481 on 5th January 1976 and served as Worshipful Master in 1982. Bro Porter also served as Lay Chaplain from 1995 until 2001.

Presentation to Honorary Members

Worshipful Master David English presents certificates to five honorary members of the lodge at the annual dinner in November 2005.

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

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