By Brian McConnell
The War Memorial in Sydney's Wentworth Park is impressive and unique, commemorating men killed in the First and Second World Wards who belonged to the Loyal Orange Lodge of Cape Breton.
War Memorials are located in communities around Nova Scotia, but none are like the one in Wentworth Park in Sydney, Cape Breton. The monument is very impressive, standing well over three metres high, and is inscribed with the names of 61 Nova Scotians killed in the First and Second World Wars. These men were all members of Orange Lodges in Cape Breton County.
SALMON COVE, N.L. - This week, members of Loyal Orange Lodge 167 Roseville in Salmon Cove were gearing up for the biggest event in the group’s history.The local group is hosting the 147th session of the Provincial Grand Lodge for the first time in its 106-year history.
“It’s something that we’ve wanted to do on a number of occasions, but the opportunity did not arise for us to do it,” recording secretary Willis Parsons told The Compass on April 30, as he and other members prepared pamphlets for the event, which was scheduled to run May 4 to 8. “But this year, we seemed to put a bit of a push at the local level to get involved. We’re only small in numbers and we thought it was too much work, but this year we took it upon ourselves to give it a try.”
L.O.L. 167 Roseville has 14 members and expects to have close to 100 people in attendance for the provincial event, which includes a banquet, parade and church service, among other festivities. Former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis is the scheduled guest speaker for the banquet on May 4.
For after a little bit of digging they've unearthed the surprising fact that Wallace Floody, on whom Charles Bronson's Tunnel King character in the Great Escape movie was based, was a leading Orangeman who's being remembered at events to mark this year's 75th anniversary of the break-out.Yet until 2018 the Order here had absolutely no knowledge about Floody, his Orange background or of his ties to the Great Escape, making him the one that got away, so to speak.
A call from Canada last year alerted local Orangemen to the possibility that Floody might have been a member of the Order on the other side of the Atlantic.
And it was later confirmed that he was indeed an Orangeman.
Floody was born and bred in Ontario, though it's thought his ancestors may have come from Ireland, bringing their fervour for the Orange Order with them as they settled in a small hamlet they called Enniskillen.
The Glorious Twelfth is a significant date in the Orange Order calendar, marking the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
The Orange Order is a Protestant organization based predominantly in Northern Ireland and Scotland, though it has lodges throughout Canada and the United States.
In Northern Ireland in 1795 the first Orange Lodge was established, with the date of the society’s first general meeting recorded as July 12, 1796.
On July 12, approximately 30 Orange Lodges will gather at the Neelin Street Community Centre (arena) in Carleton Place to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne’s 328th anniversary. Activities include a service of worship at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Ron Hunt of St. Bede’s Anglican Church in Nolan’s Corners. A roast beef dinner follows at 4:30 p.m.
Distributes over $37,000 to Trinity-Conception community groups
HARBOUR GRACE, NL — For decades, Loyal Orange Lodge Chosen Few 153 Tilton has supported a variety of organizations.
While Tilton may be in its name, the group's membership comes from all over the Trinity-Conception area. With the general membership of this Protestant fraternal group aging more every year, several LOLs in the region now cease to exist. Those Orangeman who did remain are now a part of the Tilton group. As a result, it has more communities to serve than ever before.
In 2017, the group donated over $37,000 to different organizations, including schools, fire departments, food banks, churches and non-profits active in the health sector such as the Janeway Children's Foundation, Daffodil Place and the Trinity-Conception-Placentia Health Foundation.
Annual ‘King Billy’ July 12th parade marks Canada 150, plus 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation
King Billy has once again strode the streets of Carleton Place — albeit sidestepping Lake Avenue construction.
The annual July 12th parade, commemorating the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690, when the forces of the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the forces of the Catholic King James II in County Meath, was held in Carleton Place this past Wednesday, starting at the arena on Neelin Street.
Orange Lodges from across eastern Ontario, from as far away as Renfrew County and Morrisburg, joined in the march, which went from the arena to downtown’s Bridge Street, and back. The parade, in years past, has gone down Lake Avenue to get to the downtown core, but had to be diverted this year because of ongoing construction work on the road.
“Waltzes, polkas, rills and trills and smiles” High low I go, how we danced them all …”
The words of the song, “Dance at the Orangemen’s Hall,” written by the late Fred Peach describe some merriment there over a century ago, relating a humourous story of mischief and its consequences. For anyone over a certain age, the Orangeman’s, or Orange Hall as it was called, evokes a flood of memories.
The name had nothing to do with colour at all. Back in 1889, a group of the Orange Order formed in Cow Bay (Port Morien) and built a meeting hall there. The Order was named for Prince William of Orange, who seized the British throne after defeating the Catholic King James in battle. The Orangemen promoted the Protestant faith and mutual aid of their members. It wasn’t uncommon for members of many religious groups at the time to form exclusive fraternal organizations.
The western chapter of the Orange Lodge of Canada recently gathered in Innisfail for its annual general meeting.
Orangemen from across the Prairies attended the event on April 16.
“We have an annual meeting of the right worshipful grand lodge, which is the four western provinces,” said William Johnston, most worshipful brother, past grand master and sovereign of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada. “We meet once a year in April and this is the first time we’ve been in Innisfail.”
Johnston, a member of the Orange Lodge in Innisfail, was joined by about 30 to 40 members who all took part in the annual meeting that included a short memorial service.
Members marched to the Innisfail cenotaph led by a piper, where the group laid a wreath to remember the Orangemen who fought and died in the two world wars. The service also included the reading of Psalm 23 and a moment of silence. It was followed by a luncheon at noon and the annual banquet later that evening at the Innisfail Royal Canadian Legion.
The Prince Arthur Loyal Orange Lodge #57 in Charlottetown will celebrate their 120th anniversary on March 19, 2016.
The group will celebrate with a divine Church service at the Emanuel United Church at 3 p.m. with Brother and Sir Knight, Pastor Glenn Jarvis. At 5 p.m. they will be serving a hot dinner with entertainment to follow.
This year, Prince Arthur LOL #57 Charlottetown will be donating $1 for every meal sold to charity. Their donations will be a 50/50 split between Daffodil Place and Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s.
In addition, they will have a voluntary donation box for those wishing to contribute.
The Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador will also participate in the event. They will also make a donation on behalf of the provincial group.
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From left, John Arksey, county master for Rideau/St. Lawrence County Orange Lodges, Kevin Bradley, Grand Master of the Carleton Place Lodge, and Mark Alexander, provincial grand master, Ontario East, of the Grand Orange Lodge of Eastern Ontario, stand before The Holy Bible and the Union Jack, key tenants of the Orange movement, during the Carleton Place Lodge’s 185th anniversary celebrations this past September at the hall on Industrial Avenue.
King Billy’s white charger is getting put out to pasture – in Carleton Place, at least, with news that the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 48 will be closing its doors officially on New Year’s Eve.
The decision was made at a meeting of the Lodge this past October, as membership was declining significantly. In fact, the numbers were down so much that Grand Master Kevin Bradley said that members of the Lodge in Montague Township were regularly invited to meetings to make sure that the bare minimum quorum of five was met – a method of operations that was simply not sustainable.
“That’s not how a Lodge should be run,” said Bradley. “Life changes and you have to go along with it.”
One-hundred and eighty-five years ago, in 1830, the Grand Lodge of Ireland issued the original warrant for Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 48 in Carleton Place.
The warrant, which hangs in the Orange Hall at 195 Industrial Ave, was issued to John Carboy, Kevin Bradley told the Canadian Gazette.
Bradley is the master of LOL No. 48, and he’s the immediate past grand master of Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East.
Fifteen years later – on Feb. 24, 1845 – the Grand Lodge of Ireland recognized British America as its own separate entity. As a result, the warrant for LOL No. 48 was re-issued.
“And we were lucky enough that they gave us the same number,” Bradley said.
With members throughout the world, the Orange Order is a Protestant fraternal society, which was founded in 1795 in Ireland to commemorate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Torchlight shines on a wall with paintings of battle scenes from the late 17th Century.
It's just after 17:00 local time, so there's no power yet - the electricity comes on at 18:00.
The battery-powered beam reveals a familiar picture of a king on a white horse.
He is the Dutch-born British monarch King William III, a man whose image is on many gable walls in Northern Ireland.
But this is one-and-a-half continents away from Belfast.
I'm on the outskirts of Accra, in the home of Dennis Tette Tay, the acting grand master of the Orange Order in Ghana.
Dennis's living room is full of photos, paintings and certificates relating to the order.
He tells me Orangeism is "in his soul".
One of Surrey’s oldest heritage buildings, Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1471, has been torn down.
Its lifetime spanned three centuries and it survived a move to Surrey Centre Cemetery, where it sat for two decades awaiting restoration.
Last week, with no rescuer on the horizon and its walls bowing with rot, the hall was torn down by the City of Surrey.
Built in 1891, the hall was one of the last surviving institutional buildings from Surrey’s pioneer past, serving an important role in the settlement and further development of the city’s culture as the focus of community life for early protestant settlers.
By Emma Jackson, Manotick News
Any centenarian will gain a few wrinkles along the way; the Orange Lodge in Edwards is no exception.
Osgoode Township High School teacher Ryan Campbell has been busy putting the final touches on the building's makeover in honour of its 100th year on Mitch Owens Road near Yorks Corners Road.
"She's 100 years old and she's showing her scars,"
Campbell said. "We're trying to cover some of them up."
The small, white building next to the post office has had its floor fixed and new carpet installed, and the main hall has been freshly painted. The outside has also been freshened up, and a sign has been added above the main entrance to identify the otherwise easy to miss Lodge 2297.
Floats from the Renfrew County and Carleton lodges participated in the annual Eastern Ontario Orange parade in Carleton Place July 12.
The parade celebrates the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic King James II during the Battle of the Boyne in County Meath, Ireland, on July 12, 1690.
The battle was preceded by the Siege of Derry in from June 1688 to August 1689. The 105-day siege saw the forces of Catholic King James II lay siege to the Protestant-stronghold of Londonderry. James had been overthrown by his own daughter, Mary, and her husband, King William of Orange.
Ten years later, Alice Teichert and Bobby Tamo complete renovations on John Street building in Port Hope
PORT HOPE -- The Orange Hall building on John Street in Port Hope has stood for 140 years, and with the help of two residents and the local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), it will continue to stand for years to come.
Alice Teichert and her husband, Bobby Tamo, both Port Hope artists, bought the building in 2003 and have now renovated the old lodge, as it was formerly called, inside and out. The building includes Ms. Teichert’s studio and gallery on the main floor, and office space upstairs.
In 1874, William Craig, who was then president of the Port Hope Chapter of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), bought the land on John Street and built the original building. In 1912, the building was sold to the Salvation Army. The Loyal Orange Association bought the building in 1936. It was sold again for retail space in 1972.
By Raymond Jess, Concordia University
Chapter 1 of "The Protestant Irish of Montreal and the birth of Canadian National Identity".
Immigrant Societies, the Orange Order
By 1879 the Orange County Master for Hochelaga David Grant believed that there were about 500 active members of the Orange Order in Montreal. But that if he accounted for ‘slow members’, i.e. those members who were not actively engaged in the Order, then the number in Montreal would be closer to 3,000.94 Reporting on a meeting of the Boyne Loyal Orange Lodge in Montreal in 1888, a local Orangemen noted that most of the membership was composed of young men between the ages of 18 and 25. By 1895, the Grand Orange Lodge of Québec was boasting of 4,470 members across the province. The main Orange Hall in Montreal was at 246 St. James Street. In 1894 no fewer than nine Orange Lodges met there at different times every month, including the Loyal Orange Lodges (L.O.L.) of Derry, Victoria, Boyne, Dominion, Prince of Wales and Duke of York, as well as Mount Royal True Blue Benevolent Lodge, Royal Scarlet Chapter and Hobah Royal Black Preceptory. The Hackett L.O.L. met at Chatham Street Hall while the Diamond L.O.L and the Hardiman Lady True Blue Lodge met at the Sons of England Hall on Craig Street. Finally, the Lorne L.O.L. and the Prentice Boys Association met every month at the Fraternity Hall in Point St. Charles. Although like the IPBS (Irish Protestant Benevolent Society), the Orange Order professed a certain national and religious identity, it certainly did not have any qualms in expressing its political and sectarian outlook.
Everyone saw red and white on Canada Day, but on July 12th, you’ll be seeing plenty of orange parading down the streets of Carleton Place.
The July 12th Orange Lodge parade commemorating the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690 will be held in Carleton Place, as part of the ongoing rotation that sees the parade return to the town every other year. Last year, it was held in Smiths Falls.
“We haven’t had a parade in Smiths Falls for some time and we just got the royal treatment down there,” said Alan Currie, a member of the No. 48 Loyal Orange Lodge in Carleton Place, while sitting in one of his trademark wooden sheds at the family business, Clearview Lumber, just outside of Franktown on the Richmond Road.
The Battle of the Boyne and its significance were celebrated in Carleton Place Saturday.
Members of the Orange Lodge from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec marched to mark the 1690 battle in which James VII of Scotland and James II of England were defeated by William III.
The battle, marked by marches on July 12 and known simply as "the Twelfth," is now recognized by the Orange Institution as a major turning point in religious freedom for Protestants.
"It's all about religious freedom, and that's what we stand for. Be proud of your country, be proud of your Protestant faith," said Kevin Bradley, Twelfth of July Committee Chairman.