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.
“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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