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Members of Ballymena District Lodge No 8
Galgorm Parks Install New Worshipful Master
Bro David Lynn was installed in January as the Lodge's new Worshipful Master for 2017. Conducting the Installation again was regular visiting Brethren Hubert Scullion Ballymena District Secretary, Ronnie Craig L.O.L. 115 and Ian Ramsey L.O.L. 472. Bro Andrew Willans is the new Deputy Master along with "the old guard" in the other Lodge positions.

Bros Ian Ramsey, Hubert Scullion and Ronnie Craig back row, with new W.M. and D.M. David Lynn and Andrew Willans

First Parade of 2017
The new marching season gets underway in Ballymena on Saturday 18 March with the Annual St Patricks Day Parade and Commemoration Service organised by St Patricks Church Temperance L.O.L.1123. This parade is held every year on the Saturday nearest to Saint Patrick's Day (17 march). The Parade leaves the Protestant Hall, Galgorm Road at 1.30pm with the Service at St Patrick's Parish Church at 2.00pm.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland in conjunction with the Royal Black Chapter is arranging a Martin Luther Reformation Rally to be held at Shamrock Park Portadown, County Armagh on Saturday 6 May 2017. The Rally will be preceded by a procession leaving Edenderry at 5.30pm and returning to Edenderry immediately after the rally ends.

"Shaun's Debut Novel"
Retired primary school Principal Shaun Martin who is Lodge Lay Chaplain has released his debut novel "Crewe to Ballywatermoy". Set against the post war condition of the railways of Ulster one could be forgiven for believing this is a factual account of happenings on the NCC.

Bro Shaun Martin who has released his debut novel

The illusion is enhanced by the reproduction of a system map from 1948(p294). But this book is a novel and the characters are fictional. The story begins with the arrival of the newly appointed chief officer, Malcolm Ross. Reflecting cross-channel control by the LMS his arrival is heralded without earshot sarcasm, not another bloody Englishman coming over here to tell us how to run our railways (p69).

Through the eyes of Ross we are taken on a journey over NCC stations, staff issues, locomotives, excursion trains and railway operations. Some of the events did happen or indeed indicative of what could have happened and many described are based on facts or at least very credible. The Ballymoney tablet having been dropped at speed the express was now under the control of Coleraine's colour light signals, a section controlled by direction levers (p80). The story of the escapades of the Whiteabby station cat (p64-65) is possibly factual and a delightful tale.

The book has all the hallmarks of the historical novel and attempts to convey the spirit of the events with realistic detail and fidelity. Not all is about the NCC as there is a love story and accounts of journeys on the continent. It is enjoyable to read and is to be recommended.

The book is available from Camerons Book Department, Broughshane Street Ballymena and from Shaun Martin 07801 921042.

What Does Orangeism Stand For Today?
The Orange Order is fundamentally a Christian Organisation committed to the cause of Civil and Religious Liberty for all. To learn more visit the Grand Lodge of Ireland's website and read about what Orangeism stands for today.

Ever Thought Of Becoming An Orangeman?
If so, you could find the experience very rewarding ---- not only educationally, but it will open up a whole new social life which will give you the chance to meet Brethren locally and further afield.

If you are 17 or over and in good standing and would like to become part of a Worldwide Protestant Organisation then contact a Loyal Orange Lodge in your area or us and we will put you in touch with a Lodge of your choosing.

For a friendly and informative chat on how to start the process of application for Membership please contact us today. Another New Member will maintain the strength and unity within our culture and believes.

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