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Members of Ballymena District Lodge No 8
Reflections of Summer 2016

As autumn fast approaches we look back at what was a memorable summer for both the Lodge and also Ballymena District.

The 1st July was remembered all over our province being the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. In Ballymena various events were held in the town to commemorate this historic Battle. Also on the evening of 1st July the District Lodge opened a splendid new Orange Arch on Salisbury Square at their Mini Twelfth Parade. The main theme of the Arch was appropriately the “Battle of the Somme”.

Many an eyebrow was raised when the District Lodge announced the Twelfth Demonstration Field to be the Peoples Park. What a master stroke this proved to be, as the picturesque Park provided to be an ideal venue for such a gathering. A carnival atmosphere prevailed as the Lodges lead by St Patrick’s Church Temperance L.O.L.1123 paraded along the avenue walkway into the Peoples Park.

One of Ballymena's famous landmarks the King Billy painting on North Street which has recently been re-painted

This wasn’t the only successful parade to be held in the Borough this summer. The traditional “Last Saturday in August” County Antrim Royal Black Perseptary demonstration was held in Ballymena. The Field was once again Ballee Playing Fields, via Queen Street/Antrim Road which is perhaps still the best route for public viewing.

On a sad note the Lodge mourned the loss of two stalwart Members just immediately after the Twelfth, Brothers Herbie Morrison and Joe Stevenson Lay Chaplain.

The Historic Drums
As a lambeg drumming Lodge the residents of Galgorm Parks and surrounding area of Ballymena are well used to hearing the sound of the drums at this time of year.

But what is the history behind these huge drums?

One of the drums used in today parade dates back to 1910 with the other drums made shortly after this. Weighing in at approximately 45lbs they rank among the heaviest drums in Ballymena and most of "The Parks Drummers" will certainly testify to that.

The work that goes into pulling a drum up to the correct pitch and sound would have to be seen to be believed. Hours of pulling followed by drumming the drums back down is repeated over and over again to finally arrive at the point where the drum gives the best tone.

Ready for the big day The Parks Drums

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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