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REVIEW OF 2016

Galgorm Parks L.O.L. 507 held their Annual Installation of Offices for 2016 in January. Conducting the Installation was Bro Hubert Scullion Ballymena District Secretary assisted by Bros Ronnie Craig L.O.L. 115 and Ian Ramsey L.O.L. 472. Brother Steven Lowry was installed as the new Worshipful Master.

Ballymena again played host to the Annual St Patrick Orange Parade and Commemoration Service on Saturday 19 March 2016. The traditional Parade and Service is held on the Saturday nearest to St Patrick's Day which this year was the 19th March. A pleasant spring day greeted the marchers as the Parade made its way from Galgorm Road through the Town to St Patrick's Parish Church. With afternoon shoppers out in force the sounds of the flute and drums brought the Town Centre to a standstill. As has been the custom at this Parade for a past few years a large turnout of the Apprentice Boys of Derry helped to swell the numbers.

The Apprentice Boys of Derry taking part in the St. Patrick's Parade in March

The County Antrim Grand Orange Lodge held a special Drumhead Service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 28 May 2016 in Antrim. The venue was the grounds of Antrim Forum with Galgorm Parks Chaplain Bro Rev James Clarke as one of the speakers. The Lodge held their own Service in June with the guest speaker Rev Alistair Bates Minister of the nearby Wellington Presbyterian Church.

The Rev Alistair Bates with Bros David McConaghie Worshipful District Master and Steven Lowry Worshipful Master of Galgorm Parks

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 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".

The time 7.30am, the date 1 June 2016 at Ballymena's Memorial Park for the Somme Remembrance Service

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.

The 29 Lodges of the District paraded from Wakehurst Road to the field at Peoples Park. Again regular visitors taking part in this year's Demonstration was Whinhall True Blues from Airdrie, Scotland who accompanied Ballykeel L.O.L.472. Also making their debut appearance at the Ballymena Demonstration was new band, North Ballymena Protestant Boys who accompanied Connor L.O.L. 555. This year the Brethren and Sisters paraded under the New Orange Arch in Salisbury Square for the first time

At the Field speakers on the platform included Magnus Bain, Past Grand Master of Scotland and County Antrim Grand Master William R Matthews. As this is the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme the Poppy was in evident in most lodges and bands.


New W.M. and D.M for 2017
Bro David Lynn was elected new Worshipful Master of Galgorm Parks L.O.L.507 for year 2017. The popular Galgorm man will be installed as W.M. early next year. Assisting David as Master will be Andrew Willams as Deputy Master. Speaking to galgormparks.com after the meeting Ballymena District Officer Ian Ramsey paid a glowing tribute to work of the Brethren of Galgorm Parks during 2016 and their continued support of Ballymena District Lodge.

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