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REVIEW OF 2017

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 was installed as the new Deputy Master.

The new marching season got 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. The parade is held every year on the Saturday nearest to Saint Patrick's Day (17 march).

Retired primary school Principal Shaun Martin who is Lodge Lay Chaplain 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. The book is still available from Cameron's Book Department, Broughshane Street Ballymena, or from Shaun on 07801 921042

Bro Shaun Martin who released his debut novel in 2017

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland in conjunction with the Royal Black Chapter held a special Martin Luther Reformation Rally at Shamrock Park Portadown, County Armagh on Saturday 6 May 2017. The Rally marked the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Bro Rev William Moody (centre) who was Guest Speaker at the Lodge Service on Sunday 18 June 2017

Tens of thousands of Orangemen and Band members step out at 18 Twelfth Demonstrations across Northern Ireland. The biggest day in the parading calendar was enjoyed by huge numbers of spectators, including tourists and holidaymakers. On a glorious day, the wider Orange and Unionist family once again enjoyed the pageantry and fraternity of our annual Battle of the Boyne celebrations.

In Ballymena where the Twelfth parade is held every year, the pride of hosting the Demonstration this year went to Ferniskey L.O.L. 115. The 30 Lodges of the District paraded from Wakehurst Road to the field at Peoples Park. At the Field speakers on the platform included Bro Jim McHarg Grand Master of Scotland and Past Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Ireland Robert Saulters. The religious service at the field was conducted by Bro Rev Ian McClean a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

On Friday 3 November Galgorm Parks and Carnlea L.O.L. 961 jointly staged a Comedy Play by The Country Players entitled "Just the Ticket". The play was held in Cloughmills Orange Hall for the first time and as usual was a laugh a minute.

The cast of the Country Players

The year ended with the Annual District Carol Service at Ballee Presbyterian Church on Sunday 10 December appropriately with a background of snow on the ground.

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