Upper Ards District LOL 11
LOL 552

Portavogie True Blues LOL 552

Portavogie possesses the oldest warrant number in North Down. LOL 552 originally sat in Portaferry. It was founded in 1797 with 55 members but in 1840 the lodge moved to Portavogie. The current warrant in possession of 552 was issued on 18th June 1892 by Grand Lodge to Bro. George Mahood then the Worshipful Master. Prior to the building of the current Orange Hall the lodge sat in premises belonging to the Ennis family now the site of 3 Cloughey Road. The longest serving Worshipful Master was Johm McMullan who held office from 1926 to 1939. During his time in the chair the lodge paid him the sum of £1.0.0 for house work carried out in the hall in 1934. Also amongst the receipts for 1934 was one for the hire of a 32 seat minibus from Portavogie to Kircubbin on 1st July for £1.10.00 and another for dues to the District Lodge for 10 shillings and sixpence.LOL 552 has had some well beloved Brethren. A headstone in Ballyeasborough graveyard erected by the Brethren of LOL 552 in memory of Bro. Alexander McConnell who died 23rd July 1906 aged 86 years is only one such example.

Various arches and banners too numerous to mention have been in possession of LOL 552, the largest banner hangs in the hall and measures 7ft x 7ft and was unfurled around 1960 and accompanied the Brethren on their visit to Scotland in the early 1970’s. LOL 552 has been fortunate that it has always had a good membership and can boast the best turnout in No. 11 District at many Twelfth demonstrations.

Foundation Stone Laid For Portavogie Orange Hall

The laying of the foundation stone of Portavogie Orange Hall was reported in the Belfast News Letter of February 6th, 1873. The paper noted that several clergymen had been present at the event, and an Orange procession had been held from the school-house to the platform, where William Keown MP of Ballydugan House presided. Lodges from Greyabbey, Kircubbin, Ballyhalbert, Ballyeastboro' Kirkiston, Cloughey and Portaferry were represented at the historic occasion.

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Parades & Events

Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 7.00pm - LOL 781 Charity Concert - Donaghadee
Friday 26th June 2015, 7.00pm - Upper Ards District Mini 12th - Ballywalter
Wednesday 1st July, 7.30pm - Annual Somme Commemoration Service - Donaghadee
Sunday 5th July, 2.30pm - Annual Divine Service - Donaghadee
Monday 13th July 2015 - Annual Boyne Anniversary Celebrations - Holywood