Upper Ards District LOL 11

LOL 673

Above : LOL 673 1st July 1911

Portaferry LOL 673

LOL 673 was formed in 1807 with John Clarke as Worshipful Master, and met in a house in Church Street which was owned by Bro. McCappin. After a few years the Lodge moved to Church Road to the Church Of Ireland Boys School. In 1872 LOL 673 moved again and this was to their new hall, which with the help of the Nugent family was built and paid for in a couple of years. Up to 1910 the Lodge was attached to Lecale District LOL No. 2 but in that year LOL 673 transferred to Upper Ards District LOL No. 11. Special mention must be made of Lieutenant Commander Mark McDonald who was Worshipful Master from 1912 to 1919 and was largely responsible for the present structure within the lodge. From the minutes of 1898 arrangements for the 12th July included  the lodge engaging Elliotts for six horses and carts at a cost of £3.10.0 At the turn of the century if any member was absent for three consecutive meetings LOL 673 had a rule that the member be summoned to attend the next time the lodge met.

Entertainment in this era included dancing classes and shooting for a goose. In 1914 communication was received from County Grand Lodge containing disapproval of members of the order who were physically fit but had not joined the Ulster Volunteer Force. Portaferry replied by agreeing with County but stressed that the finger could not be pointed at them. In may 1915 the lodge heard of the sad loss of Bro. W.J. McClusky who was one of the first to answer the call for King and Country. In 1917 the lodge band disbanded due to the war and a piper was engaged to fulfil the position. By April 1918 things had improved and a new band called Portaferry Unionist Flute Band formed. The following resolution was sent to the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Lord Craigavon and the Hon. H. Mullholland in 1932, that we the members of LOL 673 condemn the action of those responsible for the removal of a Union Flag from Newry Town Hall, and call on the Government to make it compulsory to fly the Union Flag on all Government and State buildings including schools. In 1932 the 12th demonstration was held in Portaferry. During this time it was lodge tradition to attend all church services without a band and this policy lasted to some time after World War II. A set of new drums was purchased in 1948 and dedicated to the memory of John Matthews who fell in World War II. The Nugent family again came to the assistance of the lodge by offering the purchase of the property they rented for the sum of £3.15.0. Lady Nugent unfurled the new lodge banner in 1968 and LOL 673 had the privilege to host the 12th Demonstration in 1984.

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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