Upper Ards District LOL 11

LOL 781
Above : LOL 781 12th July 1959

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The first meeting of LOL 781 was held on 2nd July 1904 after the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland had issued warrant number 781 for the fee of £1.00. During the early years the Lodge met in the Orange Hall in Manor Street, Donaghadee but on the 13th July 1912 the foundation stone was laid by the Right Honourable R.J. Kennedy CMG for their own Orange Hall on the corner of Moat Street and Union Street. The Orange Hall was formally opened in November of the same year by Bro. Col. Wallace C.B. Grand Master of Belfast County with Bro. Rev. Canon Pooler leading the devotional scripture and prayers. The cost of building the Orange Hall was £1000.

In 1914 World War 1 broke out and 48 members of LOL 781 answered the call to serve King and Country, sadly 9 members were to lose their lives during the conflict. During World War 2 a number of Brethren served in His Majesties Forces thankfully they all returned safely after the war. On 29th September 2006 the Orange Hall was destroyed by a malicious fire two things to survive the blaze were the War Memorial erected to remember those killed during World War 1 which had fell from the wall and amazingly covered the Lodge Warrant which also emerged from the ashes. The new Donaghadee Orange & Protestant Hall was completed in October 2008. Find out more visit LOL 781 website.

Bro. Mervyn Scott W.M.

It was with great regret and sadness that the Brethren of L.O.L. 781 learned of the sudden death of their highly esteemed Worshipful Master Bro. Mervyn Scott who sadly passed away suddenly on Monday 18th November 2013. Bro. Scott was very highly respected by not only the Brethren of LOL 781 but also by the Lodges and Brethren throughout Upper Ards District LOL 11 and further beyond. Bro. Scott worked tirelessly and enthusiastically for his Lodge and always strived to see them at the centre of their community within Donaghadee, he was a dedicated and devoted member of our institution and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The Brethren of LOL 781 will miss him as a very important member of the Lodge but they will miss him even more as a friend with whom they shared many happy times. Upper Ards District LOL 11 would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Bro. Scott's entire family circle.

Brother Mervyn Scott
Bro Scott, taken at the Ulster Covenant Centenary Celebrations in 2012.

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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