THE SOMME MEMORIAL LOYAL ORANGE LODGE 842
Rawlins White Memorial Loyal Orange Lodge 803, Cardiff
Orangeism returned to South Wales on St. Patrick's Day 2012 after a 92 year absence. It was on this historic day, that the new Cardiff Lodge was formed.
The day started with the meeting being opened by Plymouth District No. 64, Worshipful Master Brother Nick Baker. The new warrant was then presented and the election and installation of officers was carried out.
At this stage, the new Lodge took over the proceedings and the first item on the agenda was the initiation of a new candidate. After the conclusion of the degree, there were a number of speeches given, by many of the visiting Brethren, who numbered over 80. It was very pleasing that Brethren and Sisters had come from all five corners of the British Isles for this historic meeting.
Many gifts were presented to the new Lodge including the new bannerette painted specially for the new Lodge, by Brother John Currie of Renfrewshire. It was unveiled and dedicated by Metropolitan Provincial Chaplain Bro John McDowell and by Sister Rachel Currie, of the No. 1 Sports and Social Club of Larne, who very kindly paid for the bannerette - a tremendous gift for the new Lodge.
There followed a presentation on Welsh Orangeism and another on Rawlins White, which gave the gathering some background information on why the Lodge was named as such.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, tea and sandwiches were served in the church hall. In the evening a social event was held in Cardiff city centre, where Corby Purple Star Flute Band and Luton & Bedford Lambeg Drumming Club played - the Lodge had also hired Piper Craig Donoghue for the day and all three provided tremendous entertainment throughout the evening.
It was fantastic day in Cardiff and truly historic as Orangeism was re-established in South Wales.
Many thanks to all those Lodges and Brethren who travelled to the event, giving gifts, support and encouragement.
It is our hope that God willing, this Lodge will go from strength to strength and be a shining beacon for the Protestant Reformed faith and Orangeism, for years to come in South Wales.
Cardiff Lodge website can be found by
clicking on the jewel below
A special Limited Edition jewel was produced to mark to occasion. They are individually numbered and limited to 250.
The scroll reads:
"17th March 2012 - Reviving Orangeism in South Wales"
Price £9.99 which includes postage
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