Brethren, Sisters and Friends,
May I welcome you to the Orange Institution’s programme of events and resources to mark the 330th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
This year will be a different Twelfth; but just because our parades and gatherings are cancelled, does not mean that we cannot celebrate King William’s momentous victory.
Quite the opposite, our challenge is to ensure this Twelfth is marked in style; online, in your home, at your door, with families and neighbours. Together we can make it a fun-filled, extra-special - socially distanced 12th - that will be talked about for years.
This website seeks to support and resource the Boyne Anniversary Celebrations from 10-13 July. There is something for everyone: craft and colouring pages for the young and recipes for your 11th night Barbecue.
The pop-up 'Radio Boyne' will be broadcasting online over the four days, ensuring our traditional tunes get an airing, alongside informative programmes on our heritage and history. A Boyne Anniversary Church Service will be broadcast on YouTube on Sunday the 12th. These and many other contributions, along with your enthusiasm and support will truly make the 2020 12th at Home, one to remember.
So begin by planning to suitably decorate your home, street, village or town - fly the flag, proudly and respectfully. Encourage children and grandchildren to watch our craft videos and create Orange Lilies and bunting or brush up your history by reading about William’s Generals.
However, during our celebrations let us be mindful that the priority in 2020 is to look after everyone’s health this Twelfth as we continue the battle against Coronavirus. Please ensure you comply with the lockdown regulations in existence over the period.
New plans, ideas, events and activities will be added weekly, so please check the site frequently to ensure you do not miss out on the latest plans.
May we all have a Glorious Twelfth wherever we are;
Deputy Grand Master