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Awards night puts The Orange Family to the fore

The Orange Community Awards for 2024 were held in the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, on Saturday, 2 March.

 

The gala showcase event, which included music, singing and dancing, celebrates the very best of the Orange Family and attracted a sell-out crowd.



 

Most Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson presented the Grand Master’s Award to Wor. Bro. Perry Reid, in recognition of more than 60 years of dedicated service to the Orange Institution.

 

Other winners on the night included St. Johnston True Blues LOL 992, from Donegal, who won the Best New Banner award, and Pride of the Raven Flute Band, from East Belfast, who claimed the award for Best Band. The Junior Grand Lodge Award 2024 went to JLOL 80, Magherafelt District LOL No. 3.

 

Entertainment was provided by County Armagh Accordions, Gospel singing with Bro. Joseph Kennoway, piping and drumming from Andrea and Ethan Young, Kathryn Stewart’s Highland Dancers and Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band.

 

Following the event, Grand Master Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson paid tribute to the winners and nominees in the respective categories.

 

He said: “I would like to personally congratulate each and every one of the winners and nominees for being standard bearers for the Institution, as well as their own communities.

 

In his address at the beginning of the evening, The Grand Master highlighted the key role played by the Orange Family in communities across the jurisdiction of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

 

This event is a celebration of Orangeism and its enduring - and very prominent and active role - in wider society,” he said.

 

“It is also a public appreciation of the commitment and dedication of our membership.

 

“This evening offers a wonderful platform as we seek to showcase the hugely positive influence of our organisation; our proud cultural and musical heritage; our outreach work; and of course, the continuing relevance of Orangeism.

 

“The Orange Family is something special, something we should all be proud to be a part of.

“We are involved in so many areas of valuable work throughout our jurisdiction – including community development; youth work and training; charitable activities; musical tuition through our bands; and of course, our vitally important Christian witness.”

 

Awards winners 2024

 

Band of the Year Award 2024

Pride of the Raven Flute Band

 

Best New Banner Award 2024

St. Johnston True Blues LOL 992, County Donegal

 

Sporting Achievement Award 2024

Brother Stephen Shortt - Beragh ‘No Surrender’ LOL 796

 

Outstanding Community Service Award 2024

Irwin’s True Blues LOL 1924

 

Individual Outstanding Community Service Award 2024

Bro. Harry Teggarty - Derryogue Defenders LOL 424

 

Lodge Membership Numerical Increase Award 2024

Invincible True Blues LOL 735

 

Lodge Membership Percentage Increase Award 2024

Ballynafeigh Guiding Star LOL 597 

 

Christian Outreach Award 2024

Bro. Keith Thompson & Bro. William Semple - Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036

 

Junior Grand Lodge Award 2024

JLOL 80 – Magherafelt District LOL No3

 

Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland – Lodge Membership Increase Award 2024

Sister Elizabeth Pollock Memorial WLOL 169 and Limavady WLOL 175

 

 

Grand Masters Award 2024

Rt. Wor. Bro. Perry Reid

Past County Grand Master Co. Tyrone

Derryfubble LOL 49




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