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It was 100 years ago, in the year 1912, that Loyal Ulstermen, in a massive show of solidarity displayed their unwavering desire to remain part of the Union. This show of strength under the direction and leadership of Sir Edward Carson became known as the Balmoral Review and a massive rally was called in the City of Belfast. The date was 9th April, 1912 and no less than 200,000 men pledged their loyalty to the Crown and Constitution. History shows that the actions of these men was instrumental in maintaining British rule in the Province and ensured that Northern Ireland would remain an integral part of the United Kingdom. . ............ Read more...
Balmoral Review (Belfast) Saturday 19th May 2012 - pictures here...
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St Georges Day Parade - Sunday 22nd April 2012 - pictures here...

The County Grand Lodge of England played host once again for the Annual St George's Day Parade and Service in Liverpool. The Grand Lodge of England was delighted to welcome the Imperial Grand Master of the Independent Grand Lodge of Ireland, Bro Alan McLean along with the Deputy Imperial Grand Master, Bro James Anderson. The Scottish Delegation was once more led by the County Grand Master of Scotland, Bro William Spence, Sisters and Brethren from Bristol, Colchester and Manchester were also in attendance.
The parade commenced at 1pm from the Orange Headquarters in St Domingo Road and headed for the City Centre. The weather was excellent and the bands on parade excelled themselves as they accompanied the Orangemen to St George's Hall. The meeting took place in the Grand Concert Hall and Master of Ceremonies on this occassion was Bro Phil Moffatt. After the singing of the first hymn, Pastor Ray Williams from The People's Church on Netherfield Road opened the meeting in prayer. The Imperial Grand Master, Bro Alan McLean, then came to the lectern and brought greetings from the Imperial Grand Lodge, after which he spoke upon the invitation which had been extended to the Independent Institution to join the Grand Lodge of Ireland for Ulster Covenant Day. He informed the members that the Royal Black Institution, the Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Independent Orange Order would all unite as Loyal Orders along with the Grand Lodge of Ireland to commemorate 100 years of the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

Bro James Anderson, Deputy Grand Master of the Imperial Grand Lodge / County Grand Master of Antrim, after bringing greetings from the County Grand Lodge of Antrim then addressed the meeting and informed the Sisters and Brethren of the monumental invitation which had been extended to the Institution to be part of the delegation which would accompany Her Majesty, the Queen, during her recent state visit to Dublin.
Greetings were then brought from the County Grand Master of Scotland, Bro William Spence who was delighted to be in Liverpool once again and renew fellowship with the English Brethren. Bro Spence extended a warm invitation for the County Grand Lodge of England to join the County Grand Lodge of Scotland during their annual demonstration due to take place at Lark Hall, in June 2012.

The Most Worshipful County Grand Master of England, Bro Steven Bell, was unable to attend the parade due to ill health, however, comment was made in relation to his quality in leadership, enthusiasm and the source of encouragement which he has been to members of the Institution, both home and abroad.
The guest speaker once again on this occasion was Mr Roy Hughes, former leader of the Protestant Party in Liverpool, and a friend of Orangeism on Merseyside. Roy provided an inspirational message and placed a challenge before the meeting to trust in the Lord and in the power of his might.
The meeting concluded with the Benediction by the Rev. Bro. Gordon Wareing from the Free Church of England.
After the singing of the National Anthem, the parade reassembled for the homeward journey.

During the return route, the Independent Order had occasion to cross paths with friends from the Liverpool Provincial Grand Lodge. Senior officers of the Independent Institution, as a mark of respect, removed their bowler hats until the Provincial Grand Lodge parade had passed. We were encouraged to hear spontaneous applause from numerous Lodges within the Liverpool Province which can only further foster good relations between both orders. An enjoyable time was had by all and the parade dismissed at the Orange Headquarters.
Ulster Coventant Parade - Saturday 29nd September 2012
Article from Ulster NewLetter 5/4/2012

THOUSANDS of Orangemen are set to converge on Stormont later this year to mark the centenary of the Ulster Covenant.
The Orange Order has confirmed that Parliament Buildings will provide the symbolic backdrop for a major parade by members of the loyal institutions in Belfast on September 29.
April’s edition of the Orange Standard – the Order’s monthly publication – reports that Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has granted permission for the large event to be staged in the grounds of the historic estate.
In what is expected to be one of the largest parades held in the Province in recent times, the route of the march is likely to pass through the city centre en route to Stormont.
Organisers are keen that it also incorporates the City Hall, the venue for the most famous Covenant signing – led by Sir Edward Carson – in 1912.
The parade will be open to all of the loyal orders, with both the Independent Orange Institution and Apprentice Boys already having confirmed their participation.
Numbers will also be boosted by the attendance of brethren from England and Scotland.
Members of Grand Lodge ratified the plans at a meeting in Bessbrook last month.
The Orange Standard said the Stormont estate has “outstanding historic resonance”, pointing to the prominent statue of Carson at the front of Parliament Buildings and the grave of Lord Craigavon in the grounds.
The chosen location in the east of the city comes after “protracted” discussions with Belfast City Council over a venue in the city centre.
The council’s playing fields at Strangford, Wedderburn and Grove were also considered as alternatives.
As well as the Belfast parade, the Orange Order is expected to launch an extensive exhibition focusing on the Ulster Covenant later this month.
As part of talks in Dublin last week with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, a delegation of senior Orangemen and members of the Royal Black Institution stressed they would welcome Irish government support to have the exhibition put on display in the Republic later this year.
The Order also recently launched a music and literary competition to mark the commemorations.
When contacted by the News Letter regarding the Belfast march, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance and Personnel said: “The Finance Minister has granted approval to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland for the use of the Stormont estate on Saturday, September 29, 2012 subject to detailed arrangements and relevant paperwork in relation to the event being agreed with the department’s estate management unit and other relevant authorities. Contacts are at present ongoing.”
Banner record attempt (Kesh) Wednesday 4th July 2012 - pictures here...
The Pettigo District LOL were trying to break a world record for the number of banners on a parade. We appreciated their invite to parade alongside and bring some of our ‘Independent’ banners to add to the numbers. Our numbers may have been small in comparison, but we were glad to help. The majority of the brethren from our institution who were in attendance, travelled from the North Antrim area. There was also yours truly (taking the picture) representing the English brethren. The weather was wonderful, and those in attendance, both bands and orangemen were an example of good behaviour. The banter was good and the crowds thronged the little town of Kesh. It was a great family occasion and for those who attended, a night to be remembered for many a day. The number of Banners ended up being 420 on the night. Link to BBC account
Lisburn Council seeks to honour Orange Order
The Lisburn City Council are looking at a proposal to give the Orange Order the freedom of the Lisburn City. Due to the involvement in the community of the institution, via charity work, and shared use of their orange halls, Lisburn council have proposed that the largest  voluntary organisation in  Northern Ireland should be given some recognition.....  Read more........................... (Link to Belfast telegraph site)
Ulster Covenant day is nearly upon us - 29th September 2012
This Saturday there will a large parade through Belfast Culminating at Stormont. The occasion is rumoured to be one of the greatest parades of the last 100 years. The parade is in commemoration of the signing of the Ulster Covenant in 1912, and in todays uncertain political times it will remind Ulsters people about a time in our recent past when Ulster’s men assembled themselves together and united behind a common objective to secure the union with Great Britain, thus securing our civil and religious liberties.....   Read more..

The Officers and Members of ILOL 200 regrettably announce the untimely death of Brother Richie Williams. Richie was a valued member of ILOL 200 and served the Lodge in the Office of Treasurer attending to the financial affairs.

Brother Williams was also a Grand Lodge Marshall who liaised with Merseyside Police and ensured that all our parades took place with no incidents.

Richie was attacked in the early hours of this morning on his way home from work. He was taken by ambulance to Aintree hospital and put on a life support machine  but sadly at approx eight am he passed away  peacefully . Richie has left behind  his wife Anne ,son  Richard, daughters  Lisa,  Joanne and Jessica  and  all the grandchildren.

A personnel friend of the Grand Master and his family, he will be sadly missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones at this sad time. Further details appertaining to funeral arrangements will be posted when finalised.

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Bro Richie Williams on 12th July 2014