This District Lodge is under the jurisdiction of the Northern Province of the Grand Lodge of England. It meets on the 1st Saturday in the months of February, May, August and November at 1pm. The location is on a rotation between Hebburn, Northallerton & Harrogate.
The District comprises the following Lodges:-
LOL 226 – MONKTON TRUE BLUES
LOL 264 – JOHNSTONS HEROES
LOL 265 – NORTHALLERTON SONS OF WILLIAM
LOL 781 – LORD LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN MEMORIAL
LOL 1685 - HARROGATE SONS OF WILLIAM
LLOL 102 – ROSE OF HEBBURN
JLOL 428 – JAMES McCORD MEMORIAL
We are not certain of the exact date when this District Lodge was formed but there was certainly an Orange presence in this part of the North East from the mid 1850's as there are local newspaper accounts of an affray on July 12th 1857 at a place called Felling near Gateshead. Here a group of Roman Catholic Ribbonmen attacked a parade of Orangemen, a number of persons were badly injured some of the Ribbonmen were arrested for Violent assault and jailed in Durham.
District Hall The James Gibson Memorial Hall in Hebburn on Tyneside
The Qualifications Of An Orangeman
An Orangeman should be a Protestant in reality and truth, not merely by profession or education,and should be distiquished by a sincere love and veneration for his Almighty Creater. Steadfast faith in the Saviour of the World, the only mediator between God and Man,humble reliance on the guidance and purifying power of the Holy Spirit, and the constant practice of truth and justice,brotherly kindness and charity,loyalty and the obedience to the laws. He moreover, should be in conduct wise and prudent,honest and temperate,in disposition gentle and passionete,in behavior kind and courteous, cultivating the society of the good,and avoiding the society of evil. He should honour and study the Holy Scriptures,making them the rule of his belief and life.
He should uphold and defend,by all legitimate means,the Protestant Faith in Church and State. Protest against and oppose the erroneous and dangerous doctines and practices of The Church of Rome.
And resist the power, ascendancy,encroachments and extention of that Church. He should also by all lawfull means, co-operate with true Protestant's in preventing or removing in and from the Established and other Protestant Churches all changes,ceremonies,practices and ornaments savouring of or resembling the Church of Rome,or inconsistant with the reformation principles.
He should further,duly observe the Sabbath Day and regularly attend public worship, and should by his general converse, indicate his veneration for the name of God, and abhorrence of profane and indecent language. He should oppose the ascendancy and oppressions of non Christian religions and by prayer and witness seek to lead their members from spiritual darkness into the light of Christ.
In short the glory of God, the Love of Man and the honour of his Protestant Sovereign, the good of his Country should be the Principles and motives of a true Orangeman's life and actions.
Parade's ? Why do we have them?
Why do Orangemen Parade? The answer to this is simple BECAUSE WE CAN! You will hear the press coverage of Parade's (mainly in N.Ireland) where there are over 3,000 such parades held every year, mostly with no problems at all, yet the media focus on problem areas such as Drumcree and other so called interface areas.
In the majority of cases the Orangemen have been using the same routes for well over a hundred years with no difficulties, until the advent of Community Groups fronted mainly by ex Republican prisoners and known terrorists.
There are hundreds of Parade's held in Mainland Britain every year. These are held in a carnaval atmosphere with no trouble at all.
They are held for a variety of reasons some are important anniversaries in the Orange calender others are to Church services or Rememberance services but most importantly, they are not to harrass or upset anyone, but merely an expression of our culture and heritage.
Under the Jurisdiction of The Grand Orange Lodge of England Northern Province