As is traditional at this time of the year we take a look back at Limavady District in 2012.
January as usual started off with the usual private lodge installations as well as the usual District Installation which this year saw every officer and committeeman present to be installed, a number of our district officers also travelled over to Coleraine District to conduct their installation.
February was again taken up with private lodge installations and our District Secretary also travelled over to Ballymaquiggan just outside Ballyronan to conduct the installation of officers for LOL 292, Limavady District was also represented at the Coleraine Women’s LOL Service in Ballyrashane Parish Church.
March and Ballyquin LOL 645 held a concert to mark 100 years of Ballyquin Orange Hall which was attended by the WDM and D/Sec, the D/Sec also travelled down to Bessbrook in County Armagh to the first GOLI meeting of 2012.
April and the quarterly District held was held and plans were made to mark the Battle of the Somme and the Twelfth in Coleraine.
May the District Secretary represented the District LOL at special service in Ramoan Presbyterian Church outside Ballycastle to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee and Ulster Covenant Centenary organised by the North Antrim Combined Districts of Ballycastle, Bushmills, Ballymoney, Cloughmills and Rasharkin.
June and the first of the church services started on Jubilee Sunday at Aghanloo services followed every Sunday after at Ballynarrig, Dungiven, Ballyquin/Edenmore, Largy and Bellarena all which were well attended, A special parade was also held in Burnfoot to mark the Queens Jubilee at which Ardinariff, Boveva,Dungiven and Largy Lodges and bands took part. The District Secretary attended Grand Lodge in Ballymacarrett Orange Hall, Belfast, the County Meeting was held in Tamlaght O’Crilly and a special County Service was held in Magherafelt to mark the Queens Jubilee at which the DDM and members of the District attended. The District was also represented at Coleraine Districts annual battle of the Somme parade which this year returned to its traditional route, Limavady Town was also decorated for the Jubilee and a new Arch was erected to mark the occasion.
July and the Battle of the Somme was again marked with a special service at the war memorial followed by a parade of the town. The Massed Band again paraded the town on the 11th Night raising money for a number of charities. The 12th was held in Coleraine under the auspices of Macosquin and Limavady District was given the honour of leading the parade. We also finished of the private lodge church services at Ardinariff/Boveva and also held our own District Service.
August and as we took a break the Apprentice Boys and Black Institution celebrated there respective days in Londonderry and Portrush.
September will be remembered at the month we marked the centenary of the Signing of the Ulster Covenant with a parade in Limavady on Ulster day were we dedicated a new Arch to mark the occasion, we were all up early the next day to go to Belfast for the Big Parade although none of knew how big it was going to be we stood in Sandy Row for over 4 hours before we made our way through the City Centre onto East Belfast and onward to Stormont it will be a day that many of us will never forget, with all this going on we also found time fit in a special dinner for Limavady Junior District LOL No.1 and also hold our first meeting with our project officer from STRIPE/OCN.
October and time again for the annual election of officers and we saw a change at the top of the District with Bro Mark Smyth moving up from DDM to WDM and Bro James McCorkell elected as DDM. We also helped Bro Sam King of Ardinariff LOL 905 celebrate his 100th Birthday and the District Lodge and Grand Lodge presented him with certificates to mark this special occasion.
November and the District Secretary attended the Centenary Dinner for Ballyquin Orange Hall .
December and the second Awards ceremony was held in Ardinariff Orange Hall which was attended by the Grand Master and County Grand Master, sadly we learned of the passing of Bro Samuel King a few months after we had helped his celebrate his 100th Birthday, one of the last items of the business for the year was the Grand Lodge meeting in Doorin Orange Hall in County Donegal at which our District Chaplain Bro Rev Alistair Smyth was relected as Deputy Grand Master.
All in all another busy year for Limavady District LOL No.6.