Welcome to the Home of Victoria's Pride LOL 788.
The Lodge, which meets in Bolton, has a deep and historic past in the town. The Lodge was initially opened in October 1905 before closing circa 1938. The Lodge was reopened in 1985 and the 25th anniversary of the Lodges’ reopening was recently celebrated.
The Lodge is a member of Manchester Provincial Grand Orange Lodge which holds an annual parade through the streets of Manchester.
The Lodge holds an open meeting on the third Thursday of October each year, where the Protestant Alliance gives a presentation regarding our Protestant heritage and culture. This years meeting will take place on Thursday 17th October at Bolton Parish Church Hall commencing at 7:30pm. Mr Charles Scott-Pearson from the Protestant Alliance will be speaking on William Tyndale, an English scholar that created the first English translation of the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew texts. All are welcome to attend regardless of membership in the Institution.
On the 5th November the Lodge commemorates the landing of William III at Torbay, Devon with a Lodge meal.
The Lodge also commemorates the death of a Protestant martyr, George Marsh. George Marsh was raised in Deane, Bolton. The churchyard of Deane Parish Church contains a monument to him and inside the church, the Lord's table bears an ornate carving of his death. The Lodge gathers at the church to commemorate his death on the nearest Sunday to his martyrdom each year.
The Qualifications of an Orangeman
An Orangeman should be a Protestant in reality and truth, not merely by profession or education; and should be distinguished by sincere love and veneration for his Almighty Creator, steadfast faith in the Saviour of the world, the only mediator between God and Men; humble reliance on the guidance and the purifying power of the Holy Spirit; and the constant practice of truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, loyalty and obedience to the laws. He should, moreover, be in conduct wise and prudent, honest and temperate; in disposition gentle and compassionate; in behaviour kind and courteous; cultivating the society of the good, and avoiding the society of the evil. He should honour and study the Holy Scriptures, making them the rule of his belief and life; uphold and defend, by all legitimate means, the Protestant Faith in Church and State; protest against and oppose the erroneous and dangerous doctrines and practices of the Church of Rome; and resist the power, ascendancy, encroachments and extension of that Church. He should also, by all lawful means, co-operate with true Protestants 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 inconsistent with Reformation principles. 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. 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; in short, the glory of God, and love of man, the honour of his Protestant Sovereign, and the good of his country, should be the principles and motives of a true Orangeman’s life and actions.