From left, John Arksey, county master for Rideau/St. Lawrence County Orange Lodges, Kevin Bradley, Worshipful Master of the Carleton Place Lodge, and Mark Alexander, provincial grand master, Ontario East, of the Grand Orange Lodge of Eastern Ontario, stand before The Holy Bible and the Union Jack, key tenants of the Orange movement, during the Carleton Place Lodge’s 185th anniversary celebrations this past September at the hall on Industrial Avenue.
King Billy’s white charger is getting put out to pasture – in Carleton Place, at least, with news that the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 48 will be closing its doors officially on New Year’s Eve.
The decision was made at a meeting of the Lodge this past October, as membership was declining significantly. In fact, the numbers were down so much that Grand Master Kevin Bradley said that members of the Lodge in Montague Township were regularly invited to meetings to make sure that the bare minimum quorum of five was met – a method of operations that was simply not sustainable.
“That’s not how a Lodge should be run,” said Bradley. “Life changes and you have to go along with it.”