Orange Order goes professional

One of the difficulties facing the Orange Order in urban areas is the inevitable social mobility of the middle classes. When people move out of older urban heartlands they tend to lose touch with order in whatever new part of the city or new town they move to. According to the Newsletter, the Independent Loyal Orange Institution, has set up a new “Friends of the Institution” organisation which “takes into account the pressures on time which people today experience”. One tip from Slugger: invest some money on sorting out the website!

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  • £25 p/a or £1000 for a lifetime!? You’d want to be a member for 41 years before you saw any sort of saving, they’ll have to do better than that to raise my interest in the lifetime subscription…

  • smcgiff

    Presumably the £25 p/a is likely to go up in the future. Piss poor all the same.

    The present value of lifetime membership going on a £25 p/a payment, and using 6% interest (and that’s being generous) would be closer to £417.

    Besides, what are the odd on the OO being in existence in 40 years time?

  • Bemused

    I wonder whether elocution lessons/general spoken English lessons/how not to be an objectionable unreconstructed seventeenth century bigot lessons will form part of this new organisations remit.

  • Bemused

    Extraordinary that the moderators see fit to render ‘bi got’ as ‘####’………..

  • Gonzo

    Yeah, but it’s worth it just for the look on your face!

  • darth rumsfeld

    Just for accuracy, this is the Independent Orange Institution, a small breakaway body dating from 1903, with Grand Master George Dawson MLA of the DUP.
    It probably has fifty Lodges at most, almost all in County Antrim,and although there has been a rapprochement since the Orange Institution split from the UUP in 2005, there seems no reason to expect an early reunification

  • Definitely to risky to bet a grand on 40+ years service so… sorry boys no deal