Olderfleet Lodge No 501 was the Fifth Lodge to be warranted in Larne over a period of upwards of 140 years.  Lodge 106 had joined the two old 18th Century Lodges 615 and 41 in the year 1813, but when this Lodge removed to Belfast about 1860 it was not until 1904 that Larne again had a third Lodge with the issue of a warrant to Lodge 375. 

 

As the population of Larne increased after the First World War the need for another Lodge became evident and resulted in the formation of 501.  The title Olderfleet, a word taken from the name given by the Vikings to Larne Lough, was suitably adopted.

 

Grand Lodge had actually issued the number 501 on two previous occasions. The first was on 06 May 1773, to a Lodge at Tuam. It was reissued on 04 May 1815 to a Lodge in Ballycairn at Moira, Co Down. The Warrant was dormant for many years until it found a permanent home at Larne. The Ceremony of Constitution of Olderfleet Lodge 501 was held on Monday 18 April 1921. 

 

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© Worshipful Bro Raymond Mark  

 

 

 

Golden Jubilee Celebrations 1971

 

The first first fifty years in the history of Olderfleet Masonic Lodge were marked by a special Golden Jubilee Celebration. The sole surviving foundation member Worshipful Brother Yeates to installed the Fiftieth Worshipful Master on the 18 January 1971. Seldom, if ever, has the Larne Masonic Hall housed such a large and enthusiastic gathering. In spite of his advanced years Worshipful Brother Yeates installed the 1971 Worshipful Master in a manner fully in keeping with the highest tradition of Lodge 501

 

75th Anniversary Celebrations

 

A 75th Anniversary is a significant milestone in the history of any organisation, deserving recognition as being particularly special and distinct from other years. Our celebration were marked with a special the Installation Meeting held on 20th January.

 

The occasion was also particularly poignant, as this was to be the last Installation Meeting to be held by the Lodge in the St John's Place Hall before moving, later in the year, to the new Larne Masonic Centre.

 

Olderfleet 501 in 2014

 

During the years that have followed our 75th Anniversary the strength of the Lodge fluctuated. The subscribing membership of 87 in our Golden Jubilee Year declined to 58 in our 75th Anniversary Year and "501" closed the millennium with a membership of fifty. However at a time when many lodges were in decline the Lodge gained in enthusiasm and this number increased and in the year 2005 stood at 83. However at the beginning of 2010 this had dropped to 72.


 


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