Orange Lodge hoping to raise £2,000 for funds after arson
Orange Lodge members and supporters have rallied round to raise funds for a Co Armagh hall gutted in a recent arson attack.
A charity fundraising page has been set up with a target to raise £2,000 for Ballytyrone Orange Hall outside Loughgall.
The money from the Go Fund Me site will be added to donations already made to the lodge following the discovery of the fire at the secluded rural hall on July 3.
The building - which has been serving the local community since 1893 - has been almost completely destroyed, with its roof collapsing and its main hall and furniture totally ruined.
There will also be a collection at the Orange Order's flagship Twelfth demonstration at Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on Monday as well as the Sham Fight in Scarva on Tuesday. The appeal has so far raised £260, with Colin McCusker, the last mayor of Craigavon Borough Council, donating £50.
However, long-standing Ballytyrone Orange Lodge member Lesley McNeill told the Belfast Telegraph last night that the members still did not know just how much money would be needed to rebuild the hall.
"As with many of the Orange halls, apart from being used for meetings for our 26 members, it was also used by the wider community.
"There was a Prayer Union that met there as well as the Ballytyrone accordion band for band practice.
"We are temporarily using Loughgall Orange Hall for the Twelfth and our weekly meetings every Thursday but we will get there."