Are the Orange/Masonic/RAOB/Forresters etc a spent force?

#1
Up late looking on BBC website and watched the video..

clicky thing

Now I'm not bothered about the politics/religion/stuff, but I did notice that apart from the bands there's not many actual marching members. Now as a child in central Scotland I remember huge numbers marching. Father in Law is a Mason and he said that membership is falling. Noticed on other AARSE things about RAOB and how that's died the death as well. So do people not want to do this sort of society thing any more?

I'm not even going to list the "Lost" Legionaires in this.
 
#2
1stGulfMac

I too grew up in Central Scotland and the orange marches were common weeks before the 12th.

Was in Bo'ness recently and saw a march - I got a surprise cos I don't get them where I live now - they wouldn't be tolerated.

And yes, there were few bands and only a handful of followers.

I think/hope bigotry may be dying out these days.
 
#3
Bigotry - Masonic Lodge?? Please explain?
 
#4
Being proud to be a prod is bigotry....?when did this happen?F*ck me we'll be treatin Muslims as human beings next!!!
 
#5
Daytona955 said:
Bigotry - Masonic Lodge?? Please explain?
1stGulfMac mentioned more than one organisation in his original post.

:D I only discussed the orange lodge, Daytona. Now that's bigotry.

I know many catholics on the Square I can assure you, and have never encountered bigotry in Masonic circles (no pun intended) :D

Hope this helps.
 
#6
Cool, just wanted to clarify that.

Anyway - the LOL are not bigots - any good upstanding Scottish/Irish white protestant can join them
 
#7
Grippar

You have every right to feel proud as a prod, as does a catholic who's proud to be a pape.

The LOL does shove it down people's throats. Most "prods" and "papes" would tell you if they're honest, that they aren't practising.

And before you feel insulted, the marching republicans look just as daft and are just as bigoted as the LOL.

No need for it in this day and age, do we have to fight amongst each other when there are bigger troubles abroad???
 
#8
Got any wet wipes Daytona???

Just sprayed coffee on my laptop - only just re-installed the software and cleaned it up today - here we go again!!!

Nice one I liked that :clap:
 
#9
Daytona955 said:
Cool, just wanted to clarify that.

Anyway - the LOL are not bigots - any good upstanding Scottish/Irish white protestant can join them
Like this chap:
 
#10
Sparky2339 said:
1stGulfMac

I got a surprise cos I don't get them where I live now - they wouldn't be tolerated.

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your location says edinburgh do you live there? there has been three parades through edinburgh this year and last year there was more than that last year including the biggist parade scotland has seen for years and probably ever will to celibrate the act of union where the crowds were about 5 deep supporting it
 
#11
1stgulfmac said:
Up late looking on BBC website and watched the video..

clicky thing

Now I'm not bothered about the politics/religion/stuff, but I did notice that apart from the bands there's not many actual marching members. Now as a child in central Scotland I remember huge numbers marching. Father in Law is a Mason and he said that membership is falling. Noticed on other AARSE things about RAOB and how that's died the death as well. So do people not want to do this sort of society thing any more?

I'm not even going to list the "Lost" Legionaires in this.

In short NOOOO! :D
 
#12
As I said I am not interested in the politics/bogots of it all, just interested in that membership, formal or otherwise does seem to be falling. Are there people out there who want to join these social/formal members only organisations? Or has Facebebo taken over the membership role?
 
#13
1stgulfmac said:
As I said I am not interested in the politics/bogots of it all, just interested in that membership, formal or otherwise does seem to be falling. Are there people out there who want to join these social/formal members only organisations? Or has Facebebo taken over the membership role?
Yeah can see Loyal Order of B.E.B.O parades in the not to distant....do me a favour.
 
#14
adult membership in scotland grew this year in scotland in the LOI and ABOD and a few more lodges opened in south of england. where about in the borders are you from grippar?
 
#15
Check p.m's
 
#16
I walked yesterday, though not in the main Belfast parade, and of 38 members of my Lodge, 36 were on parade. Of the absentees, one was recovering from major surgery and the other abroad for work. It was a very pleasant day; many spectators along the route, and no trouble at all. The number of East European families having a day out at the field was noticeable.

My Lodge is in a rural area of NI, and whilst prospective new members aren't beating down the doors, there's a steady interest. It may just be the cheap bar....

Is suspect that far more bigotry is to be found amongst passionate followers of football teams in UK than amongst the majority of Orangemen.
 
#17
Cormack

I live in a coastal town to the west of Edinburgh.

We have a thriving Masonic Lodge but like most things, it has its cycles of up and down.

This town is mostly full of in-comers/commuters and therefore doesn't have the typical village mentality. This has probably evolved to this stage over the years long before I arrived.

Football bigotry is also unheard of. Most of the pubs have a mix of Hibs/Hearts and Celtic/Rangers supporters but also much more people who just aren't interested.

I saw in my local, when Celtic played Porto in Seville, the Rangers fans shouting for Celtic. I must admit I was stunned - I've never seen that in my life. Wasn't like that where and when I was a kid.

To paraphrase Voltaire - I might not agree with your view but I will fight for your right to express it.
 
#19
Is this actually a Current Affairs and News thread, or a thinly disguised recruiting drive for Masonry?
 

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