THE District Master of Carnmoney Orange Lodge No. 25 has expressed disappointment after his organisation was refused use of the Barron Hall in Glengormley.
The Barron Hall Committee has denied the Lodge use of the Antrim Road facility for its annual July 1 Somme Memorial Service because the premises have already been booked out.
The Committee said the newly refurbished hall is unavailable on July 1, but stressed it is available to the Orange Order - and indeed any organisation - at other times, provided it is not already booked.
Carnmoney District Master Albert Steele said the Orange Order had used the Barron Hall for decades.
He said: “Until the fire at the Hall we held the Annual Service in the Barron Hall to remember the fallen from the First World War and I had verbally requested its use back in March for the service.
“We hold the Parade every year on the first Sunday of July and this year it has particular significance because July 1 is a Sunday.”
A letter sent to Mr Steele from the Barron Hall Committee, and obtained by the Times, cited “recent funding changes” as the reason why the request for the Hall could not be accommodated.
Albert added: “When I was told it was not available to us because of their funding I was seething. They claim the Hall is for the use of the whole community, but apparently not the Orange Order.”
Stressing that the letter sent to Mr Steele was worded incorrectly, Stephen Scott of the Barron Hall Committee said the Hall was unavailable on that particular day and that the Orange Order was “very welcome” to use it at another time.
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