County Down Grand Black Chapter

Instituted 1846

Commemorative Booklet & Badge  

Over the past number of years the Sir Knights of County Down have produced a Commemorative Booklet and Badge to assist the Host District of the Annual Demonstration with the financial implications of the day of which there are many.

Extending the charitable outreach of the County Down Grand Black Chapter was also an important consideration when deciding to embark on the venture, and during the last six years almost 18,000 has been donated to charities selected by the various District Chapters.

The initiative has been a great success and as we look towards our seventh year it's great to see that the sale of Badges and Booklets has increased year on year and the Sir Knights of County Down should feel proud of their success.

The following is a snap shot of what has been achieved so far: -

Banbridge District Chapter choose six local charities to support in 2013 and each received 500.00.

These were :-

NIGHT REACH - Members stay out on a Saturday Night helping those who might be vulnerable after a night out.

THE COAL FUND - Which provides help to those who are at risk in the winter months from the cold and do mot have enough to keep themselves warm.

DONARD SCHOOL - A special needs school which serves the community.

THE TALKING NEWSPAPER - A publication which reads and records to CD the local newspaper for the visually impaired keeping them in touch with local events.

THE GATEWAY CLUB - A local social club for children who have disabilities.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS - An organisation which aims to help special needs children through sport.

Recipients pictured with the Banbridge District Officer


On Thursday 11th October 2012 the Millbrook Lodge was the venue chosen by the Sir Knights of Ballynahinch District Chapter to present cheques to their three chosen charities which were :- 'The Childrens Hospice', 'The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children' and 'Alfies Fund'.

Each received 1000.00


In 2011 three charities benefited from the sale of the Booklets and Badges featuring the Newry District Chapter. These were the Royal Irish Regiment Benevolent Fund, The Southern Area Hospice and Marie Curie. The various representatives of the charities each received cheques for 1000.00 at a presentation held in Newry Orange Hall.


The 2010 Booklet and Badge featured Castlewellan District Chapter No.3 and the Sir Knights of Castlewellan choose as their charities Multiple Sclerosis, Action Cancer and the Children's Hospice all of which in one form or another have assisted members of the Castlewellan District Chapter in the recent past. Cheques for 1,000.00 were presented to the representatives of these charities at a special occassion in Newcastle Orange Hall on 4th November 2010.


The 2009 Booklet and Badge featured Lecale District Chapter No.2, and the Sir Knights of Lecale choose Kidney Research and Cystic Fibrosis as the charities they wished to support.

On Thursday 4th March 2010 several Sir Knights from the District Chapter under the leadership of the District Master, Worshipful Sir Knight James Brownlee were joined by the County Grand Master, Right Worshipful Sir Knight John Smyth and other County Officers at Killyleagh Orange Hall for a presentation to representatives of the two charities.


In 2008 the Sir Knights of Lower Iveagh District Chapter No.1 choose as their charity; Action Duchenne, (The only national charity that exclusively funds research for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease which attacks the muscles, especially in young males). This decision was prompted by the knowledge that a local family was involved with the charity because their son Carter had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy earlier in the year. From the sale of the Booklet and Badge they were able to present a cheque for 3,000 to them.