Area 3 forms the northern boundary of the Province. It is situated in an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and includes the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey, the Catherdral City of Ripon and the conference town of Harrogate. Harrogate is the venue of the Yorkshire, West Riding Craft Provincial meeting in the Royal Hall, which also boasts the home the first public display of Masonic memorabilia outside of a Masonic Building.
The Area Assistant Provincial Grand Master is Paul Clarke who lives in Collingham
The Royal Arch in Area 3 has at its head, Paul G Collinge , 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, who lives in Baildon.
31 Lodges comprise the Area, numbering in excess of 1200 Freemason’s and occupying 13 Masonic Halls, situated at the following locations:-
Barnoldswick (2), Bentham (1), Guiseley (1), Harrogate (6), Ilkley (3), Knaresborough (2), Otley (6), Pateley Bridge (1), Ripon (2), Settle (2), Skipton (2), Waddington (1) and Wetherby (2).
Of these Lodges, six are in excess of 100 years old, three in excess of 150 years old and one in excess of 200 years old. The oldest being Alfred Lodge No 306, meeting at Otley, which was founded in 1795. The youngest being Linton Lodge No 9444, meeting at Harrogate, which was founded in 1991. These Lodges are faithfully served by a team of 21 Liaison Officers.
In addition, 10 Royal Arch Chapters are attached to Lodges meeting at:-
Harrogate (2), Ilkley (1), Otley (2), Ripon (1), Skipton (1), Waddington (1), Wetherby (1). and Knaresborough (1)
Of these Chapters, four are in excess of 100 years old and two in excess of 75 years old. The oldest being Marquess of Ripon Chapter No 837, founded in 1874. The youngest being Knaresborough Priory Chapter No 4171, founded in 2013. Likewise, faithfully served by a team of 10 Liaison Officers.
Support is provided for these Lodges and Chapters within Area 3, in the form of a team of Provincial Charity Assistants who’s Chairman is Christopher Carvell (6848) .Two Provincial Almoner’s Assistants, namely, Charles King (7452) and Chris Hill (810). The Provincial Communications Committee is represented by David Simister (4404),and Gordon Pearson (7452)
The vital service provided by the Mentoring Co-ordinator for the area, Peter Gibbs (306).
Within our boundaries there works a peripatetic Lodge of Installed Masters (8087) and two Installed Masters’ Associations, namely, Airedale & Wharfedale and Keighley & Craven. Lodges which have a special interest or bond are the school Lodge Old Giggleswickian (8263) meeting at Settle and the Round Tabler’s Lodge, Lodge of King Arthur (9311) meeting at Ilkley.