Criterion Chapter – Speaker Programme 2018

The Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals provides a platform for the delivery of top quality speakers from near and afar of presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to Chapter Masons regardless of rank.

The programme of speakers for the coming months is published here:
Criterion Chapter – Speaker Programme

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Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter

A great turnout of Companions at the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter on Saturday 11th November 2017 were privileged to hear the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent reflect on the year. The full address can be downloaded below:

2017 Annual Convocation – Address

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Knowledge Essential To A Secure Understanding Of The Royal Arch – 30th November 2017

At an Extraordinary Convocation of the Universities Chapter, Yorkshire, No. 4047 on Thursday 30th November, 2017 at 6pm in Hull, Excellent Companion E. John T. Acaster, a recent Past Master of Quatuor Corronati Lodge No. 2076 and a past president of the Manchester Association of Masonic Research will be delivering a lecture entitled

“Knowledge Essential To A Secure Understanding Of The Royal Arch”.

For details and booking information, please see the flyer below.
UCY 4047 Hull Lecture Flyer – Nov 17

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Pentalpha Chapter No.974 – Address by iPad!

At the recent 2017 Installation meeting of Pentalpha Chapter No.974, senior subscribing Past First Principal, E.Comp Harold Hawkyard, PPrGSN, age 92, was scheduled to give the Address to the Three Principals. Unfortunately E.Comp Hawkyard unexpectedly found himself hospitalised following a mishap at home a few days earlier and was unable to attend the meeting. This did not however stop him taking part in the ceremony. The Chapter Almoner, E.Comp Andrew Henderson, PPrGSN, was able to record him delivering his Ritual from his hospital bed and this was subsequently replayed to the newly Installed Principals at the appropriate point in the proceedings via a large iPad, much to the delight and acclamation of all present. As usual E.Comp Hawkyard was word-perfect! The ME Grand Superintendent was represented by E.Comp Graham Hoyle, PPrGSN, and the meeting was well supported by members of Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No.6220 and the Bradford and District Royal Arch Council.

Pentalpha Chapter are now well settled in their new home at Hoyle Court, having relocated from Spring Bank Place in Bradford in early 2016. Although a small chapter they pride themselves on a high standard of ritual and ceremonial work. Craft masons seeking Exaltation into a friendly and welcoming Holy Royal Arch Chapter are particularly welcome. The Chapter meets on the 3rd Wednesday of Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and the 3rd Tue of March (Installation). For more information please contact

Pentalpha Chapter No.974

Photo, L- R: E.Comp Andrew Henderson (Almoner), E.Comp David Parker (Scribe E), E.Comp John Follows (MEH). E.Comp Alan Robinson, E.Comp Philip Baxendale (MEZ), Comp. David Key (Scribe N), E.Comp Steve Williams (MEJ), E.Comp Edward Sissling (IPZ), and on the iPad – E.Comp Harold Hawkyard!
Photo Credit: Andrew Henderson

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Holy Royal Arch Supporting Motor Neurone Disease Association

The M.E. Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley presents a cheque in support of The Motor Neurone Disease Association

See the story:

Royal Arch Motor Neurone Disease Association

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Criterion Chapter of First Principals No 6620

Please note the attached flyer introducing planned events for 2016

Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals N0 6220

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Full House at Chantry Chapter Installation

An excellent evening of Royal Arch Masonry was witnessed by E Comp Roger D Newhouse PPGSN, the personal representative of the M E Grand Superintendent, at the Installation Ceremony held at Zetland Street, Wakefield held on Friday 20th November.

David Gray Installation as MEZ - 20-11-2015 001

Picture shows, from L to R : E Comp Newhouse, E Comp G.William Fennelly H, E Comp David J Gray Z and E Comp D.John Stone J.


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Provincial Grand Chapter Cheque Presentation

At the recent Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Stewart G. Carley presented a cheque for £73,000 on behalf of the Masonic Samaritan Silver Jubilee Research Fund to Yorkshire Cancer Research. The cheque was received by Zulfi Hussain, Trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

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The Travelling Pedestal Scheme

The Travelling Pedestal scheme is intended to promote inter-visiting between Chapters within the Royal Arch Province of Yorkshire West Riding.

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Stewart G. Carley is most grateful to E. Comp. Thomas Lindsay Ward PPGSwdB for making and donating to the Province, the Travelling Pedestal and carrying case.

The first presentation of the Travelling Pedestal was made by The MEGS Stewart G. Carley at the meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter on Saturday 7th November 2015.

The Travelling Pedestal was presented to the MEZ and members of Knaresborough Priory Chapter No 4171 who are the first “Receiving Chapter”.

The procedure to be adopted by a Chapter when “Receiving and Presenting” the Travelling Pedestal is shown later.

The words of the suggested ritual can be printed on a card for those taking part, and may be read.


E. Comp Francis Testo, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals will co-ordinate and oversee arrangements made for the Presentation of the Pedestal, and administration of the Scheme in general.

The Chapter presenting the Travelling Pedestal is referred to as the “Presenting Chapter”, and the Chapter receiving it as the “Receiving Chapter”

In order that no expense is incurred by the “Receiving Chapter”, members of the “Presenting Chapter” will pay for their own meals.

The “Receiving” Chapter should within two months (excluding the months of June, July & August) “Present” the Travelling Pedestal to another Chapter, of their choice.
The Chapter selected should preferably meet in a different location or “Area” of the Province.

After deciding which Chapter is to be the next recipient of the Travelling Pedestal, the MEZ (or Scribe E) of the Chapter currently in possession of the Travelling Pedestal should contact the Chapter selected to make arrangements in accordance with the presentation procedure (see Secretariat area for full details, or contact E. Comp. Testo via the Provincial Office).

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Alfred Chapter No. 306 – 225th Anniversary Celebration

Alfred Chapter will celebrate  its 225th Anniversary on 23rd October 2015.

This is an unofficial celebration because there was a 20 year interregnum in the middle of the nineteenth century, but that will not stop this very old and highly respected Chapter celebrating this important milestone in its history.

This is an event not to be missed by any Chapter Mason and will give you an insight into Chapter Masonry all those years ago, this will be fascinating

please click below for further details and an application to attend

ALFRED 225th Celebration Letter

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