Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals 6220


Tuesday  19th June 2018

 On this occasion the Chapter was delighted to welcome Masonic researcher and writer Comp John Belton of the Linlithgow Royal Arch Chapter No 5 in the Scottish Constitution, and a Craft Mason in the Province of Derbyshire.

 With the aid of “Powerpoint” technology John gave us a superb opportunity considerably to advance our masonic knowledge by his presentation entitled

 “Pure Ancient Freemasonry and the Holy Royal Arch”

 John started off with a brief history including that not only of UGLE but also that of the UGL of Ireland and of our close neighbours in the Scottish Union.

 This all led up to the Compact of 1814 between the three Grand Lodges, before which there were in all the constitutions a multiplicity of degrees which needed to be streamlined. One of the results of this rationalisation process is that the Irish and Scottish Grand Lodges both influenced the eventual establishment of the UGL of England.

 In England the 1813 Articles of Union had brought together the Ancients (who practised the Royal Arch as a Fourth Degree) and the Moderns (who did not recognise the Royal Arch as a separate entity to Craft).

 The signing of the 1814 Compact by the three Grand Lodges led to the recognition of the Royal Arch as part of English Freemasonry, but John’s explanation of the manner by which this came about was one of the most interesting parts of his presentation. John showed us photographic illustrations of documents from the time, including the minutes of the meeting at which the Compact was signed, which clearly showed errors, omissions and alterations, leaving very ambiguous the position of the Royal Arch. The conclusion is that, in effect, UGLE had no option but to recognise the Royal Arch as an entity in Freemasonry if it was to be a signatory to the Compact.

 We will all be aware, John said, of the subsequent history of the Royal Arch in England which is not now considered a further degree but at least the completion of Craft Masonry though enjoying its status as The Supreme Grand Chapter of England in its own right.


1st June 2018 - Visit to Cumberland and Westmorland

On the 1st June twelve members of the Chapter, including E Comp Stuart Carley, MEGS, and his deputy E Comp Jim Gray, travelled north to Kendal on the annual visit to our counterpart in that area, Cumberland and Westmorland Installed Principals Chapter 8071.

As usual we were made most welcome and were excellently entertained, both in the ceremony and at the festive board.

There were two highlights to the evening the first being, once again, the presence of two Grand Superintendents, E Comp Norman Thompson of the host Province and our own E Comp Carley, each accompanied by their senior officers, a very grand sight indeed.

The second highlight was to hear an interesting and absorbing address given by E Comp Edward Patnick, a member of  Sheffield’s Welcome Chapter3779, on “The Fact, Fiction and Fable of the Royal Arch”.

The presentation featured the relationship between the key officers of a Chapter, their respective contributions to the building of the second Temple, and how each part was utilised at the time. A real advancement in Masonic knowledge.

At the festive board we were served cold meat salad followed by cold dessert, very welcome on a warm summer’s evening . E Comp Nigel Hall Z replied to the generous toast proposed to the visitors but regrettably none of our contingent was able to lift the prize for the raffle, a bottle of excellent scotch.

 C & W’s next meeting is their Installation Convocation on the 31st August, details on the “Forthcoming Events” page. This will be a landmark occasion for their Grand Superintendent, and a number of our members have indicated their intention to support the event despite its being held in Carlisle.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

 This was an eventful evening for the Chapter, it being the occasion of the Installation of the Three Principals for the forthcoming year. 

In customary manner Ex. Comp. Nigel Hall PGStdB was placed in the chair of Zerubbabel by his predecessor, Ex. Comp Ron Sugden PPGSN following which he, Nigel, installed Ex. Sam Brown PPGSN as Haggai and Sam in turn installed Ex. Comp. Frank Taylor as Joshua. 

Following the ceremony of Installation the floor was taken by our guest speaker, Ex. Comp. Jeremy Mallin PGStdB. Jeremy, a Past Provincial Grand Principal of the Province of Worcester and Provincial Grand Orator in the Craft, is no stranger to the Chapter having been to speak to us three or four ago. He was very well received on that occasion but this time he surpassed himself both in content and in mode of delivery. 

The intriguing title of Jeremy’s talk was “Aholiab and Bezaleel - Who were these two Grand Originals? Jeremy, speaking without notes, surmised that 99.9% of us would not know the answer, and he was probably right. After starting in a somewhat humorous vein Jeremy moved on to the more serious stuff explaining that Aholiab , a master builder and designer, and Bezaleel, an artist adept in the decoration, adornment and embellishment of buildings and structures, were chosen by Moses to take charge of the Holy Tabernacle during the long years of the flight from Egypt.

 The “twist in the tail” as Jeremy describes it, is that although Aholiab and Bezaleel undertook the task successfully and worked in complete harmony, their families had previously been parties to a blood feud involving violence and death. The moral being that even the most hostile of enemies, if they are right-thinking, can put aside their differences to co-operate for the common good.

 The conclusion of Jeremy’s presentation was greeted by spontaneous applause from the audience of seventy which, incidentally, included a party visiting from Cumberland and Westmorland.

Tuesday 18th April 2017

 Comp. Dr. David Harrison  -  The York Grand Lodge

 Our first Convocation of the year attracted an attendance of over 100  combining, as it did, the Joint Meeting of the Bradford and District Royal Arch Council and a Fraternal visit from members of Cumberland and Westmorland Chapter of Installed Principals along with their Grand Superintendent , ME Comp,  Norman Thompson and his retinue of Acting Officers.

 However, the primary business of the evening was to receive from Comp. Dr David Harrison a presentation entitled “The York Grand Lodge”, a subject which featured in David’s  PhD thesis, subsequently published,  on the history of English Freemasonry.

 David, who has a well deserved reputation as an authoritative historian, writer and lecturer on all aspects of the origins and development of Freemasonry, treated us to a fascinating  talk on a topic of special regional interest.  The talk, which  was accompanied by “powerpoint” illustrations, explored the influence the York Grand Lodge had on the Holy Royal Arch, and a very interesting, informative and entertaining evening was enjoyed by all.  


The Crypt of York Minster, the meeting place of the York Grand Lodge.


The “York Board” painted in the 1770’s


 The “Rainbow”  Royal Arch symbol


Tuesday 18th October 2016

E Comp Michael Baker (SLGR, Director of Communications, UGLE)

"Pure Antient Freemasonry Consists of ....."

At the Installation Convocation in October the Chapter received a very interesting address from Mike Baker, Director of Communication at Grand Lodge, entitled “Pure Antient Freemasonry consists of . . . . . “. Mike referred to the presentation as “a deconstruction of the Royal Arch” and in it he considered the origins of the Order, its subsequent development and, comparing it with other Constitutions, where it might have been today had different paths been followed.

 Tuesday 21st June 2016

E Comp Dr John Wade (Past Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge and Editor of its published transactions, AQC)

"The Beginning and Changes in Layout and Ritual over 250 years"

Another eminent researcher into Freemasonry, Ex. Comp. Wade gave a very well received talk on the origins of the Holy Royal Arch in the 1700’s, and the subsequent changes in the ritual and in the layout of Chapters.

His talk, illustrated by Powerpoint slides, included material on tracing boards as well as local information from Derbyshire and Sheffield as well as from the remainder of West Yorkshire. 

Ex Comp Wade, a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge 2017, was its secretary in 2006 and is now editor of its published research material. He is a former Prestonian Lecturer and has presented talks and lectures in many parts of the world.


Friday 3rd June 2016


It was a unique occasion when Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No 6220, Baildon, made their annual fraternal visit to Cumberland & Westmoreland Installed Principals’ Chapter No 8071; all but one of the four Rulers from both of the Provinces were present. Hearing that our own Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley was to be in the visiting party, Norman Thompson, Grand Superintendent of Cumberland & Westmoreland, took the opportunity of welcoming Stewart, his Deputy James S Gray and Paul G Collinge, Third Provincial Grand Principal and requested they wear their full regalia. 17 Companions from Criterion Chapter journeyed north to Kirkby Lonsdale and enjoyed an excellent Convocation and Festive Board.