The Humber Royal Arch Chapter meets 6 months of the year
on the 1st Thursday of January, April, June, September & November
To join a Chapter, Brethren must wait at least one month after completing their third degree in the Craft.
Meetings commence at 6.30pm, except our installation evening in the April when the start time is 4.30pm. We meet at The Masonic Hall, Prince Street, Dagger Lane, Kingston Upon Hull, HU1 2LU.
This page is for reports on Chapter Visits, our own Chapter meetings, and for nuggets from the
Humber Lodge Royal Arch Representative.
Thursday 3rd September 2020
The Humber Chapter Installation which should have take place in April was held in the black and white Lodge Room at Dagger Lane, and in accordance with the government guidelines and instructions from UGLE and Province was in a streamlined format, without robes, sceptres etc., and without the banners, other than the four principal banners and the Royal Arch logo now traditionally displayed on the east wall during Craft meetings, and hence permanently in place. Last minute apologies had reduced the gathering to a baker's dozen (including the two visitors, E Comp Paul Harper, Deputy Grand Superintendent, and E Comp Eddie Wildman, WM of the Humber Lodge.) Most of the Brethren were members of the premier Lodge in the Province: it was good to see familiar faces, plus those of friends from elsewhere, albeit partially hidden by the fine masonic masks kindly supplied by Bro Craig Morrison.
E Companion Ian Syddall (recently promoted to PGStwd - see the next article) presided as the outgoing Zerubabbel, supported by E Comps Sergei Byelov (now PPGAstSoj) and Stephen Hastings (now PGStdB) as stand-in H and J., while the "new team" occupied different seats at a suitable sociable interval in front. E Comp Richard Smedley (MEZ of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter, the first post-lockdown MEZ in the Province, see below) as the Installing Director of Ceremonies lent dignity and authority to the occasion.
Following a eulogy for E Comp Mark Philips the ceremony proceeded smoothly and efficiently; as all but the incoming Zerubbabel had held such offices before, it was a short period before E Comp Mike Potts was installed as First Principal, E Comp Stanley Smith was installed as Haggai and E Comp Malcolm Forbes was installed as Joshua, The Deputy Grand Superintendent spoke briefly and eloquently about the way forward, acknowledging that it would not be easy, but confident that the Chapter would prosper in the future.
There was no festive board so the Companions took their leave of each other in the Lodge Room and made their way home before sunset.
[Pictured L to R: E Comp Ian Syddall, retiring Z; E Comp Mike Potts, MEZ; E Comp. Stan Smith, H; E Comp Mike Forbes, J. Photos by ERW.]
Monday 27th July 2020
First Post-Lock-down Chapter Meeting.
In the Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings, the first Chapter meeting after lock-down was the installation of the MEZ, H and J of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter 9611, moved by dispensation from Malton to Trinity Lane Beverley.
The event took place in the elegant panelled dining hall, observing Covid-19 protocols, with appropriate social distancing and a minimum of regalia and equipment. The MEZ, E Comp Bill Glanville PPGScN opened the Chapter and the Acting Director of Ceremonies, E Comp David Knowles PPGSwd announced the entrance of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp Jeffrey Gillyon. The Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Jonathan Mark Mitchell Smith was already in attendance.
Having already been elected, and having been previously installed elsewhere, the three elected Principals were installed by announcement.
E Comp Richard Smedley was installed as MEZ, E Comp Mark Richardson as H and E Comp Mark Green as J. The MEZ announced his officers.
After the Almoner’s report, the Provincial Stewards for 2020-21 (all Provincial Grand Stewards are chosen by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent) were proposed. These included E Comp Paul Cooper of Londesborough Chapter 734 and E Comp Ian Syddall, MEZ of Humber Chapter 57. These Companions were present and stood to acknowledge the honour.
Humber was well represented that evening, with Richard Smedley ProvAGDC, Sergei Byelov PPGStwd (retiring J), Ian Syddall (soon to become ProvGS) and Eddie Wildman, PPGScN, guest organist for the occasion.
At the risings greetings were given by the MEGS who took the opportunity to say that it was no easy task getting Freemasonry up and running again, and the help of the Provincial Stewards in both Craft and Chapter was needed. He encouraged telephoning absent Brethren and Companions as a more friendly way of keeping in touch. He intimated that later in the year a full initiation ceremony would be demonstrated for the benefit of those initiated under the coronavirus health and safety restrictions. This, he said, would include the Entered Apprentice Song!
The Chapter was closed and the Companions retired.
[Photographs with social distancing by Eddie Wildman]
The Royal Arch Representative for 2020 in Humber Craft is Companion Mark Lindsay.
Mark keeps the Craft members up to date with Chapter proceedings, and delivers valuable nuggets to inform Craft members who have not yet completed their Masonic Square by joining the Supreme Degree, and, indeed, to enlighten Chapter members.
(Most recent at the top - scroll down for earlier Chapter nuggets from our Royal Arch Chapter Representative.)
2020 will always go down in history as the Year of the Virus.
It has never been more important to consider joining the Chapter. From its humble beginnings in the 18th century right through to where we are now, it is essential that your journey from the Craft through to the Chapter is completed, not only to finish your Masonic story, but to carry on the teachings of the Chapter to future generations.
The Royal Arch has survived all its trials: World War 2 was one such.
As we all know people of the Jewish faith were rounded up tortured and killed by the Nazis, but there were also political and religious opponents which included hundreds if not thousands of Freemasons.
Let me direct your attention to the historical nuggets both on this website and also on Solomon.
For Brethren already in the Chapter, please consider visiting others, though at the moment the coronavirus renders this impossible. Watch the Diary Page for information.
Interestingly (and unsurprisingly for the premier Lodge) our own W Bro Richard Smedley was raised to the pre-eminent Office of Most Excellent Zerubbabel in the Provincial Stewards Chapter 9611, the first Chapter event since the relaxation of lock-down measures. Details may be found above (27th July).
Chapter Report August 2020. M.L.
When I was doing my own research into the Chapter, I discovered that there were three Principals, who conjointly rule the Chapter, sitting together in the east of the assembly.
The three Principals are similar to the Worshipful Master of a Craft lodge .
Zerubbabel – Prince of Jerusalem, Haggai – the Prophet, Joshua – the High Priest
According to the biblical narrative, Zerubbabel was a governor of the Achaemenid Empire's province Yehud Medinata and the grandson of Jeconiah, penultimate king of Judah and descendant of King David.
He led the first group of Jews, numbering 42,360, who returned from the Babylonian captivity in the first year of Cyrus the Great, king of the Achaemenid Empire.
The Most Excellent Zerubbabel is the First Principal in a Chapter, he wears a crimson robe and carries a sceptre bearing a crown.
In all of the accounts in the Hebrew Bible that mention Zerubbabel, he is always associated with the high priest who returned with him, Joshua son of Josedech .
Together, these two men led the first wave of Jewish returnees from exile and began to rebuild the Temple.
Excellent Companion Joshua is the Third Principal. He wears a blue robe and carries a sceptre bearing a mitre.
Joshua is similar to a Craft lodge Chaplain, saying the prayers at meetings.
Haggai was a Hebrew prophet during the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, one of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible and the author of the Book of Haggai.
He is known for his prophecy in 520 BC, commanding the Jews to rebuild the Temple, warning that failure would bring pestilence and drought as a punishment from God.
Excellent Companion Haggai the Second Principal, wears a purple robe and carries a sceptre bearing the all seeing eye, which you would recognise from Craft Freemasonry.
All three Principals play a great historical role in the Chapter and researching them gave me a better understanding of their position.
If you want to know more about the three Principals or see them ruling the Chapter you will need to join the Holy Royal Arch, or visit as a Companion.
Worshipful Master, the Chapter report.
Chapter Report February 2020. ML.
Royal Arch Masonry, in form and substance, is very old. It has been well described as an essential and component part of ancient Freemasonry and the perfection and completion of a beautiful system, yet although provided for in the first issued Book of Constitutions (1723), when the Master of a Craft Lodge had the right of authority to form a Chapter, this supreme degree was allowed to remain dormant for many years. It was revived by the "Grand Lodge of the Ancients" and became generally practised from 1751. It was recognised by the Moderns in 1770.
The history of the Humber Chapter is very interesting and in many respects unique, for it has a nearly unbroken record since 1811 and maintains many elements of ancient usage in ritual, vestements, ceremonial and control dating back to a period several years prior to the formation of the United Grand Chapter in 1817.
If you would like to know more about our history, you will need to join the Humber Chapter.
Any other Chapter, however, would also welcome you with open arms.
Chapter Report January 2020. ML.