Well here I am back for my second attempt at writing our Chapter report, that’s me in the picture there in all my Royal Arch refinery, I have had a little trouble negotiating this website but we are getting there, I must send a huge thank you to E Companion David Parslow for all his help getting me to this point, for if it were not for his help I would not be writing this now, it was also great catching up with you at RA Tyntefield 4494 meeting last week Mucker (friend), alas I am a rough ole country boy so tiz how I speak so bare with me as I often break into a broad West Country accent when I write or speak.
We had a wonderful meeting and as I was taking my new position as ADC as well as my role as the Caulderly Liaison Officer it was a big nervous night for me too, the ceremony was first class and I slipped into my role quite well I think, although I was guided by my good friend E Companion Richard Reeves who is our ADC, our 3 principles did a brilliant job from open to close and guided us mere mortals most excellently (hope you like the pun) in the ceremony and at the festive board.
E. Companion Ray Buckingham 2nd Provincial Grand Principal gave us a presentation all about the history up to present day of Royal Arch Freemasonry, I must say I personally really enjoyed the presentation as did all of our companions, I know I took away a better understanding of what it is we do at Royal Arch, I must send a massive thank you to E. Companion Ray Buckingham 2nd Provincial Grand Principal for this presentation from myself, Our principles and the rest of the Tyntesfield 4494 Companions please come back again soon and give us another presentation, I did not call it a lecture or anything else either (chuckle) as Ray told me all about Solomon and that we must now call it a Presentation not a lecture or anything else, I urge you all to check Solomon out there is a great article all about it in Freemasonry Today Magazine click on this link for the latest edition or look inside the magazine that comes through your door https://www.freemasonrytoday.com/magazine or contact your province for a direct link etc.
the festive board what can I say it was such a jolly affair with Companions from all over coming to visit, I know we say it at every Lodge or Chapter in the visitors toast, but visiting other Chapters really is the life blood of Freemasonry, for me I learn so much see so many different ceremonies performed with a little tweaks of their own with each Chapter and always learn something new that I did not know, I met up with so many old friends and made so many new ones, the festive board for me is such a huge delight and fills my heart with such joy.
One such visitor to our Royal Arch Chapter this time was E. Companion D. John Bennett Past. Grand Superintendent a man I have truly learned to look up too, for he has inspired me to try harder and learn more about Freemasonry in general but to educate myself well in The Royal Arch, he is such an inspiration and a truly a great guy, I personally wish to thank him for all he has done for Royal Arch Masonry and thank him for inspiring me as well as many others to do better, I hope I can call on you and your experience in the futer as there are a thousand and one questions I still have.
Another visitor was my visitor that I invited, E Companion Barry Jones and fellow Caulderly Liaison officer for his Chapter, we had such a wonderful catch up with old friends on our table and new ones, I am not sure which table was the most jolly in our Chapter this evening, I am sure our’s was right up there when it came to the toasts/singing and Christmas Carols.
I would whole hardheartedly urge all Craft Master Masons out there to seriously consider Royal Arch Freemasonry (Chapter) before joining any other degrees, thus complete the proper journey fill the fourth part of your circle, you can thank me later and if your not sure how to join drop your Craft Lodges Royal Arch representative a line or your secretary will know who that is, or drop me a line and I will do my very best to point you in the right direction.
All that’s left to say is to lock up our secrets and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
From The Principles, Officers and Companions.
Of the awesome Tyntesfield 4494 Royal Arch Chapter meeting in the Temple here in Somersetshire.
Complete the journey.
Master Mason contact me directly if you have trouble finding out how to join Royal Arch Freemasonry