Tyntesfield 4494 Royal Arch Chapter Meeting 13 December 2018

Well here I am back for my second attempt at writing our Chapter’s 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 in 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 David at Tyntesfield Chapter 4494 meeting last week. 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 Calderley 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 DC. Our three Principals 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 Comp Ray Beckingham delivering his Presentation

E. Companion Ray Beckingham, 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 Beckingham for this presentation from myself, our Principals 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, look inside the magazine that comes through your door or click on this link for the latest edition 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 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 future, as there are a thousand and one questions I still have.

Another visitor was my guest that I invited, E Companion Barry Jones and fellow Calderley 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 you’re 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 Principals, Officers and Companions of the awesome Tyntesfield 4494 Royal Arch Chapter meeting in the Temple here in Somersetshire.

Complete the journey.

Master Masons contact me directly if you have trouble finding out how to join Royal Arch Freemasonry.

Tyntesfield 4494

Hi There.

Greetings from Tyntesfield 4494 RA Chapter, this will be a very short report as I have only just gained access to the website and I am about to fly out on holiday within the hour, may I introduce myself, my name is Rob Collins and I am the Calderley liaison officer and ADC for 4494, being new it will take a little time to find my feet so please bare with me.

We recently had a wonderful installation evening at our chapter here in the Nailsea temple, alas I have been remiss in my duties as the liaison officer on this occasion as I literally hit the floor running and having to jump in to several jobs all at the same time, this was due to a great many apologies for companions unable to attend Chapter that evening, none the less we had a wonderful and eventful installation, I will get pictures and give a full report after our next meeting so I can only give my heart felt sorry for such a garbled report, I will do better I promise.

We are doing a grand job at the Nailsea Temple the Chapter is flourishing, this year I hope to visit as many craft lodges and indeed chapters as I can on a double edged sword as it were, a bit of a giggle there as I am the Tyler in my craft lodge, the reason for the double edged sword is that I hope to recruit not only more MM to join Royal Arch but also find hands on help (volunteers) and possibly sponsorship for my role as Chairman for the Somerset Branch of the MTSFC, the details of the charity, branch and my contact details are on the picture below, this is a unique chance for Companions/Brother to do something truly great and not just chuck a couple of quid in the charity box or buy raffle tickets, I/we need you to actually get hands on, it also matters not weather you can fish or not we have so many roles that need filling, so please get in touch.

I attended the Calderley Liaison Chapter in Wedmore on Thursday the 20th of September 2018, WOW what a simply awesome night, watching the ceremony both from our Calderley team but also the provincial Team simply brilliant and has inspired me to do better, I won’t say much more about this but I urge you to read the Calderley Chapter report as mere words or pictures just does not do this awesome meeting justice.

All that’s left to say from me is I wish you all well and hope to meet you all again very soon.

Regards Rob Collins

Calderley Liaison Officer for Tyntesfield Royal Arch Chapter no 4494

Tyntesfield Chapter 4494

I am writing this on behalf of the Tyntesfield Chapters CLO, Comp Rob Collins, I had privilege to attend the Chapter’s May meeting which was an Exaltation  of a former colleague of mine, a Retired Police Officer, and embarrassingly  his name has escaped me, we even worked in the same department!!

The Chapter was a bit thin on the ground due to some unforeseen and last minute problems but I have to say it no way affected the quality of the ceremony that the candidate witnessed. To a member the Chapter pulled together and produced an excellent high quality Exaltation that was a real pleasure to witness. The Principals work was first class, the Principal Sojourner was outstanding, a real pleasure to listen to, and the work done by the other Officers and last minute replacements was also excellent. It was heart warming to see a Chapter pull together at what some might consider a disaster and produce a Ceremony that is one of the best (outside my own Chapter, I had to put that!!) that I have seen. The candidate was treated to a first class Exaltation which I believe he really enjoyed and took it all in. Well done Tyntesfield. I am looking forward to my next visit.

On Behalf of Comp Rob  Collins, CLO, Tyntesfield Chapter,

E Comp Barry Jones, CLO, Wrington Vale Chapter.

Tyntesfield Chapter

On the 8th February I was the guest of Comp J Jones at Tyntesfield Chapter, it was a real pleasure 1, to sit and watch after handing over as Z in December and 2, to witness a Chapter showing strength and resilience. That afternoon disaster struck in the form of a number of principle officers cancelling for genuine reasons, from family emergencies, stuck,on public transport and the like. Although it was a demonstration the candidate was missing as well, a potential nightmare. The Grand Superintendent showed his commitment to the order and stood in as candidate and a number of the Provincial team took on the missing jobs as did other members of the Chapter. The resulting ceremony was a credit to all members of the Chapter, MEGS and the Provincial Team turning disaster into success. Z couldn’t of been criticised if he cancelled the demonstration and had someone give a talk/lecture. An enjoyable ceremony was followed up by an excellent festive board. I have wrote this short post for Comp Rob Collins the CLO of Tyntesfield Chapter as he is yet to receive his access codes. Attached pictures, me looking stunned and myself, Rob and Jerry by the Tyntesfield honours board.

E Comp Barry Jones, CLO Wrington Vale Chapter.

Year’s Progress at Tyntesfield

At our meeting on Thursday, 10 September 2015 we installed the following Companions, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Superintendent:-
Ex Comp Alan McMurray as “Z” – Ex Comp John Mansell as “H” – Ex Comp Mark Burton as “J”.

The Chapter has had a very successful year, with three new members being Exalted, and good attendance from both members and visitors at these meetings.

Our annual Sunday Lunch in February was an especially enjoyable event, thanks to the efforts (or is that magnetism ?) of our first principal, as we filled the dining room at Nailsea to capacity.