The Companions all paraded in in fine style, I did not see the ceremony as we were short of a Janitor this evening, so I swapped my ADC role to a Janitor Role, words to follow are from E Comp Iain Disdale, I will pick up on this after the meeting at the awesome Tyntesfield Festive Board.
Tyntesfield Chapter honored by presence of E Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd Provincial Principal, to witness the Exaltation of the latest Somerset Companion W Bro Phillip Taylor of Wraxall Lodge.
The Principals E Comps David Maddern (Z), Jon Mansell (Acting H) and Richard Hicken (J) were greatly assisted by E Comps Richard Ellis, John Bennett and David Maddern presenting the Mystical Lecture, with E Comp Iain Disdel presenting the signs.
E Comp Richard Reeve swapped his DC duties with E Comp Chris Haliburton and delivered most of the Sojourners work to a great standard.
Afterwards, the companions were treated to an excellent and merry festive
The evening was very much a Wraxall 9011 Lodge event with 7 members plus 5 further visiting companions all supporting fellow Wraxall Lodge member.
It was a special evening for Comp Phil Taylor, being exalted into his late
father’s chapter, E Comp Dr John Taylor who was one of Tyntesfield’s first
Tyntesfield Chapter is in good heart and in a healthy position with two more
candidates proposed and to be exalted in February and May 2020.
Plus other picture of many members of Wraxall Lodge supporting the newly
Right I am back, We had such a merry and jolly festive board to welcome Companion Chris to this most wonderful order, I think I will let the photos we took tell the rest of the story on this one, I did get chance to get a couple of photos that really show the Companionship of this great order with my good chums and fellow companions, Comp Davide Pina and Comp Jerry Jones.
I cannot urge all MM high enough to seek out your Royal Arch (Chapter) representative and find out about joining this wonderful degree, when you do you will kick yourself for not joining sooner, I guarantee you that.
Until Next Time Cheers.
Rob Collins CLA
for the Tyntesfield 4494 Royal Arch Chapter.
Meeting in the Nailsea Temple here in Somersetshire
TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER MEETING 12th SEPTEMBER 2019
The evening started off just like any other, we all arrived at the Nailsea Temple some of us very early and Hmmm some of us just in the knick of time as always Tonight was very special so the entire team was a little nervous from the rehearsal the night before. We all put our regalia on and proceeded to get the ceremony under way.
The meeting began by welcoming E Comp Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. He was accompanied by E Comp Sandy Glen, PProv ADC, E Comp John Hewett, Prov Grand Standard Bearer and E Comp, Chris Brooks, Prov Grand Steward.
The outgoing First Principal E Comp Dale Shermon, presided despite only returning from his Caribbean Sojourn very early the previous day and we were very happy that his jet-lagged head had not caught up with him.
The MEZ, proffered MEGS the Sceptre hoping he would take over the ceremony, the Sceptre was returned as MEGS and the Provincial team had done lots of work at the May meeting.
The main business of the evening was the Installation of the Principals for the ensuing year. The First and Second Principals elect had already been past First Principals of Tyntesfield Chapter so only inductions were needed before E Comp David Maddern became Z and E. Comp Martin Slocombe became H. However, E. Comp Martin Slocombe provided an excellent installation of Comp Richard Hicken into the chair of Joshua, plus presented the Blue Robe Address.
The Principals appointed the officers with decorum, all Officers, except two being on holiday, were invested.
The address to the Principals was then presented by the MEGS. The Address to the Officers was presented by E Comp Richard Reeve and Address to the Companions by E Comp Iain Disdel.
After the Risings the Chapter was closed in peace and harmony and the companions adjourned for the Festive Board of Leek & Potato Soup, followed by Steak & Ale Pie, Chocolate & Rum Tiramisu and Coffee, all was quite simply delicious and home made by Sam our chef, as always up to the normal excellent Nailsea standard.
The festive board was going wonderfully until that is the Provincial ADC looked directly at me as E Comp Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand
Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, stood up and called my name out, I sank in my chair oh golly what had I done wrong in the ceremony up stairs, I walked gingerly to the top table feeling like a naughty school boy being called up in assembly in front of the head master, thankfully and gratefully it was to present me with the badge of my office as the Calderley Liaison Officer for the Tyntesfield Royal Arch Chapter 4494 meeting in Nailsea.
Phew I had a cold sweat on there for a moment, I asked E Comp Richard Ellis to take some pics for me as I was presented with my badge of office, we had to do a take 2 as he took 20 photos of himself, that’s one reason why were were all laughing so much even Richard, the friendly joviality of this degree is one reason why I love it so much, I really love this role and love going to The Calderley Royal Arch Chapter meetings, such great Companions and the debates about Chapter are very eye opening and inspiring, I will say I cannot urge highly enough all MM to consider fulfilling your journey into the Royal Arch its a wonderful degree full to the brim of jolly good fellow.
A very pleasant evening was had by all and I am sure the photos of the festive board say it far better than I can with mere words.
The next convocation will be an exaltation on 12th December 2019
Tyntesfield Chapter were honoured by the visit of Somerset Provincial Team in May to make it a very special evening for the latest Somerset Companion Bro Tom Francis of Wraxall Lodge.
Before the Provincial Team made their entrance, a deputation from Royal Cumberland Chapter No 41 presented the Travelling Sceptre in a very competent manner, which will be passed on the following week to the MEGS at the Provincial AGM.
*stock photo for illustration purposes only*
There followed a report on the door and E Comp Tony Cooper Pr Dep GDC advised that E Comp Barry K Woodside, MEGS, accompanied by his Team, demanded admission. The Provincial Team was processed into the Chapter and MEGS was warmly welcomed by E Comp Dale Sherman, MEZ, who proffered his Sceptre which was retained and the MEGS took the chair, the Provincial team then took the places of the Chapter Officers.
Main item of the evening was to Exalt Bro Tom Francis. With MEGS calmly steering his Team through the ceremony, ably assisted by E Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd Pr Principal, as H and E Comp Neil Hurcum, 3rd Pr Principal, as J. E Comp Clive Lambert, Dep GS, read the Prayers, Readings and narrated what the Janitor was explaining outside the door to Bro Tom, which added more meaning to the 60 or more Companions within the Chapter. E Comp Darrell Hinder, Pr Prin G Soj, was ably assisted by Pr Asst G Sojs E Comp John Pinder and Stand-in E Comp Geoff Lester guiding Comp Tom around the chapter and through his ceremony of being exalted.
E Comp Neil Hurcum, 3rd Pr Principal, gave an explanation of the signs, whilst the Mystical Lecture was given by E Comp Ray Conneely, Pr Dep G DC, E Comp Chris Moore, Pr G DC, and E Comp Andy Gray, Pr Archivist. On completion of the Exaltation MEGS presented Comp Tom with a set of cuff links only given to Companions Exalted by the Provincial Team, these are similar to the Provincial crest but with the Grand Superintendent’s crest in the centre. The constant smile of Comp Tom was commented upon and he was led to a seat in the Chapter.
The MEGS then returned the Sceptre to MEZ and the Chapter Officers were reinstated. MEZ, E Comp Dale Sherman, thanked MEGS and the Team for a wonderful ceremony.
E Comp Neil Hurcum, 3rd Pr G Prin, was then called upon to present Grand Chapter Certificates to Comps Colin Fraser and Jon Trott.
The Provincial team then took their leave from the Chapter whilst other Chapter matters were considered.
An excellent and merry festive board was then enjoyed by the Companions.
The Provincial Team left Tyntesfield Chapter in good heart and in a healthy position with two more candidates proposed and to be exalted in December 2019 and February 2020.
* a huge thanks to E Comp Ian Disdel for help with the words and who is who *
Now for my bit from the heart, I have said before I am the Calderley Liaison Officer for our Chapter as well as the ADC, my good friend and mentor who I look up to, E Comp Ian Disdel, emailed me a couple of days before asking if I could stand in as DC, YIKES I had never done that before and only doing the job as ADC once I felt a bit out of my depth, as always if asked I will do anything to help and to the best of my ability, thus I agreed to take on the DC role for one night only, my good friend E Comp Richard Reeves who is our DC was called away on other Provincial Masonic Business so was unable to take post on this convocation.
Blimey no pressure on me then, I had to fill Richard’s big boots and the Provincial Team were coming too, Ian reassured me all would be OK with a bit of polishing off at rehearsal, he would be there to make sure I was pointed in the right direction. Ian is a good mentor to have as an ex DC who was quite simply marvellous at the job as is Richard, we had the rehearsal the night before and all went well, I went home literally in a dream all night of what lay ahead, even waking up saying in my confident manor, TO ORDER COMPANIONS not to order Brethren as I kept having to remind myself, you may laugh but I wanted to do a good job not only for myself but also my chapter and our team, especially in front of the Provincial Team.
I must say the meeting was first class, my heart beating like a marching band of the Kings Men going into battle, all of our team did a brilliant job and pulled our part of the ceremony off first class.
What can I say about the Provincial Team, sheer poetry in motion that was a pleasure, nay honour, to watch, like watching a well oiled machine. Comp Tom’s face was a picture to behold at that certain part of the ceremony when he could see clearly what was happening, it made it all come flooding back to when I was raised and looked on in amazement in a state of pride and confusion, but all has become clear since.
The festive board for me was really Jolly as DC (for one night only) I got to sit on the top table, WOW what an experience that was, I watched as these E Comps had a jolly time and I had learnt so much already, Ian helped me to call for the fire and indeed several other parts of what happens at the festive board too, I even got to do The Janitors Toast, a job I know well as I was the Tyler for my craft lodge for 4 years. All in all a truly amazing evening that I loved being part of so much even though my heart rate was through the roof.
I truly can’t urge all MM and above enough to join a Royal Arch Chapter, the ceremonies are something to behold, the camaraderie and friendliness of the order is second to none, so why not complete your Masonic Circle instead of having a piece missing, I promise you will thank me if you do.
Lastly before I finish this, I must send a massive thank you to Comp Ken Hill from our Royal Arch Chapter Tyntesfield 4494, he kindly donated us a cheque for £50 this will go such a long way, when I say us I mean my branch that I am The Chairman of The Somerset Branch of The Masonic Fishing Charity, the charity is totally funded and run by freemasonry although it is an outside charity, we at the Somerset Branch that I head up need all the help we can get to help OUR kids or adults here in Somerset who have special needs, take a look at the website for YOU may be able to help more than you think. www.mtsfc.org
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. 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.