Harry receiving his Illuminated Certificate from WBro Peter Hewitt

On the 28th December 2015 WBro Harry Bucknell, PProvDepGSwdB, at the age of 97 and an Honory Member of Roch Valley Lodge No 5120 celebrates his 60 years in Freemasonry.
A private party was arranged for Harry at the Four Seasons Care Home in Littleborough, where he now resides, by kind courtesy of the Owner/Manager of the Care Home, Mrs W Collinson.

Brethren from his Lodge and Harry’s two daughters, gathered at the home on Thursday 14th January where a his fine achievement was recognised.  WBro Peter Hewitt, APGM, took great pleasure in referring to Harry’s fantastic support and the wise council that he had given to his beloved Lodge over six decades.

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WBro Hewitt addressing WBro Bucknell

Extracts from the Minutes of Roch Valley Lodge dated 28th December 1955 were read out by WBro Colin Farrow and WBro Alan Grime read a personalised letter of congratulation from the RW PGM, Sir David Trippier.

WBro Hewitt then presented Harry with both the letter and an Illuminated Certificate that he could hang on the wall of his room by the side of his 50th Certificates for both Craft and Royal Arch.
WBro Michael Lucas presented Harry with his 60th Lapel Badge and WBro Tony Heanley asked all present to join him in a Toast to WBro Harry Bucknell for his wonderful achievement.

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Harry with his daughters Valerie and Sheila and Lodge members

Harry responded suitably and extended an invitation to all present to join him in 10 years’ time when he would be celebrating his 70th birthday in Freemasonry.
The Four Seasons Care Home very kindly provided a finger buffet which was greatly enjoyed by all.