RAY Reed has stepped down as head of Bucks freemasons, after seven years in the post.
Mr Reed, who lives on Church Street, Winslow, said: “My wife, Doreen, and I are blessed with many happy memories of working with the 3,800 freemasons in Slough and Bucks, and in particular those five chapters and lodges based at the Eliot Hall, Church Street, Winslow, and three more based at Yeomanry Hall, Buckingham University.
“They played a huge role in raising £2.6 million for bereaved and disadvantaged children over a five-year period.
“The centre has also hosted events in support of ihelp, our £14,000 project to encourage teenagers and young adults to carry out community work in Bucks.
“Both of these initiatives received fulsome praise from the head of English freemasonry, the Duke of Kent, when he visited Bucks last year.
“I am now stepping down from the post in favour of my successor, Gordon Robertson, who I hope will receive the same co-operation from the community that I have enjoyed over the last seven years.”