go

Brightwalton farmer recognised for 46 years service

Donald Heavon received the Royal Berskhire Show's long service medal on Sunday

Brightwalton farmer recognised for 46 years service

FOR Brightwalton farm worker Donald Heavon this year's Berkshire Show was a particularly special one after he was presented with an award for working on the same West Berkshire farm for 46 years.

Mr Heavon was presented with the Royal Berkshire Show's Long Service Award on Sunday morning after spending his entire working life at M M Whidborne and sons, starting at the farm when he was just 16-years-old.

After being given the award Mr Heavon said: "It's lovely to be recognised.

"I've spent my entire working life at the farm so I'm very proud."

The 61-year-old began his career in 1969 working 16 to 17 hour days on a 60 horsepower tractor in 1969.

With three other workers he would farm an area of 500 acres.

He explained that over the years he has seen the industry change significantly with technology now playing a vital part in his day to day tasks and now works with two other workers on a site covering 1500 acres.

"It's changed a lot," he said.

"It's route is programmed in these days so the tractor almost does it automatically.

"Although I tend not to use it if I'm honest because I feel like I know the ground better than the tractor."

And despite more than four decades in the job and the changes brought about by technology Mr Heavon said he has no intention of calling it a day just yet.

He said: "I need to be outside I get claustrophobic otherwise.

"I still love it, you're doing something different everyday so I don't think I'll be stopping."

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

News

Thatcham dealers sentenced to seven years behind bars
News

Thatcham dealers sentenced to seven years behind bars

Pair ran drugs operation from Thatcham hotel

 
Aldermaston photographer captures image of new high speed train
News

Aldermaston photographer captures image of new high speed train

Rail enthusiast spots first train powering along Newbury line

2comments

 
News

Outrage as baby hedgehogs used as footballs in Newbury

2comments

 
News

Newbury man smashes car window in drunken rage

 
News

Hi-tech thieves target motorists at Berkshire service stations

1comment