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

Football pitch plans close to approval
News

Theale football pitch plans set to be approved

West Berkshire Council says right of way and parking issues resolved

 
Butchers shop makes way for housing
News

Butchers shop makes way for housing

Crown Butchers had served the villagers in Hermitage for more than 100 years

 
News

Greenham Parish Council objects to holiday homes plan

 
Thatcham

Parents want a garden for 'lost babies'

 
News

33 new houses and flats to replace industrial buildings in Thatcham

3comments