More than 600 years service to agriculture in Norfolk is recognised

Royal Norfolk Show 2014

Long service and fellowship presentations with Prince Edward. Royal Norfolk Show 2014 Long service and fellowship presentations with Prince Edward.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
3:14 PM

Outstanding service to the agricultural industry was recognised with a series of awards on day two of Royal Norfolk Show.

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Royal Norfolk Show 2014

Long service and fellowship presentations with Prince Edward.
Mike Pollitt, Poul Hovesen. Prince Edward, Gail Sprake and Martin Goymour.Royal Norfolk Show 2014 Long service and fellowship presentations with Prince Edward. Mike Pollitt, Poul Hovesen. Prince Edward, Gail Sprake and Martin Goymour.

A total of 17 people, with a combined service of over 600 years, received an award from president Prince Edward at a ceremony on the President’s Lawn.

The Sir Timothy Colman prize, for an outstanding contribution towards promoting the interests and understanding of food, farming and the countryside in Norfolk, was presented to Poul Hovesen - who came to England in 1987 to manage the Salle Park Estate for Sir John White.

He continues to farm 2,000 hectares of land in Norfolk and 800 in Poland for Sir John and was awarded and honorary fellowshio to NIAB for his services to agriculture.

Martin Goymour and Gail Sprake were made Life Fellows of the Royal Norfolk Show.

Mr Goymour was presented with the award for his work with heavy horses at the annual show.

“The heavy horses are a personal favourite of mine and it is fantastic that we have helped keep their popularity going at the Royal Norfolk Show,” he said.

“I am just old enough to remember the last working horse on our farm, which was a Suffolk Punch. They are our living heritage here in East Anglia and a rare breed, that’s why they are so important.”

Mrs Sprake, who is a teacher and comes from a well-known farming family near Halesworth, has been a long-standing exhibitor at the Royal Norfolk Show.

She is highly regarded for her expertise in livestock, has shown great support for the show’s sheep section and is chairman of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Recipients of the long service awards were; Keith Maurice, 51 years, Barningham Farms, Ian Briggs, 50 years, JD Alston Estates, Peter Clitheroe, 50 years, HJ Holden and Son, Terry Emms, 50 years, JD Alston Estates, Alan Hammond, 49 years, ER Crane and Co, Andrew Mayes, 48 years, EH Mack and Son, Terrance Bowman, 47 years, Broke Brothers Farmers, Colin Stevenson, 45 years, CR Cawston, Malcolm Parfitt, 44 years, Harmer Farms, Stephen Saunders, 44 years, RS and AA Lee, Martin Lines, 42 years, Bernard Matthews Farms, Edwin Blanch, 40 years, Honing Estate, Philip Briggs, 40 years, PF Southgate, Glenn Clemets, 40 years, Drayton Farm.

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