Farming and community stalwart Jim Papworth is honoured at Royal Norfolk Show
PUBLISHED: 17:03 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 28 June 2018
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A prominent and hard-working figure at the heart of Norfolk’s rural community has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to farming and the countryside.
Jim Papworth, whose family’s farming operation is based at Felmingham, near North Walsham, was presented with the 2018 Sir Timothy Colman Prize at the Royal Norfolk Show.
The family business grows more than 5,000 acres of arable, and Mr Papworth was also a founder member of what is now Aylsham Growers, and the founder of the White Crop sugar beet harvesting syndicate which transports 100,000 tonnes of beet to the factory at Cantley.
But he is also well known in community life, having chaired his parish council for 40 years, been governor at two local schools, and a long-serving member of the governing board at Easton College, among a long list of public roles.
He said he was “completely over-awed and surprised” to receive the award.
“I think it is probably a recognition for all the people I have worked with in a number of different spheres,” he said. “I have had a lot of responsibilities, but I would like to think I have put something back into the community we live and work in, and I have made friends all over East Anglia and further afield.
“I went home to the family farm at the age of 16, and I am now 76, so you could say I have been on the same farm for 60 years. I think it would be fair to say I am a worker, and I believe in hard work, and I am lucky enough to have worked with a lot of very good people in all these spheres I have been involved in.”