You can read the latest edition of our Farming and Property Bulletin here; January 2021 Bulletin
In addition to publishing our Bulletins on our website we are going to be sending them out by email directly to clients from now on. If you would like to be added to this mailing list please email email@example.com.
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Adkin’s Agency Directory, Kevin Prince, writes regular articles for the Hampshire Chronicle and the Newbury Weekly News. You can read his latest article on rural life here;
January blog Hampshire Chronicle – January 2021
Please see the report of the recent Hay & Straw sale in partnership with Thimbleby & Shorland below:
Hay & Straw Sale Jan 2021 – report
It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Tom Chamberlain, former senior partner of Adkin. Tom passed away peacefully at home on the 6th January 2021 aged 93 with his wife Muriel by his side.
Born in 1926 in the market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, Tom attended Berkhampstead School and was then employed as an articled pupil with Bruton Knowles in Gloucester. During his time there he took an active part in the Young Farmers’ Club, serving as Secretary of the Gloucestershire Club for two years.
Following this, Tom was called up into the Royal Engineers and commissioned as a Field Engineer Officer, serving in Egypt and Sudan in the Hirings and Disposals Section of the Middle East Land Forces. After being demobilised, he completed his training at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (now the Royal Agricultural University) where he obtained the College Diploma in Estate Management.
Tom then began his career proper, first with C E Williams & Co in Oswestry and then with Franklin & Gale in Wallingford. During this time, Tom was elected an Associate of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He then moved employment again and took up a position as an assistant to Thomas Bowen with Adkin, Belcher & Bowen in Abingdon where he was elected a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). Tom became a partner at Adkin in 1952 rising to the position of Senior Partner, a position he held for over 15 years, during which time the firm expanded considerably under his leadership.
Tom was a longstanding and active member of the CAAV serving on Council and as President. Upon being proposed, he was described as a “tireless worker”, something that all those who knew him would recognise. The future of the profession was very important to Tom. As a result, he trained many young rural surveyors over the years, all of whom benefited from his tutelage and wise counsel. They were all encouraged to play an active part in the CAAV and organisations such as the Young Farmers movement. He was also an active member of Drayton & District Farming Club.
In addition to his professional career, Tom also held many positions in his community including a longstanding role in a locally based charity, Christ’s Hospital of Abingdon where he was a Governor and the Master for many years. He was also a long-term member of Abingdon Rotary Club. In such spare time as he had, he pursued his interests in orienteering and sailing.
Tom was held in high regard by his clients, fellow professionals and friends alike. He is survived by his wife Muriel, their son, two daughters and their grandchildren.
Adkin would like to reassure their clients that the office will remain fully functional for the duration of this current lockdown. If you have any queries please continue to call the main office number 01235 862 888.
The majority of our surveyors will be working from home. If you need to contact them directly please send them an email or call their mobile number, both of which can be found on our ‘People’ page.
All calls and emails will be returned and actioned as soon as possible but please be patient as we adapt to the change in working practices again.
Please be assured that Adkin will continue to provide its usual high level of service during this challenging time.
Adkin’s offices will be closed from 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open on 4th January 2021. We would like to wish all of our clients, customers, tenants and contractors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2021.
On the 30th November the Government published ‘The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024’.
To accompany the Agricultural Transition Plan’s publication, they have created the booklet called Farming is Changing. The booklet summarises the Agricultural Transition Plan, and was written with farmers and land managers in mind.
The main points to note are:
BPS to be at 50% of current levels by 2024 as a minimum
Countryside Stewardship and additional grants to be expanded from 2021-2024 with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery
Environmental Land Management to be launched 2024
Exit Schemes launched to assist those wanting to retire from the industry
Please contact Emily Ham or Sarah Payne for further information.
The 2021 Annual Hay and Straw Auction Sale, in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland, will be held by online timed auction, due to current Covid-19 restrictions, ending on Tuesday 12th January 2021.
All enquiries to Chris Boreham 0118 950 8611 or 07760 888 543 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CATALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD HERE: 2021 Hay & Straw Catalogue
The link to Thimbleby & Shorland’s page with all the necessary catalogue and online bidding is:
The Government’s Agriculture Bill was passed into UK law on 11 November 2020 – find out more about what this means for farmers and land managers going forward. NFU Bulletin – November 2020
Adkin would like to reassure their clients that the office will remain fully functional for the duration of the second lockdown. If you have any queries please continue to call the main office number.
The majority of surveyors will be working from home. If you need to contact them directly please call their mobile number which can be found on our ‘People’ page.
All calls and emails will be returned and actioned as soon as possible but please be patient as we adapt to the change in working practices again. Please be assured that Adkin will continue to provide its usual high level of service during this challenging time.