Introducing Geoff Lockyer
Geoff joined Countrymen’s Club in May 2015.
He was born in Shaftesbury and, from the age of 8, was brought up by his Dad on a farm in FifeheadMagdalen. On leaving Gillingham School, Geoff went to Kingston Maurward College and then into partnership on the farm with his father and, in 1981, Geoff’s Dad retired and Geoff married Rose. They then moved to a farm at Stour Provost, which belonged to Geoff’s Aunt. They started with just 21 dairy cows and, over the years, increased the herd size to 96.
Agricultural contracting As well as working on the farm, Geoff was very active in the local community, where he served as a Parish Councillor, School Governor and NFU Chairman. Then, following the death of Geoff’s aunt, the farm was sold and Geoff started his own agricultural contracting business. He ran the business until 2015 when he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, followed by Parkinson’s in July 2017.
Contact with the animals in a friendly environment Geoff said, “I like maintaining contact with the farm animals when I attend the Club every Friday.” Rose said, “I really appreciate Friday afternoons to myself, knowing that Geoff is being looked after so well. I also enjoy the Carers’ Meetings, where I’ve made some wonderful, supportive friends.” Geoff said, “Both Rose and I feel that everyone is so friendly and welcoming at the farm. It’s great.”