Introducing KEN B.

Oct 16, 2019 | The Club

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Ken is a long-standing member of the Countrymen’s Club at Rylands Farm in Dorset. Until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001, he was a farmer.

Ken was born into a dairy farming family in Twyford, near Shaftesbury in Dorset and, as a young boy, would help his father whenever he could around the farm. When he left school, he went straight into work on the family farm and eventually went into partnership with his father.

When Ken’s father retired, Ken married Sue and they became the partnership that would see the farm develop further. His dream was to build his Holstein herd and he was given a real boost when he was offered the opportunity, in 2000, to move to a bigger farm, also in Twyford.

Ken worked long, hard hours to build up his herd and he maintains his passion for cows and farming to this day. Unfortunately, in 2001, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and, in 2003, after thirty-eight years as a farmer, his illness forced him to make the heart-wrenching decision to give up his life-long passion and profession.

Asked about Countrymen UK, Ken said, “Sue persuaded me to go along to the farm and see what was on offer. I was very satisfied and excited about the work that was being done there. I knew Julie Plumley from the days when I’d helped her Dad with things like milking, haymaking, etc.

“I love going to the Countrymen’s Club. Staff, volunteers and other Countrymen members are all really friendly and helpful. And I enjoy being out in the open air and being around the animals again.”

Ken’s wife, Sue added, “Countrymen UK is a Godsend/ It took me a while to encourage Ken to go along but, in my opinion, it was the best thing he could have done. He’d in his comfort zone and back to enjoying what has always been his passion.

I know that Ken is well looked after and it gives me the opportunity to have time to myself and enjoy the things I like to do. I hope that Countrymen UK continues to grow and that everyone gets the support they deserve.”

 

 

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