long-serving worker retires after lifetime of service to one farming family

LONG SERVICE: John Culley, Glen Jinks, Louisa Richardson and David Grainge of the NWBAA, and Robin Culley
LONG SERVICE: John Culley, Glen Jinks, Louisa Richardson and David Grainge of the NWBAA, and Robin Culley

A farm worker has finally hung up his overalls after an incredible 60 years of service to the same farming family.

Glen Jinks has worked for four generations of the Culley family, of Hall Farm, Lillingstone Lovell from 1953 to 2013.

Robin Culley remembers the young Glen turning up to look for work one Sunday morning in 1953.

“I was 10 at the the time,” he said. “I can still recall it.

“His father brought him on their pushbikes and my father was getting ready for church, he was putting his tie on.

“My father leaned out the window and this voice shouted up: ‘Have you got a job for a boy?’”

Mr Culley’s father, George, agreed to take the lad on, but privately said to his wife Jenny: “It’ll never last,” as the 15-year-old would have to cycle nine miles to work and back every day.

Sixty years later, Mr Jinks, from Paulerspury, has finally retired. He was presented with the Long Service Award of a silver salver from the North West Bucks Agricultural Association (NWBAA), and the farm invited 30 people to a tea party.

“We kept it quiet in case he didn’t want to come,” said Mr Culley. “Glen is quite a private person.”

The 550-acre farm has gone through many changes since Mr Jinks started out as a pig hand, working a five-and-a-half-day week with a rota for Sundays.

Mr Culley said: “Mother always used to get him a big fried breakfast – she took him under her wing a little bit.

“When he started, we still had two big old red shire horses, Dick and Captain.

“He adapted with the changes. He was good with the animals and with the big multi-purpose tractor – he’s driven one of those for 30 years. He excelled at the machinery side.”

Mr Culley added: “We will miss Glen. He’s quietly skilled in all aspects of farm work.”

His work always had a sheen of craftsmanship about it. Not everybody’s got that.

“He is a lovely man you could trust with anything.

“He would always do any task to the best of his ability.”