John Homewood passes away

Oxfordshire farmer John Homewood has passed away unexpectedly, aged 84.

Local branch chairman of the National Farmers’ Union, and chairman of Drayton and District Farming Club, Homewood developed a reputation for being ahead of his time in many aspects of farming.

His vision of the future of farming helped to shape the growth of buying groups and grain marketing, while he also influenced the resurgence of traditional turkeys and geese for Christmas, said a spokesperson for British Goose Producers.

He was a founder member of Abingdon Farmers’ buying group, now part of the Origin Farming Group, and was also involved in the founding of Thames Valley Farmers – which, following mergers, is known as the Openfield group – and the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association.

Homewood is survived by his widow Nancy, five children and eight grandchildren. His funeral was held yesterday at St James parish church in Radley.

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