Sussex farmers have paid tribute to NFU life member Derek Lingham, a former chairman of Chailey NFU branch, on the border of West and East Sussex.
Mr Lingham, a beef farmer, passed away aged 70 in late July 2018. Members’ thoughts are with his wife Ann and his 96-year-old father, Roy, who survive him, along with the whole Lingham family.
Derek was born into farming at Vigoes Farm, Sheffield Park, his family going back many generations. Farming is tricky on this poor, acid land in the most wooded area of the UK and he was supported by Anne, his wife for nearly 50 years.
Derek played a big part in public life. He was a football referee for 17 years, also teaching football to the boys in the local primary school. He chaired Fletching Parish Council for many years, besides being chairman of his local Chailey NFU branch. Derek was well known to farming neighbours, undertaking seasonal woodland and hedgerow work, to supplement his income from beef production. Derek had retired to Horsted Keynes but kept his tractor.