Bob Sheldon
Bob Sheldon

A farmer, who has been influential in a range of organisations, says he loves the work that saw him made MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Bob Sheldon, of Thorpe-on-the-Hill, is being rewarded for services to the community.

Mr Sheldon was put forward by organisations he has helped over the years, including the National Farmers’ Union, Thorpe-on-the-Hill Parish Council, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire committee of the Air Ambulance, of which he is a founding member, and several private individuals.

Mr Sheldon said: "I am honoured and humbled to be awarded an MBE.

"I have been involved in a lot and done my bit but plenty of others have as well.

"People would describe me as someone who just gets on and does things.

"You don’t get anything out of things if you don’t put something in."

Having been a farmer since the day he left school at 16, Mr Sheldon, now 75, has been influential within many societies.

He has been a member of Newark NFU since the 1980s and is a member of Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, serving as chairman from 2008 to 2012.

He is chairman of the Midlands Machinery Show Committee.

In 2016, Mr Sheldon was awarded a gold medal for services to agriculture at Nottinghamshire County Show.

Since 1974 he has been a parish councillor, and has served as chairman and vice-chairman for Thorpe-on-the-Hill.

He was actively involved in the planning and design stages for a war memorial in the village, and helped in the building of the Oliver Roper Parish Meeting Room, which also acts as a village hall.

Until 2014, Mr Sheldon was a governor at St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in the village, a position he held for more than 25 years with some of those spent as chairman.

He was a churchwarden at St Michael’s and All Saints’ Church for more than 20 years.

Mr Sheldon: "I love the work I do. I love being outdoors, and I have been very fortunate to make a living out of it.

"I am not anything extraordinary, and it has come as a very pleasant surprise.

"I am entirely looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace. It will be a fantastic experience."