Bill, pictured receiving the British Empire Medal from Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Lady Gretton, has been churchwarden at St Mary’s Church in Burrough-on-the-Hill for 54 years and was a founder member of Melton Mowbray Lions Club 40 years ago.
He took over the tenancy of Grange Farm on ECT’s Little Dalby estate from his father in 1953 which he then ran until 1988, when he moved to Manor Farm on the estate.
He was delighted to learn of his Royal honour in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I had this official envelope arrive one Saturday morning and I couldn’t imagine what it was for – I thought it might be a parking ticket. It was very exciting to receive this honour.”
Bill, aged 88, has three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife Ena passed away eight years ago.
(Photograph courtesy of the Melton Times)