New Year’s Honour for Newton farmer John

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Newton farmer John Hoyles had an extra reason for celebration this new year after being named in the Queen’s Honours List announced today (Tuesday).

Mr Hoyles who grows wheat, potatoes, sugar beet, beetroot and mustard, on the family farm doesn’t know who nominated him for the award - an MBE (Member of the British Empire).

Newton farmer John Hoyles.

Newton farmer John Hoyles.

He will be presented with the MBE given for services to agriculture and to the community in Wisbech, at an award ceremony some time next summer.

Mr Hoyles (74) said he was thrilled when he learned of the honour in a letter received back in the autumn.

“I really don’t know who nominated me. The first I knew about it was when I received a letter. It explained I could either accept the award or not, but that it must remain confidential until the official announcement,” said Mr Hoyles.

He has been a farmer all his life and has played important roles in various farming organisations including being chairman of the NFU Sugar Board and was a director for 12 years of the British Beet Research Organisation. Both are important in the world of sugar beet growing, negotiating prices and returns on crops through the EU ‘s Sugar Regime.

He has been chairman of the North Level Internal Drainage Board for many years.

He is chairman of Newton Parish Council, a church warden at the village’s St James’ church, and is chairman of hte governors of Kinderley School at Tydd St Giles.

His farm has produced mustard for Norwich-based Coleman’s Mustard for over 100 years.