RWAS Long Service Medals for farm workers

4 July 2013

A 66 year-old farm worker from Ceredigion who has been employed on the land for 54 years will receive a Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Long Service Medal marking his achievement at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

Emyr Lloyd Jones, of Bow Street, Ceredigion, who has spent his entire working life on two nearby farms – 31 years with JH, RH & SP Morgan at Llandre, Bow Street, and 23 years with Mr & Mrs W. Jones of Ty Hen, Llanrhystud - is one of nine farm and estate farm workers who will be presented with the medals in recognition of their length of service to farming.  Between them they have spent over 370 years working in the industry.

Although Emyr Jones has been a farm worker for longer than any of the other eight recipients of the award, all have been employed in agriculture, or an associated business, for at least four decades.  One of the medallists, Patrick Sarsfield, aged 65, of Bwlch, Vivod, Llangollen, has been with the same employers, Rob, Billy and the late Frank Best, of Plas yn Vivod, Llangollen, Denbighshire, for 46 years.

John Edward Rowlands, aged 64, of Buttington, Welshpool, Powys, has been an agricultural worker for 49 years, the last 40 years with the Jones family at Buttington Old Hall, Buttington, and Dafydd Morris-Jones, 69, of Ty Cross, Ynys Mon, has worked for 48 years for four different employers including 37 years for the late Tecwyn Hughes at Cleifiog Isaf, Valley, Anglesey.

Seventy-two year-old Cyril Johnson of Ruabon, Wrexham, is another recipient of the Long Service Medal who has had only one employer during his working life.  He has been on the staff of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s Wynnstay Estate, St Asaph, Wrexham, for 44 years.      

Another estate worker, Raymond Williams, of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, with 46 years service, worked on the Vaynol Estate, Bangor, for 15 years and has spent a further 31 years working at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Glynllifon, Caernarfon.

William Arthur Balaam, of Pontllynfi, Caernarfon, has also worked for Glynllifon College and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, spending 20 years at each to complete 40 years service.

Hugh Gareth Owen, of Llangefni, Anglesey, has been a lifetime employee of Mona Tractors, Llangefni, for 45 years, and Paul Rimmer, of Llanilar, Ceredigion, another of the medal winners, has a 45 year record of service in farming, the last 40 years with J.A. Griffiths at Aberbrwynen Farm, Llanfarian, Aberystwyth.

The Royal Welsh Long Service Medal scheme was inaugurated in 1956 although the first to receive the award were three workers from the Doldowlod Estate, Llandrindod Wells, who were presented with medals when the show was staged at Swansea in 1949.  On that occasion the medals were provided by the Royal Agricultural Society of England and presented by Field Marshall Montgomery.  Subsequently it was felt that the Royal Welsh should have its own medal and 29 winners became the first to receive it at the 1956 show at Rhyl.