Tributes paid to campaigning farmer

By Laura Payne Tuesday 18 December 2012 Updated: 09/01 13:47

Latest News

Farmer and campaigner Andrew Hemming died at the weekend. (s)

TRIBUTES have poured in for Hockley Heath farmer and campaigner Andrew Hemming who died suddenly at the weekend.

Mr Hemming was a tireless campaigner for fair trade for British food producers.

The 54-year-old was vice-chairman of Farmers for Action and chairman of Central Warwickshire NFU.

He died on Saturday (December 15) while attending a function on behalf of Farmers for Action with his wife Judith - it is thought he suffered a heart attack.

As well as his wife he also leaves behind three children.

A statement released by Farmers for Action said: "It is with great sadness we report that FFA vice chairman, Andrew Hemming, tragically passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 15.

"Andrew was attending a function on behalf of Farmers For Action with his wife Judith.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Judith, their children and family at this very sad time."

Friends and colleagues have expressed shock and sadness at his death with many people taking to Twitter and Facebook to post tributes.

Andrew was recognised nationally for his involvement in campaigns to get a fair price for dairy farmers and people who knew him intend to carry on his work.

George Dunn, chief executive of Tenant Farmers Association, said: "Andrew's death is both a tragic loss to his family and to our industry about which he cared so passionately.

"He had worked tirelessly since the summer in the campaign for a fairer deal for British dairy farmers, a fight I know he would have wanted us to maintain.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time."

Share This

Regional news »


Coventry Observer
Revealed: Leaked email exposes Geoffrey Robinson MP's resignation plan

THE Coventry Observer can today reveal a leaked email which ...

Redditch Standard
Will you be joining Alex Hospital Rally?

A MASS rally and march to save services at the ...

Leamington Observer
UKIP Alastair MacBrayne

I AM a local man and I joined UKIP with, ...

Stratford Observer
More houses needed to make Core Strategy sound

MORE homes than originally planned will need to be built ...