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WORD ON THE GROUND: Tribute to a gentleman grower

In a move away from my normal commentary on matters NFU, I wanted to take the opportunity to mark the passing of a much-valued branch member.

I was fortunate to have known David Chappell over recent years, although sadly during much of this period he was battling illness.

I have therefore turned to my former partner and NFU group secretary, Steve Barber, who had known David and his family for many years for his memories.

David Chappell (45269660)
David Chappell (45269660)

“David was largely a quiet man, but beneath this apparent reserved appearance was a strong business person who was in many ways the driving force behind R Chappell & Sons, whilst his brother Robin, before his own tragic death, was often considered the front man within the business,” says Steve.

“David could put his hand to most things connected to the business and, in addition to his passion and skills relating to anything electrical, you would often find him repairing machinery, vehicles or building something, often at the end of the normal working day.

“He was also quite a keen golfer in his earlier years, although he clearly enjoyed the social aspect of the game as much as the game itself.

“Strong supporters of the NFU, both David and Robin were equally instrumental to the success of Spalding Flower Parade, providing many of the tulip heads for the dressing of the floats, as well as use of their own premises for building the Young Farmers float.

David’s passing will be felt deeply by all of those who were privileged to know him.”

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