Members of the Manx National Farmers’ Union have been saddened to learn of the passing of one of their life members of the Union – Harvey Briggs, TH

At the February meeting of the Manx NFU’s Council, President Brian Brumby paid tribute to Harvey and the huge contribution he has made over many years to both the Manx NFU and wider Manx agriculture. Members observed a short silence in memory of Harvey.

Harvey had been associated with the Union since its inaugural meeting on Saturday 19th October 1946 which was held at St Matthew’s Hall, Douglas – Harvey’s claim to fame was that he was actually evicted from this meeting as he was deemed too young to be there. However amends were quickly made and Harvey retained a life-long involvement with the Union as a member, Council member of the Eastern Branch and since 1996 an honorary Life Member.

Harvey started writing for his newspaper column as a source of diversified income, as farming was tough going. It proved to be a very popular page with both the agricultural community and the general public, providing an insight in to what was happening within Manx farming.

Using his writing skills combined with his immense knowledge of Manx agriculture and his detailed diaries, Harvey delighted in helping younger, inexperienced farmers to write reports for the annual Manx Journal of Agriculture which was issued by the then IOM Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. Several Branch secretaries of the Manx NFU are indebted to Harvey and his kind and patient teaching. Ian Quayle of Baldrine recalls popping up to Harveys for guidance and advice which Harvey gave so willingly.

“Harvey will be remembered for being a knowledgeable farmer, a kind and generous man and agricultural writer who not only reminisced on past experiences, but who also had the ability to look to the future and encourage the next generations by sharing his knowledge and skills – something we can all learn from.” – Brian Brumby, President Manx NFU.

Our condolences go to Laura and Harvey’s nieces.



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