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Bernard retires after half a century with Myerscough

Friday 31 Jul 2020

Estate Supervisor, Bernard Rimmer MBE, is finally retiring after dedicating more than 50 years of service to Myerscough College.


Bernard has been part of Myerscough’s staff for half a century, and is the first member of staff in the College’s history to achieve the milestone.

Bernard has been a highly respected figure in the farming sector for decades, breeding pedigree Hereford Cattle, in a business set up with his wife, Barbara. Bernard has also enjoyed a spell as the President of the Hereford Cattle Society, has represented the North of England on the Society Council since the 1990s and has judged at many major agricultural shows.

Bernard has been part of the Myerscough family since 1970. His initial role was to look after the College’s former site at Winmarleigh Hall. When the centre closed down, Bernard bought and developed the Holmefields Farm site, where he and his wife Barbara, still live today.

In 2019 Bernard was recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to the agricultural community, and received the MBE at a ceremony hosted by Prince Charles.

Alison Robinson, Chief Executive and Principal of Myerscough College, said: ‘’Bernard has been with Myerscough for decades, and is a very well-respected member of staff who finds time to run his own farm with his wife, in addition to working at the College. Bernard has been highly influential in the sector.

‘’Bernard is the most hard working, loyal, humble and dedicated member of staff that you could meet and we are delighted that he is the first ever in the College’s 125 year history to hit the 50 years of service.

‘’We manage to hold a party for Bernard at the beginning of March, on the anniversary of his 50th year of service and had a great evening. I wish Bernard a very long and happy retirement.’’

by Dave Salmon