PATRICIA DART - MASTER OF THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BUTCHERS 2015 - 2016
Patricia was clothed in the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Butchers in 1984. Her parents and grandparents developed and ran a fully integrated butchery and farming businesses in London and Oxfordshire. Her father, Bill Hedges, was Master of the Company in 1963 -1964 and her mother Jane Hedges is a companion member.
Born in in London in 1960 Patricia was educated at St Helens and St Katharines, Abingdon and then went on to study agriculture at the North of Scotland College of Agriculture in Aberdeen which included two years of practical sheep farming and dairying in both the north east of Scotland and Denmark.
After her father died Patricia returned home to Oxfordshire in 1982 and became Managing Director of a very mixed range of enterprises linked to the family meat business.In 1998 an opportunity to sell the meat business was taken and a more specialist route was adopted within the farming enterprise concentrating mainly on dairying and arable crop production. Both of these have expanded and a contract crop spraying operation added. In parallel to this, diversification into commercial and domestic lets has grown together with the development of an 18 hole pay and play golf course.
For many years Patricia has been involved with various school educational programmes and local community group visits to the farm are actively encouraged. In addition she is active in the local NFU.
For 27 years Patricia has been married to Angus a neighbouring farmer and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers. They have two children, Andrew who graduated from Exeter with a degree in Business Economics and is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Katherine who graduated last year with a degree in real estate from UWE Bristol.
Farming is a great love but any free time is spent either gardening, cooking, skiing, drawing and walking particularly in Scotland.