Obituary: Alistair Stothard

The late Alistair Stothard of Barnetby - one of the area's best known horticulturalists.
The late Alistair Stothard of Barnetby - one of the area's best known horticulturalists.

An adult lifetime dedicated to a village he loved, and to the wider area, but his legacy will remain.

Tributes have been paid to one of the area’s best known horticultural enthusiasts, Alistair Stothard from Barnetby, long serving chairman of the Barnetby Horticultural Society, who passed away in Scunthorpe General Hospital at the age of 80.

Now his daughter is to succeed him in that role in the village.

Mr Stothard was born in Ulceby and for much of his working life of more than 50 years worked on the railway.

His career began when he started work in the Wrawby signalbox.

Then he became a railway load officer, eventually taking charge as the senior officer. He served as a Parish Councillor in Barnetby, including being chairman, and as a governor at St Barnabas School.

But it was for his link with the village Horticultural Society that he was best known; masterminding the annual summer show in the village hall for many years.

And over the years he filled both the secretary’s role and the chairman’s.

President of Barnetby Horticultural Society Vic Bowess said: “ Alistair will be greatly missed as a grower, a shower, a judge and as chairman of our society.

“I am delighted to announce though that his daughter Abigail will be the new chairperson and she is already planning for our summer show on Saturday August 17; Alistair’s legacy will live on.”

Mr Stothard’s expertise in vegetable growing in particular saw him in demand as a judge beyond the village boundaries, including deciding every summer as to which Brigg allotment tenant should win the Brigg Town Council award for ‘Best Kept Allotment’.

He always gave a report at the autumn presentation evening.

Coun Carl Sherwood, Town Mayor of Brigg and also a North Lincolnshire Councillor said: “Despite his involvement in so many activities within his own village of Barnetby-le-Wold, Alistair also found time to perform the un-enviable task of judging the annual Prize Allotment Award in Brigg, since its inception by the Town Council in 1997.

“From the outset, he was instrumental in guiding the council with regard to the judging criteria that should be followed and those people who knew Alistair would not be surprised to learn that this had to be in accordance with the Royal Horticultural Society Standards.”

Mr Stothard was also a big supporter of Barnetby Silver Band, attending many of their concerts in the village and over the wider area.

Mr Stothard’s funeral was held at St Barnabas Church conducted by the Rev Alan Wright.

He is survived by his wife Carol and leaves behind three children - Neil, Victoria and Abigail - and two grandchildren.