101-year-old Grantham resident was prize plougher

101-year-old Jack Hartley.
101-year-old Jack Hartley.
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A Grantham care home resident who turned 101 at the end of September has spoken about the numerous awards he won over the years for ploughing, having started his career working on the land 87 years ago.

Jack Hartley was only 14 when he joined his father in what was to become a life-long occupation, and as his many trophies show, one for which he has something of a talent.

“I remember I finished school at the age of 14 on a Friday. On the Saturday I started to help my father horse-ploughing. That’s what I did ever since,” said Jack.

However ploughing was not just a job to Jack but a hobby, and he began to take part in competitions held all over the country.

From the age of 26 onwards Jack regularly took home the first prize trophies and plates after showcasing his ploughing skills.

These awards now adorn Jack’s room at St Edmund’s nursing home on Worcester Road, where he is extremely popular with staff and residents alike.

Care assistants Katarzyna Cunnington and Ewa Chlopek said: “All the staff at St Edmund’s love Jack for his kindness and what he does for the home.

“Jack helps organise lots of activities like playing bingo, dominoes and scrabble, and with his outstanding voice he reads books to other residents.”

Moreover two weeks before celebrating his 101st birthday on September 25, Jack was also delighted to find out that an award named after him was being presented at the 123rd annual ploughing match held at Wortley in South Yorkshire.