Patrick Edginton

patedgington021946 – 2019

Pat was born on January 2nd 1946 and passed away on August 26th 2019. Pat started his education at Dean Close junior school before moving up to the senior school. Here his sporting talents were encouraged. He was good at all sports including cricket, hockey and tennis.

On leaving school he came back to the family farm, Highlodge Farm, in Milton under Wychwood. Pat’s father’s partner and brother Brian Edginton sent his son Anthony, affectionately known as AB, to Dean Close as well.

Pat spent his first year on the farm before going to Moulton Agricultural College in Northamptonshire for a year. On returning to the farm he then went to New Zealand for a year learning the family farming ways in that country. He came home and started to run the farm with his father.

The farm of about 600 acres had a dairy herd of about 120 with the rest of the land being given over for arable production. When he sold his cows, as many farmers did at that time, he tried his hand at organic farming with moderate success.

In his spare time he played cricket for Shipton under Wychwood where he played against Dean Close XXX club on many happy occasions. For many years in the winter he played hockey for Oxford City. However, he was best known as a very good tennis player, playing at Shipton tennis club which he captained for a few years before becoming Chairman and then their President. He was selected to play for Oxford Veterans on a few occasions. As his knees became a problem, he took up croquet playing at Eynsham, where he also took control of the croquet lawn.

He married Mary in 1974 and they had two sons, Simon and Alex. Simon is now running the farm. In 2014 they celebrated the family being at Highlodge for 100 years.

Many of you will remember Pat driving his old MF 35 around the village on village fete days. He was a very popular local figure who will be missed by many.

Chris Badger

February – March 2020