Farmer remembered with path in his name
A FARMER has been remembered in the South Hams with a new path opened in his name.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with a difference took place at Landscove C of E Primary School to open Don's Way in honour of Don Haylorr — a farmer with an outstanding record of service to his village.
Instead of ribbons, the school created a rope made from corn stalks.
After it was cut, all 100 children at the school walked down a permissive path that enables them to walk to school through fields to Woolston Green, avoiding roads that can be surprisingly busy with large farm vehicles.
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The rope was cut by Ethan Gibbs and Megan Pascoe, both aged five, and two of the youngest path users.
They were helped by Pat Tucker, chairman of Staverton Parish Council and by Sarah Mackay, a parent who did much to drive the four-year project to its creation.
Once the rope was cut, Cllr Tucker named the path Don's Way in honour of Mr Hayllor, a retired, long-serving governor at the school who died recently.
Then all the children walked down the path to Woolston Green where they sang three songs and performed a country dance, watched by parents and members of the community.
Mr Hayllor, who was 82, had lived with his family in Landscove since 1960 and farmed at Blackler Barton and Gullaford.
He and his wife Julia, with their eight children, have been a vital part of village life. He was active in many aspects of farming and community life.
He was chairman of the Newton Abbot branch of the NFU, a parish councillor for many years and a prolific worker for village causes including Landscove Victory Hall, the Staverton and Landscove Garden Show, the Elizabethan Fayre and many other activities.
Paying tribute to him in the parish magazine, the Rev Nicholas Pearkes said: "Don came to his funeral on a dressed trailer with corn and flowers and poppies. His favourite, small restored Massey Ferguson, driven by one of his sons, drew it to the church. We had about 260 to celebrate his life and Julia and his family spoke to us of their love for him. A great day for a grand man."