Death of farmer who was man of Stainmore

Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

THE Stainmore farming community lost a respected member with the death of Derrick Buckle, of Buckles Farm, Barras, aged 88.

He always regarded himself as a man of Stainmore and took a keen interest in shows and other events in and around the area.

One of three children of the late Margaret Annie and Wilfred Telfer Buckle, he was born at Rampson Farm, South Stainmore. He had two sisters, Evelyn and Molly.

After completing his education at South Stainmore School, he started work on the family farm. They moved to Buckles Farm, which — as can be seen on old maps of the area — actually had this name long before they arrived there.

Derrick gradually took over the running of the farm and had complete charge of it by the time his father died in 1958. It was in the same year that he married Margaret Alderson, who was from the nearby Bleathgill Farm.

The couple went on to have three children, Wilfred, Kevin and Pauline. The family subsequently bought Bleathgill, which Wilfred now farms.

The family’s primary business was rearing Swaledale and Mule sheep, but they also kept a small dairy herd — which they milked up to the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 — and suckler cattle.

Derrick never gave up farming completely, and was always willing to offer advice on the subject, but was happy to let Kevin take over the running of Buckles Farm.

In his younger days Derrick was a very keen member of Brough YFC, travelling with the club to competitions all over northern England. He later served for more than 50 years on the committee of the C district of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders’ Association.

He was an active supporter of several shows in the area, serving on the committees of the Tan Hill, Stainmore and Brough events. He also judged Swaledale sheep, and encouraged his children and grandchildren to exhibit their own animals, with considerable success. He was also a member of Stainmore parish institute and Stainmore sports committee.

Another of his interests was dancing, and he acted as MC at many village hall dances.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, Buckles Farm; sons Wilfred, Bleathgill, and Kevin, Buckles Farm; and daughter Pauline, Toronto, Canada. He had seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.