For many Years he was the Village’s representative on both Breckland District Council. In addition, he served on the Village Hall Committee and Parish Council and was chairman of both.

He was on the Committee of the Norfolk Agricultural Station at Morley near Wymondham. This is now called the Morley Research Centre. He was also Chairman and President of the Norfolk Country Landowners Association.

Robert served as a Magistrate at Swaffham and later on the Mid- Norfolk Bench when the Swaffham Bench was amalgamated with those at Wymondham & Dereham and was the chairman of the Norfolk Magistrate Courts Committee.

When he was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk, he financed a bus to take the pupils at the Village School to Norwich so they could attend the annual High Sheriff’s service in Norwich Cathedral. He was a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk for a number of years.

When the Village School was threatened with closure in 1986, Robert was instrumental, with the School’s Parent Teacher Association, in keeping the school open. Not only did he lobby each Norfolk County Council member who sat on the County’s Education Committee he also chaired meetings at Carbrooke Hall between members of the PTA and the local council member who was chairman of the education committee. On the day that the Council made their decision he provided a bus to take school pupils & parents to County Hall so they could demonstrate outside the meeting room in support of the School.

Millennium Green. This was owned by Carbrooke Estates and Robert and his son Ed allowed the village to buy the land behind the Village Hall from the Estate for the Green. This was one of the first Millennium Greens to be formed in the Country. It should also be noted that it was Robert’s Father who donated the land on which the Village Hall was built.

During his very active public life, he always found time to help the village with advice and practical help.

Tom Thurston

February 2019