Tribute event to ‘community-minded’ Congresbury man Andrew Sheppy to be held next week

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 February 2018

Andrew Sheppy, on his farm in Congresbury. Picture: Jeremy Long

Andrew Sheppy, on his farm in Congresbury. Picture: Jeremy Long

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The life of an ‘invaluable’ Congresbury villager who died last year will be celebrated next week.

A presentation on Andrew Sheppy will be hosted by Congresbury History Society at the Methodist hall, in High Street, on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Andrew was known for rare-breed farming and playing an influential role in many groups around the village.

He died suddenly at the age of 68 in May.

An obituary penned by villagers Mary Short and Michael Greaves said: “The archetypal rustic, in his well-worn boiler suit, dirty green wellies, shapeless hat and bushy beard, his educated tones when he spoke came as a shock.

“But Andrew was a man of many talents, devoted not only to his rare-breed dexter cattle and poultry, but also as a musician, organist, choir conductor, and possessor of a fine bass voice.

“He was also a very community-minded man.

“His passionate knowledge of the village was invaluable.”

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