A wing at Manson House has been named in memory of former Warwickshire farmer Jonathan Billing, who left a significant legacy to R.A.B.I in 2008.
The Billing family has supported R.A.B.I over many generations and Jonathan was a renowned stock judge, also taking part in many Young Farmers Club activities as a club leader. Jonathan kept Longhorn cattle, Shorthorns and South Devons, moving between dairy and beef production. He showed poultry, waterfowl and cavies too – the latter being a great personal interest from an early age. Through his extensive farming interests, he made friendships that lasted a lifetime.
The funds left to R.A.B.I following Jonathan’s death contributed towards the refurbishment of Manson House, the charity’s residential care home in Bury St Edmunds.
R.A.B.I CEO Paul Burrows said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Billing family for the support they have given R.A.B.I over many years. It is only right and fitting that a wing of Manson House, which was developed using funds from the legacy, should be named after Jonathan.”
A commemorative board, explaining more about the life of Jonathan Billing and his role in the development of Manson House, was put up in the newly-named wing at a recent ceremony. Amongst those attending the event were R.A.B.I representatives Paul Burrows, Stephen Miles (trustee and chairman of the Manson House committee), Kris Band (operations manager) and Pat Stanley (former trustee and ex-member of Manson House committee). Jim Beechey and Lorna Pounder also attended on behalf of the Jonathan Billing Charitable Trust.
Pictured in the back row above are (left to right) Kris Band, Jim Beechey, Stephen Miles and Paul Burrows. Pictured in the front row are Lorna Pounder and Pat Stanley.
Pictured on the right is Jonathan Billings with Lorna’s daughter.