The Society is sad to inform members that Mark Barden of the Holnest herd passed away peacefully on Wednesday 25th January after recently being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
The Holnest herd which Mark founded and built up was his pride and joy. He began the herd not long after moving to Dorset ten years ago with three cows and calves at foot from John and Pat Stanley followed by a bull, Long Ash Nuggett, from Sid Hollier. After Nuggett came Gentons Texas from Bertie Facon and the herd steadily thrived. In recent years Mark was delighted to be able to provide other herds with breeding stock. He also kept a small flock of Dorset Horn sheep and took a deep interest in preserving our native breeds.
Mark's wife Jenny and their family would like anyone who knew Mark to feel welcome to attend the funeral on Friday 24 February. There will be a simple private cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at 1.30 at St Mary's Church, Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5PU (off the main A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road). This service will be open for anyone who wishes to pay their respects.
Any donations in Mark's memory to his favourite charity the Dorset Wildlife Trust would be much appreciated.
For the time being Jenny will be keeping the Holnest herd going with help from Dave Phillips of the Etheridge herd.