Local farmer Russell Kilvington convicted

Local Brightwalton based farmer Russell Kilvington has been convicted of animal welfare issues and for passing off meat from an Essex farm as Royal Berkshire Pork. This is clearly disappointing and embarrassing for the farming community in West Berkshire. As part of our community here I cannot defend their actions leading up to this situation, but I can say that they are great people to know – warm, friendly with great kids. I do hope that they can treat this as a positive learning experience and can move on.

“I think that there is a very close connection between humility and patience. Humility involves having the capacity to take a more confrontational stance, having the capacity to retaliate if you wish, yet deliberately deciding not to do so. That is what I would call genuine humility.”, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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16 Responses

  1. COMMENTS – from the old Blog…

    “I think its very sad to see that you have put this up on your website – considering your comment “they are great people to know – warm, friendly with great kids”. You see the trouble is that unless you know the TRUE STORY you should not automatically presume that all you read is true. Actually what you did read was totally untrue.”
    #1 J Thomson on 2012-06-04 15:44

    “Feel free to post the true story, I am always happy to hear all points of view.”
    #2 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-04 19:58

    “You speak as you know this family!! Well if you did you would know this is NOT true!!”
    #3 J Harrison on 2012-06-04 23:12

    “Which bit is not true?”
    #4 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-04 23:17

    “I can’t imagine how they are going to take anything positive from this experience.
    Anyone who does know Mr Kilvington will know that he is a hard working man who clearly cares for his animals, and would never do anything to jeopardize their welfare and wellbeing.
    This has been his dream which he has worked so hard for which has now turned into his nightmare through no fault of his own.
    THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT IN THE END.”
    #5 T Francis on 2012-06-05 03:14

    “Your welcome to email or post your version of events. I am happy to post unedited. Always happy to hear another point of view.”
    #6 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-05 09:21

    “Livelihoods have been destroyed and the reputations of honest, hardworking people left in tatters whilst people like you band about untrue reports for what can only be described as your own self interest and to inflate your already oversized ego! What goes around comes around and one day you too shall be let down by our judicial system and feel the hurt of others misguided blogs!”
    #7 H Sandland on 2012-06-05 11:12

    “Ok, so you don’t want to publish the ‘truth’? As I said in the original post – they are great people and humility is a good learning experience. The Dalai Lama had it right here…”

    “I think that there is a very close connection between humility and patience. Humility involves having the capacity to take a more confrontational stance, having the capacity to retaliate if you wish, yet deliberately deciding not to do so. That is what I would call genuine humility.”
    #8 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 11:19

    “It’s not often that the court lies, they convict on real evidence and the council don’t prosecute for fun. Even his masonic buddies couldn’t save him – it must have been bad.”
    #9 B Rightwalton on 2012-06-06 11:23

    “How much meat did we buy off them and how much of it was cheap meat from a cash and carry in Essex? Honest people do not con their neighbours – how can we trust them again?”
    #10 Grumpt on 2012-06-06 11:26

    “There are lots of very angry comments on here that I’ve not included as they are just too much. If your angry with them please speak to them and work it out. Feel free to re-post comments with a much less personal theme – they don’t need to be attacked right now, but supported as they move on from their experience.”
    #11 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 11:30

    “They were raided because their employees were seriously concerned over their treatment of their animals. This is not an act that someone takes lightly as it usually means loosing their livelihood. Why they should be attacked by Russell as the cause of the problem when they were the people running the business and responsible for the animal welfare?

    They got wot they deserved.”
    #12 Anonymous on 2012-06-06 11:42

    “When your a premium brand farmer you must concentrate on the maintenance of the brand – forgetting that the premium brand must hold the highest welfare standards and the highest levels of credibility.

    By not looking after their animals correctly and putting their welfare first, they have lost the credibility of the brand.

    By selling cheap crap meat off to waitrose and us locals they have lost all credibility.

    Their current business is not viable and they need to concentrate on rebuilding their credibility with the whole community (not just their direct friends) or they need to move on.”
    #13 CC on 2012-06-06 11:46

    “Why should the Russell Kilvington be above the law? Some of the comments here seem to suggest that becuase he is nice, he should get away with it. The court does not convict people without clear and compelling evidence.

    Blaming holiday and his workers just doesn’t add up either. West Berkshire Council would not seek to prosecute frivolously, they the Kilvingtons were in charge of Royal Berkshire Pork. They alone were convicted on animal welfare charges and the passing off of cheap pork as their own (seems like fraud to me).

    They should stand down from the Chair of the Governors and Chair of the Parish Council – you cannot have such dishonest people running key local organisations.

    I think it’s time for them to eat some humble pie and seek a quiet life – being nice does not excuse you from being a criminal.”
    #14 D (Brightwalton Villager) on 2012-06-06 15:01

    “You are all so quick to judge when you dont know the truth obviously you all just believe what you read. its very sad that you have nothing more to do than place comments like you have. I know the truth and so do lots of other people and that clearly is all that matters!”
    #15 J Thomson on 2012-06-06 18:24

    “I guess the problem here is that most people are trusting the court and the local papers. By posting entries saying it’s all lies and you know the truth without backing it up with any information or facts, then people are just going to think your ranting and ignore you. If you know the truth, put some words to it and post them here – don’t just keep telling everyone that they are idiots for not knowing what you wont tell them!

    On a separate note, the few people objecting to this article seem to be objecting on the basis that it’s linking to Newbury Weekly News front page article – I’ve not agreed with it or disagreed with it – this is how information is information is shared on the internet. By blocking peoples ability to report, discuss and debate you are only attempting to restrict our collective freedom of expression. i.e. I can say what I like as long as ‘you’ agree with it – it’s complete madness.

    Even if I delete this blog post, the news article, the court records and the other blogs, tweets and facebook entries will still be there. Are you going to attempt to bully all of those sources into submission in a effort to remove any news that you do not agree with?”
    #16 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 19:00

    “Adrian, I agree, you are being fair here, but they have their own supporters who have done everything they can to block this story and misinform other villagers. Lots of people have lost out here: the Kilvingtons for their part in the animal welfare and fraud; West Berkshire farming for the implied slur; and our small villages around here that have been torn between the few who deny the situation and the few who are aggrieved about it. The majority of us are neutral, but I have bought from them and last year’s Christmas meat was very poor quality. So I have a right to be suspicious and a right to distrust them.

    I hope though, as you say, they need to treat this as a learning experience, but I think they and their supporters, who are doing their best to cause trouble in our villages, need to recognise that it’s happened and move on.”
    #17 Grumpt on 2012-06-11 10:21

    “For my 2p worth, the product’s from Royal Berkshire Pork (especially the divine bacon) has been on our must have list, to the point where we would happily have less meat but stick with the quality. A Sunday bacon butty after working on the garden was a special treat

    I can understand why people wouldn’t trust the people or brand any more. Stories like those reported in Newbury Weekly News create more than doubt, they almost create certainty.

    I hope Russell, family and team build from this. They know how to make a stunning product, so it’s now time to dust themselves off, get back up and use their experience to bring their vision to reality once again.”
    #18 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-06-11 14:01

    “I hope Russell, family and team build from this. They know how to make a stunning product, so it’s now time to dust themselves off, get back up and use their experience to bring their vision to reality once again.”

    Agree.
    #19 Anonymous on 2012-06-12 10:14

    “It is disappointing to see that they have yet to resign from their positions. Russell agreed to resign from the School Governors and they should also back away from the Parish Council. All they represent is dishonesty. How can that help the credibility of either organisation?”
    #20 Grumpt on 2012-07-02 12:17

    “I’ve had many comments on the same theme, so I’ve allowed one through. I don’t know what their motivations are, but Russell did state that he was going – perhaps he is waiting for an appropriate time (end of school year?)

    Given the sheer number of negative comments posted here (many of which are too personal to be published) I don’t think the issue is going to go away – certainly not for the people in our community.

    There are clearly battle grounds and gossip going between each camp – both seem quite evangelistic and extreme for what appears to be a simple issue.

    It all seems a waste of energy to me. It’s time to move on and time for this inter-village gossip war to stop.”
    #21 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-07-02 12:29

    “Why do you defend them when they spend so much time attacking you?”
    #22 Anonymous on 2012-07-02 12:54

    “They may not be tuned into my flavour of the political spectrum and I may not be part of their little clubs; but they are still members of our community. Everyone deserves compassion, support and understanding.”
    #23 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2012-07-02 13:01

    “I belive that you cannot build from good experience alone, if you have all good expeirience how can you know if your product is good or not?
    I think russel should take this as a bad expeirience and build up, now he knows what people think now he can make his product ever better, like market resurch.
    As one of his customers i cannot fault him, a good bacon samwich is always welcome, i hope he can build his company back to the state it was and maybe better! – Yum!”
    #24 Anonymous on 2012-07-16 12:21

    “Why is Russell Kilvington still a school governor? Don’t they check these people for criminal convictions? He can’t look after animals why should we trust him with our children?”
    #25 Anonymous on 2013-02-28 21:58

    “Russell Kilvington and his partner Catherine Thomson need to resign from their positions of ‘power’. Their credibility with us all has gone.”
    #26 Anonymous on 2013-03-03 11:30

    “If anything more detrimental / untrue is published on this site then Legal Action will be taken.”
    #27 Catherine Thomson on 2013-04-04 15:50

    “Are you going to take legal action on the whole community? Get a life.”
    #28 Anonymous on 2013-04-04 17:14

    “So any statements on Royal Berkshire Pork, Russell Kilvington, Catherine Thomson or the front page article on the Newbury Weekly News, the court case or anything else you don’t like are to be sensored?

    How will this help you rebuild? Would it not be best to understand the concerns of your community? How else will you address them?

    As one very observant Parish Councillor said to me recently, ‘they are very angry people who are looking to blame anyone but themselves’.

    It’s time you accept the mistakes of the past and as I’ve said before, accept a bit of humility – it’s a learning experience.”
    #29 Adrian Hollister (Homepage) on 2013-04-04 23:44

  2. They have left their role as Chair of the Parish Council (Catherine Thomson/Kilvington) and Chair of the School of Governors for Brightwalton CofE Primary (Russell Kilvington). It’s about time too. I even hear that the Local Education Authority was investigating the school and the board of Governors – just a rumour though.

    1. It’s no bad thing if your right. Would be good for Russell Kilvington and Catherine Thomson to rebuild their relationships within the community and not just their friends. Now it’s time to put this behind us and to allow the Kilvongtons to rebuild Royal Berkshire Pork (or Royal Berkshire Foods as it now appears to be called).

  3. Are you kidding? I am sick and tired of them both with their nasty words. They are so horrible to you and so hell bent on blaming their old employees I am amazed that you keep defending them. They have done nothing good since they were found guilty.

      1. Oh I am so fed up with their stuck up nose attitude to people in Brightwalton. Let’s face it, they broke the law, thoroughly shamed British Farming and made us all look like idiots. It’s about time they took their shame else where and stopped playing innocent.

          1. BOO I do not agree with this, i know them and they are nice people who would never do this.

    1. Agree, nasty and vindictive. Still blaming their employees for whistle blowing. Its a good thing that they did it is the only way to stop these people.

  4. Cannot believe that they are still blaming other people. Just plain stupid. Russell Kilvington needs to recognise what he has done and make amends, not enemies.

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