Local Face: Neville Morton

  |  Published: Dec 1st 2009
Neville Morton

Neville Morton was born and bred, a farmer’s son, in North Marston, 12 miles north of here. He went to school at Brackley and in 1962 began training as an accountant with Thornton Baker, now Grant Thornton, in Aylesbury. After 20 years he left to set up his own Chartered Accountants firm in Tring, latterly in the Business Park at Pitstone forming long associations, including clients who were the grandchildren of original clients. In the last 27 years the business grew to a point that two months ago, at 65, he retired leaving his 25 colleagues to continue the running of the firm. He still returns to do a little work when required finding that one cannot just walk away from something like that.

As an escape from accountancy Neville was involved with various organisations and activities, the occupational hazard being he always ended up as Treasurer, which inevitably lead to other things. This began with the local Young Farmers movement, then Aylesbury Rugby Club, others followed, and now he is Secretary of the Aylesbury Road allotments and Treasurer of St Mary’s church. He has always found there is never a shortage of good people close by wanting him to succeed and who have been helpful and supportive.

In 1968, Neville enrolled on a Youth organisations cruise around the Baltic, on SS Uganda, which was later known as the Falklands Hospital Ship. There he met Rosemary, a Wendover girl who can trace her family back in Wendover for generations. The shipboard romance blossomed, and 39 years married, four children and eight grandchildren later, Neville remarks that that boat has a lot to answer for!

It is a pleasure for Neville to think that he is known mainly for being Rosemary’s husband, Dad to Matt and Amanda Ryan, Paul and Julia Hammett, to Phil, who lives in Kent with his wife and children, and Claire, in Aylesbury.

Neville and Rosemary married in 1970 and lived in Weston Turville until 1975 when they moved to Wendover. In 1989 they moved to Dobbins Lane when they needed extra space. Neville says Wendover is perfect for him, big enough to have numerous organisations, thanks to the army of volunteers involved. He believes people should be grateful for the work done by those willing to give their time. We hear of things which go wrong, but so much good is achieved. There are two church buildings, catering for the different churches and upbringing within Christianity, but at the same time working together, recognizing we share one God-given faith, not overshadowed by the man-made differences between us.

Wendover has a history for us to discover, but is small enough for us to know people. Neville recommends getting involved with organisations. He has met people of all backgrounds and origins, guiding his life from the farmer’s son to the nearly-retired accountant he is today. He has joined the Horticultural Society and hopes to join others if time permits. There never was enough time to do what he wants and he suspects that will not change. He has lived in Wendover 34 years and does not plan on moving anywhere else.

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