ree generations of the Attrill household have owned Dean Farm, Whitwell, and now two of these generations have been excessive sheriffs of the Isle of Wight.
James Attrill has simply began his excessive sheriff yr, following on from his father, John, who held the put up some years in the past.
James, who combines his farming position with a senior position as associate at BCM rural property specialists in Merstone, has two clear aims throughout his yr in workplace.
One is to focus on psychological well being, particularly in youngsters and younger folks, and the opposite is to assist the emergency providers at this tough time.
A former Niton Major and Ryde College pupil, James went to school on the College of London’s Wye Faculty in Kent earlier than working in New Zealand on sheep and cattle stations.
He returned to the UK and spent a lot of years working as a land agent in Wiltshire earlier than returning to the Isle of Wight in 1999.
He’s married with two grown-up youngsters.
He believes the present concentrate on psychological well being and the problems round wellbeing highlighted by the pandemic are worthy of consideration.
James mentioned: ” Statistics present youngsters and younger folks have taken a giant hit of their psychological well being in the course of the pandemic.
“I’ve performed some coaching to try to perceive the problems higher and am planning on working with the IW Youth Belief to make folks extra conscious of it.
“We have to prepare folks up and that will likely be one in every of my tasks.”
James can also be speaking to the Chamber of Commerce to hunt their assist on the problem and will likely be utilizing his yr to intensify consciousness of the problem, which, he says, impacts all sectrors and ages.
“Males are significantly garbage about speaking about it.
“I might readily come into work and moan about having a foul again or a chilly, however would I are available in and say to colleagues ‘I feel I’m clinically depressed’? In all probability not.”
The opposite point of interest of his yr is displaying assist for legislation and order.
James feels that each one employees have had a troublesome time however the police and the courts have been slightly bypassed by the rightful emphasis on the NHS.
“The police are discovering it arduous and the courts have a large backlog, so I will likely be doing what I can to assist them.”
Requested what he was wanting ahead to most about his yr, James mentioned it was assembly folks.
“I already get a kick out of assembly new folks so discovering out what makes them tick will likely be fascinating. There are a number of untold tales on the Island.”
He has already began going to issues and at an occasion with the New Carnival Firm on Thursday he found the good work they do.
He mentioned: “We’re inspired, as excessive sheriffs, to make connections with different counties, and as they already join with carnival teams in London and Bristol amongst others, I’ll converse to excessive sheriffs there to intensify their profile.”
And when he isn’t working, farming or taking up this vital position, James is to be discovered doing a spot of biking, strolling his canine or, if time permits, indulging in slightly fly fishing.