Jamie, of Mucklestone, near Market Drayton, (63) has been working on the family dairy farm since 1983, taking over on his father’s retirement in 2002. He was Chairman of the Market Drayton Branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in 1998 & 1999, Chairman of the Staffordshire branch of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) from 2002-2005, Chairman of the 300 Cow Club in 2002-3, and has served as a Parish Councillor on the Loggerheads Parish Council in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme for twenty years until 2020, and a member of the Mucklestone PCC for even longer. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of the County since 2004, regularly involved in writing citations for the Queens Awards for Voluntary Service, which has taken him far and wide across the county and shown him some of the many unsung heroes doing extraordinary work in the voluntary sector.
Jamie, a life-long Stoke City supporter, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, then educated at Harrow School and Peterhouse, Cambridge. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor whilst working on the Raby Estate in County Durham, before returning home to work full time on the family farms and modernise the dairy units. He is married to Sanda (61) who he met at University. Sanda does the farm accounts and is churchwarden at St Mary’s Mucklestone. They have three grown-up children, Alex (32) who has recently come back to live in Staffordshire with his wife Lily and young son, Georgina (29) a Vet, and Nick (26) a Maths teacher who are both working in London.
Jamie has had a lifelong interest in nature conservation – woodlands, wetlands and wildlife – with a particular recent interest in butterflies and dragonflies. He has been working closely with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust over many years now, and has created extensive new ponds and wetlands across the farm. In 1999 he accidentally rediscovered dormice in Staffordshire which had previously been presumed extinct in the county with no records since 1914. Three unruly springer spaniels often keep him company when out and about on the farm.
On his mother’s side, Jamie can trace his family locally to within a few miles of his home in Staffordshire back into the 1400s, including a number of High Sheriffs. One ancestor, a certain John Offley of Madeley Manor, a strong Royalist, was High Sheriff in 1649, the year Charles I was executed, and was then made to spend the next two years in the Tower of London. His close friend, Isaac Walton, dedicated “The Compleat Angler”, published in 1653, from “Your most affectionate friend” to his fellow angler, John Offley.
More recently, Jamie’s Hinchliffe great great grandfather and great great great grandfather were successive Rectors of Mucklestone over the period from 1850 to 1925 with many Offleys Rectors before that, and he and Sanda now live in the same house they all did. His grandfather, Harry (later Sir Henry) Hinchliffe, who had been wounded in WW1 at the Battle of Loos fighting with 5th Battalion North Staffords (The Potters) was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1944 and, under a special wartime dispensation, wore his uniform of a Sargeant in the Home Guard with pride.