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Farewell to GTH Partner Jeremy Bell

December 2022

Long serving Partner, agricultural valuer, and auctioneer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt Jeremy Bell FAAV, FARLA, FLAA is stepping down to enjoy a much-deserved retirement.

In a distinguished career he has worked in all aspects of property and rural work.

As a youngster he had dreamed of following his family into farming, but as the youngest of five sons he had to choose a different path and discovered a life-long love of auctioneering.

He was plunged in at the deep end at Chippenham Livestock Market selling poultry and produce at just 18. 

Given just 10 minutes notice to preside over his first sale, he discovered a talent and relish for the task.

During his long career he has been a frontline auctioneer primarily selling calves, store stock and prime stock at Highbridge Market and also selling antiques in Bank Chambers salerooms Burnham-on-Sea. More recently he has been on the rostrum at Sedgemoor Auction Centre selling primestock cattle.

But it is property auctions that have captured his heart.

“Property selling is the best. With a property auction you have no idea who will bid and it’s a complete unknown, which is very exciting. In a property auction for nine out of 10 people it is the first time they have ever taken part in one. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. There’s nothing quite like it," explained Jeremy.

"Reading body language and working out who will bid is part of the enjoyment and skill. Everything is open and transparent. It’s the authenticity that is tried and tested,” he added.

He is also keen to encourage the next generation of auctioneers and valuers. He was instrumental in creating GTH’s current graduate scheme and piloted a similar initiative at JH Palmer & Sons, overseeing 19 graduates at both firms.

“Sharing skills and knowledge and putting something back into the profession has always been a philosophy of mine and I have had great pleasure over the years helping young valuers reach their potential,” said Jeremy.

Initially he oversaw this at JH Palmer & Sons where he was an equity partner aged 34. GTH acquired the firm in 2007.

Jeremy led the team at Burnham-on-Sea and oversaw the branch’s move to modern premises in the High Street.

He is also proud of his involvement in the firm’s Redhill branch, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. The office is the first to be based in a rural business park in a barn conversion. It provides a comprehensive range of rural services to clients in North Somerset and beyond.

Hanging up his gavel will be a wrench for the man who is immersed in the industry. However he is looking forward to a well-deserved holiday in Australia with his wife, Amanda, and to having more time to enjoy country pursuits. 

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