We caught up with Bentley who’s celebrating ten years as part of the Folly Farm family
In the first of a new series of staff profiles, Laura Walters, HR assistant, chatted to Bentley Evans, a ride operator in the vintage fairground.
Bentley, how long have you worked at Folly Farm?
I believe it’s ten years this April. It’s honestly been some of the happiest times of my life working with this incredible team.
What made you want to join the team?
Well I didn’t really want to retire. I wanted to keep busy and do something! I saw the job advert and went for it. It’s such a small world as well, I actually knew the fairground manager at the time as I used to deliver milk to his parents!
What had you done before joining Folly Farm?
Before Folly Farm I’d been a milkman in Whitland for forty years. This was the business I’d inherited from my dad and I joined as soon as I left school. I sold the business as I could no longer compete with supermarket prices and I then worked as a postman for ten years, and now here I am!
I was also the Mayor of Whitland for a number of years.
So, what is it about Folly Farm that’s kept you here for ten years?
I honestly enjoy this whole Folly experience with everybody. I enjoy coming to work every day and can say hand on heart that I’ve never had a bad day at work. Everyone is so kind and helpful, it’s great.
How has Folly Farm changed during your time here?
Oh, there’s always something new. It’s clear to see that the money is invested back into the business. It’s such a popular place now and you can see it’s building bit by bit. It’s a very exciting place to work in that sense.
What are the most challenging aspects on being a ride operator?
Do you know there’s nothing I find hard about the role. You receive great training, there are procedures in place for you and we’re very fortunate that we have great guests. I think it’s all about how you speak to people; make a fuss of them, ask them how they are, smile, enjoy yourself!
Any fond memories that stand out in particular?
Every day is a pleasant one but one particular highlight was Folly’s 30th birthday celebrations. It was brilliant to be part of that.
If you had to be in any other department, which would it be and why?
Oh that’s a hard question. I’m not sure I’d ever like to change departments. Maybe I could be the new mascot, I’m sure they’d love to dress me up as a clown! Perhaps if I had to choose, I’d pick the farm. I love all the animals in the Jolly Barn.
Can you sum up Folly Farm in three words?
No! It’s honestly been a pleasure, it’s been fabulous!