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BGAJ eAlert: September 2017

Johann Tasker
01206 263807
Johann Tasker

This eAlert will remain available to read in the eAlerts Archive section accessed via the Member Communications tab on the Guild website.


All geared up for sell-out Harvest Lunch

Final arrangements are in place for this year's BGAJ Harvest Service and Luncheon, which takes place in London on Thursday, 12 October.

Tickets are now sold out for the Luncheon, with a waiting list operating for those who wish to attend but who haven't yet booked.

Guild Members and Guests are welcome to attend the Harvest Service, which starts at 10.45am prompt at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU.

The service will be followed by a drinks reception and three-course Luncheon starting at 12 noon at the prestigious Painters’ Hall, Trinity Lane, EC4V 2AD.

Guild award winners will be announced following the meal and the draw will be made for the Charitable Trust’s annual raffle.

Tickets will not be sent out, but there will be strict seating plan in place for the meal. Our very special thanks go the 2017 Harvest Service and Luncheon sponsors for making this event possible.


Charitable Trust Prize Draw

A host of fantastic prizes is up for grabs in this year's BGAJ Charitable Trust draw – courtesy of the ongoing generosity of trust supporters, to whom we are very thankful, as always.

Prizes include the following: 

  • A pair of tickets for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours race meeting on 16-17 June, with entry to the Claas hospitality enclosure alongside the track, and the option of a tour of the Claas tractor factory in Le Mans on Monday, 18 June.
  • A guided tour and tea for two at the House of Lords as personal guests of Guild president Lord Curry of Kirkharle;
  • A weekend stay for two with bed and breakfast at the Farmers Club donated by Andrei Spence, chief executive of the Club;
  • £300 of shopping vouchers for John Lewis/Waitrose, donated by Monsanto Ltd and Tessa Bevin, trustee of the Charitable Trust;
  • A year’s membership of the National Trust for two donated by AGCO Ltd;
  • £100 of theatre ticket vouchers donated by John Deere Ltd;
  • £60 of garden centre vouchers donated by the NFU;
  • Great wine and spirit prizes include: £100 voucher for Majestic Wine donated by British Dairying; two special bottles of whisky donated by Drew Sloane; and two bottles of top quality exciting English wine donated by Peter Hill;
  • Last – and by no means least – a year’s subscription to Farmers Weekly.

For a chance of winning one of these great prizes, just send a cheque for £10 with the completed counterfoils from the book of raffle tickets which has been sent to all members to:

Diane Montague
BGAJ Trust Treasurer
115 Widmore Road

Counterfoils and payment must be received by 10 October to guarantee inclusion in the prize draw. It will also be possible to buy tickets on the day at the Harvest Lunch on Thursday, 12 October.

The Charitable Trust works very hard to help Guild Members young and old when they face a period of financial or other difficulty.

You can read more about the Trust's work towards the foot of this eAlert. Alternatively, visit the Trust's web page.


International News

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists is looking for contributions from Guild Members for the ‘In the Field’ section of its website.

This area of the IFAJ website allows members from any of the federation's 46 affiliated associations to write about issues and topics that matter to them.

Whether written specifically for the site, an insight into an IFAJ-organised visit, or an article written in the course of their work that they wish to bring to a wider audience, this page showcases the work of the nearly 5,000 IFAJ members around the world.

To have your story posted, send text and at least one photograph (minimum 800 x 600px) to the IFAJ Global Office at

Members should cite the original publication that the article appeared in and the date if applicable. Audio and video broadcasts can also be accepted.

For full details, visit

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New Members and Friends

To invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining the Guild, point them to the website page here, where the benefits are set out and a leaflet is available to download. There is also a link to online membership application and subscription Direct Debit forms. Subscription rates for 2017 are unchanged from last year at £72.50 for Members and Friends, £36.50 for Retired Members and Student Friends.

The Guild is delighted to welcome the following new Members:

Stephen Reckless, Managing Director, Tasty Media, 52-54B Regent Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5EG. Tel: 0800 170 7572 Mobile: 07778 635566 Email: Website:

Role at Work: Video production and drone filming services to the farming and agriculture sectors. We produce both promotional videos and issue-based coverage for agricultural organisations. Why I wanted to join: To establish links with other professionals working in the sector and keep up with news, issues and trends. Nominated by Ben Pike.

Jobs & Recruitment

Vacant positions are mentioned in Guild eAlerts as a service to members but a recruitment advertising service is also available to organisations keen to attract talent from among the ranks of the Guild membership involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website or can be obtained by contacting Peter Hill.

Find details of all posts here.

Member contacts update

Updates on new job, location and contact details are noted below. Earlier updates can be found in the eAlerts Archive section of the Guild website accessed via the Member Communications tab.

Stefanie Hingley has been appointed marketing manager at top six UK agrochems supplier Nufarm UK Ltd, Wyke Lane, Wyke, Bradford BD12 9EJ where she can be reached on landline 01274 691234 or mobile 07717 707665 or by email:

Andrew Watts has moved to Cambridgeshire and is now operating his Watts PR agency from 4 Horseheath Park Cottage, Haverhill Road, Horseheath, Cambridge CB21 4QG where his office phone number is 01223 892893 but can still be reached on the same mobile – 07966 028734

Check and update Year Book entries

Work will begin in October on the next edition of the Guild's annual Year Book, so all Members and Friends should check last year's entry and if any updates are needed can then login to the Guild website to change their membership profile. This will also update information displayed in the Farming Media Centre pages of the website.

Members and Friends who joined since the 2017 edition was published should also login to complete the Farming Media Centre section of their profile - see your new member welcome email for guidance.

Anyone who has difficulty logging should read the instructions here or contact subscriptions manager Peter Hill.

On the Guild website…

The Dates & Deadlines panel on the home page gives Guild event details and award application deadlines, as well as access to the full listing of Guild activities through the year.

On the Guild Facebook page....

The Guild Facebook page includes updates and photos of interest to Guild Members, including Guild-related news from other websites. To take a look, visit

BGAJ Charitable Trust

What the trust can do for you – or someone you know

The Guild’s Charitable Trust was set up to help Members of the Guild – of any age – and their partners and families when faced with difficulties or hardship.

The Trustees offer confidential practical support and advice, and have funds available to meet short-term needs (such as urgent utility bills in times of financial difficulty) or to help enhance standards of care and treatment in times of ill health or old age.

Members of the Guild who think the trust could help – or who know of fellow Members who could benefit – should contact the chairman of Trustees, Stephen Howe on 01342 893018 or email.

What you can do for the trust

The financial help that Trustees can offer is determined by annual income from investments, donations and fund-raising initiatives such as the Harvest Lunch prize draw. The 200 Club is an easy and painless way to make an annual donation: shares are just £10 each and subscribers have two chances a year to win up to £250 in cash prizes.

Members and Friends who take part in a charitable fund-raising event – please consider donating some of the funds you raise to your own Charitable Trust; and be sure to let us know what you’re doing so we can encourage support for your efforts from among the Guild membership.

More information on all aspects of the Charitable Trust is available on the Guild website.

Send in your news

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