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Cereals Event 2009

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Peter Hill

Despite a heavy downpour that threatened to send everyone scurrying for their cars, members and guests instead headed for the press tent for the Guild’s first Bangers 'n' Beer function at the end of the first day of the Cereals Event.

Enjoying sausages and beer generously provided by Bayer CropScience and Nickerson Seeds, journalists and PR specialists alike welcomed the opportunity to chew over the technical and business highlights of the day, while tucking in to the reviving refreshments on offer.

Organiser Jane Craigie, Council member for external events, was delighted with the turnout and pleased with the positive feedback received from those who attended.

“Several members said they don’t go to the more formal events, like our Harvest Lunch, and enjoyed the informality of this get-together,” she said. “And because we had generous sponsorship, the event cost members nothing to attend.”

Guild member Marcello Garbagnoli, Farmers Guardian staff photographer, provided the images to give a flavour of the event.

Cereals Event 2009Guild members start gathering for the first get-together at the Cereals Event.

Cereals Event 2009Tom Allen-Stevens of Mistral weighs up whether he can manage a second ‘banger in a bap’, while Jonathan Wheeler of WheelerWoodhouse (left), broadcaster Alan Stennett (background) and Cedric Porter, food chain consultant and journalist (right), chat with fellow Guild members.

Cereals Event 2009All smiles despite the rain – Guild Council member for external events (and Cereals Event press officer) Jane Craigie (left) with PR colleague and fellow Guild member Niamh Tye.







Cereals Event 2009Either the rain was getting them down or communications specialist Geoff Dodgson (left) of Ware Anthony Rust was discussing something of grave importance with Crop Protection Magazine editor/publisher Angus McKirdy.

Cereals Event 2009Adrienne (left) and Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations get the low-down on the KWS Seeds business from Suzanne Ingle, marketing co-ordinator.

Cereals Event 2009“Good evening!” Farmer David George (centre) obviously anticipated better Cereals Event weather than the persistent first-day showers. With him enjoying the Guild reception are Ruth Widén, agricultural property and land management PR specialist, and Guild Council member Mike Donovan, editor and publisher of Practical Farm Ideas.

Cereals Event 2009Attempting (but failing) to remain anonymous is George Chancellor during a discussion with fellow communications specialist, Guild chairman Nick Bond.

Cereals Event 2009Fed and watered – crop technology specialist John Allan (left), who looks after the Guild Charitable Trust’s fund-raising 200 Club, with Guild chairman Nick Bond and machinery freelance, Guild website/eAlerts editor, Peter Hill.

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