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Harvest Service & Lunch 2012

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Peter Grimshaw + Howard VentersWith Robbie Williams' Angels giving a contemporary twist to an otherwise traditional thanksgiving celebration and rose veal on the lunch menu enjoyed by all, including guest speaker Adam Henson, the Guild's 2012 Harvest Service and Lunch was a subtly modernised and hugely popular event for the 200 members and guests who attended.

The service put together by organiser and choir sponsor Howard Venters of Shepherd Publishing with James Irving and Claire Seaton of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, was conducted by the rector and Guild chaplain, the Venerable David Meara.

Guild president Lord Cameron of Dillington gave the Bidding, followed by members and guests warming up with the hymn I Vow to Thee My Country.

Adrian Bell, Guild chairman, and Howard Venters gave traditional readings, followed by Guild member Peter Grimshaw (pictured with Howard Venters), who gave his self-composed reading Do They Know? which he dedicated to former Farmer & Stockbreeder colleague, 90+ years old Peter Bell, who was one of the Guild members who established the service.

Diana Spellman of Partners in Purchasing gave the Address, in which she highlighted the growing appreciation of high quality food produced by British farmers.

After Come, ye Thankful People Come, a rousing Jerusalem brought the service to a conclusion and sharpened the appetite for the 'Best of British' lunch to follow.......

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BGAJ HarvestAt the Keenan-sponsored pre-lunch reception, members and guests enjoyed a delightful English sparkling wine courtesy of Three Choirs Vineyard at Newent, Gloucestershire. Classic Cuvee is described as a dry and subtle traditionally made sparkling wine made from mostly Seyval Blanc with a proportion of Pinot Noir. And very good it is, too!

The British rose veal provided by Waitrose was cooked three different ways to provide variation. It was accompanied by vegetables supplied by Covent Garden wholesaler Allison Risebro from individual growers whose details formed part of a welcoming display in Stationers' Hall.

Guest speaker Adam Henson, farmer and BBC Countryfile presenter, set out the opportunities and challenges that the farming industry faces and underlined the importance of open, honest and effective communication with consumers. Read his speech here.

After St Bride's chorister Claire Seaton earned a standing ovation for her solo Parting Glass, members and guests without a train to catch carried on the celebrations at Ye Olde English pub nearby.

With thanks to Guild Friend Tom Baker of Cowbell Pictures for the images.

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Guild chairman Adrian Bell (right) with the Lloyds TSB Agriculture team (from left) Alick Jones, agricultural policy director; farming ambassador Adam Henson and his business partner Duncan Andrews; and Mark Lawrence, Lloyds Banking Group agricultural marketing manager.

BGAJ Harvest From left: Guild members Howard Walsh, Farmers Guardian business editor; freelance Sara Gregson; Simon Bates, DairyUK communications director; and guest Lois Philipps, British Grassland Society director.

BGAJ Harvest Guild members Jo Pugh (left), National Sheep Association senior communications officer; Ben Briggs, Farmers Guardian news editor; and Olivia Midgley (right), Farmers Guardian reporter; with guest Emily White, a former student of the Guild's John Deere Training Award for new entrants who now works with Guild member Rachel Queenborough at the RQB agency.

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Guild supporters Bill and Andree Kelsey of Kelsey's Farm Shops, Sidcup, Kent as usual provided a display of produce for St Bride's Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guests Joanna Brown (left), editor of Horse magazine, and equine freelance, Guild member Nicola Whittaker, with NFU Mutual pension specialist Steve Meredith. Behind them are NFU Mutual rural affairs specialist Tim Price (left) and personal finance specialist Will Howell from the insurer's media team.

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Heading towards lunch: Guild Friend Jason Smallwood (left), general manager of product and account development, DHL Agri-Food and guest Richard King of Andersons consultants.

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Shepherd Publishing guests - front row: Guild member Sara Gregson, independent marketing communications specialist; Harvie Peebles, the next Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters with his wife June; Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association; Lois Philipps, British Grassland Society director and Joanne Pugh, NSA senior communications officer, NSA. Back row: NSA Board chairman John Geldard; David John of Lister Shearing Equipment; Shepherd managing director Howard Venters; and Bill Clark, next Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.

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Tom Allen-Stevens, editor of Crop Production Magazine and Farmers Guardian editor Emma Penny (left) with HGCA communications executives Jo Crowley and Caroline Slay (right).

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Enjoying the Three Choirs Grand Cuvee are Guild members (from left) Clive Marlow, marketing specialist; Western Morning News farming editor Peter Hall; RABI press officer Nick Bond; and The Scotsman rural editor Andrew Arbuckle.

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From left: Harvest Lunch guests Jill Smith of Shepherd Publishing; Anne Thorley and Pauline Reynolds, wife of Guild member Peter Reynolds, editor of Shepherd's Cattle Breeder magazine.

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Machinery trade specialist and Guild member Chris Biddle (left) with his wife Trish; former Hayter's managing director Kim Macfie; and Christopher Whetnall, chief executive of the engineers' association IAgrE.

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Guild guests (from left) Jonathan Guy of JG Animal Health, sponsor of the livestock category in the photography competition; Gerard Keenan of the cattle feeding company that sponsors the Harvest Lunch drinks reception and the Innovation in Agriculture journalism awards; and John Connor, former Farmers Weekly area sales manager but now spearheading efforts to raise sponsorship for the IFAJ World Congress 2014, which the British Guild is hosting.

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Guild member marketing communication specialists Gill Norriss of Sequitur and Sam Luckin.

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