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Harvest Service & Lunch 2013

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Members and Friends of the Guild, together with their guests, enjoyed another wonderful Harvest thanksgiving service at St Brides Church, Fleet Street, conducted by Guild chaplain The Venerable David Meara, Rector of St Brides.

Guild president Ewen Cameron gave the Bidding Prayer and Guild awards secretary Louise Impey read the delightful and fitting poem she chose - The Birthright by Eiluned Jones. Geoff Dodgson, Guild member and Reader in the Diocese of Ely, spoke in remembrance of lost friends who passed away this year; and Baroness Byford, former Guild president and current Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, gave the Address.

Harvest Service 2013

Participants in the service gathered around the display of fresh produce kindly provided by Honorary Guild members Andre and Bill Kelsey of Kelseys Farm Shop, Kent and donated through St Brides to a local food charity. From left: Geoff Dodgson; Guild president Lord Cameron of Dillington; Baroness Hazel Byford; Guild vice-chairman Howard Venters of Shepherd Publishing, who organised and sponsored the service; Louise Impey; and Harvie Peebles, Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters.

Harvest Service 2013

Members of the choir - Claire Seaton is the only full-time member, the others all work in the City - made another superb contribution to the service and earned a well deserved round of applause for their arrangement of Justin Haywood's Forever Autumn.

After solo performances by the choir, everyone took a short walk to the splendour of Stationers' Hall nearby for a drinks reception and 'Best of British' luncheon.

Both events were made possible only through the generous sponsorship support of  Lloyds Bank Agriculture, Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC), Waitrose, the supermarket business of the John Lewis Partnership, Shepherd Publishing, specialist publishers to the livestock sector, feeding technology manufacturer Keenan, food procurement consultancy Partners In Purchasing, New Covent Garden wholesaler Allison Risebro, Kelsey Farm Shop and UK Jerseys.

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Gary Naylor of Worth Farms, a Friend of the Guild attending for the first time, said afterwards:  “It was a fantastic day from start to finish; we met so many interesting people.  It was a pleasure to be part of the Yara judging process and to see at first hand the team of people behind the agricultural publishing industry.”

A message to Members and Friends of the Guild from Alick Jones, agriculture policy director at Lloyds Bank and Jonathan Allright, Head of AMC: open.

Images courtesy of Guild Member Ruth Downing Rural Pictures.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Guests were greeted at Stationers Hall by Diana Spellman of food procurement consultancy Partners In Purchasing and a magnificent produce display staged by Duncan Allison of New Covent Garden wholesaler Allison Risebro who also supplied vegetables and fruit for the lunch from individual farmers and growers named in the menu card.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Smoked salmon, excellent steak and other ingredients were supplied to caterer Life's Kitchen for the 'Best of British' luncheon by Waitrose, courtesy of the supermarket's agricultural PR manager John Gregson. It was another very enjoyable meal taken with friends and colleagues in agricultural communications.

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Farmers Weekly editor Jane King (second from right) with PR specialist Doreen Forsyth and her clients Gerard and Noel Keenan of the Irish feeder technology manufacturer. Keenan sponsored the Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut drinks reception and Noel presented the Keenan 'Innovation in Agriculture' journalism award in memory of company founder, Richard Keenan.

Harvest Service 2013

From left: Peter Hill, machinery freelance and Guild website and eAlerts editor; Bayer CropScience PR manager Mike Abram; PR specialist Marion King representing Guild award sponsor IAgrE (the Institution of Agricultural Engineers); Annette Ward, marketing communications manager with Guild supporter Perkins Engines Co Ltd; and Guild awards secretary, arable freelance Louise Impey.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Guild member Natalie Reed (right) of Whisper.pr with client Stefanie Hingley of Rothamsted-based crop science business Plant Impact.

Harvest Lunch 2013

From left: Peter Crowe, Chamberlain PR division of Ware Anthony Rust; Leo Townsend, HGCA communications executive; Adrienne Mitchell of ASM PR; and communications training specialist David Mascord who takes the Guild's new entrants training course and feature writing workshop.

Harvest Lunch 2013

From left: Mike Green, editor of British Dairying with the magazine's guest Michael Bain of performance minerals producer Zinpro; Janice Harland, food chain, farm assurance and nutrition marketing and communicvations specialist; Jill Willows, a new Friend of the Guild; and County Durham-based freelance Wendy Short.

Harvest Lunch 2013

From left: Farmers Weekly and Crops arable writer David Jones with Guild members Chris Burgess, ABC Communications and Angus Chalmers, RDP Advertising & Marketing.

Harvest Lunch 2013

From left: Swiss journalist Markus Rediger attended as president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) to support the Guild's plans for IFAJ Congress 2014 - Innovations from a Small Island; Howard Venters, Guild deputy chairman and joint chairman with Adrian Bell of Whisper.pr (second from right) of the 2014 Congress; Guild chairman Jane Craigie (centre) and Sian Edmunds, food, agriculture and agri-business specialist with solicitors Burges Salmon, legal advisers to the Guild.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Past Guild president Margaret, Countess of Mar (second from left) with Shepherd Publishing guests Sue Cresswell; Harvie Peebles, Master of the Poulters livery company, and Mrs June Peebles.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Marketing specialist and Guild member Clive Marlow (right) with guest Dick Holden, managing director of Solufeed, producer of speciality fertilizers for horticulture, agriculture and amenity.

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Marion and Eddie Gillanders of Farm North-East magazine.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Shepherd Publishing editor and Guild member Peter Reynolds (left) with his wife Pauline; guest Andy Richardson of Volac; and Guild member Simon Bates, communications director at trade organisation Dairy UK.

Harvest Service + Lunch 2013

Yara journalism award farmer judges James Walgate from Lincolnshire (right) and Borders growers Colin and Jill MacGregor (left), with Guild member Gill Norriss of agri-food marketing communications agency Sequitur, who said of the event: "It was a great day and extremely enjoyable – thank you and congratulations to all the team for fantastic organisation of a wonderful event in every respect."

Harvest Service + Lunch 2013

From left: Alice Bell, technical events organiser at the RASE; Ian Matts, Yara agronomic co-ordinator and independent agronomy adviser; and freelance Guild member Olivia Cooper.

Harvest Lunch 2013

Mike Gooding, FAI Farms and Milly Wastie, RABI regional officer and chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

 

Below: Guest speaker Lt Col Hugh Campbell-Smith spoke of the connections between the armed forces and agriculture, particularly relating to food security, and how farmers possess the skills needed by members of the Army Reserve, including regiments such as the Queen's Own Yeomanry (full report here).

Hugh Campbell-Smith

 

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