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Harvest Service & Lunch 2014

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Good wine, good food, good company - what more could we ask from the annual lunch to follow a spirit-uplifting service at St Bride's Church to celebrate harvest?

Harvest Lunch 2014It was the first Harvest Service for the Guild's new Chaplain, the Reverend George Pitcher (right), a journalist, author, public relations pioneer and Anglican priest, so well qualified to conduct prayers and proceedings at this event.

He was ably supported for the second year by Geoff Dodgson, a Member of the Guild and Reader in the Diocese of Ely, who recalled the lives of members who passed away during the preceding 12 months, In Memorium.

The St Bride's resident choir, generously sponsored again by livestock sector specialists Shepherd Publishing, performed wonderfully as usual, with another rendition of Robbie Williams' Angels surprising and delighting the congregation in equal measure.

Philippa Spackman, RABI's head of communications, responded to an appeal from event organiser and Guild deputy chairman Howard Venters for a Guild member to make a contribution to the service by suggesting and reading the poem The Harvest Moon, by Ted Hughes. Howard and Guild chairman Jane Craigie gave other Readings, and John Cameron, honorary president of IFAJ Congress 2014, travelled down from Aberdeenshire to deliver the Address.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Choir and congregation in perfect harmony? The performance of the 'professionals' delighted Members, Friends and guests of the Guild, especially those experiencing it for the first time.

Harvest Lunch 2014

From left: John Cameron, Revd George Pitcher, Philippa Spackman, event organiser and Guild deputy chairman Howard Venters, Geoff Dodgson and Guild chairman Jane Craigie with a fine display of seasonal fruit and vegetables supplied by Kent farmers Bill and Andre Kelsey from their farm shop enterprise.

After the service, attended by several first-timers who declared they thoroughly enjoyed it, everyone took the five minute stroll along Fleet Street to the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers - a venue for the Guild's Harvest Luncheon that could hardly be more appropriate.

Harvest Lunch 2014There they enjoyed a sparkling wine reception sponsored by Keenan before settling down to a first-rate lunch of pan-fried sea bass fillet followed by British lamb - a succulent, slow-cooked rack and breaded shoulder confit - supplied by Waitrose, whose senior communications manager John Gregson also supplied the table wine.

The main course prepared by caterer Life's Kitchen was completed by buttered kale, pressed celeriac and potato terrine, using ingredients sourced from British growers by Partners In Purchasing. To finish, pear and almond pie with Jersey pouring cream kindly supplied by the Jersey Cattle Society.

 

Ruth DowningAll images were generously supplied by Guild member Ruth Downing of RuralPictures who was ably supported on the day by husband Rob. Based on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, Ruth specialises in photography of agriculture, livestock, equestrian and events, and product and promotional imagery.

More pictures are available to see and purchase in Ruth's gallery.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Another seasonal produce display greeted Members, Friends and guests of the Guild at Stationers Hall, provided by Duncan Allison of New Covent Garden wholesaler Allison Risebro. He is pictured in conversation with Teresa Wickham of TWA Communications, a Member of the Guild specialising in agribusiness, food policy and food retailing.

Harvest Lunch 2014

From left: Livestock freelance Aly Balsom; Niamh Tye, PR and marketing communications journalist; Jo Palmer, business and technical communications; Rosie Bryson, senior technical manager for arable crop fungicides with BASF in Germany; arable freelance Andrew Blake; Andrew Watts of Effective PR & Journalism; David Hutchinson, a guest of Yara from national agronomy supplies and services business Hutchinsons.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Hampshire-based freelance photographer Kevin Milner and freelance agricultural news journalist Caroline Stocks.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Sarah Carter, Angus Chalmers and Angharad Evans of RDP Advertising & Marketing, with marketing communications specialist Mike Bunney.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Guild members Rachel Queenborough of RQB, specialists in livestock, animal health and grassland communications, with horticulture and forage crops marketing specialist Clive Marlow.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Yara UK managing director Benoit Lamaison with Guild member Nick Rainsley, marketing director at national agronomy business Agrovista, and Gerald Turner, Wales and south-west England area sales manager with Yara.

Harvest Lunch 2014

In the courtyard at Stationers Hall, Bill and Andre Kelsey of Kelseys Farm Shops, Kent, who supplied the Harvest Service produce display; Guild chaplain Revd George Pitcher; and St Brides Church director of finance James Irving.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Jez Wardman, digital marketing and agronomy manager with Yara, and Lancashire dairy farmer Richard Halhead.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Liverymen with the Worshipful Company of Farmers - past Master and East Sussex farmer Jeremy Courtney; Trustee and Guild member Rosie Carne, marketing manager at Yara; current Master and a past President of the Guild, Baroness Hazel Byford; Tony Alston, Senior Warden (behind) and John Evans, a Friend of the Guild and editor of the Farmers Company's website and newsletter.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Livestock freelance Ann Hardy, Debby Brown, ruminant specialist at Advanced Nutrition and a guest of freelance journalist and Cow Management editor Rachael Porter.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Helen Brady, manager of marketing design solutions and audio visual for Europe at AGCO Corporation, and Mike Gooding, FAI Farms.

Harvest Lunch 2014

From left: Yara guest Linda Day and Sandra Cousin, Yara marketing assistant, with honorary Guild member Wendy Ryder.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Enjoying the excellent sparkling English wine at the pre-lunch reception sponsored by Keenan are (from left) food retailing communications specialist Teresa Wickham, Marion and Eddie Gillanders from Farm North East magazine, and Aberdeenshire farmer John Cameron.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Philippa Spackman, communications and fund-raising manager at the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) with Suzy Deeley, RABI development manager. "What a fantastic day it was - very enjoyable," said Philippa afterwards.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Machinery freelance Peter Hill (left) with Diana Spellman of food procurement consultancy Partners In Purchasing and supply chain consultant and journalist Cedric Porter admiring an item from Allison Risebro's display!

Harvest Lunch 2014

Guild member Tom Allen-Stevens, editor of CPM magazine, with Rosie Bryson of BASF.

Harvest Lunch 2014

From left: Guild members Rebecca Dawson, Ware Anthony Rust, and Catherine Linch and Hannah Lloyd from Pinstone Communications.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Aled Davies, Animax deputy managing director, enjoying Harvest Lunch banter wth Howard Venters of Shepherd Publishing, who organised the event, and another of his guests Sue Cresswell, with Shepherd editor Peter Reynolds looking on.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Paying attention - Jean and Bill Skidmore, joint editors for Shepherd Publishing on Wool Producer and The Woolman; Jill Willows, a Friend of the Guild; and livestock specialist PR and journalist Karen Wright.

Harvest Lunch 2014

Enjoying the day - Shepherd Publishing guests Heather Bennett and Liz Venters.

Harvest Lunch 2014

For some, the celebrations continued in a reserved section of the bar at the Punch Tavern in Fleet Street where three consecutive winners of the BGAJ Yara arable award (all freelancers) compared notes. Sarah Henley is flanked by Peter Hill (left) and Andrew Blake sporting their Guild ties.

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