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Last tickets remaining for 2019 Harvest Lunch

By 29th September 2019July 27th, 2023No Comments

Members are being urged to book their places now to avoid disappointment with less than three weeks to go before the Guild’s flagship annual Harvest Lunch.

Held on Thursday, 17 October, the day starts at 11am in London with a harvest service at St Bride’s – the renowned ‘journalist’s church’ on Fleet Street.

“It’s a special day in the Guild calendar and we’re keen for members to take up the networking opportunity and enjoy a day out in some spectacular London surroundings,” says Guild chairman Catherine Linch.

“It’s a chance for the majority of members to get away from their rural offices for a day to celebrate British agricultural journalism and communications and the end of the cropping year at this annual city gathering.

“The choir is always a particular highlight.”

After the church service, it is then a short walk, in convoy, to our dinner venue, the historic ‘Harry Potter-esque’ Painters’ Hall, commencing at midday.

“Here, we start with a sparkling wine reception, followed by a three-course dinner,” says Catherine.

This year’s speaker is tech entrepreneur and fourth generation arable farmer Sam Watson Jones of the Small Robot Company, a business with aspirations to revolutionise in-field automation on UK farms.

Convinced that robots can challenge the ‘bigger is better’ mentality towards investments in machinery, Sam will outline why he believes that agriculture is on the cusp of a new technological era.

The Guild has been delighted by the response from Members in supporting the key ingredients – with a main course of British lamb generously supplied by Farmers Fresh, and a rose veal starter kindly supported by the Buitelaar Group.

Huge thanks also go to our Guild supporters who include agricultural insurer NFU MutualJohn DeereCertisHutchinsons,Alltech and KEENANUK Agricultural FinanceDLF and Entrade.

“The 2019 Harvest Lunch is set to be a harvest celebration, a networking opportunity and a chance to indulge in some of the finest British produce,” notes Catherine.

To reserve your place(s), please download and complete the Harvest Lunch 2019 booking form – and email it to Guild secretary Nikki Robertson at

Alternatively, pay direct into the BGAJ bank account (details below) and email Nikki to confirm your attendance.

  • Your Reference:  17/10 – Your Surname
  • Bank Sort Code:  30-80-34
  • Bank Acc No:     49237468
  • Bank Acc Name: British Guild of Agricultural Journalists