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BGAJ eAlert Extra - March 2013

Annual Meeting - Directions

Members and Friends of the Guild who have booked a place at this year's annual meeting – please remember to print-off tickets using the link supplied in the confirmation email from EventBrite and bring them with you. Any queries, please contact Guild secretary Nikki Robertson.

Make your way to the Middle Drawbridge of the Tower of London (positioned half way along the Wharf next to Traitor's Gate) where names will be checked against the guest list. Proceed over the drawbridge and turn right, then continue along to the Queen Elizabeth Arch; once through the arch, the New Armouries where the event is being held is situated just ahead to the right. Look for signs outside the entrance to the first floor. The nearest Tube station is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.

Annual Meeting - Council Elections

All full Members have been sent instructions for participating in the Guild's first online voting opportunity – to elect members of the management Council. The ballot opened on March 5 and remains open until 10.00hrs on Thursday, March 14, the day of the meeting being held at the Tower of London. Members need an identity code and password to vote – these can be obtained from Guild chairman Adrian Bell if they have not been received by email. Note that Friends and Retired members of the Guild are not entitled to vote.

Campaign for Wool - Somerset House, London

Visit this Thursday after Guild annual meeting

What is believed to be the largest showcase of wool ever mounted is being staged at Somerset House in London during March – and all Members and Friends of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists are cordially invited by the National Sheep Association and British Wool Marketing Board to visit on Thursday afternoon this week after the Guild's annual meeting and IFAJ Congress 2014 launch at the Tower of London.

The West Wing of Somerset House has been transformed into 'Wool House', celebrating the wonderful interiors, fashions and crafts for which this natural fibre can be used. Entry is free of charge for the duration of the exhibition (March 13-24).

On Thursday afternoon, Guild members are invited to join the NSA and BWMB, alongside the Campaign for Wool, to take a step back from the wool products and also remember the dedicated sheep farmers throughout the UK who tend their stock every day to provide a wealth of products and services, including high quality fleeces. There will even be live sheep present (staying through to Saturday) – an unusual sight for central London!

Members and Friends of the Guild who would like to visit the exhibition on Thursday afternoon should register in advance with Guild member Joanne Pugh at the NSA – call 07807 237982 or send an email message.

Somerset House can be found on the Strand (post code WC2R 1LA); from the Tower of London simply take the District/Circle line tube from Tower Hill to Temple (five stops) and use the entrance to Somerset House off Victoria Embankment. Find directions and more about Wool House on the Campaign for Wool website.

Jobs & Recruitment

Vacant positions are mentioned in Guild eAlerts as a service to members but a recruitment advertising service is also available to organisations that wish to put full details about a post in front of the Guild's 430 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

A Business Reporter is being sought by Briefing Media to join the Farmers Guardian award-winning editorial team. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of agricultural journalism and report on the business issues that matter to UK and world farmers. The post is based in Preston, Lancashire and comes with a competitive salary and benefits that include 25 days holiday, free life assurance and pension scheme.


Johann Tasker

01206 263807


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