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BGAJ eAlert - October 2012

Hugely popular Harvest Service and Lunch

The Guild's annual harvest service and lunch were very well attended by members and guests, who enjoyed first-class choral back-up at St Bride's Church and a first-rate lunch after hearing speaker Adam Henson emphasise the need for open, honest and effective communication with consumers. For a report and picture gallery, visit the Events section of the Guild website.

Charitable Trust fund raising

Funds for the Guild Charitable Trust were swelled by more than £2200 thanks to the generosity of members who bought and/or sold draw tickets and guests who had a crack at winning one of the many prizes at the Harvest Lunch.

Those with luck on their side were:

Weekend for Two (Farmers Club): Gaina Morgan.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 (New Holland): Niall Jay (guest).

John Lewis £100 vouchers (Monsanto): Fordyce Maxwell and Roscoe Howells.

Theatre ticket vouchers (John Deere): Caroline Slay, HGCA.

National Trust membership (AGCO): Denis Chamberlain.

Malt whisky (Drew Sloan) and Peter Beale's roses (NFU): David and Maureen Kelsey.

Picnic Bag (Reco): Matt Mellor.

Chistmas Turkey (Claas UK): Andrea Anderson.

Scottish gin (Drew Sloan) Duncan Andrews.

In the draw for subscribers to the 200 Club, the £250 top prize was won by Peter Hill; David Collett scored the £100 win and £50 each was won by Godfrey Brown and Derek Watson.

Visit the Charitable Trust section of the Guild website for details of the Trustees' work.

Award presentations

Winners of the Guild's Netherthorpe 'Communicator of the Year' and Yara Journalism awards won much praise at the Harvest Lunch - to find out who they are, visit the Awards section of the Guild 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 450 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

The Agricultural & Horticultural Development Council wants to appoint a Communications Manager at the Potato Council to help disseminate research results and other aspects of knowledge transfer to industry stakeholders and the media.

A new website aimed at young people living in rural areas is due to launch in November and the publisher is looking for freelance contributors to supply knowledgeable news and feature articles on agricultural, equestrian, country sports and related topics.

Year Book updates

Update the Guild Year Book with the new job, location and contact details noted here, as well as any new member listings below. Earlier updates can be found in the eAlerts Archive section of the Guild website.

Heather Briggs has left Mistral PR and can be reached by email here.

Janet Richardson has relinquished the editor’s chair on Wright’s Farming Register, where Dan Sharp has taken on the role so that Janet can work full time on another of Morton Publishing’s magazines, the inland waterways publication Towpath Talk.

New members

Simon Bates, Communications Director, Dairy UK, 93 Baker Street, London  W1U 6QQ. Tel: 020 7467 2648. Mobile: 0780 1179 780. Email:

Nurinder Mantell, Communications Executive, HGCA, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TL. Tel: 024 7647 8728. Mob: 07543 972156. Email: Web:

New Friend of the Guild

Tom Baker, Director of Photography, Cowbell Pictures Ltd, 54 Oldfield Road, Salford M5 4LZ. Tel: +44 161 745 4232. Email:

Leaving the Guild

Veterinary expert Dr Anthony Andrews has stepped down from the Guild due to a change of work.

Send in your news 

Please send any career news, publication/website launches or redesigns, agency appointments, award wins and campaigns, etc, to website and eAlerts editor Peter Hill.


Johann Tasker

01206 263807


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