Monday Evening Lectures

new monday evening lecture series off to a flying start – over 30 places booked – reserve yours now 

or call Mrs Lynne Wilson, Meetings & Events Manager, on 020 7925 7100 

Members have responded with enthusiasm to an exciting new initiative to further stimulate debate within the Club in 2015 through a series of topical pre-dinner lectures. Over 30 places have already been booked for the first event on Monday 26th January at 6:30pm. To book your place click the link above or call or call Mrs Lynne Wilson, Meetings & Events Manager, on 020 7925 7100

Our speaker for the first event is Liz Philip, Principal of Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg Colleges, who will address the topic: Is Agricultural Education Delivering? Like all the Farmers Club Monday Evening Lectures, the talk will be delivered in the Committee room and will last for an hour, including questions. Attendance is free, open to all members (and one guest each), and includes a glass of wine.

The events are timed to run just before or after the Club’s Committee meetings, ensuring good attendance to create a stimulating ‘buzz’, with plenty of vigorous, healthy debate, explains Club Chairman Anne Chamberlain. “These events will reflect, in a modest way initially, the original aim of Mr Shaw of the Strand, for the Club to be debating the key issues facing our industry.”

Liz Philips operates at the sharp end of agricultural education. Not only is she Principal of the combined Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg Colleges and leader of the National Centre of the Uplands, she is also a key innovator, champion of agricultural education and passionate advocate of agriculture’s growing importance at the heart of the rural economy.

While recruitment is now strong, a dozen years ago the agricultural education sector was struggling. Numbers studying agriculture had fallen, some of the key learning sectors had opted out of agriculture altogether. The industry was not attracting its share of the bright young minds on which future success could be based.

Now that situation seems to have turned round. Numbers are burgeoning. The quality, breadth and relevance of the courses on offer and a renaissance in interest in food and farming have worked together to attract good students. Colleges have attracted £millions in new investment to improve their resources and facilities. Gradually the industry has shaken off its scruffy, unattractive image and is becoming an acceptable, even sought after, career destination.

Liz has been one of the catalyst educators at the heart of that change process, as was identified by, Farmers Weekly as one of the influential people to watch in 2015.                                                                                                                      

“What better topic and what better speaker to kick off The Farmers Club Monday Evening Lecture Programme for 2015,” says Anne. “I am confident Liz will be inspirational.”

or call Mrs Lynne Wilson, Meetings & Events Manager, on 020 7925 7100