Pimm’s O’Clock

Under 30s members enjoyed a fine evening with Pimm’s on the Terrace and dinner in The Club



With harvest and a busy summer fast approaching, the U30s gathered on the terraceon what was a wonderfully warm evening, for our annual Pimms and Supper event in July, writes Under 30s member Johnny Hawking.  

Following drinks, members and guests were delighted by a very seasonal three course dinner in the Eastwood Room; starting with chicken liver mousse and toasted speciality breads; a main course of spring lambpolished off in a timely Wimbledon manner with a Kentish strawberry shortbread stack.  

Our speaker for the evening was Al Brooks, Chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference, Trustee of the Addington Fund farming charity and Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the year 2010. Al spoke about his background in agriculture, explaining how he progressed through a number of farming businesses, helping drive each to be a successful business with entrepreneurship and diversification at their heart. He stressed that young people in agriculture must not be afraid to seize any opportunities that come along.   

Following a stint as Farm Manager at Waddesdon Estate, Al moved on to a new challenge in Oxfordshire, developing very clear passion for goats and their milkHe also talked about topical issues, such as the need for younger people to be encouraged into the industry, and his belief that British agriculture has a lot to offer in a global market, and answered questions about his work, farm subsidies and the future of dairy farming.  

The evening, as always, saw us progress from an after dinner drink at the Bar, to the usual U30s night-time haunt, Opal….with our Chairman ensuring we were treated to the VIP area!




For those that stayed on, Saturday morning consisted of a leisurely start, with some indulging in a Club full English breakfast, whilst others simply sat back and recovered from the previous evening  

By kind initiation of Mr Harvie Peebles we had a fascinating tour of Armourers’ Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. Nestled between skyscrapers in the heart of the City the Hall is a very impressive 19th building, with gold leaf walls clad with 14th century armour and weaponry insideAmazingly, the hall was untouched by both world wars  

Following a whirlwind tour of a number of hidden treasures, as well as time in The Guildhall art exhibitions, we returned with our exceptional guide Harvie, who joined us with his wife June joined for afternoon tea in The Club, accompanied by champagne for good measure, of course. 


  • Over 100 Livery Companies representing crafts, trades and professions 

  • Based on London’s medieval guild system  

  • Important part of City’s governance, providing candidates for Lord Mayor of London 

 Johnny Hawking  

  •  Job title: Assistant Surveyor – Dalcour Maclaren 

  • Farmers Club Role: U30s Committee member 

  • Interests: game and clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing, farming, rural current affairs