Despite some unhelpful M5 roadworks and cold March weather, nothing succeeded in dampening or cooling the spirit of friendship and real farming community which pervaded the atmosphere of the 110 strong crowd who enjoyed a truly unique and memorable experience. Designed as a fund raising event for the Henry Plumb Foundation which has been set up to help young entrepreneurs in food and farming and create a lasting legacy to Lord Plumb, “Sunday Lunch with a Choral Theme” turned out to be a huge success.
The entire experience drew on the best of traditional Welsh male voice singing, the auction of promises which had been flagged up for weeks with the support of the NFU, the TFA and the LAA and a superb Carvery Lunch with roast 30 day dry aged Longhorn rib of beef, Roast loin of Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork and Roast leg of Seasonal Hogget. All provided by Martins Meat with the support of AIMS.
Star attraction on the day was Lord Plumb himself who was present to celebrate his 92nd birthday, to cut a very special Birthday Cake and to listen to the Choir leading a resounding rendering of Happy Birthday.
The event was a new venture for the Foundation, will have put in excess of £12k in the Foundation coffers and left those attending wondering when the next one would take place.
Left to right: Lewis Steer described what it meant to be a Henry Plumb graduate. David Richardson (HPF Trustee). Adrian Pratley, Head Teacher at Hanley Swan primary school, who explained the link with the Henry Plumb Foundation and Maweni in Tanzania.
Left to right: Julian Sayers who conducted the auction. Lord Plumb, 92 years young! Gordon Gatward (HPF Trustee) the superb Master of Ceremonies.