Annual General Meeting 2018

Thursday 19 April 2018

The Nave at St Ethelburga’s
78 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG

Time: Registration 6.30pm. Meeting begins 7pm.

Event Information

Registration 6.30pm
Meeting begins 7pm
Drinks and canapés 8pm to 9pm


Guests are more than welcome to join us for the reception but please note that only members may attend the meeting itself.


After the business of this year’s AGM, we’re delighted that Guild member Jenny Linford is going to give a short talk about time and food using research from her latest book The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role Of Time In Food And Flavour.


Time is part of all good food, be it the immediate and lingering impressions of the first bite, exact timing in the kitchen, the hours, weeks or years taken to produce carefully crafted food, or the decades and even centuries of knowledge that go into such skills. Thinking more explicitly about time and food makes a remarkable difference to both ingredients and cooking.


At the AGM, we’re going to bring together a feast of foods that illustrate the theme of time and will complement Jenny’s talk. As well as the usual drinks, we’ll offer cocktails (with and without a kick) featuring kombucha and shrub made by committee member and fermentation author Charlotte Pike and Guild co-chair and vinegar maven Angela Clutton.

Whilst there will be ample food, any members are most welcome to bring along a dish that is part of their own curious discoveries about time and food – perhaps a pickle or other fermented product that is matured to perfection come April; nuts roasted for the best number of minutes; caramel that captured the right seconds of darkness; a judiciously timed dish, freshly-picked produce or long-pickled produce. The interpretation of the theme is up to you.

Please get in touch with Hattie Ellis ( if you’d like to bring along a timely food or dish to share.

There is no charge for members to attend the reception, but we make a nominal charge of £10.00 per person for guests.
Places for the reception are limited so please book early.

Agenda for Meeting

1. President’s Welcome

2. Minutes of 2017 AGM

3. Secretary’s report – Sam Bilton

4. Treasurer's report and presentation of accounts – Laura Hutton

5. Chairs' report – Angela Clutton and Genevieve Taylor

6. Resolutions

7. Results of committee election

8. Any other business 


The Annual General Meeting

It is important that as many of you as possible attend the Annual General Meeting. This is the opportunity for you, as members of the Guild to hear what has been happening during the last twelve months, for you to express views on Guild policies, and to raise issues that are of importance to you.

The Annual General Meeting has two other key purposes:

Debating and voting on resolutions proposed by members

If you have any resolutions for consideration at the meeting, please complete the relevant part of the form below and email it to the administrator, Jonathan Woods ( by Thursday 29 March 2018.

The election of new Committee members

This year we have six vacancies on the Committee. Committee members are expected to attend at least six meetings per year. Meetings take place on average once a month, in central London, and tend to be about two hours long. Travel expenses (within reason) for attendance at meetings are paid for committee members from all parts of the UK.

Four members have completed their four-year term on the committee and two members have stood down so we are looking for six new committee members this year. 

Members of the Guild committee are responsible for all the Guild's activities from the awards and workshops to the website and newsletter and this includes everything from organisation to finding sponsors. 
To complement the talents of the current committee, we particularly encourage members to stand who have expertise in:

  • organising events and workshops;
  • editing website and communications;
  • coordinating membership application process; and
  • overseeing accounts.

To nominate someone or stand for election yourself, please complete the relevant part of the form below and email it to the administrator, Jonathan Woods ( by Thursday 29 March 2018.

If you would like to learn more about what is involved in serving on the Committee, or about any of the tasks detailed here, please contact our Chairs Angela Clutton ( and Genevieve Taylor ( or any other member of the Committee.

Attending the Annual General Meeting 

Please note: Under Rule 33 of the Guild's Constitution only fully paid-up members may attend the Annual General Meeting. If your subscription has not been paid please send remittance of £85 with this form as soon as possible.

To confirm your attendance at the Meeting and to book a place for the reception afterwards, please email Places for the reception are free for members and £10 for any guest; there are two ways to pay:

Internet banking: If you would like to use internet banking, the Guild's bank account is:
HSBC Esher Branch
Account name: The Guild of Food Writers
Sort code 40-20-26
Account number: 21142607
Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.

By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to
Jonathan Woods
The Guild of Food Writers
255 Kent House Road
Kent BR3 1JQ.

Elections to the Committee

There are six vacancies on the committee this year.

If you would like to nominate a new committee member, or stand for election yourself, please complete and email the nomination paper below to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (

Nominations should reach the administrator no later than Thursday 29 March 2018.

If there is to be an election, ballot papers will be sent to members by Thursday 12 April 2018. Members can also vote in person at the Annual General Meeting. Officers will be elected at the first committee meeting held after the AGM.

Nominations for election to the Committee of the Guild of Food Writers at the Annual General Meeting 2018

Name of nominated person (please print name): 

Proposer (please print name): 

Seconder (please print name):

Candidates are asked to write two short statements:

One detailing their qualifications and interests and the roles that they think they could fulfil on the committee

Another detailing their views about the Guild and the issues that they regard as being most important to the Guild at the present time

As the form indicates, candidates are constitutionally required to have a proposer and seconder, both of whom are fully paid-up members of the Guild. Please contact Angela Clutton or Genevieve Taylor for further information or clarification.

This form and the statements should be emailed to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (


If you have any resolutions for consideration at the AGM please email them to the administrator, Jonathan Woods ( to arrive no later than Thursday 29 March 2018.

Notice of resolutions will be sent to members by Thursday 12 April 2018.

Amendments to resolutions must reach Jonathan Woods no later than Monday 16 April 2018.

Resolutions must have a proposer and a seconder, and both parties must be fully paid-up members of the Guild.

Resolutions for the Annual General Meeting 2018


Proposer (please print name):

Seconder (please print name):

This form should be completed and emailed to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (

Getting to this Event

The nearest stations are Bank (Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines and DLR) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines, Overground and Mainline Rail). For help planning your journey go to