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In these credit-crunching times, when banks are falling like flies, it's good to know that spirits remain high among members of the meat community. We have received a fabulous response to the annual fund-raising Butchers' and Drovers' Charity dinner on Friday, 31 October at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, but more tickets are still available. So don't delay!

Founded in 1828 to help meat industry colleagues, the Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution (BDCI) provides financial assistance and other support for people who are ill, in crisis or in financial difficulties. In today's troubled times, the work undertaken by charities like the BDCI is more valuable than ever. As a major source of fund-raising, it is vital that the Festival Dinner attracts as much support as possible.

This year's attendees are promised a fun-filled evening, with fabulous auction lots and raffle prizes: a voucher for four at one of Gordon Ramsay's world famous restaurants, accommodation in luxurious accommodation at the Les Arcs skiing resort, tickets for premier league football matches and for Wimbledon, a week of luxury at the fantastic Rock Cottage, set within the grounds of the Blue Waters Hotel on the Caribbean island of Antigua, and much, much more. There will even be a chance for one lucky raffle ticket holder to win a Peugeot 107!

After all the excitement of the raffle and auction, the popular comedian and impressionist Bobby Davro will be on hand for the after-dinner entertainment. Arranging such an event is no mean feat, but everyone involved in the preparations is committed to ensuring that all participants will have an evening that will remain in their memories for years to come.

To reserve your table, please contact Tina Clayton, Vice Clerk to the Trustee, The Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution, tel: 01727 896094.

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