New chairman as BDCI prepares 2014 fundraising events

Meat industry charity the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) has a number of events planned for 2014, after the festival chairman’s official handover lunch.

The lunch will take place at Butchers’ Hall on 18 March to mark the handover from previous BDCI festival chairman Richard Canvin to his successor Norman Hatcliff.

Hatcliff, managing director of Norish, will oversee a number of fundraising events which he hopes will help make 2014 BDCI’s best year yet.

A clay pigeon shoot will take place on 9 April at the Bisley Shooting Ground in Surrey. The shooting day is open to all abilities and will kick off at 9.15am, with bacon rolls and pastries. It costs £275 per gun or £1,000 for a team of four. The price includes a two-course lunch with an auction and prize-giving.

On 27 June, the BDCI will hold a six-course gala dinner at Butchers’ Hall in London. Guests will also be able to enjoy music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tickets for the black tie event are £110 per head or £1,000 for a table of 10.

A BDCI Golf Day will then be held on 17 September at Surrey Downs Golf Club, with prizes given for achievements on the day. The day is priced at £100 per person or £350 for a team of four.

Finally, the Annual Festival Dinner will take place on 31 October. This will be held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, with music and comedy on the night. Tickets for the dinner cost £160 per person.

Hatcliff said: “I’m confident that we have put together a very exciting, inclusive programme of activities and events for the year ahead. I hope it will appeal to as many people as possible and that 2014 will be a great fundraising year. After all, this is our own meat industry charity and it is up to us to ensure it continues to thrive.”

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