Evening with Joanna Lumley OBE at the Savoy
November 26 , The Savoy Hotel
We're thrilled to announce a very special WACL evening at the Savoy on Monday, 26th November. When we conceived of this special dinner, a gem of an idea from wonderful WACLers, Ali Large and Lyndy Payne, to whom I am eternally grateful, it was clear from the off that this wasn’t going to be a typical speaker dinner. Sparked by the growing trend we are well aware of, Britons are eating more sustainably, by choosing more vegetables as well as less meat and dairy, whether it be for their own health, animal welfare or to benefit the planet.
So in the week that saw Channel 4 giving veganism a major platform in ‘The Great British Bake Off' for the first time in its history, I am delighted to share how WACL is also leading the way with a very special vegan only dinner, a first both for us and The Savoy. Brace yourselves as there’ll be quite a lot going on that evening…
For her first public engagement following ITV’s ‘Silk Road Adventure’ and her speaking tour 'It's All About Me', I’m thrilled to say that the legendary actress, former model, BAFTA winner, author, animal advocate and activist Joanna Lumley will be in conversation with the TV and radio presenter and novelist, Francine Stock.
Joanna is a true legend in this country and renowned as a wonderful actress so really needs no introduction but here are a few headlines for you. She’s won two BAFTA's for her role as Patsy in the famous BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, been nominated for a Tony Award, received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards and last year was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship award. She has numerous television and film credits, too numerous to mention. She is also widely respected for her work and passion for human rights and animal welfare, the latter of which led her to be a long-term patron of Compassion in World Farming.
Which leads me nicely on to Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming. An award-winning author, ornithologist, photographer, naturalist, self-confessed animal advocate, he is now one of the food industry's most influential people. Before Joanna and Francine chat, Philip will share a few key thoughts with us in a short speech.
And to add to the uniqueness of the evening, we also have Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame, a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and reducing food waste. Working closely with the Savoy, Hugh and his team of chefs will be crafting a new, innovative and delicious vegan meal for us and our guests and Hugh himself will be sharing the thinking behind the recipes and his ethos for a healthy diet and planet.
I do hope you and your guests will come along to a very special WACL evening, one of our black-tie events but delivered in a thoughtful, progressive and unique way.