The Clerk's Blog
When the current Master came into office last July, he wrote to all Stationers encouraging each of us to persuade at least one person to join the Company. And he set himself the target of 100 new Freemen joining the Company during his year of office.
Progress has been good and I am pleased to report that, as at today, 62 new Freemen have joined since July 2016. This number includes the 12 new Freemen pictured above, all who joined in January this year.
However, although we need only another 38 to join between now and the end of June to achieve the Master's target, it is still going to be a very tough objective, as we have only three Freedom ceremonies between then and now.
It may be too late now to make a difference to how many new members join before July 2017; but, please, let's keep up the good work and keep encouraging more people to enjoy the benefits of membership that we all love so dearly.
It was humbling to listen to Jess Inaba, the elected President of the Sixth Form at the Stationers' Academy, speak so fluently at our Livery Lunch on Monday, 6 March 2017. It takes a lot of guts to stand up and speak in Stationers' Hall in front of 180 guests; to do it so well when you are only eighteen years old and visually impaired was very very impressive indeed.
It was very moving to hear from Jess how much the Stationers' Academy had helped her to overcome the challenges that she has faced, be very well placed to read law at university and plan for a career as a barrister, something that Jess is clearly going to be very good at. She is an amazing young woman: already involved a lot of charitable work helping other visually impaired people and an inspirational role model for the students at our academy and all of us who are connected with it. It was also gratifying to hear her talk about how much support the Stationers' Company has given to the academy and the difference that it is making to the students there.
Jess's very impressive speech made us all realise how worthwhile is the work that the Company is doing, through its members, at the Stationers' Academy.
Not surprisingly, Jess received a standing ovation when she finished speaking; something that very rarely happens at Stationers' Hall. We are all very proud of her.
Making changes in any Livery Company can be dangerous and normally Clerks try to avoid doing it!
However, as almost all our fellow Livery Companies have now dropped the somewhat ponderous and long-winded 'The Worshipful Company of ...' in their titles and modernised to 'The ...'s Company', our Marketing Advisory Committee recommended that we adopted 'The Stationers' Company' as our title in place of 'The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers'. One of the first places that we made the change was on the new website.
We have have now taken this one step further with the introduction of much cleaner and more modern looking letterheads and compliment slips. You can see the general theme in the photograph above. We have also adopted 'Open Sans Light' as our new house font and we hope that the new corporate image, combined with the new font, will make our letters look cleaner and crisper.
It was a great honour to be invited to attend the first ever service of remembrance at the Stationers' Academy on Remembrance Day.
It was Army Cadet Charlie Ward, a student at the academy, who came up with the idea that the academy should hold a service of remembrance and this was magnificently brought to fruition by Lt Col Jeremy Wilson TD, a retired officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, who is a teacher at the academy and who led the service.
It was a great honour be asked by Liveryman Philip Lawson, the new CEO of the BOSS Federation, to be a judge at this year's BOSS Industry Awards. It brought back memories of judging for the British Book Design and Production Awards many years ago. For an ex-printer, the category of 'Catalogue of the Year' was just up my street. That said, I would like to thank my fellow judges, Matthew Moore from Dealer Support Magazine and Mike Barron from Synaxon, for their patience with me! The quality of the entries was excellent and I think that we chose a worthy winner. You can find out who it is at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Don't miss it!
The Master and I were delighted to attend 'Yorkshire Day' on Monday, 1 August, a celebration of creative, digital and print industry success in Yorkshire organised by the BPIF and CDi Yorkshire. Liverymen Robert McClements and John Buffoni did a wonderful job bringing together a large group of businessmen in our industries, including many Stationers. The highlight of the day was the presentation by the new Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, of the Victor Watson Trophy to Katie Craven. It was a great honour to be part of this exciting networking event, which showed that print is alive and well and living in Yorkshire!
After waiting what seems to have been an eternity, we have at last started work on building a door from the Stationers' Garden into the church of St Martin-within-Ludgate. The building work, and the work on redesigning the garden around the door, will start next week and will be completed by the end of August.
On Saturday 28 March 2015, at the end of the Easter term, there was great excitement at the Somers Town Community Centre School (one of our Saturday Schools), as 18 of the children, aged between seven and nine, visited the Museum of London.
I was delighted to read that the Prime Minister had formally approved Leigh Academies Trust (LAT)'s bid to open a ground-breaking free school on the Greenwich peninsula, as a sister school to the very successful Stationers' Crown Woods Academy, specialising in digital media technology and carrying the Company's name.