The Clerk's Blog

The Clerk's Blog

At the start of this new Company year, I thought that Members would like details of our new Honorary Almoner.

Peter Allan has very kindly agreed to take over from Mike Clark to whom we offer huge thanks for the work he has done, much of which was behind the scenes and didn’t often provide the opportunity for elaboration or public thanks.

Peter's contact details, email and phone, can be found in the list of Freemen and Liverymen in the Members Only area of the website. 

Please contact Peter if you are aware of any member in need who might benefit from:

  • a grant from the Welfare Fund. More details are available from the Stationers' Foundation pages of the website which you can access here.
  • a visit
  • a phone call/letter

I am sure that you will all join with me in wishing Peter well as he takes on this new and important role.

All organisations can achieve so much more when they work in partnership with others.

This is something, perhaps, that the Stationers' Company knows only too well; as we rely so heavily on the huge amount of time and effort that so many of our members put into all of our activities.

However, it is not just the generosity and kindness of our members that we have to thank. The Stationers' Company, and our own charities (the Stationers' Foundation and the Stationers' Hall Charity), work closely with a number of other charities and voluntary organisations. The additional support that they provide is vital in achieving our aspirations and we owe them a great debt of thanks.

One way in which we can repay that debt is by recognising and acknowledging their support on the Affiliated Charities page on our website. Please take a look at it, when you have a spare moment.

Our inaugural affiliated charity is Greenwich Hospital, which has very generously provided financial support to help us set up and maintain a Royal Marines Cadet Unit at the Stationers' Academy (click this link for more details). Given the importance to us of both our academy and the Royal Marines, I can think of no better charity to be the first with which we are affiliated. More will follow soon!

It was a great pleasure to represent the Stationers' Company at a barbecue lunch in Leeds on 1 August 2017 to celebrate Yorkshire Day, as well as print, creative and digital success in the north of England. The event was jointly organised by the BPIF and CDI Yorkshire.

The guest speaker was Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, (pictured above), who spoke eloquently about the importance of devolution and the vital need for infrastructure investment in the north of England.

It was great to see so many Stationers at the event and I was delighted to hear that Liveryman Robert McClements, who has done so much to champion print in Yorkshire and the Stationers' Company's Northern Region group, has just been appointed the new President of CDI Yorkshire. A very well-deserved accolade!

I am delighted to announce that the acting Bishop of London has appointed the Rt Rev'd Dr Stephen Platten as the first Chaplain of St Martin-within-Ludgate (SMWL). As you may already know, Bishop Stephen is a Court Assistant of the Stationers' Company and an old boy of the old Stationers' Company's School. I am sure that you will all join with me in congratulating Bishop Stephen on his appointment.

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.

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.

Making changes in any Livery Company can be dangerous and normally Clerks try to avoid doing it!

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 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.

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.


The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

Stationers' Hall
Ave Maria Lane
London EC4M 7DD

Telephone: 020 7248 2934
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