The Clerk's Blog

The Clerk's Blog

Soon after I started as Clerk a couple of years ago, the Clerk of one of the richer Livery Companies once said to me: "oh, we send all the footballers' wives to Stationers' Hall"!

It was great fun to be part of the Young Stationers event held at the Hall yesterday evening jointly with the Younger Inter-Livery Group.

I was delighted to watch episode 6 of Court Assistant Sir Christopher Meyer's TV show, 'Networks of Power', on Tuesday evening.

I am delighted that Stationers' Hall will again be hosting the annual Conference on Book Trade History on Sunday, 25 November and Monday, 26 November 2012.

Yesterday Liveryman Beverly Levy sent me a link to an amusing video on YouTube explaining (for an American audience, I guess) how the City of London differs from Greater London and I thought that I might share it with you.

If you have five minutes to spare in your busy lives (perhaps whilst delayed in the wretched Olympics travel disruption!) , you may care to watch it here.

Yesterday evening, I was most honoured to be invited to the service at St Bride's Church to welcome Sports Journalists from around the world to the London 2012 Olympics.

And a very moving service it was, with the choir delighting us with renderings of The Impossible Dream and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and an address from Sir Michael Parkinson, who also lit an Olympic candle that will burn in St Bride's Church for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic games.

The service, and the reception at Stationers' Hall afterwards, were sponsored by the Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) and BT and, thanks to their generosity, we all enjoyed a memorable evening. I am hoping that the Company can now build a closer relationship with the SJA.

Amongst the guests were a smattering of Liverymen, including Past Master John Waterlow, the Under Warden Ian Locks, Eric Davies and the ever-present Pádraig Belton.

I was very pleased to see the Stationers' Company, once again, join with St Bride's Church at an event focused on the world's media industry. Together we represent the heart and the home of this industry.

Yesterday I accompanied the Master to the annual Dedication Service of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor at St Paul's Cathedral and jolly good fun it was! The Bishop of London preached a moving and inspiring (as always) sermon on the subject of romantic love.

I was very pleased to bump into Sir Jeremy Elwes. He has just been elected Treasurer of the Imperial Society and I would like to congratulate him, on behalf of all Stationers, for this great honour. We are all very proud to have a Liveryman in a position of such distinction.

The Master and I also bumped into Liveryman Michael Wren, who was in his second day as Master of the Bowyer's Company. So again, on all our behalves, I congratulate Michael on rising to greatness and wish him every happiness in his year as Master.

Just to show how busy the social life of a Clerk is, immediately before the Young Stationers Dinner yesterday evening, I attended the PrintWeek Power 100 event at Stationers Hall.

The Court Room was full of the great and the good of the printing industry and I had a long chat with Sir John Madejski of BGP as well as bumping into, amongst many others, Gerard Heanue of Heidelberg and Wayne Barlow of Canon UK. Despite these troubled times, everyone seemed in fine form.

I was delighted that Stationers' Hall was able to host this prestigious event for the third year running and it was good to see many printers coming to the Hall for the first time.

I had to dash off (on my bicycle!) before the results were announced but I hear on the grapevine that Pat Martell, CEO of St Ives, hit the number two slot; so many congratulations to him.

It was a great evening and the Stationers' Company was very pleased to be able to host this prestigious event.

The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

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