We are busy getting everything ready for the Charter Dinner on Wednesday evening. Firstly I am so pleased that a number of you responded to me email call for more attendees.THANK YOU!! We now have over 170 dining, more than last year, and this should create a really good impression for all our guests.
I have rewritten the procedure sheet to go into the menus to include our usual exhortation to all of you not to get up from the table before the speeches. I know that, for some, the call of nature can be hard to resist but, in the words of Peter Hames, a distinguished previous Clerk, you can help yourselves by 'taking seamen-like precautions' prior to the dinner!!! If you do have to get up to go to the loo, please don't wander around the Hall chatting to your friends. This can be terribly disruptive to the serving staff and ruin the formal nature of the dinner. You should have plenty of time to chat before and after the dinner. Thank you in advance for respecting this.
I have also included a note saying that Chatham House Rules apply at all Stationers' Company events. Hopefully this will allow Sir Michael Rake, our principal guest, to say something exciting. For those who don't know: Chatham House Rules dictate that anything spoken, either by the main speaker or by the audience, can be reported but not attributed to the speaker. Again I would be grateful if you could respect this.