A very happy New Year to you all!
Of course the start of a new year is a time for new year's resolutions and this year mine is to resume regular blogging! As you will know, the IPM started a regular Master's blog in July 2012 and the current Master has taken over the baton with some vigour; both leaving the Clerk flagging at the back of the field. Hopefully I can now start to catch up! So here goes.
What better way to start my 2014 blogging than by congratulating Court Assistant the Rt Rev'd Stephen Platten, the current Bishop of Wakefield, on this recent appointment as Rector of St Michael's Cornhill in the City of London and as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of London. Bishop Stephen will take up his post on Monday, 7 July 2014, following his retirement as Bishop of Wakefield (on the merger of the dioceses of Wakefield, Ripon and Bradford into a new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, scheduled for Easter this year). At the same time he will take up the role of Chairman of Hymns Ancient and Modern, which publishes the Church Times and owns the SCM and Canterbury Presses.
Although Bishop Stephen has done a wonderful job flogging down to London for Court meetings and to chair the Hall and Heritage Committee, it will be wonderful to have him living much closer to the Hall and able to be even more active in Company affairs. It will also be useful to have a further close link to the Diocese of London as the Company builds its relationship with the Church of St Martin-within-Ludgate, our next door neighbour.
Bishop Stephen is returning home as he was born in North London and is an old boy of the Stationers' Company's School.
So we have much to celebrate in this news and I hope that many Stationers will be able to join me on the evening of Monday, 7 July 2014 for Bishop Stephen's installation by the Bishop of London.