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Sadiyah Mir, Assistant Director Civitas Schools writes of their recent amazing trip which was supported so generously by Gerald and Marian Hill:

On the 13th May, five Civitas Schools teachers and twenty children from the Somers Town Stationers' School arrived at their local community centre ready for an adventure! 

Geared up in high-vis jackets, with back packs full of snacks, they boarded the coach and began their

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journey to the land of Far Far Away. They alighted at Shrek's Adventure, where they met Gerald and Marian Hill, and together they all boarded another bus, this one being ‘magical’ and set in front of a stunning 4D cinema screen. They flew through the skies, escorted by familiar animated heroes, and soared above seas and mountains, taking in the most magnificent sights. 

Unfortunately, calamity ensued when the bus was surrounded by Rumplestiltskin's witches resulting in the death of Griselda!  With their bus damaged in the accident, the children, accompanied by the adults, had to set off on a series of quests in order to return to London. They met princesses, visited a fortune teller, collected ingredients to conjure up a spell and navigated their way out of a maze of mirrors! 

All the while Rumpelstiltskin was hot on their tails, until finally, one of his witches cast a spell over the magical portal home and transported the children into a trap!

 

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With the help of Shrek, and the children's mighty voices, the children managed to break free from the witch's cell, escaping through a tube tunnel back to the safety of Shrek's Adventure in London.

The children, and teachers, thoroughly enjoyed the tour; running from room to room, engaging with actors and undertaking various tasks. Screams of delight, squeals of excitement and lots of laughter

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could be heard from every member of the group- adults and children alike! We all took lunch under the London Eye on the Southbank before boarding the final bus of the day to head home. It truly was a memorable experience for everyone that went!

We'd like to thank our generous sponsors, Gerald and Marian Hill, for enabling the children to have such an experience. It was both an unforgettable and beneficial day out; what better way to learn about fairy tales than to live through one for a while?

The garden at Stationers' Hall  is always much enjoyed by members and by clients as a place of beauty in which to enjoy a pre-lunch or dinner drinks reception.  It is also a haven for birds and several species can be seen enjoying the magnificent plane tree as a place to perch and forage for food.  This year we are again fortunate that one pair has chosen the tree, or more specifically the ivy around the tree, in which to nest. It has happened before but cannot be counted upon each year.  This year we have noticed them quite early on and will be watching to see how they get on. 

At the Master & Wardens meeting on Monday, 15 May 2017 five people were made free of the Company. They were (from L-R in the  photo): Mark Cole, Senior Partner - Bright Grahame Murray, Laura Dietz, Senior Lecturer- Anglia Ruskin University, Simon Fox, Chief Executive Officer - Trinity Mirror plc, Elizabeth Gill – Freelance Journalist and Philip Swinden, Managing Director - Haymarket Media Group Limited.  Our congratulations go to them all and we look forward to seeing them at forthcoming events at the Hall.

At the Charter Dinner, as happens each year, the Paper Industry Gold Medal was presented to someone who is at the heart of the Paper Industry.  This year is was awarded to Liveryman Martyn Eustace of Two Sides for his unrelenting work on behalf of paper.  The Under Warden (pictured below) read out the following citation.

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"Martyn will already be known to many of you for his work on the Two Sides Initiative that has done so much to both raise the positive profile of paper and promote our industry, challenging falsehoods and positioning paper as a high-quality, sustainable medium for communication and many, many other applications.

Martyn was the driving force in establishing the Two Side Initiative and it has been extremely successful over the last 10 years or so.  In many ways, the success of Two Sides has been down to his extraordinary perception, diligence and true commitment to the cause.  He has a highly developed sense of what will work and how to work with peoples of different countries, cultures and levels, epitomised by the internationalisation of Two Sides and the contribution to the reputation of the British paper trade.

During this time, Martyn has confronted paper’s critics and the ‘greenwashers’ with hard facts and his passion for paper has greatly improved the industry's environmental image.

As a Champion of Paper and all that it can be, it would be difficult to think of an individual who has done more to further the interests of the paper or of someone who better deserves to receive the prestigious Paper Industry Gold Medal and the recognition that this bestows upon the recipient."  The Master made the presentation as seen in the photo at the head of this page.

Kim Scott Walwyn was a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and died in 2002 - much too early. In her memory this prize is awarded to exceptional women in publishing. On 10 May 2017 the Communications Manager, Deborah Rea, represented the Company at a gathering, on Hachette's wonderful roof garden (see photo for view), at which the 2017 prize was awarded to Alice Curry, Founder and Publisher of Lantana.  Our congratulations to Alice and to all the shortlisted nominees of whom you can read more here.  

As many Members will realise from their endeavours for the Company, and in their own professional lives, arranging these awards requires much hard work from many people and this is obviously as true for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize as it is for the various awards that the Company is involved with such as the Innovation Excellence Awards, the Stationers' Warrants, Shine and the Young Stationers' Prize. 

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize Committee is supported by the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre and it is great to know that Freeman Zara Markland, the 2016-2017 chair of the SYP and a Stationers' Bursary Recipient, who is also on the Young Stationers Committee, and Freeman Peter McKay of the Publishers' Training Centre and who has been co-opted on to the Corporate Members Committee are both also at the heart of the team keeping this important prize running and can been seen in the image below addressing the attendees. 

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The speaker at the event was Mary Beard the Cambridge Classics Professor who, in reflecting on the worth of the efforts of women in the world of books, writing, publishing, etc, referred to the Greek poet Sappho.  Even though in her day Sappho was referred to as the tenth muse only a few scraps of her work still exist on old bits of papyrus which at some point had been 'recycled' (thank goodness!) and used to stuff mummies (oh goodness!).  They were only discovered when the mummies were unravelled!  Should we be unravelling lots more mummies to see what literary treasures they hold?

We learn all this in the same week as a scrap of Caxton's printing was rediscovered (Latest News 9 May 2017).  This scrap had apparently been 'recycled' and used to stiffen the spine of another book.  It had then been rescued in 1820 but not recognised for what it was. One wonders what those items we recycle today will reveal to the future and indeed whether blogs and other cultural offerings made digitally will survive at all!

Yesterday saw the long-awaited opening of the Digital Media Centre at Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. This was a very proud moment for the Company; for those who have worked to bring the project to fruition and for those who have donated money, equipment and furniture.  It was a joy to see at the opening event so many young people working at their stations with enthusiasm and obvious skill and flair.  It was a double joy to have Jessica Morgan, one of the Evening Standard apprentices (another scheme which the Company supports) there to cover it and here is her piece:-

Eltham school opens digital media suite “to rival” London’s Silicon Roundabout

A London academy has unveiled a new state-of-the-art multimedia digital centre to give pupils a chance to hone their creative skills. Stationers' Crown Woods Academy today celebrated the new addition with an opening ceremony showcasing the students’ work. The south London school joined forces with The Stationers’ Livery Company to convert classrooms into a digital media hub rivalling the capital’s newsrooms and digital media companies.

Greenwich Mayor Olu Babatola and Amali de Alwis, Chief Executive of Code First: Girls, opened the £500,000 project, which took two years to complete. Ms de Alwis met students working on their projects and urged them to “take advantage” of the facilities.

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Amali de Alwis and Mayor Olu Babatola unveil the commemorative plaque (photo by Conor Shiels)

Speaking at the ceremony, Kevin Dewey, Chair of Governors and former Master of the Stationers’ Livery Company said: “The money we have raised to pay for this wonderful facility today has come from ordinary men and women from our livery company.

“We want to deliver here an outstanding Academy, we want to deliver an outstanding place of learning and we want to deliver a happy place of learning. I think we’re well on the way of doing that.”
Would-be journalists and film directors will benefit from the industry-approved software to produce high quality media content, BBC news reports, newspapers and magazines.

Paige Murray, 13, said: “We did a project where we created a school report and we interviewed teachers and pupils about the new school curriculum. Year 10 pupils helped us edit, use cameras and the green screen. I want to be a TV presenter so having these computers will benefit me a lot in achieving this.”
17-year-old media student Michael Hopkins said: “I’d like to go into film directing. The new facilities here is helping us a lot more than what we used before. I have been able to use Photoshop to create and plan the layout of my magazine and create a storyboard for my films."

David Millar, Executive Principal, said: “The Stationers’ Digital Media Centre will enable them to learn skills to become business leaders of the future, giving them the edge in the highly competitive jobs market.”

In the photo at the top of this article which was taken by SCWA student, Conor Shiels, you can see Amali de Alwis admiring the new set-up! 

On the same day as the Stationers' Digital Media Centre was opened at SCWA the University of Reading announced the discovery of a rare page of Caxton's print.  Judging from the story on the BBC (click here to read in full) the tiny scrap has been about a bit and been unloved and unrecognised for its real worth for many, many years.  The BBC article uses an image of William Caxton handing one of the books he had printed to Edward IV which is interesting to compare alongside the two stained glass images we have of Caxton in the Hall - see below and above!

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At the DMG event on Monday, 8 May, which was organised by Court Assistant Paul Wilson, and moderated by Liveryman Peter Day a panel of experts discussed cash and its future in the UK.  The Panel consisted of (from L-R in the photo taken by Giles Fagan) Graham Mott, Head of Strategy and External Relations at LINK, Adrian Buckle, Chief Economist at Payments UK, Duncan McEwen, Senior Policy Advisor at the UK Cards  and David Fagleman, Policy and Research Manager at Cash Services UK. Members will probably be aware that in many parts of the world cash is no longer king but the panel 

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discussion allowed attendees to conclude that in the UK the full gamut of payment options would be available for the foreseeable future with each option waxing and waning in popularity.  However cash would remain a long-term fixture in our wallets.  For more detailed coverage see the next edition of Stationers’ News. 

The nomination form for the Stationers' Warrants programme for 2018 is now available online here.  Members are encouraged to both nominate their own products that they would want to  recommend for a warrant and to spread the word amongst colleagues and contacts about the programme which is open to products from within the Communications and Content Industry.  For details of the programme and previous winners please visit our Stationers'  Warrants page, here. Nominations must be received by 16 June 2017.

On Wednesday, 3 May 2017 members of  the Company celebrated in their usual fashion (with great food, wine, an entertaining speaker and convivial fellow diners)  the awarding of the Company's  charter of incorporation in 1557.  This year the guest speaker was Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare and as a memento of the evening the Master gave him a copy of The Stationers' Company - a History of the Later years 1800-2000 which was edited by the Honorary Archivist Emeritus, Robin Myers.

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It is at the Charter Dinner that the Paper Industry Gold Medal is presented and it was cause for further celebration when this year it was awarded to Liveryman Martyn Eustace of Two Sides. the Under Warden, who traditionally makes his maiden speech at the Charter Dinner, included the following citation when he spoke and the Master then presented Martyn with his medal.

"Martyn will already be known to many of you for his work on the Two Sides Initiative that has done so much to both raise the positive profile of paper and promote our industry, challenging falsehoods and positioning paper as a high-quality, sustainable medium for communication and many, many other applications.

Martyn was the driving force in establishing the Two Side Initiative and it has been extremely successful over the last 10 years or so.  In many ways, the success of Two Sides has been down to his extraordinary perception, diligence and true commitment to the cause.  He has a highly developed sense of what will work and how to work with peoples of different countries, cultures and levels, epitomised by the internationalisation of Two Sides and the contribution to the reputation of the British paper trade.

During this time, Martyn has confronted paper’s critics and the ‘greenwashers’ with hard facts and his passion for paper has greatly improved the industry's environmental image.

As a Champion of Paper and all that it can be, It would be difficult to think of an individual who has done more to further the interests of the paper or of someone who better deserves to receive the Prestigious Paper Industry Gold Medal and the recognition that this bestows upon the recipient."

All in all a super evening.  A gallery of photos taken will be uploaded shortly.  In the photo at the top of the page you can see from left to right: Nick Steidl, Upper Warden, Lord Archer, the Master and the Under Warden, David Allan.

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