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Members of the Company will be pleased to note that that at the Master and Wardens’ Committee meeting on Monday, 20 February eight people were made free of the Company. They are from left to right in the photo:

Dr Kathy Rooney, Non Executive Director, Librios Ltd; Paul Regan, Director, F E Burman; Christopher Rushton, Sales Director, It Has To Be Brilliant; Ian Whittaker, Head, European Media Research, Liberum; Richard Walker, Managing Director, Harlow Printing Limited; Erin Wirz, National Account Manager, Smurfit Kappa Group; Murray Poole-Connor, Director - Sales, R R Donnelley; and Bob Geens, Chairman, Advantia Business Solutions.  We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall very soon.

Members, especially those based in and around London who are coping with disruption as it is built, will be fascinated to learn that Stationer Richard Gilpin has actually been down into Crossrail!

Richard can be seen here in his protective gear.  The other image, on the right, is the entrance to one of the tunnels on the Elizabeth Line. The particular station which Richard visited will serve Canary Wharf and forms a multilevel interchange with the Jubilee Line and DLR.

According to trains will start serving Liverpool Street to Shenfield in May this year!

Richard, wearing his Honorary Editor, LAMAS (London & Middlesex Archaeological Society) Newsletter (hard!) hat, also attended a preview on 8 February of the new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands entitled Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail.   He thoroughly recommends the exhibition (on from 10 February to 3 September) which displays and explains hundreds of objects that were found in excavations from Abbey Wood in the south east to Old Oak Common in the west.  

Freeman Roger Jeal writes: The Stationers’ News Media Group hosted a lively roundtable event in a packed hall on 13 February to discuss the question “Are Journalism and Press Freedom under threat?” The event, held in coordination with the London Press Club, the Society of Editors and the Journalists' Charity, debated the potential impact on the media of Section 40 of the draft Crime and Courts Act. In thanking everyone at the end, the Master called it a “friendly boxing match”.  Look out for more on this, at times, heated discussion in Stationers’ News.  In the photo above you can see from left to right: Liveryman Doug Wills, Sir Alan Moses (Chairman IPSO), Pia Sarma - Editorial Legal Director of Times Newspapers Limited, Roy Greenslade - Media Commentator and former Fleet Street Editor, Jodie Ginsberg - CEO Indeex on Censorship and Will Gore - Deputy Managing Editor Evening Standard/ Independent

Deborah Rea writes: Last week saw the IPG Spring Conference occupy Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire and once again those who are independently minded and associated with the publishing of books flocked to it.  The conference takes the form of major presentations interspersed with smaller workshops on a variety of useful topics. Stand out sessions this year included a really inspirational talk from Terence Mauri, author of The Leader’s Mindset on innovation focusing on how to get more out of one’s company, staff, product, etc. There was also a panel session with four book retailers addressing the topic of ‘What Retailers Want’.  It was fascinating because they all addressed the same topic but quite differently! Even where they touched on the same subject, eg Representatives, they each seemed to want quite different services from the publishing company sales reps.  Of particular interest to Stationers was that David Prescott of Blackwell’s actually quoted from Sir Basil Blackwell’s 1931 J M Dent Memorial Lecture given at Stationers’ Hall! I feel a trip to the archives coming on to find out more about that lecture.  In the picture you can (just!) see from left to right:   James Daunt of Waterstones, Andy Rossiter of Rossiter Books, David Graham (Chair) of Pavilion Books, Justin Adams of Connect Books and David Prescott of Blackwell’s.

The workshop on Websites that Work was useful, with one or two tips we can use on our website, and so was the one on Brilliant Publicity on a Budget although it is perfectly obvious that while the suggestions might not have required huge amounts of publicity budget somewhere there was someone spending a lot of time to effect all this cheap publicity, time which was presumably covered by a salary! 

All in all it was another conference triumph from the IPG and it was good to see so many Stationers there.

At the Court meeting on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 the Master cloathed two new Liverymen.  They are, from left to right in the photo: Mr Christopher Tonge, Executive Director at Ultimate Packaging Ltd and Mrs Philippa Räder, Senior Book Conservator and Restorer at the Royal Collection Trust.  We congratulate them and hope they will enjoy the role of a Liveryman within he Company. 

The winners of the first bumper shout of the year are: 

1st   Prize Sebastian Pooley
2nd  Prize Gerard Hill
3rd   Prize Peter Gell
4th   Prize Moira Smith
5th   Prize Elizabeth Wheatley

Liverymen are invited to the 2017 Brigantes Breakfast - the annual Northern luncheon open to all City of London Liverymen, which is being held on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 in the magnificent St Georges Hall, Liverpool, in the presence Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, our Lord Mayor and a staunch Lancastrian.

For more information and booking details please log in here

Tes (Times Educational Supplement) is to be the Official Media Partner for the Shine School Media Awards 2017.   Liveryman Annie Hotton, Chair of Shine says, "Having Tes as Shine's Media Partner will only strengthen the project’s outreach to teachers and secondary school pupils all over the UK.   We are delighted to go forward with this amazing partnership.   Our ambition is to offer the Shine Awards as an opportunity to every secondary school in the country.   The Shine mission is to involve and engage with all young students and to support their career paths in publishing, print, and the communications industries.” is the largest online community of teachers with over 8 million registered users worldwide, while the Tes magazine is considered the leading UK education publication. In print and online, Tes has a total weekly audience of 807,265. To date Tes has sponsored the Shine Awards each year by providing an annual prize of a full day’s workshop for three winning schools. Having Tes as media partner will take this relationship to a new level.   

The Shine School Media Awards is an exciting opportunity for all secondary schools in the UK to enter their school newspaper, magazine, website or e-publication created within the context of their academic curriculum or as an after-school hobby.  On a day filled with excitement and activities, this year’s awards, to acknowledge students and their exceptional creative talent, will be presented at Stationers’ Hall on 19th June 2017.

A full account of the awards can be found on the Shine website -

You will also find the 2017 entry forms and tips and guidelines for each category. For further information please click here. 

The Stationers’ Inter-Livery Swimathon Team's fundraising page is now live. Please click here to view the page and donate generously. This year the proceeds from the swimathon will be split equally between the Lord Mayor’s charity and the Stationers’ Foundation.

Please also let Deborah Rea know if you will be able to swim for the Stationers' Team on Thursday, 2 March 2017 by Friday, 3 February. This is not a competition. The idea is for the team to swim a total distance of 5000 meters within 2.5 hours. We already have a team of 5 but it would be great to have some more swimmers on board! You can contact Deborah by emailing or calling 0207 246 0998.

Stationers will be keen to watch the programme called King George III - The Genius of the Mad King on BBC tonight, Monday, 30 January.  There are some details about it here on the BBC website (from which we have taken the image of King George III, above) but one detail it omits is the involvement of Freeman Oliver Urquhart Irvine.  

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