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Last night Stationers' Hall saw one of the Company year's glittering occasions as the Master was joined by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, and the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman for the Civic Dinner. The Master presented the Lord Mayor with a cheque for the Lord Mayor's Appeal which, it was announced recently, will take on a different form from previous years and support three charities over the next three years with the hope that the continuity and duration of the appeal will ensure really tangible benefits for those who live and work in the City of London. You can read more about it here. In the main photo you can see the cheque being presented.  In the photo  below you can see, from left to right, the Upper Warden, David Allan,  the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, the 

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Master, Nick Steidl, Sheriff Neil Radcliffe JP, and the Under Warden,Trevor Fenwick.

On Monday, 6 November 26 enthusiastic Stationers went to the LivComs “double sell out” visit of Spencer House organised by Elaine Pooke and hosted by their Chairman, Martin Randall.

It certainly lived up to its reputation.

We were privileged to have the Head guide, Rosalind Hutchinson; her knowledge and enthusiasm certainly added to the experience.

She took pride in not only giving us the facts but bringing the tour to life with some great humour.

The Stationers Party then reired to fix their own make up and enjoy a sumptuous 3 course luncheon beautifully prepared and served in one of the famous Private Dining Rooms at the very grand Stafford hotel. A Raffle was held at both Luncheons and raised the excellent sum of £590 for our Foundation's Charities.

It was a most informative and enjoyable day!

Look out for the full story in the December edition of Stationers’ News.

(Picture: A famous marble feature depicting PM William Pitt strangling some of his political colleagues Charles James Fox & Lord North)

On Monday, 20 November, at the Master and Wardens’ meeting, the Master conducted a Freedom Ceremony for five new members. They were (from L-R in the photo) :

Giles Mountford – Category Manager at Mast-Jägermeister SE (Giles’s method of entry is Patrimony as he was born after his father, Liveryman Rodney Mountford, joined the Company)
Lucy Denton – Associate, Heritage and Research at Bidwells
Stephen Collins - Former Bank of England Agent for South West England and an Old Stationer
Kai Büntemeyer – Managing Partner of Kolbus GMBH
Rob Mulligan – Sales Director at Whitmar Publications Ltd

We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at the Hall regularly in the future.

The Stationers’ Company was well represented at Remembrance services across last weekend.  On Friday, 10 November Past Master Helen Esmond and Court Assistant Sue Pandit attended the service at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy as shown in this photo by Henry Vu. They are lined up on the left  You can read all about the school’s moving act of remembrance here

On Saturday, 11 November, Armistice Day itself, the Hall was, of course, open for the Lord Mayor’s Show celebrations and at 11.00 the Master was joined by the Clerk and Deputy Clerk, members of the Company and a contingent from the Cutlers’ Company led by their Clerk. 

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Our Master and the Cutler’s Clerk each laid a wreath at the memorial plaque on the Hall wall. 

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On Sunday 12 November the Master took part in the service at St Bride’s church and laid a wreath on

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behalf of the Company.

On Tuesday,  12 December St Bride's will host the annual BPIF and Stationers' carol service for the Printing Industry.  The service will start at 6.00 pm and end at 7.00 pm after which there will be drinks at the St Bride Foundation from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.  This popular annual event is free to attend but donations on the evening to St Bride's Church will be greatly appreciated.

For some years, the Stationers’ Foundation has been supporting the Wiltshire Barn, a charity that supports the rehabilitation of wounded veterans by giving them bookbinding skills and qualifications that are therapeutic and could lead to employment.

This year these veterans have brought out a series of 2018 diaries which are available for sale. They will make perfect stocking fillers. View the flyer here.

Please can members who wish to purchase dairies, please email Lucie ( in the Office as soon as possible and we will let you have details of how to pay for them and how they will be dispatched to you.

At a special Master and Warden's meeting last night, 6 November 2017 eight of those who have been awarded bursaries, scholarships and awards in previous years and who have now graduated were made Free of the Company.  They are, in the first photo, and going left from the Beadle (Carl Gilbert) :

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Charlie Barranu, Thomas Cert, Aimée Crickmore and Paula Erizanu.

And in the second photo and going left from the Beadle:

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Rachel Gover, Ruby Lyle, Tor-Arne Njåmo and Joshua Smith.

We wish them well as they set out on their careers and hope that we shall see them frequently at the Hall in the future. 

Thanks to Giles Fagan for the photos. 

The 2017 Bursary Recipients came to Stationers' Hall last night and were presented with their certificates.  Many of them also took the opportunity to meet their mentors who will be working with them for the duration of their course.  It was a very happy celebration with tutors, parents, and friends all gathered to support the students.


The first set of certificates presented went to four students whose bursaries are being given in association with the Printing Charity and Neil Lovell, CEO of the Printing Charity was on hand to congratulate the recipients along with the Master. They are:


Lauren Noding who is on the MA Publishing Course at the University of Kingston


 Octavia Lavender who is on the MA Publishing Course at City University, London


Tara Ghaemi  also on the for the MA Publishing Course at City University London and 


Matthew Child – for the British Printing Industries Federation MSC in Management at the University of South Wales

Next came three bursaries granted in association with the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association BLACA.  Tom Rivers, BLACA's Vice President, joined the Master to congratulate


Christina Johnson


Oğulcan Ekiz and


David Ifere

All of whom are studying for the Master of Laws In Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London.

Finally there were the Stationers' Foundation Bursaries which this year went to 


Annie Warren who is on the MA Publishing Course at UCL


Venetia Menzies who is on the MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster


Stephanie Franklin-Burns who is on the MA in Digital Media: Technology and Cultural Form  at Goldsmiths


Luke Connolly who is on the MA in Magazine Journalism at City University London


Samantha Hare who is on the  MA Conservation Course at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London


Sarah Kirschmanwho is on the MA in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University


Natasha Pile who is on the MA in Publishing at London College of Communications


Jake Hearn who is on the MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL

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Laura Trussell who is on the  MA in Multimedia Journalism Course at the University of Kent


Talitha Duncan-Todd  who is on the MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University


Benjamin Norsworthy who is on the Masters in Design in Social Innovation course at Ravensbourne.


We congratulate them all and wish them well in their studies.


Photos by Giles Fagan and Lucie McCord




There is more news in from the Queen's Bindery Apprentices.  Do click though from here and read about their show and the end of year report. 

Our Archivist Ruth Frendo, has written a fascinating blog post about the Stationers' registers for Halloween. It is one of a series of blog posts on the theme of Magic and the Supernatural, as part of History Day 2017. You can read the full article here



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