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At the Court meeting today the Master cloathed Lorraine Shanley in the Livery of the Company.  The Membership process from start through to cloathing is quite involved and Lorraine is to be congratulated on achieving the Livery by fitting the membership steps in with her business visits to the UK.  Lorraine who is President of Market Partners International in New York is seen above with her husband and her sponsor Past Master Helen Esmonde and below after the ceremony  in her Livery gown.DSC 0708    

We’re delighted to inform you that Adam Matthew Digital are now implementing Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) on some of the material in ‘Literary Print Culture’, their resource presenting the digitised documents from our archive.  For more detail about this please visit  the Archive News page of this website by clicking here.

Following on from his piece in the September issue of Stationers' News on Bernstein's visit to Stationers' Hall in 1959, Members might be interested to know of Past Master Noel Osborne's further connections with the maestro! 

In 1963 at the request of the Dean of Chichester Cathedral Leonard Bernstein began composing a choral piece for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. The resulting masterpiece was the Chichester Psalms.  At that festival in 1965 Past Master Noel, then a lay vicar (a cleric or choir member appointed to sing certain parts of a cathedral service) at the Cathedral took part in a performance (which has been described as the "almost world premiere") of the Chichester Psalms in the presence of Bernstein. 

Last week the BBC South Today programme featured an item in which he and the then Head Chorister, David Gibson were reunited and reminisced on, amongst other things, the challenges of singing in Hebrew!  This was a prelude to a performance of the Chichester Psalms on 24 November at the Cathedral which was part of the events marking the centenary of Bernstein's birth.  You can watch the full item by clicking on the box below.

Past Master Noel Osborne writes: The annual celebration of St Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians, was held in the Hall on Sunday,18 November. A capacity audience of Stationers, including the Master and Upper Warden and their ladies, and many other guests delighted in a stunning performance of Schubert’s Octet by the Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble and the Consone Quartet, after being welcomed with a champagne reception. The concert was followed by a buffet lunch with wine. This is a social as well as a musical occasion, evidently enjoyed by all, old and young, and this year with a bonus of a glorious autumn Sunday in the City.  Photo by Hanson Images.

Many of you will remember the email which the then Master Nick Steidl sent to all members in March 2018 about the Give as you Live scheme.  Now, as you are all no doubt starting out on your Christmas  shopping, Past Master Tom Hempenstall who is Deputy Chairman of the Hall Fundraising Committee, asks you all again to consider using the scheme because it will a) raise funds for the Hall and b) be good evidence that the members of the Company are committed to fundraising which will stand the Company in good stead when it applies for grants for the Hall Development project.   

The Give as you Live  scheme, ,  however  is cost-free to the donor and to the Stationers’ Hall Charity and has already raised over £9.3m for other UK charities. Please click on the link above for further information.

It is a simple process to register and then select the Stationers’ Hall Charity as your chosen good cause.  Then when you shop online you click on the “Give as you Live” link or App on your smartphone before choosing the shopping site you wish to visit from the more than 4200 listed.  Because you are being redirected to your favourite shopping sites by Give as you Live, the latter earns a commission which it shares 50:50 with your chosen charity.  Some popular sites like Amazon pay 1.5% of the transaction value whereas more specialist stores pay as much as 10%.

Please look at this exciting opportunity and consider routing your future online transactions through Give as you Live.  Taking up this initiative means that the sums accruing to the Stationers’ Hall Charity will soon accumulate.  

You do not need to be a member of the Company to designate our charity as a good cause so please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to consider lending their support by sharing this link.  It won’t cost them a penny but will make an enormous difference to the monies raised.

Wednesday 21 November 2018 saw the Hall, Liverymen and their guests decked out in full finery for the  Company's Civic Dinner.  This spectacular four-course dinner which welcomes the Lord Mayor of London and the Sheriffs to the Hall enjoys musical entertainment from the Royal Marines Band.  More photos will be available on the website shortly but in the image above taken by David Jones Photography you can see (from left to right) Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny, Upper Warden Trevor Fenwick, the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London,  Alderman Peter Estlin, the Master David Allan, Sheriff Liz Green and Under Warden the Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten.


November has been a big month for new Freemen.

On 12 November the Master presided over a special Master and Wardens meeting at which seven bursary recipients, who had finished their Masters degree courses successfully, were made free. They were (from L-R in the main photo which shows them making their declarations)

Annie Warren
Lauren Noding
Venetia Menzies
Octavia Lavender
Christina Johnson
David Ifere and
Tara Ghaemi.

and on 19 November another nine new Freemen were brought into the Company at the regular Master and Wardens meeting. They were (from L-R in the photo):

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Charles (Fred) Fenwick - Programme Manager, Peace Child International
Martin Edmunds - Author
Ian Mansfield - Website Manager
Nick Smith - Managing Director, Parkside Flexibles
Peter Ventress - Various Non-Executive Directorships
Keith McDowall CBE - PR Consultant and Journalist
Nick Morgan - Consultant
Dmytro Tupchiienko - Journalist
Suzy Bibko - Editor, Fitch Ratings

We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall soon and often!


The Stationers' Foundation is delighted to award bursaries to students following Masters degree courses in subjects allied to the communication and content industries and in recent years has joined with both the Printing Charity and The British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) to award a number of bursaries in conjunction with them. On 12 November the Hall was full of students, their parents, their tutors and their mentors to recognise these awards and to wish the students well in their studies.

In the photo below you can see those who have been awarded Stationers Foundation Bursaries from L-R:

Leanne Egan
Sophie Coulthard
Damali Lawrence
Katherine Lister
Olivia Rook
Amelia Clarke
Ciara Starrett and
Scarlett O'Flaherty


Also awarded a Foundation Bursary was Holly Dowse who was unable to stay for the photograph.

There were four awards made in conjunction with the Printing Charity and Ms Julia Cole, one of the Charity's trustees was present to congratulate the students. In the photo below you can see, from left to right:

Edward Carey
Julia Cole of the Printing Charity
Jessica Green
Bethan Summerfield and
Aanya Davé



Finally three awards were made in conjunction with BLACA and Tom Rivers their Vice-President was present. In the photo below you can see, from left to right,:

Kunal Bindar
Tom Rivers
Nicole Mckenzie and
Alicja Pawlowska



We wish them all well in their studies and hope they will enjoy coming to events in the Hall with their mentors and with Young Stationers.


This has become one of the great fixtures in the Stationers' Calendar and last Saturday was no exception.  Members gathered at the Hall for coffee before going out (in the sunshine!) to watch the parade come down Ludgate Hill.  Meanwhile Past Master Helen Esmonde was starting out in the parade itself.  She was marching with the Lady Masters' Association and commemorating women's suffrage. (See centre of the photo below) 

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A new departure this year, at the instigation of the incoming Lord Mayor, was an Engagement Zone set up near his official residence, Mansion House, and featuring exhibitions from Corporate Member 

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Pearson (see photo above), Parkside Flexibles (the Stationers' Innovator of the year 2018 and seen in 

LM with Parkside 

the photo above) Paragon (seen in the photo below with the Lord Mayor) 

Paragon with LM

BPIF (seen below with the Master) and the St Bride Foundation (see main photo)

BPIF and Master

all under the aegis of the Stationers’ Company.  Also there, but independently, were Barclays with their Life Skills pod and Founders4Schools. 

At the end of his very busy day the Lord Mayor visited and spoke with all the exhibitors.  He went on to say

 “I was absolutely delighted to visit the inaugural Festival Zone hosted by Bloomberg during the Lord Mayor's Show.  In particular, the Worshipful Company of Stationers, led by Past Master Helen Esmonde, displayed a fantastic array of innovative and sustainable packaging and printing products. David Allan, Master of the Stationers’ Company, and I were given hands-on experience of the products and the companies working to address environmental issues using the latest technology.”

The Master, as mentioned by the Lord Mayor, visited the exhibition once his duties at the Hall were completed.  These had included presiding at the buffet lunch at the Hall and then presenting students from the Saturday Schools with certificates to recognise their amazing achievements. The students can be seen in the photo below with their teachers and Liveryman Chris Jolly who has been the Company's liaison with Civitas who run the schools.

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There is a goodly proportion of the members of the Company which enthusiastically follows the game of Rugby Union.  Only last week we heard of one member who already has his tickets for the World Cup in Japan and there are regular conversations in the office with avid followers of Harlequins (one of whom follows from the US!) and Wasps.  No doubt there are other allegiances too but not many of these devotees will be aware that Liveryman Ivan Gunn (pictured above) at one time served on the Devon RU Referees Committee.  Whilst serving on that he mentored a young woman called Sara Cox, and kept her going when times were tough.  Yesterday, Sunday, 4 November, Sara became the first woman to referee a Premiership Rugby match when she took charge of Wasps v Northampton.  Past Master Tom Hempenstall, who supports Wasps, sadly didn't see the match but has seen Sara in action at Worthing and is very complimentary about her refereeing skills.  Ivan is very proud!


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