At the Master and Wardens' Meeting on 19 February there was a Freedom Ceremony for five new members. They are (from L-R in the photo):
- David Morgan, Graphic Designer, Morgan Design
- Benedict Richards, Designer and Teacher, Graphicacy
- Asa Bennett, Brexit Commissioning Editor, Telegraph Media Group
- Nicholas Button, Creative Director, On The Button Design and
- Harry Mount, Editor, The Oldie
We wish them all well and look forward to seeing them at events at Stationers' Hall.
On 13 February 2018 over 200 Stationers and their guests gathered at Stationers’ Hall to process over
to St Paul’s Cathedral where the annual John Norton Service was held in the Chapel of St Faith-under-St Paul’s (photo Matt Crossick).
The music was provided by the choir of Reed’s School and conducted by Iain Carnegie, their Director of Music. The organ was played by Simon Johnson and all who attended thought the music was very beautiful. The congregational hymns were traditional favourites and certainly proved that Stationers are able to raise the roof musically.
This year the Company was lucky to have one of its own, Court Assistant the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten, preaching the sermon and certainly there will be several in the congregation who are keen to find out more about Margery Kempe who featured in the sermon. Bishop Stephen has kindly agreed to make his sermon available and it can be read in full here.
After the service there was the usual cakes and Ale feast back at the Hall and it was great to see so many old friends getting together and enjoying not just cakes but pancakes too! Bishop Stephen was
presented with his fee of 10 shillings (photo by Court Assistant Mike James) and the Clerk received the traditional thirteenth bun in the dozen from the Master.
At the Court Meeting on 6 February the Master cloathed three new Liverymen as follows (L-R in the photo):
Richard Mendelsohn - Director, The Short Publishing Co
Anne Somers - Deputy Chairman, Auction Technology Group and
Christopher Roycroft-Davis - Journalist, Author and Media Consultant.
The Company welcomed Philip Holt to the Hall on 31 January 2018 to deliver a presentation on the History of the Red Arrows. Some 75 members and guests had their attention held by Philip, whose background includes experience with National Air Traffic Services and as a reservist in the R.A.F., as he delivered his presentation and subsequent reports to the office have been very positive. This event was organised by the Livery Committee and an auction and raffle raised funds for the Foundation. Look out for more in-depth coverage in the next edition of Stationers' News
Members will be interested to hear that the BOSS Leaders of the Future conference, now in its sixth year, will take place on 9 March at Stationers' Hall. The 2017 event was Highly Commended at the Trade Association Forum Awards for Conference of the Year and 2018's event is full of promise! For full details of the speakers and how to book click here.
The annual Inter-Livery Skiing Championships is done and dusted and Martin Woodhead the Stationers' skiing captain reports as follows:
There were over 200 competitors this year and another 90 or so supporters and so the event was huge. Whilst we didn't feature in any of the medals, other than a trophy for a team of 'the most careful skiers' (Carol, Nigel and Tej) - say no more - we performed extremely well within our team (seen above with supporters), certainly the best yet, due to a stunning performance by our top skiers. Charles Southey was our fastest skier closely followed by Giles, Chloe, Andy and Martin de la B, but not necessarily in that order (final times still to emerge). So Charles won our largest teddy bear, Chloe won middle bear for being the most stylish skier in our team and Andy won Little Lucky for the Prang of the Week - a rather nasty fall after the competition was over resulting in a broken thumb and a twisted knee. Everyone else was fine, including Trevor who supported us throughout whilst skiing with a broken wrist against doctor's orders.
Andy and Trevor compare war wounds
Accordingly he won the BM award, a tin spoon, BM being Bloody Minded. For my efforts I won the FOF award (fastest old fart), and Nick Mockett won the Mars award for being on another planet.
Members will want to wish the Stationers' Ski team well for the Inter-Livery Ski championships which start today. Some of the team have been out in the Alps practising (see the photo of Ian Locks and Penny Woodhead) and we hope that they perform well and safely whilst having great fun! Bulletins about the piste conditions and the team make up have been arriving in the office regularly and currently the skiers are:
Chloe Mountford, Andy Jones, Martin de la Bedoyere, Nick Mockett, Martin Woodhead, Naomi Jones (guest),Bob Findlay, Rodney Mountford, Nigel Southey, Tej Sood, Ian Locks, Charles Southey,Giles Mountrford and Carol Tullo
Members will be pleased to hear of the support for the Company's Innovation Excellence Awards from three important sources: The Knowledge Transfer Network, PICON and Mathys & Squire. Full details can be found on the Innovation Excellence pages of the website here and the entry form can be accessed here..
On Monday, 22 January the Stationers' Company welcomed senior executives from 14 Trade Associations in the Communications and Content Industry to the annual TA Winter Event. This year we were fortunate to have Liveryman Lord David Triesman as the speaker and he addressed the issue of what might come to pass if there were another general election. There were gasps of horror/enthusiasm (depending on outlook) as Lord Triesman revealed that if the parliamentary arithmetic failed to add up for the current government we could be in for an election as soon as June. There was then some discussion and another possibility emerged, ie shortly after Brexit in March 2019.
Members of the Company and guests gathered for the first DMG of the new year on 15 January 2018. Some 120 people attended and heard a fascinating panel address the topic of Artificial Intelligence – Our Future: The Impact on the Content and Communication Industries. It was chaired by Inma Martinez (seen in the centre of the photo), a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.