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This is a very busy season at the Hall for Christmas lunches,  We have already had the Trade Christmas lunch which saw Court Assistant Martin Randall seat attendees in every feasible corner of the Hall.  The Members' Christmas lunch is next week and yesterday it was the turn of the Court and their guests to celebrate.  All the attendees were delighted to welcome back the SCWA choir (pictured) who sang Once in Royal David's City, Silent Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing wonderfully.  They then led the gathering in what inevitably turned into a somewhat raucous rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas!  There is no doubt that the choir's musical input was hugely appreciated by all at the lunch.  After the choir left the stage Court Assistant Tony Mash took to the piano and accompanied what, thankfully, was an appropriately hearty (but not raucous!) O Come All ye Faithful

At the Court meeting on 5 December the Master cloathed Philip  Elder Managing Director of Xenon Technology Ltd and made Tyler Carey, Director of Business Development of Westchester Publishing  in the US Free of the Company.  It was an exceptionally busy day for ceremonial as two other important events took place. Liveryman Gerard Heanue was made a Court Assistant and the Beadle, Carl Gilbert, confirmed his oath of allegiance.  In the photo you can see from L-R Tyler Carey, Gerard Heanue and Phil Elder.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 saw the office products world gather at the Tower Guoman Hotel to hear the announcement of the 2017 BOSS Awards. The full list of award winners can be read here but our especial congratulations go to Liveryman Ian Buckley of Prima Software who was named Professional of the Year, to Freeman Anita Glithero and Freeman Tina Russell both of whom were named Unsung Heroes and to Bob Geens who was given the Outstanding Achievement Award.

It hardly seems two minutes since the 2017 Inter Livery Swimathon but already the details are in for 2018! The fundraiser will again be held at the RAC Epsom on Thursday 22 February 2018.

This event is organised by the Chartered Surveyors’ Company and is aimed at raising funds for charity. We usually send half the proceeds to the Lord Mayor’s charity and half to the Stationers’ Foundation. This year the funds raised from the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will support Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans. More information can be found out about them here.

This is not a competition and if we have five or six reasonably strong swimmers we can also accommodate those who are willing but who have less stamina!

This fundraiser is a really fun evening and all those who have taken part over the last few years have had a good time. We need a team of at least five but more would be better! We hope very much that some of the newer members will also want to join in. For more information please click here.

Please let Deborah Rea know as soon as you can if you will be able to swim on Thursday, 22 February 2018 certainly by 10 January 2018 by emailing communications@stationers.org or calling 0207 246 0998.

The Adam Matthew digitisation  of the Stationers' Company Archive from 1554 to 2007 is now complete and  Published as  Literary Print Culture: The Stationers' Company Archive 1554-2007.  Members are entitled to free access to this resource although terms and Conditions apply and access will only be possible once those have been accepted.  Members should log in and then click here to proceed.

Non-members can subscribe and information about that can be found here.

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.

Freeman Bev Steele writes: What a joy it was to attend this wonderful and traditional extravaganza,  With our Hall so close to the route of the procession it was particularly ideal for the approximately 200 of us to meet for mid-morning coffee before going outside to watch the parade. 

 

The weather was kind enough with grey skies, not very cold and mercifully dry. The bands, the horses, the troops, the schools, the City Institutions et al were all there.

With the procession over we returned to the Hall, a sort of orderly retreat really for lunch with us sitting at long sprigs to tuck into lasagne both veggie and standard, fruit crumble and custard and 38 children no less, were entertained by Bert Abel’s son David.

A 12 prize raffle was very successful raising £1150 for the Foundation.

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