At the Livery Lunch today the Master presented the Stationers' Warrants for use in 2019. The products which had been given the warrants were exhibited in the Stock Room and those visiting for the lunch were pleased to be able to view them and understand why the awards had been made. A full list of the Stationers' Warrants for 2019 can be seen here and the Press Release can be read here.
At the Court meeting yesterday the Master cloathed Carol Newman in the Livery of the Company. Carol is a retired stationer and magistrate. She is seen here with her Sponsor (and brother) Duncan Spence. We congratulate Carol on becoming a Liveryman and we look forward to seeing here here at the Hall even more frequently although it has to be said that she has been an assiduous attender as a Freeman!
Sunday 30 September saw Freemen of the City gather to exercise their right (for charity rather than for agricultural purposes) to drive their sheep across London Bridge. Alan Titchmarsh started the proceedings but it is good to know that the Stationers' Company was there too in the guise of Freeman Henri Davis.
Organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen the event aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Lord Mayor's Appeal but also provides an opportunity for Londoners and visitors to learn something of many of the City's historic traditions and a platform for communicating various agricultural issues!
We highlighted back in August that Freeman Madeleine Cuff had been shortlisted for the Business sustainability award sponsored by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability in Leadership in the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018. The Awards night, held under the aegis of Press Gazette, took place at Stationers' Hall on 17 September and Madeleine who is Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen won her category!
The judges said: “She is able to not just deliver the facts but she also provides conclusions. She provided real insight into what she was investigating.”
Madeleine was on holiday at the time and unable to attend the ceremony but we now have a photo of her with her award.
The Company, and the Foundation especially, which provided the bursary for Madeleine when she undertook her Masters in Journalism at City University send her hearty congratulations.
Following this week's launch of this spectacular exhibition in St Martin within Ludgate, Members who were not able to make that event will be pleased to know that the exhibition will be in the church for the next couple of months. Not only is it worth a visit to simply to see the stunning typeface designs but the
potential of the space within the church for events and activities other than services has become more obvious now that the exhibition has been mounted. Do have a look - perhaps when up for another event?
Members will remember that each year Liverymen Janet Bell and Steve Hilleard are part of a team from OPI who undertake a grueling series of climbs in the Lake District in aid of Cancer Research. There can be few of us who have not been brought face to face with cancer either personally or in friends and family. Janet writes: "For nine years, OPI has been proud to help our industry support ICR and, by raising more than £100,000 every year, we hope that we can continue to play a small part in helping develop life-saving treatments.
But we haven’t beaten cancer yet so please will you consider supporting our efforts with a donation? Any amount is gratefully received and really does help us get through what is a very tough task – and I am nine years older than when I first signed up for this crazy challenge! And, if we hit our £100k target, that will be a momentous total of £1 million we’ve raised for cancer research.
Supporting us could not be easier – simply donate online via the site below or send a pledge amount to me by email.
In the photo you can see Janet tackling the climb in grim weather in a previous year.
Many members will remember James Male who was an apprentice bookbinder. His masters were the late Liveryman Douglas East and Past Master Helen Esmonde. James was made Free of the Company on 4 April 2017. James now has further cause for celebration. He and Stephanie were married in St Martin's-within-Ludgate on 8 September. The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten (Under Warden) officiated and they and their family enjoyed a reception in the Hall.
Amongst their guests were their pugs! Photos by Harry Richards Photography Photography. James is the first Stationer (since the Company took on the management of the church) to be married at St Martin's. We send him and Stephanie every possible good wish for a long and very happy future together.
It is very noisy but essential! The plane tree in the garden has to be pruned regularly to ensure that any branches which might be in danger of dropping are dealt with before they drop on someone. This exercise involves highly-skilled tree surgeons, ropes, chain saws and a branch shredding machine parked in the Courtyard! As you can see in this picture taken by Kerry Pedrick it is quite spectacular to watch. To know that the tree is safe and healthy is worth the few hours of noise!