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)
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
Pearson (see photo above), Parkside Flexibles (the Stationers' Innovator of the year 2018 and seen in
the photo above) Paragon (seen in the photo below with the Lord Mayor)
BPIF (seen below with the Master) and the St Bride Foundation (see main photo)
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.
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!
The August Shout:
1st Prize Jean Behn
2nd Prize Mike Kerlogue
3rd Prize Michael Pelham
4th Prize Frank Dobson
5th Prize Andrew Walker
The September Shout:
1st Prize Jennifer Mote
2nd Prize Peter Gell
3rd Prize Colin James Thornton
4th Prize Stuart Behn
5th Prize Amy McKee
The October Shout:
1st Prize Patricia Eccles
2nd Prize Gerald Hill
3rd Prize Dr David Pearson
4th Prize Brian Verstage
5th Prize Paul Anderson
For more information on how to join please click here.
David Dimbleby is leaving Question Time at the end of the year and it would seem that the BBC really ought to be in touch with Stationer Rupert Knowles who recently chaired the first Careers Student Question time at SCWA. Members of the panel were Vice Chair of Governors, Gavin Harran, Executive Director at JP Morgan , Angela Wilson, CEO of Angela’s SwimSchool , Adebola Lamuye, journalism apprentice at the London Evening Standard and Chair of Governors and Court Assistant Sue Pandit. Click here to access the full report on the Leigh Academies Trust website.
Liveryman Christopher Leonard-Morgan brought to our attention the fact that stationery had featured on Have I Got News For You on 12 October when Stationery Matters was the publication on which they based the much-loved missing words round. There is a report of the round on the Stationery Matters website here. Good fun and a great opportunity taken to bring stationery centre stage for a few minutes.
Just under £10,000 was raised at the annual charity golf day held, once more, at Worplesdon Golf Club at the end of last month.
Nearly sixty golfers participated on a gloriously sunny day, and our thanks to them, as well as those who gave us sponsorship or donated auction and raffle items to make the day such a huge success.
A fuller report on the day will appear in the next edition of Stationers' News.
In the photo below you can see the Master presenting Clive Foskett with the Jonathan Straker Prize for best score by a Freeman or Liveryman and in the main photo the Master is with the team from Premier Paper who won the team prize.
At this morning’s Master and Wardens’ meeting the Master conducted a Freedom ceremony at which seven people were made Free of the Company. They were (from L-R in the photo):
Callum Edwards - Digital Marketing Executive, Prima Software
Sante Conselvan - Managing Director, GAMA International Srl
Tom Bruce – Migration Analyst, ThomsonReuters
Andrea Gabrielli - Founder and President, Number 1 Sports Limited
Simon Hamlet - Publishing Manager, the Law Society
Polly Swan – Legal Counsel, Walker Books Ltd
Ian MacGregor- Editor Emeritus, The Telegraph
We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall very shortly.
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!