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Freeman Patrick Wingrove writes:

If you want to keep a secret, as George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1884, you must also hide it from yourself. Attendees at the DMG Protecting Trade Secrets in a Digital Environment talk given by Liveryman Robert Bond on May 14 would likely agree that this saying applies today - because while the UK is not the totalitarian state Orwell envisioned it might become, technology has made it very difficult to keep secrets.

Robert took the attendees through a range of horror stories from state sabotage of secrets through disaffected employees distributing confidential material to a very simple but badly-judged selfie! Other attendees reported being quite shaken by the possible consequences of not protecting one's secrets properly.  

Patrick concludes:  The thought-provoking evening was best summed up by Robert’s closing advice, that businesses must take every step to ensure secrets are treated as such – not only to stop them getting into the wrong hands in the first place, but also to have a legal avenue to go down should those measures ultimately fail.

Since the event the EU’s trade secrets directive which has been published and can be viewed here.


Mike Mote writes: On the 10th April ,15 members assembled in the reception at Freemasons' Hall and starting in the Library/Museum were given a guided tour of the building. After the robing rooms where there were paintings of past kings who were masons we moved on through extremely heavy but easily manoeuvred doors into the jewel of the building, The Grand Temple.

Our guide explained the significance of the various symbols around the gallery and especially the very ornate ceiling. He also explained the relevance of the various stations in the Temple and gave a brief
explanation of the ceremonies conducted in the temple. He added that the Hall has been used in many films and TV programmes.

After this absorbing tour we retired to the Freemasons Arms and had a convivial lunch and thanks to the generosity of the members raised £100.00 for the Foundation.

The March Shout:

1st  Prize Geraldine Allinson

2nd Prize Andrew Fletcher

3rd Prize Peter Sargent

4th Prize JNS Lowe

5th Prize Rebecca Spence

The April Shout:

1st  Prize Toby marchant

2nd Prize Brian Humphries

3rd Prize Marie Helene Summerville

4th Prize James Sacré

5th Prize Melissa Connell

For more information on how to join please click here.

The Hall was absolutely full on the evening of 2 May for the Charter Dinner and members and their 

Court Room Charter Dinner

guests enjoyed the formality of the processions, the toasts , the loving cup, etc and the wit and humour

NS and HE and loving cup

(Photo shows the Master and Past Master Helen Esmonde taking part in the Loving Cup ceremony

 of this year’s speaker, Gyles Brandreth, was the icing on the cake.

Stationers Hall206GB speaking

(Photo shows Gyles Brandreth mid delivery!

During the course of the evening the Paper Industry Gold Medal was awarded to Peter Bower, an internationally respected paper historian, consultant and forensic paper analyst, specialising in the examination and analysis of paper for the purpose of dating, authentication, attribution and usage. Peter’s clients include museums, galleries, auction houses, dealers, lawyers and papermakers who

Stationers Hall214(Photo shows Peter Bower receiving his medal from the Master)  

consult him on a broad range of topics including works of art, forged bank notes and fraudulent business papers. His wide-ranging knowledge and expertise have qualified him to be recognised as an ‘expert’ in all things related to ‘paper’ and have qualified him to provide contributions to popular TV programmes as well as being an expert witness in several high-profile court cases.


Photos by David Jones Photography

Members are reminded that this year the Company is working in association with the BPIF and CDi on their event due to take place on Yorkshire Day - 1 August 2018.  The event has been a  great success over the past few years and with this collaboration it is hoped that many Stationers will try to attend.  Full details and a link to the page on which you can register your interest can be found here in the Members' Only area

Fiona Adler, Wingman to Alderman and Sheriff Tim Hailes JP, has asked us to make members, aware of the opportunity to take part in the celebrations marking 100 years of votes for women.  Full details are available on the Members' Notice Board.  Please click to view.


Members will be interested to know that the booking process for the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge is now open and can be found by clicking through to the Members Only area of the website here.

Congratulations to Young Stationers Zara, Claire, Jessica, Bethan, and Lewis!  They formed the Young Stationers' Quiz team and took 5th place at last week’s Inter-Livery Quiz, hosted by our friends, the Young Leathersellers

You’ve done us proud.

Twenty seven happy golfers including several guests played at the Livery Golf Day at Woking on a calm but fairly cloudy day with only the sound of the hooting trains to disturb their concentration.

The Course as ever provided a stern test of golf but gave everyone a chance to shine somewhere in their round.

The trophies were awarded as follows:

Winner of the Alan Greenaway Salver: David Houseman
Runner up of the Mark Tolit Trophy: John Waterlow
Best Guest Score for the David Fordham Trophy: Tom James
Best Pairs Score for the Bridgewater Trophies: Charles Southey and Tom James
Best Gross Score on Par 3s for the Sylvia Brown Trophy: David Houseman

Following a splendid lunch the Master presented the prizes and a lovely day came to an end. A fuller report on the day will appear in the next edition of Stationers’ News.

Members will be interested to read of what sounds like a really fun day out on 29 July!  To read the full invitation and acquire all the necessary details please log in and click here to be taken through to the Members' Notice Board

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