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The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators is working with Thames Water, the City of London Corporation (and its Plastic Free City campaign) and Thames 21 to organise a series of events to highlight and celebrate World Water Day, which this year will be held on Friday 22 March.      

Members should log in and click here for more details 

Liveryman Robert McClements who chairs Northern Stationers and who is keen to widen engagement in events outside of London while remaining firmly committed to the Company's range of activities focused on Stationers' Hall writes:-  

Building on the momentum of Apprentice 18 and heading towards Apprentice 19 the Education Committee, under the chairmanship of Past Master, Helen Esmonde, has a clear policy to extend our activities outside London and to support our members with businesses in Leeds and elsewhere. Working in partnership with BPIF, who had an adjacent stand, the Northern Stationers were pleased therefore put on a great show at Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair (LARF) encouraging school leavers to consider apprenticeships in our industry. Over 6000 visitors to LARF at the First Direct Arena Leeds, organised by Leeds City Council, included 1200 young people exploring future career choices accompanied by many parents.

You can watch a video of the event here.

Freeman elect, Gurdev Singh, MD of North Wolds Printers, provided fliers offering immediate apprenticeships with various companies. Freeman, Richard Mawson, MD CyanX lent his exhibition


frame to display the branding created by the BPIF and the stand was attended by Freeman, Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Jo Stephenson, PHD Marketing, (along with Parkside Flexible Packaging) and from Heidelberg, Piers Carr and Elliot Brettle a current apprentice who was able to illustrate the benefits of such a career choice. Past Master, Helen Esmonde, travelled up from London for the event and recognised that as part of National Apprentice Week this was a new venture that could be further developed and Liveryman Michael Gardner also passed by the stand.

Members will be interested to know that Court Assistant Doug Wills has once again agreed to do the London Big Half Marathon!

He will be running in aid of the Felix Project that provides the young and needy with food that would otherwise go to waste. He will be running this Sunday, 10 March so spare him a thought and if you'd like to sponsor him here is a link to his donation page

In the photo you can see on the left Doug after he finished the same event last year together with the London Evening Standard  campaigns editor David Cohen who also ran. 



On Friday, 1 March the Clerk and Stationers based in the south were part of a group of 26 to join a tour of The Hepworth Wakefield and Nostell Priory.  This tour was organised by the Northern Stationers and led by Liveryman Robert McClements. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves but there was a serious element to the day too as it allowed the Stationers to see the plaque recognising the Company’s support for School Prints 2019 (see photo) which seeks to bring contemporary art to school children in disadvantaged areas. The Clerk was also able to present a copy of The Stationers’ Company - A History of the latter years 1800-2000   to Nicola Freeman, Director, The Hepworth, and originator of the School Prints initiative (see photo below).

Clerk and Nicola Freeman

These events are proving to be a great success  and all Stationers are encouraged to take advantage of the planning that sees travellers back into King's Cross by 7pm .  Look out for next year's event.

Members who did not attend the LivCom Spring Dinner (main photos) will no doubt have heard from those who did what a wonderful evening was had by all who attended.  There will be full coverage in the next issue of Stationers' News but amongst the fancy dress, song, dance, and sketch-filled entertainment was a very moving piece by Royal Shakespeare Company Actor Joe Mydell.  It was a tribute to American wartime broadcaster Ed Morrow which started with searchlights and air raid sirens.


and went on with Joe on stage and reading the piece.

We are grateful to Nigel Letheren of Eclipse and Diana James for these video clips taken on their phones. 

For details of the What Works Education Conference at the London Book Fair on 12 March, and specifically of a session chaired by Liveryman Jill Jones, members should log in and click here.

For full details of how to book to attend a wonderful St George's Day dinner please log in to the Members' Only area and click here


George Fisher   1st Prize

Geoffrey Baker   2nd Prize

Barry Jones   3rd Prize

Desmond Ryman   4th Prize

Peter Wynn   5th Prize


Kit van Tulleken  1st prize

Susan Mitchell 2nd Prize

Nigel Southey  3rd Prize

Malcolm Gill   4th Prize

Reg Eccles   5th Prize


Josling Taylor  1st Prize

Paul J Thornton 2nd Prize

Betty Morgan  3rd Prize

Ian Bennett 4th Prize

Mariam Hill  5th Prize

Going along to Guildhall to be made Free of the City is always a special occasion and the ceremony is much enjoyed by all. Freeman Ron Aitken, however, saw it as yet another useful experience to which to expose the gorgeous Guy, a Golden Retriever puppy (aged ten months at the time of the ceremony),  who is being walked by Ron with a view to undergoing training to become a guide dog for the blind. Seen in the Chamberlain's Court, with Christine, Ron's wife, in the main photo, Ron was delighted to report that Guy behaved perfectly and wasn't even tempted to misbehave by the presence of the model sheep in the waiting room (see below)!

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At the Master and Wardens' meeting on 18 February 2019 the Master made three people free of the Company.  They were (from L-R in the photo):-

Pamela O'Toole - Broadcast Journalist
Neil Barrett - Director,  Enbecom  
Marie Cannon - Knowledge and Information Officer, Clifford Chance

We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at the Hall in the near future.


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