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Members interested in attending the Basketmakers' Company's 450th Anniversary Trade Fair  on Tuesday 19 February, 2019 between 1.15pm and 3pm should log in and click here to go through to the Members Only Notice Board

Members interested in attending the Sheriffs' Ball in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal should log in and click here to go through to the Members Only Notice Board

At the Court meeting on Tuesday 5 February the Master cloathed three new Liverymen.  They are (from L-R in the photo) :

Erin Wirz – Key Account Manager,  D S Smith Packaging

Liz Gill – Freelance Journalist

Steve Burry – Managing Director, Dennis Maps Ltd

We wish them well and hope that we shall see them even more frequently at the Hall and enjoying those events and activities which are open to Liverymen.

Past Master Tom Hempenstall has organised a trip to the World War 1 Battlefields on 21-24 May 2019 for a small group travelling by executive minicoach.  The group will be led by Bob Couldrey who is a military historian and who oversaw the Court visit to Flanders in 2016 during PM Helen Esmonde’s year.  The itinerary is:

Day 1 To Ypres, Departure from Folkestone on the 1420 Le Shuttle for Calais. 

Day 2 All day in and around Ypres including the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 2000.

Day 3. Down to the Somme, commence studying the Somme battles and staying the night at Bapaume.

Day 4. AM Further exploration of the Somme. PM, en route to Calais visit Vimy Ridge (Canadians). Catch 1820 Le Shuttle from Calais.

We have secured good accommodation for three nights.  The estimated cost of the accommodation and travel is circa £700 per head.  There are two places left so if any member of the Company is interested in securing them please contact Lucie McCord without delay:

Justine Solomons of Byte the Book has arranged for members of the Stationers' Company to benefit from a special offer on tickets for a special event, Confluence, on 15 February 2019. 

Confluence is a coming together of all the strands and aspects that make Byte the Book special.  It's about hearing new ideas, meeting new people from a diverse range of industries. finding new ways of working and connecting with new collaborators.  there will be a broad spectrum of participants including people from publishing, interactive fiction, gaming, technology, journalism, museums, TV and film. Highlights include workshops on podcasting, life writing and AI. In addition there will be three streams of incredible talks entitled: 'Telling Stories with Technology,' 'The Business of Storytelling,' and, 'The Tools of Revolution';  twenty-four talks in total!  Each talk will be approximately twenty minutes with plenty of time to network through the day.  To access the offer members should log in and then click here to go through to the relevant Members Only page.  


Congratulations to Freeman Fred Fenwick who is out skiing in Morzine for the Company.  Yesterday he came eighth out of 206  in the slalom and Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby caught his  fabulous finish on


The Stationers' ski teams (Oh yes! We have two this year!) are currently out in Morzine skiing their hearts out for the Company. Latest news received from team captain, Court Assistant Martin Woodhead is that in the Team Distance Challenge the Stationers' A team (Freeman Martin de la Bedoyere, Freeman Freddie Fenwick, Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby and Court Assistant Nick Mockett) is in sixth place and the B team is, shall we say, a little further down the rankings. Good luck to them all in the rest of the competition and many thanks to Oliver for the superb photo of Morzine where the temperature first thing on Wednesday  morning was a teeth-shattering -17!

The Trade Association Winter Event is held each year and provides an opportunity for the TAs in the communications and content industry gather to discuss topics of interest generally and to network with each other. Monday, 21 January saw representatives from the Professional Publishers Association, Publishers' Licensing Services, the British Printing Industries Federation, the British Association for Print and Communication, the Confederation of Paper Industries, the News Media Association, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, the European Flexographic Industry Association, British Education Suppliers Association, the Packaging Federation and Picon  gather at the Hall to hear Gareth Ward of Print Business give his take on the direction Printing is taking (away from traditional, ever increasingly towards digital, with new business and delivery models and on substrates as diverse as fabric, sledge seats and paper!) and then to hear the Lord Triesman talk about the current political situation, specifically BREXIT, a topic which seemingly could run and run although one point of agreement around the table was the hope that it doesn’t!  It provoked a lively debate but no-one resigned or walked away from the table!  Is there a lesson in there somewhere?

In the photo above you can see from L-R  Liveryman Tim Webb (TA liaison) Gareth Ward, the Lord Triesman, the Master, Sidney Bobb (BAPC), Andrew Large (CPI), Tom Bowtell (BCF), Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines (EFIA), Liveryman Bettine Pellant (Picon), Freeman Charles Jarrold (BIPF), Dr Andrew Mint (PPMA), David Newell (NMA), Sarah Faulder (PLS), Dick Searle (Packaging Federation), Freeman Richard Little and the Clerk. 

Patrick Hayes of BESA was unable to stay for the Lunch and Owen Meredith of PPA joined the gathering after the photo was taken so neither of them are pictured.

At the first Master and Wardens' meeting of 2019 on Monday, 14 January the Master welcomed seven new Freemen into the Company.  They are, from L-R in the photo:

Christopher Pateman - Freelance Consultant
Louise Steidl - Artist and Graphic Designer
Sharon Hague - Senior Vice President,  Schools of Pearson
Victoria Pickering - Post Doctoral Researcher at the British Museum
Juliet Erridge - Associate Director of David Morley Architects
Christoph Exner - Chief Commercial Office of OPI
Samuel Malin - Chairman of Burkes Peerage



All Stationers will want to join in congratulating both Court Assistant Carol Tullo (on the left in the photo) who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the New Years' Honours List for services to official publishing and also Liveryman Jessica Kingsley (on the right) who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to autism.    

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