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On a day which was jam packed with activity as far as the Company is concerned it was good to start the early Court meeting with a Freedom Ceremony.  This is extremely unusual as the Freedom ceremonies

The May "shout" was  made at the final judging of the SHINE School Media Awards
 
1st  Prize, John Young  
2nd Prize, Betty Morgan  
3rd  Prize, Gerald Hill   
4th  Prize, John Waits  
5th  Prize, Brian Attwood  

What a treat everyone who attended last night's Archive Evening had!  The Hall was packed and the audience listened attentively to Professor Brian Cummings of the University of York and Professor Kenneth

200+Club Winners 
 
The March "shout" was taken in the  Office at the Stationers' Company
1st Prize   Len Davidge
2nd Prize  John Waterlow
3rd Prize  Gordon Newing
4th Prize  Peter Ingram
5th Prize  Geoffrey Baker
 
The April "shout" was taken at the Digital Roundtable on Amazon held at Stationers' Hall  
1st Prize  Ian Fidler
2nd Prize Donald Trelford
3rd Prize Kevin Dewey
4th Prize Dr A Jefferis
5th Prize Andy Seal

There were only two people to make free of the Company this morning; Peter Blayney who wrote the two volume work The Stationers' Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557  (click here to buy) and who had travelled all the way from Canada with his wife Leslie Thomson for the Freedom Ceremony and Pete Smith who is Marketing Manager at Xerox, a recently returned  Corporate Member.  They both plan to be very active members of the Company so do look out for them at events.  Peter Blayney will be matching his research trips to the UK with events at the Hall and has managed to make this one cover his Freedom Ceremony and the Archive Evening next week (click here for details) and, since Xerox renewed their Corporate Membership, Pete Smith has been  giving wholehearted support to events by coming and bringing lots of colleagues with him. It is good to know that he is now a member in his own right.   In the photo you can see Pete Smith on the left and Peter Blayney on the right.  

Last night the Company celebrated the granting of its royal charter in 1557 with its traditional Charter Dinner.The Hall was full and looking splendid as Nicholas Coleridge CBE, Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain and President of Condé Nast International, stood up to speak. Amongst other things he noted that the glossy magazine was here to stay for at least the next fifty years! Judging from the smiles in the small number of photos just in from Sophia Panteli,who does such a good job of covering our events (more will arrive and be uploaded shortly), a good time was had by all. In the first image you can see the Hall and the seated diners and in the second you can see, from left, Barry McIlheney of the PPA, Valerie Locks and Nicholas Coleridge CBE.

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It was good to welcome Investec to the Hall on 23 April 2015 for one of their corporate events. They brought their very eye-catching corporate emblem with them causing quite a stir in the garden which, for this evening only was more Serengeti garden, than serene city-garden!

Rose Henry, one of our bursary winners has been covering the DMG roundtable events for Stationers' News and in the next issue you will be able to read her full report of the 'Amazon - Friend or Foe?' evening. Inevitably, she reports that, this simple question has many complicated answers! Many were keen to join the debate and the Hall was suitably full to hear an expert panel of Mike Shatzkin from The Idea Logical Company, Fionnuala Duggan, formerly CEO of CourseSmart and Michael Ross from Encyclopedia Britannica give their views.  Liveryman Oliver Gadsby chaired the meeting.  In the image you can see from left to right Michael, Fionnula, Mike and Oliver.

A much happier industry-related news 'spot' from Past Master Tom Hempenstall (also responsible for bringing the recent obituary of Victor Watson to our attention) who noticed, in the Sunday Times of 12 April 2015, that the Mark Allen Group with its 62 trade and consumer magazines and websites (including, of course, PrintWeek), under the aegis of Liveryman Mark Allen (seen in on the right of the photo in his Renter Warden's gown and with his fellow Renter Wardens from 2012-2013) was featured as a one of the ten "stalwarts that were pipped at the post" in the Profit Track 100. It would seem that the ten companies in this section are to be judged by a panel of very eminent businessmen and the best will receive a special award at the Profit Track 100 national awards dinner in June. Fingers crossed for Mark and his son Ben in that and our hearty congratulations at having got this far which is no mean achievement at all.

There is a detailed article on the Archive News page of the website about this gathering (which took place in March) the speakers and the exhibits together with news of recent developments plus projects and plans for the future.  Click here to visit that page.

 

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