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The Court meeting on 5 June 2018 started off a very busy day for the Stationers' Company.  The very first business of the day was a cloathing ceremony for Old Stationer Peter Winter.  Peter is seen here with his sponsor Court Assistant Tony Mash who also attended the Stationers' Company's School.

Stationers' Company's School

Stationers' Company's School


Stationers' Company's School

Liveryman John Rogers writes: 

After constantly checking the weather forecast during the preceding week in fear that our day at Epsom Racecourse would be prone to thunderstorms, we were blessed with a beautiful summer day. By special decree from HM Queen Victoria, the Household Cavalry Regiment has been granted an enclosure at Epsom for use on each Derby Day since 1857. Once again the Officers’ Mess of the Regiment hosted Ladies’ Day at their exclusive Household Division Enclosure on “The Hill” (virtually opposite the Finishing Line and Queen’s & Duchess’s Stands). A unique and uncrowded location a ticket cannot buy! 181 Stationers’ and their Guests attended and enjoyed the splendid location and the excellent buffet lunch in the spacious marquee. Trainer Aidan O’Brien won his seventh Oaks with Forever Together, ridden by his son Donnacha and hopefully our Members and Guests also enjoyed some success with their betting after all those discussions over which horse, which rider, which trainer. Ultimately, the day was a great success with our Members and Guests raising over £4,000 for our Foundation. So, a well deserved thank you goes to Martin Randall, our Court Assistant, for organising the day.


In the photo you can see, (from left to right)  Liveryman Dave Rosewell his wife Gina and Susan Rogers (wife of John).

On Thursday 17 May 2018 eleven Stationers and their four guests were given a talk on selected books from the archive of the Wallace Collection by curator Helen Jacobsen and cataloguer Helen Jones. Amongst many other items of interest there was an opportunity to examine two of the books on display which had their original vellum covers.  This wears wears better than leather the Stationers were told and a useful tip emerged! When purchasing rare books look out for the bindings that are often newer than the texts!  Conservators prefer to keep the original binding albeit in poor or fair condition rather than undertaking rebinding which loses authenticity. 

This was a very successful visit enjoyed by all and Freeman Rafael Pittman has written a more detailed account which will appear in the next issue of Stationers' News.  


At a Freedom Ceremony this morning, Monday, 21 May 2018 the Master made the following (from L-R in the photo) free of the Company.

Denis Williams, Managing Director, Haylesden Graphics;
Peter Benson, CEO Wilton Radio Limited, Ireland;
Charlotte Reather, Freelance Journalist & Writer;
Steve Robinson, General Manager UK and Ireland, Safescan;
Kevin Waller, Commercial Manager/Quantity Surveyor, Yuanda (UK) Co Ltd;
Ronald Aitken, Managing Director, OfficeTeam.

They are all itching to start their life within the Company and so please look out for them at events and welcome them in to the fold.

Court Assistant Michael Binyon OBE happens also to be a Past Master of the Leathersellers and he has brought to our attention an evening reception (champagne and canapés) and sale of work by Fine Cell Work.  This is an amazing organisation which goes into prisons to teach prisoners high-quality needlework which boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. This is also an opportunity to visit the new Leathersellers' Hall.  To read more about Fine Cell Work please click here and to access booking details please click here to go through the the Members' Only area

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

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