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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.


Members will be interested to know that the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019 today opens for submissions. The Prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.

The full Press Release can be seen here.

There are two ways to enter the Prize: nomination or self-submission. The deadline for nominations is 5PM (GMT) Monday 25th February, and the deadline for self-submission is 5PM (GMT) Monday 18th March. Both entry forms can be found here. Full terms and conditions are available here.

For more information on the Prize, please visit the website, and contact with any queries.

Liveryman Chris Roycroft-Davis who has been a Fleet Street journalist for almost half a century attended the News Media Group event at Stationers' Hall last night and writes:

Three hours before the release of the eagerly-awaited Cairncross review on the future of the media industry, the Stationers’ Digital Media Group and more than 120 guests from the London Press Club and the Society of Editors engaged in a lively debate on the core issue: Can quality journalism survive in an era of fake news and social media? On the panel were (from L-R in the photo): Evening Standard Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham, Jane Barrett, Reuters’ Global Head of Multimedia, Broadcaster Michael Hayman MBE who chaired the discussion, Jodie Ginsberg, of the Index On Censorship, and Guardian Digital Editor Polly Curtis. Court Assistant Doug Wills (on the far right of the photo) opened the evening.

Happily the four experts on the panel concluded, with some qualifications that quality journalism can survive. For fuller coverage please see the next issue of Stationers' News due out in April.

Members may well be keen to get to grips with the major points of the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of the UK news industry in the digital age and the Press Gazette coverage, accessible via this link, provides a clear overview.

Members should log in and click here to find details of this event organised by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and featuring our Under Warden the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten and Court Assistant Michael Binyon OBE.   

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:

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