One of the clauses in Magna Carta says "The city of London shall enjoy all its ancient liberties and free customs...” This probably had more to do with commerce than with letting one's medieval hair down but on Tuesday, 24 February Stationers' Hall saw Stationers and their guests do just that! It all started with readings and poems provided by the Deputy Clerk, Tim Connell and Vanessa Kramer. There was a fabulous banquet including fillet of wild boar, and musical entertainment by Caliban's Dream (see image above by Sophia Panteli) with Steve Tyler on hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, cittern and percussion; Katy Marchant on bagpipes, shawm, recorders and voice, and Tim Garside on percussion and voice, so things continued with a swing.
There was a fight -carefully choreographed! (Image by Sophia Panteli) and David Abel performed magic at the tables. All in all it was a wonderful evening.
This month's (February) "shout" was taken at the Cakes & Ale Lunch at Stationers' Hall
1st prize - Reginald Eccles
2nd prize - Albert Morgan
3rd prize - Robert Sanger
4th prize - Stanley Vaughan
5th prize - Moira Smith
Good news from Court Assistant Robert Flather wearing his Kolbus hat. Kolbus have purchased the intellectual rights to the Timson T-Fold high speed digital folder and details about this deal can be read here in a Press Release issued on 19 February 2015. Jo Francis of PrintWeek interviewed Robert this morning, Friday, 20 February, and her report can be seen by clicking here
Rosie Henry, an MA Publishing student at City University London and a Stationers' Bursary Recipient attended and really enjoyed James Duckenfield's thought-provoking DMG presentation on the Paperless Office last Monday (photo by Sophie Miller). Rosie will be reporting on the evening in the May edition of Stationers' News and says "These events give me, and my fellow students, the opportunity to discuss relevant topics with like-minded people and to network with individuals across the industry. After such an insightful event, I, along with my peers, am certainly very excited about upcoming events, the next two in particular: ‘DMG Roundtable, Facebook’ and ‘DMG Roundtable, Amazon’"
After a wonderful brunch of pancakes in the office, provided by Chester Boyd, the Clerk and the Communications Manager set off to Guildhall to support the Master and Paddy Belton (representing the Young Stationers) in a pancake race. This annual event is overseen by the Worshipful Company of Poulters and takes place in the courtyard of Guildhall. At the start of the proceedings a list of competing livery companies and organisations was read out. For some reason the Tax Advisers got an especially rousing welcome! Our Master was in the first heat and Paddy in the second which he won! Having heard the list of competitors your photographer decided, having got the snaps above (and given the temperature, it was sunny but bitterly cold), to retreat to Stationers' Hall and post this despatch. No doubt the race results will become available in due course and we will let you know how the Stationers' pancake racers did overall. In the image above you can see from right to left the Master and Paddy, the Master practising flipping his pancake before the race, Paddy waiting for his race to start and Paddy running so fast that he was almost out of shot before the camera could take the snap!
Last night saw some 130 people fill the Hall for a New Members ‘Evening which included the Royal Marine Cadet Awards (see previous news item) and went on to welcome both recent new Freemen and Liverymen and those who were considering membership. After the Master's welcome the other speakers were (from L to R in the compilation of images) Court Assistant Trevor Fenwick in his capacity as Chairman of the Membership Development Committee and then Tristen Hinds and Ian Buckley both of Prima Software. They spoke of how much they had enjoyed their first few months as Freemen. It was apparent that they really had sampled all aspects of Company life from making use of the Hall for a product launch to attending DMG roundtables and enjoying the Livery Committee's more social events. It was good to see a number of bursary recipients who were made free last October at the event with colleagues. This was good for two reasons; firstly for them to have colleagues indicates that they have successfully entered the world of work and have found roles in the Communications and Content industries and secondly it demonstrated that the Company does have, and is continuing to improve its, relevance to younger people. A good number of application packs were taken away and more have been requested today so all in all it was a very positive event. Photos by Sophia Panteli.
It was wonderful to welcome Captain Peter Hames back to the Hall to read the citations for the Royal Marine Cadet Awards at last night's New Members' Evening. This year's most successful detachment in the in London and Essex area was the Kingston Detachment under the leadership of Lt Greaves, Sgt Wilde, and Sgt Trovalusci. The detachment has thrived and become the top detachment in the London area for the 3rd year in a row. In March 2015 they will be taking part in the Gibraltar Cup competition against five other detachments to see which is the best detachment in the whole country and we wish them well. Cadet Sergeant Tony Green from the Hornchurch Detachment was the most outstanding individual Royal Marine Cadet in the London and Essex area. He won the award as a Corporal and was promoted very recently to Sergeant. His Detachment Commander, SGT (SCC) S Pace says that Tony’s commitment to the Royal Marines Cadets is beyond reproach. His positive attitude and exemplary behaviour sets a fine example to his fellow cadets and he is an outstanding role model. Photos by Sophia Panteli.
Just before the New Members' Evening started last night there was a Freedom ceremony at a special Master and Wardens' meeting in the Court Room. The Master admitted the following four to the Freedom: (From L-R) Andrew Brownsword CBE DL, former CEO Europe of Hallmark Cards Ltd, Peter McKay, Chief Executive The Publishing Training Centre, Paul Peet, Digital Producer for Pearson Education and a former recipient of a Stationers' bursary and David Wilson, Revise Sub-editor at The Times. We look forward to seeing them at the Hall at both industry and social events. Photo by Sophia Panteli.
Liveryman Christopher Leonard-Morgan has been in touch to bring National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day to the attention of members. They both celebrate the written word and all things
stationery, and are organised by the London Stationery Show. The aim is to get people around the world talking about stationery and the importance of writing by hand. The message is the same, wherever you are – writing by hand is important, and matters. Click on National Stationery Week to read all about it and on World Stationery Day to get all the details about that.
The Court meeting on Tuesday, 3 February saw four new Liverymen cloathed. They were (from left to right in the image): Peter Allan, now retired from paper and board making; Peter Pickering Chairman PPA Group; Lt Col Leona Barr-Jones, Managing Director Barr-Jones Associates Ltd and Michael Bettinson, Partner, Cole and Company, Chartered Accountants.