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It hardly seems two minutes since the 2017 Inter Livery Swimathon but already the details are in for 2018! The fundraiser will again be held at the RAC Epsom on Thursday 22 February 2018.

This event is organised by the Chartered Surveyors’ Company and is aimed at raising funds for charity. We usually send half the proceeds to the Lord Mayor’s charity and half to the Stationers’ Foundation. This year the funds raised from the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will support Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans. More information can be found out about them here.

This is not a competition and if we have five or six reasonably strong swimmers we can also accommodate those who are willing but who have less stamina!

This fundraiser is a really fun evening and all those who have taken part over the last few years have had a good time. We need a team of at least five but more would be better! We hope very much that some of the newer members will also want to join in. For more information please click here.

Please let Deborah Rea know as soon as you can if you will be able to swim on Thursday, 22 February 2018 certainly by 10 January 2018 by emailing or calling 0207 246 0998.

The Adam Matthew digitisation  of the Stationers' Company Archive from 1554 to 2007 is now complete and  Published as  Literary Print Culture: The Stationers' Company Archive 1554-2007. 

Last night Stationers' Hall saw one of the Company year's glittering occasions as the Master was joined by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, and the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman for the Civic Dinner.

On Monday, 6 November 26 enthusiastic Stationers went to the LivComs “double sell out” visit of Spencer House organised by Elaine Pooke and hosted by their Chairman, Martin Randall.

It certainly lived up to its reputation.

On Monday, 20 November, at the Master and Wardens’ meeting, the Master conducted a Freedom Ceremony for five new members. They were (from L-R in the photo) :

Giles Mountford – Category Manager at Mast-Jägermeister SE (Giles’s method of entry is Patrimony as he was born after his father, Liveryman Rodney Mountford, joined the Company)

The Stationers’ Company was well represented at Remembrance services across last weekend.  On Friday, 10 November Past Master Helen Esmond and Court Assistant Sue Pandit attended the service at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy as shown in this photo by Henry Vu. They are lined up on the left  You can read all about the school’s moving act of remembrance here

Freeman Bev Steele writes: What a joy it was to attend this wonderful and traditional extravaganza,  With our Hall so close to the route of the procession it was particularly ideal for the approximately 200 of us to meet for mid-morning coffee before going outside to watch the parade. 

On Tuesday,  12 December St Bride's will host the annual BPIF and Stationers' carol service for the Printing Industry.  The service will start at 6.00 pm and end at 7.00 pm after which there will be drinks at the St Bride Foundation from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.  This popular annual event is free to attend but donations on the evening to St Bride's Church will be greatly appreciated.

For some years, the Stationers’ Foundation has been supporting the Wiltshire Barn, a charity that supports the rehabilitation of wounded veterans by giving them bookbinding skills and qualifications that are therapeutic and could lead to employment.

At a special Master and Warden's meeting last night, 6 November 2017 eight of those who have been awarded bursaries, scholarships and awards in previous years and who have now graduated were made Free of the Company.  They are, in the first photo, and going left from the Beadle (Carl Gilbert):

The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

Stationers' Hall
Ave Maria Lane
London EC4M 7DD

Telephone: 020 7248 2934
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