On Monday, 22 January the Stationers' Company welcomed senior executives from 14 Trade Associations in the Communications and Content Industry to the annual TA Winter Event. This year we were fortunate to have Liveryman Lord David Triesman as the speaker and he addressed the issue of what might come to pass if there were another general election. There were gasps of horror/enthusiasm (depending on outlook) as Lord Triesman revealed that if the parliamentary arithmetic failed to add up for the current government we could be in for an election as soon as June. There was then some discussion and another possibility emerged, ie shortly after Brexit in March 2019.
Members of the Company and guests gathered for the first DMG of the new year on 15 January 2018. Some 120 people attended and heard a fascinating panel address the topic of Artificial Intelligence – Our Future: The Impact on the Content and Communication Industries. It was chaired by Inma Martinez (seen in the centre of the photo), a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
At the Master and Wardens’ meeting on 15 January the Master made seven people Free of the Company. The new Freemen are from left to right in the photo:
You may remember that some months ago the Clerk took part in a radio programme on copyright with Richard Taylor a leading copyright lawyer. It sought to explore whether copyright law was an analogue law in the digital age. It was very interesting and anyone who missed it might like to take advantage of the repeat today, Monday, 8 January at 4.00 pm. It is also on BBC I-player and can be heard via this link. The image is taken from the BBC I-player website entry for the programme.
Past Master Tom Hempenstall alerts us to an item on BBC Breakfast news this morning (at circa 7.51 am) about James Cropper because of their coffee cup recycling programme, Members will be aware that there is a proposal to impose a "latte levy" on coffee cups because of the impact their disposal is having on the environment.
Court Assistant Martin Woodhead is delighted to let members know that this year they have a great team representing them at the 9th Annual Inter-Livery Ski Championship which is organised by the Ironmongers' Company It will take place in Morzine, Portes du Soleil, France on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 January 2018. Our team is as follows:
In the 2018 New Year's Honours list it was good to see that Liveryman Colin Morrison, who is currently chairman of Great Golf Media, has been awarded an OBE for charitable services to vulnerable young people. In the coverage in InPublishing (click here to read in full) Colin generously acknowledges that the award reflects the input of the many people he has worked with. The Stationers' Company congratulates Colin on this hugely-deserved award and wishes him well as he continues both this valuable work and indeed in all that he does for traditional and new media.
On Thursday, 14 December, as a fitting close to Company events in 2017, the church of St Martin within Ludgate filled with Stationers, local business people and representatives from other Livery companies including the Turners’ Company, the Arts Scholars’ Company, the Guild of Human Resource Professionals, the Framework Knitters’ Company, the Environmental Cleaners’ Company and the Insurers’ Company for a service of lessons and carols. The service was taken by Court Assistant the Right Rev’d Dr Stephen Platten, Chaplain at the church, and the Lexis Nexis choir sang The Sussex Carol and Harold Darke’s version of In the Bleak Midwinter as well as leading the congregation in several of the traditional Christmas favourites. A lunch in the Hall followed.
This is a very busy season at the Hall for Christmas lunches, We have already had the Trade Christmas lunch which saw Court Assistant Martin Randall seat attendees in every feasible corner of the Hall. The Members' Christmas lunch is next week and yesterday it was the turn of the Court and their guests to celebrate. All the attendees were delighted to welcome back the SCWA choir (pictured) who sang Once in Royal David's City, Silent Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing wonderfully. They then led the gathering in what inevitably turned into a somewhat raucous rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas! There is no doubt that the choir's musical input was hugely appreciated by all at the lunch. After the choir left the stage Court Assistant Tony Mash took to the piano and accompanied what, thankfully, was an appropriately hearty (but not raucous!) O Come All ye Faithful!