On Wednesday, 3 May 2017 members of the Company celebrated in their usual fashion (with great food, wine, an entertaining speaker and convivial fellow diners) the awarding of the Company's charter of incorporation in 1557. This year the guest speaker was Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare and as a memento of the evening the Master gave him a copy of The Stationers' Company - a History of the Later years 1800-2000 which was edited by the Honorary Archivist Emeritus, Robin Myers.
It is at the Charter Dinner that the Paper Industry Gold Medal is presented and it was cause for further celebration when this year it was awarded to Liveryman Martyn Eustace of Two Sides. the Under Warden, who traditionally makes his maiden speech at the Charter Dinner, included the following citation when he spoke and the Master then presented Martyn with his medal.
"Martyn will already be known to many of you for his work on the Two Sides Initiative that has done so much to both raise the positive profile of paper and promote our industry, challenging falsehoods and positioning paper as a high-quality, sustainable medium for communication and many, many other applications.
Martyn was the driving force in establishing the Two Side Initiative and it has been extremely successful over the last 10 years or so. In many ways, the success of Two Sides has been down to his extraordinary perception, diligence and true commitment to the cause. He has a highly developed sense of what will work and how to work with peoples of different countries, cultures and levels, epitomised by the internationalisation of Two Sides and the contribution to the reputation of the British paper trade.
During this time, Martyn has confronted paper’s critics and the ‘greenwashers’ with hard facts and his passion for paper has greatly improved the industry's environmental image.
As a Champion of Paper and all that it can be, It would be difficult to think of an individual who has done more to further the interests of the paper or of someone who better deserves to receive the Prestigious Paper Industry Gold Medal and the recognition that this bestows upon the recipient."
All in all a super evening. A gallery of photos taken will be uploaded shortly. In the photo at the top of the page you can see from left to right: Nick Steidl, Upper Warden, Lord Archer, the Master and the Under Warden, David Allan.