Inter-Livery Competition News
Liveryman David Hudson reports:
Peter Bonner and I played in the Inter-Livery bridge tournament on Monday, 5 March, to defend our trophy of last year. We didn't get so much luck this year or maybe we didn't play as well but either way we came a creditable 12th. Freeman Maureen and Peter Singer came 27th and Liveryman Robert Sanger and Past Master John Waterlow came 51st. That was out of 56 pairs so we were well represented with three pairs playing for Stationers Comapny. The winning pair came from the Playing Card Makers which was perhaps a fitting result as that company runs the event which was held at Drapers' Hall.
We congratulate them all.
On Tuesday, 17 October the Stationers’ Company tentatively dipped its toe in yet another Inter-Livery sport. The Clerk joined with the Clerk of the Brewers’ Company in the inaugural Psigma Inter-Livery Real Tennis handicap doubles competition. We are grateful to Mr Richard Dalzell for his comprehensive write-up of the day’s play which you can read here. HRH the Earl of Wessex attended and at the black-tie dinner which rounded off the day Prince Edward’s Equerry spoke about Prince Edward's plan to play three sets of tennis on every one of the 50 or so real tennis courts worldwide during 2018, with the aim of raising £2m to support more young people in participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
These Inter-Livery events are great fun and usually centre on a sport. There is an element of competition but the most important thing is the taking part and making sure that the Stationers’ Company is seen at the heart of City Livery Company activities – looking outwards and joining in! Please let us know of any sports or activities you undertake and at which you would be prepared to represent the Company. In the Photo you can see the Clerk with his partner Colonel Michael O'Dwyer OBE.
On 6 March the Company fielded three teams in the Inter-Livery Bridge Tournament run by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.
All three teams fared well and Liveryman Peter Bonner and David Hudson especially so as they won the tournament! In the photo above they can be see receiving their prizes from Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin. From L-R Peter Bonner, David Hudson and Peter Estlin. Our congratulations go to Peter and David.
The other teams were Past Master John Waterlow and Liveryman Robert Sanger who improved on their placing from last year coming 29th and Freeman Maureen Singer and her husband Chris who came 35th. It is great to see Stationers taking part in more and more Inter-Livery events and we thank all those that do as they are raising the profile of the Company at the same time as having fun. Look out for news of other Inter-Livery events and contact Deborah Rea in the office if you are interested in getting involved.
Members will be pleased to know that the Stationers’ Company performed well at the Inter-Livery Swimathon which was organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and held last night, Thursday 2 March, at the RAC Club in Epsom. Each year the teams involved undertake to swim 5k in two and a half hours and it is the sort of event where anyone can contribute from two lengths upwards until the total of 170 lengths is completed. It is not supposed to be competitive, or a race in any way, shape or form, but it was hard to dampen that streak in our team who took great delight in being the first Company to finish the distance and in only 1 hour 40 minutes. Nine livery companies took part this year which was down on last year but it has to be said that the fun and fellowship was not at all diminished especially at the dinner which followed.
Primarily the Swimathon is a fund-raising event and the Stationers’ Company split the money they raise by sponsorship between the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Stationers’ Foundation. Some members have already sponsored the team but there is plenty of time yet for you to give something if you have not already done so. The easiest way is to do it is online here but if you prefer you can download a sponsorship form here. Please fill in all the boxes required if you wish to apply gift aid to your sponsorship.
The team which represented the Stationers’ Company can be seen in the photo above taken by Moira Sleight and from left to right they are: Deborah Rea, Nick Alexander, Charles Hewitt, Colin Wells and Simon Elliott. On the far right you can see Ivan Elliott who is doing a great job rounding up sponsorship and who, with Moira Sleight (who counted every length), provided wonderful poolside support. Please consider sponsoring the team if you have not already done so.