STATIONERS’ HALL OPEN DAY – 23rd September
Bound by Veterans were invited to take part in an event at the Worshipful Company of Stationers on Sunday, when the Hall, which is normally closed to the public, was opened up to all-comers for a day.
BBV had a table inside the magnificent 450 year old Hall with its stained glass windows showing Shakespeare, Caxton and Tyndale amongst other notable figures relating to the written and printed word. The Stationers have been sponsors of the charity since its beginning, and it was wonderful to be included in this special day, which despite the appalling rain, was a warm success.
Other exhibitors in the Hall were Harmatan Leather, suppliers to the bookbinding trade; The Royal Bindery, who have four bookbinding apprentices at Windsor; Pureprint, one of the top printers in the country; Gateway Publishing, Extraordinary Editions who have just produced a commemorative centenary book for the RAF, and Shepherds Bookbinders with whom the charity is closely affiliated.
Several hundred visitors trooped through and Wendy Lagden did a magnificent job of explaining to all those who stopped to chat, what the charity did and who it was for. She was sewing information booklets all day as they were going like hotcakes, and thanks to her efforts many more people will be aware of what the charity does.
There is to be a respite weekend at Tedworth House over the weekend beginning 26th October. There will be a taster bookbinding session on Friday 26th October in the evening to give anyone from the Band of Brothers (BoB) and Band of Sisters (BoS) an opportunity to try their hand at the craft of bookbinding with a view to attending courses at Bound by Veterans (BBV) workshop at nearby Woodborough. Further details to follow or contact BBV on 01672-851979 or email@example.com
Ali Strachan, Chair of Bound by Veterans (BBV), Jonathan Powell, founder of BBV, Sally Gregory and Wendy Lagden, (Volunteers in BBV) attended this year’s Tedfest held on the 2nd of August at Tedworth House and manned a ‘pop-up workshop’ stall which gave people, young and old, the opportunity to sample the delights of simple bookbinding.
The workshop was set up under a large gazebo providing shelter from the blazing sunshine and the challenge for anyone who wanted to take part was first to fold an A3 sheet of paper to form a 16-page, A6 pamphlet with numbered pages. Then they stitched the spine and finally cut the sides which were folded to complete an A6-sized pamphlet which explained Bound by Veterans.
Interest was slow at first but after some encouragement from Mike Quale and Sally amongst the fête-goers, the tables soon filled with attentive students. Many youngsters had a go and everyone was enthusiastic and interested both in the Bound by Veterans charity and the craft work.
The new Level 3 C&G course which was developed last year with the support of the Printing Charity is now well underway with 6 students signed up to the course. The course is made up of a number short courses covering many different aspects of more advanced bookbinding. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A once only opportunity for the
Bound by Veterans Charity (BBV)
During the month of MAY only the Marlborough branch of Waitrose has selected to support “Bound by Veterans” through the “Community Matters Scheme”.
Can you help by buying something at Waitrose in May and giving BBV your token?
As I am sure you know several of the main supermarkets have a scheme where they donate money to selected local charities
How does the scheme work?
Each customer is given a token at the checkout and then places it in the box for the charity of their choice. At the end of the month all the tokens are counted and the allocated fund is split between the three chosen charities. The more tokens that are collected the more money the charity will receive. A charity can only apply once to this scheme.
Waitrose in Marlborough
17 High Street
On 21st December 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales, the Patron of the charity AMAR (Assisting Marsh Arabs and Refugees), helped to bring the silver anniversary year of the charity to a spectacular close in Lancaster House. To mark the event he was presented with a beautifully bound book of photographs of the marsh arabs taken by Angus Beaton over the last decade. The album and a slip case were made in the Daffodil Barn by Bound by Veterans and it was a huge honour for BBV to undertake the binding of such an important document for such and auspicious occasion .
Photo shows L to R: Jonathan Powell, Ali Strachen and Wendy Lagden from BBV and Angus Beaton photographer.
The excellent facilities of the Bound by Veterans workshop in the Daffodil barn at Woodborough are available for hire at the very competitive cost of £60 per day. This includes the cost of heating and lighting. For further details please contact: email@example.com
We now have stocks of slimline diaries printed specifically for Bound by Veterans. These are available in three colours of grained cloth: red, green and dark blue and also beautiful marbled paper hand made in the Daffodil barn workshop. They are now available to order from Bound by Veterans. The price of these is £10 plus £2.95 p&p. Orders can be placed through firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Webber, master craftsman from the Shepherds workshop in Victoria, visited last week to trial part of the new Level 3 City & Guilds syllabus. He spent two days instructing the techniques for making a quarter-bound leather drop-back box with rounded spine. A bumper seven Bound by Veterans students all managed to complete these splendid boxes [pictures to follow].
We are delighted to announce that The Printing Charity has agreed to help fund the the development and teaching of a brand new Level 3 Bookbinding qualification. We are designing this training programme with both City & Guilds and the Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and, with The Printing Charity help, will be running training courses for eligible WIS veterans at the Daffodil Barn throughout the next 12 months.The Printing Charity has been supporting people of all ages working in printing, packaging and publishing since 1827. Its charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education. See more here.