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BBV Attends the Stationers’ Hall Open Day – 23rd Sep 18

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.

Bookbinding Session at Tedworth House – 26 Oct 18

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  office@boundbyveterans.co.uk

 

BBV Attends Tedfest – August 2018

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.

 

Waitrose Supports BBV

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

Marlborough

Wiltshire

SN8 1AA

Bound by Veterans Makes Presentation Book for AMAR Charity

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.

 

 

New City & Guilds Box-Making Course Trialled

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].

New Sponsor Joins Charity

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.