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.
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 [email protected]
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 protected]