All posts by Robert East

Help Wanted


BBV is a charity which relies on sponsorship and volunteers to carry out its good work. To keep operating smoothly we are in urgent need of voluntary and/or paid helpers for the following posts:

Project Manager

Workshop Manager


Fundraising and Events Manager

PR Manager (esp social media) 

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in helping us out in any of these areas, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Course News – Covid-19 Update No.3 – 20 Sep 20

– Reducing class numbers to enable social distancing

– Deep cleaning the room and all equipment before and after courses

– Installing plastic screens to shield between benches

– Providing hand sanitiser, disinfectant sprays and paper towels

If you sign up for a course, the joining instructions will detail what we will be asking attendees to do to help keep the space safe.

For future courses see the course programme on this website and future Newsletters.

If you wish to receive future monthly editions of the Newsletter contact [email protected]

A Message from the Chairman of BBV about Coronavirus

Dear All,

Due to recent government announcements regarding COVID-19 and the requirement for social distancing, we regret that all bookbinding courses are cancelled until the end of May. Further announcements will be made if we need to extend this period. Please let us know if you would like us to transfer your names to a course later in the year.

We wish you all good health and for those who have already learnt some bookbinding – keep practicing!

Kind regards

Ali Strachan

C&G Bookbinding Diploma Presentation

BBV offers bookbinding tuition to Wounded, Injured and Sick veterans of the services to aid their recovery through its therapeutic benefits, and to help them transition to civilian life by gaining internationally recognised qualifications.

The first to gain this qualification in the UK, Wendy Lagden, earned a Distinction in her C&G Level 3 Bookbinding, and was presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens on 10th December.  As well as being a huge achievement for Wendy, an ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy who was discharged with MS in 2005, this was an important milestone in the history of the charity and we are enormously grateful to our sponsors for their support.


Student Successes at BBV

Two students have recently achieved success in City & Guilds bookbinding qualifications at the Bound By Veterans training workshop at Daffodil Barn in Woodborough, near Pewsey, Wiltshire.

Gareth Roberts has gained his Level 1 and 2 certificates in Bookbinding and was presented his certificates by Ali Strachen, the Chairman of the BBV Charity.

Gemma Barnes gained her Level 1 certificate in Bookbinding and was presented with her certificate by Rob Shepherd of Shepherds Bookbinding

BBV at Armed Forces Day


This year Armed Forces Day (AFD) took place at Hudson’s Fields in Salisbury on 28-30th June, and the team from Bound by Veterans (BBV) were there to exhibit what we do and explain how bookbinding can help WIS veterans and their families in recovery and rehabilitation. 

It was a hot weekend and plenty of families came to take advantage of the entertainment and refreshments on offer. Many of our ‘customers’ were children who had a go at making a small pamphlet binding, or covering a pencil in a decorative paper. 

Hopefully we managed to spread the word about what a useful and therapeutic craft bookbinding is in aiding recovery and particularly in assisting those with stress related illnesses. 

If you know of anyone who has been discharged from the services through sickness or illness, and who you think might benefit from trying their hand at a fascinating craft, then please ask them to get in touch with us: [email protected]. It’s all free and we would love to hear from them.

All ages attracted to bookbinding

Tedworth House Taster Session – January 2019

Eight personnel took part in our latest introductory session at Tedworth House, where as part of the RRP programme they made a marbled-paper notebook.    All were enthusiastic about the lesson and expressed interest in going on to do further bookbinding at the Daffodil Barn workshop in Woodborough. Being only 10 miles away, accommodation and transport can usually be arranged at Tedworth House for those taking the courses at the Barn.

Care is taken to trim the corners