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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.

 

C&G Level 3 Course

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]

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.

Three More City & Guilds Graduates

Three veterans were awarded the top City & Guf70845044e8a9ed13fce9ef948775e16ilds certificate in bookbinding last Friday at a ceremony in the Daffodil Barn workshop near Pewsey. Presentations were made by the Master, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers to Wendy Lagden, Kenny Teasdale and Nick Simmons, who had each completed the City & Guilds syllabus over the last 18 months. Helen Esmonde, the Stationers’ Comany Master, praised the veterans for achieving these certificates despite the significant difficulties caused by their wounds, injuries and illnesses. They successful students are pictured here with the charity’s Principal Instructor, Freya Scott.

Veteran wins Bookbinding Bursary

We are pleased to announce that the Society of Bookbinders is supporting the Bound by Veterans project by awarding a Conference bursary to one of its students. Bound by Veterans, originally “The Wiltshire Barn Project”, supports wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel who have had to leave the Services prematurely as a result of their condition. It improves their health, well-being and employment prospects through a varied programme of therapy, training, qualifications and work experience in bookbinding. The charity is now in its second full year of operation, and on average provides support to just over 60 veterans a year.

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