Category Archives: News – Updates

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


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


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.

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]