Bound by Veterans to benefit from TESCO initiative; your help is needed

During the months of November and December 2018, TESCO is running a “Bags of Help” scheme in some of its stores. Shoppers can vote for three worthy groups or charities to receive money from the scheme, using counters given out at the checkouts. All shoppers have to do is obtain a counter at the checkout and put it into the appropriate collection bin. The group with the most counters at the end of December 2018 will receive £4000, the second will receive £2000 and the third £1000. Bound by Veterans is one of the charities taking part.

So please, if you are shopping at Tesco between now and 31 December 2018, in Tidworth (Superstore) or Ludgershall (Express) and/or Amesbury (Superstore) or Durrington (Express), don’t forget to pick up a counter at the checkout and pop it into the Bound by Veterans box.


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.

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  [email protected]


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]

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




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.