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London Press Club Ball 2014 – 10th Anniversary. Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London


Get your glad rags on and book now for a very special London Press Club Ball just a few weeks away.

The Ball is the chance to celebrate two brilliant landmarks in style – the 10th anniversary of the London Press Club Ball and the 150th anniversary of the Journalists’ Charity for which it raises funds.

It’s the fun networking event you don’t want to miss and the highlight of the national media’s social calendar, held again this year at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.

And it’s all I n a good cause. The London Press Club has run the annual press ball for the past decade and so far raised around £300,000 for the Journalists’ Charity helping those in need – whether in print, on air or online.

The Ball is a glittering event attended by editors, proprietors, senior journalists, top executives, programme-makers, star columnists, and TV and radio broadcasters. It is backed by major newspaper and media groups.

nick ferari

Nick Ferrari

Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton is to compere the night’s entertainment with grand inquisitor Nick Ferrari hosting the auction of exciting ‘money can’t buy’ items.  The year 2014 marks a double anniversary for Britain’s media with two brilliant reasons to celebrate in style.

The glittering London Press Club Ball reaches its landmark 10th anniversary as the highlight of the national media’s social and networking calendar, attended by editors, proprietors, senior journalists, executives, programme makers, household-name star columnists, TV and radio broadcasters.

This year the Ball aims to raise more funds than ever for the Journalists’ Charity which cares for writers past and present and their dependants who fall on hard times or need help, as well as running three care homes for retired journalists.  But 2014 also marks the landmark 150th anniversary of the Journalists’ Charity itself, whose founding members included Charles Dickens and whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen.

The lavish black-tie event is to be held in the magnificent splendour of The Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday 9th October with a champagne reception in the Long Gallery and a three-course dinner with wine in the Great Hall, accompanied by exciting entertainment and dancing.  But for one night only each year, the Ball also recreates the magical, crackling buzz that was traditional ‘Fleet Street’ with enough gossip, chat and conversation to fill a month of diary columns.


Book now. Ticket/table prices includes a champagne reception, a fabulous three-course meal with wine plus entertainment and dancing until the early hours. A celebrity auction will help raise funds for  The Journalists’ Charity.


Tickets @ £150 each inclusive of VAT.


Individual tickets @ £195 each plus VAT.

Tables of 10 @ £1,950 plus VAT.

Tables of 12 @ £2,340 plus VAT.

Book via Entire Affair, Audit House 260 Field End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 9LT,

Tel: 020 8429 7520 /7530 Fax: 020 8429 7521  or please email:

10 09 2014



Many of the top names in British journalism have signed up to support the charity. Click to see the who’s there..

Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Daily Telegraph, has kindly agreed to be our anniversary appeal chairman. In addition leading journalists from print, broadcasting and online have lent their names to support the charity’s work…and the list is still growing. Current Ambassadors are: Continue reading “AMBASSADORS” »

Monday December 15, 2014.  All welcome. Doors open at 6pm. No pre booking available.  Kindly sponsored by Lutherpendragon

SueRyan1Sue Ryan takes over as the chair of the Journalists Charity in 2015. A journalist for 40 years She  has worked on The Reading Evening Post,  The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Today, The Observer and the Daily Telegraph where she was managing editor before leaving in 2006.  She has been on the Council for more than ten years. While working at the Telegraph she launched the annual Christmas Appeal which was followed by other papers and  has been a board member for several charities and an ambassador for Unicef but says  this is her favourite charity.  “The JC does so much good for so many people on such a tangible level. It also has a lovely board who work well together and are so  willing to give of their time and energy.”


Laurie Upshon , JC chair welcomes the guests


Residents and guests enjoying the festivities


Laurie Upshon, Ray Massey and Anna Botting


Enjoying the day


Residents and staff


Gracie and Anna blowing out the candles


Anne Moxham and Laurie Upshon





Latest News

The Newspaper Press Fund will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday September 17th 2014 at midday at in the Salisbury Room at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London. EC4Y 8EQ

This will be followed by a SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING where the following amendment to the bylaws will be raised:

Current bylaw 9.1.1 to be amended to read “An Annual General Meeting of the Charity shall be held every year within the first six months of the year following the end of the Charity’s financial year on a day and at a time and place to be decided by Council.”

21 07 2014



A farewell party was held at Pickering House for Anne Moxham, the charity’s deputy director for the last 15 years, who retired at the end of June. She joined initially as assistant director and was promoted to deputy in 2000. She is taking a part time job with a charity closer to her home.

Charity Chairman Laurie Upshon said: “I know that, in particular, she was proud of her role in managing the building and opening of Pickering House. While acknowledging this, the trustees also recognise her magnificent all-round contribution she made to the smooth-running of the charity. She will be much missed.”

Anne’s departure has given the trustees the opportunity to review the management structure. As a result of the review, Anne’s role as Deputy Director will be replaced by a new position of Assistant Director (Homes) which, at the time of writing, was being advertised.

Finance Officer Sarah Pearce has been promoted to the post of Assistant Director (Finance).

“We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on her new responsibilities and her promotion reflects the value of her work in ensuring all our systems meet our statutory and financial regulations,” said Upshon.


TV presenter and author Fern Britton will talk about her life and career at a fundraising lunch in Birmingham in October.  The former host of Ready, Steady Cook, BBC Breakfast Time and ITV’s This Morning will be guest speaker for the event in aid of the Journalists’ Charity at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston on October 16.  It has been organised by the West Midlands branch of the charity, which works to help journalists in need.

Chairman Steve Dann said: “We are delighted Fern has agreed to join us, she has worked on some of the country’s most popular shows and is one of the biggest names in television.  “I would advise people to book their tickets now for what we are sure will be a very popular event.”

Tickets cost £48.00 with a table of 10 priced at £450.00. For further information contact the Journalists’ Charity Midlands secretary Val Deeley. Telephone 01562 883290 or email (val NULL.deeley null@null live

For more details contact Mark Langford on 0781 420 5082


Peter Barron

Peter Barron

If awards were given for longevity in regional newspapers, then this editor would certainly be a contender. He has been in the same editors’ chair for 15 years – the longest serving editor in his paper’s 144-year history. But longevity alone is not a valid reason for an award. At a time when regional newspapers find it increasingly difficult to invest in campaigns and investigations, he has maintained that campaigning remains the most important function of his newspaper. I quote – ‘Budget constraints must never be used as an excuse to stop fighting for change, revealing the truth, and giving local people a voice.’ Under his editorship his newspaper has:

i) Reduced heart bypass waiting times.
ii) Been instrumental in scrapping an archaic law which meant killers could not be charged with anything more than GBH if their victim lived for more than a year and a day after the attack and
iii) Campaigned to build a children’s hospice.

These are just a snapshot of his paper’s campaigns. It is a paper that gets things done and one that also bristles with humour, humanity and innovation. He is a master of social media with around 9,000 Twitter followers, a board member of the NCTJ, a governor of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, an author of children’s books, a deputy Lord Lieutenant of Durham and he was awarded the MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his ‘services to journalism and community life’. And perhaps most surprising of all, with such a dynamic track record, he remains a thoroughly nice bloke.

The Journalists’ Charity Award goes to Peter Barron of the Northern Echo.

UPDATE: See The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Visit in Pictures
(Nicholas Jones, 7.5.2014)

Few occupations can claim to have had a greater impact on the daily life of the royal family than that of news reporter, and the presence of the Queen at the 150th anniversary reception of the Journalists’ Charity was an occasion to celebrate an enduring relationship.

The Queen arrives at the Journalists' Charity Reception with their Chairman, Laurie Upshon

The Queen arrives at the Journalists’ Charity Reception with their Chairman, Laurie Upshon

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, met young journalists from across the country together with editors, press proprietors, broadcasters and also the trustees and supporters of a charity that over the decades has helped tens of thousands of journalists in need.

Stationers’ Hall, midway between Fleet Street and St Paul’s Cathedral, was the imposing venue for an event that once again highlighted the strength of the industry’s charitable tradition and its historic links with royalty. Continue reading “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh join guests at the 150th anniversary reception of the Journalists’ Charity” »

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