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You are invited to a Service at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,

to commemorate and support the journalists, cameramen and support staff whose mission is to bring us the news.

Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014 at 12:30pm at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4

Followed by a reception at the Voltaire Bar, Crowne Plaza City Hotel, New Bridge Street

 RSVP: Anneliese Cooper Blake : (anneliese null@null stbrides

200px-Green_harp_flag_of_Ireland_17th_century_svgDate for your diary! January 13, 2015.  More information to follow soon

The Countess of Wessex, Pat Sharp and Nick Ferrari

The Countess of Wessex, Pat Sharp and Nick Ferrari

A royal flourish, a publishing peer’s robust defence of free speech which made headlines of its own – and Boris.
These were just some of the exciting highlights of the star-studded London Press Club Ball 2014 which took place at the Royal Courts of Justice  in the Strand ( 09/10/14) raising funds for the Journalists’ Charity in its 150th year.

The royal flourish came from HRH The Countess of Wessex who was guest of honour at the 10th Anniversary London Press Club Ball. She attended a special VIP pre-reception for sponsors before speaking to the near 500 guests in the epic main hall of the Royal Courts.

The strong defence of free speech came from Lord Rothermere, chairman of DMGT which publishes the Daily Mail and associated titles, and president of the Journalists’ Charity for which the Ball was raising funds. Its patron is HM The Queen.  And Mayor of London Boris Johnson was, well, vintage Boris, making a few political points of his own.  All made the headlines.  Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton hosted the glittering evening.

Countess of Wessex

HRH The Countess of Wessex

The Countess already has a long association with the Journalists’ Charity, having opened its new care home, Pickering House in Dorking, in 2007.  It also celebrates an enduring royal link with the charity going back a century and a half to the reign of Queen Victoria. In May this year HM The Queen, patron of the Journalists’ Charity, attended with the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a special 150th anniversary celebration at Stationers’ Hall in London, just a stone’s throw from Fleet Street.

The glittering London Press Club Ball reached 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. Guests included model turned businesswoman Caprice, columnist Janet-Street-Porter, DJs Mike read and Pat Sharp.

Lord Rothermere

Lord Rothermere

Having welcomed and introduced the Countess, Lord Rothermere, said  that Britain’s 300-year-old free Press is under attack as never before.  He warned of an “anti-Press climate” and said journalists were being ‘crushed by the full weight of the law” – in sharp contrast with “those in the City whose greed almost caused our entire banking system to collapse”.
He told the audience: ‘If we continue denigrating newspapers and undermining the work of the countless decent and honest journalists, not just in London but in every region, every town, we could end up destroying the very keystone upon which this country is built: Freedom of speech.’

Boris Johnson said police should be banned from trawling journalists’ phone calls to identify whistle-blowers

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

without judicial approval.   He said it was ‘crucial’ that whistle-blowers could be protected by journalists or they would not dare lifting the lid on scandals noting: ‘It is of course right that the police should be able to investigate serious criminal matters.  But it is also crucial that journalists should be able to protect their sources and to give whistle-blowers the confidence to come forward.’

‘And we will have to insist that in future the police will not be able to see a journalist’s phone records without some kind of judicial approval.’

The evening was rounded off by an exclusive silent auction and , a ‘money can’t buy’  live auction hosted veteran LBC Broadcaster Nick Ferrari, and tremendous live music from mezzo-soprano Laura Wright  and the cast of the West End Beatles musical ‘Let it Be’.

Military heroes from Tickets for Troops helped draw the raffle.
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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.”

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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.


Sir Doug Ellis enjoying Fern's revelations. Sir Doug, a vice chairman of the Charity donated a further £1,000 at the Birmingham lunch.

Sir Doug Ellis enjoying Fern’s revelations. Sir Doug, a vice chairman of the
Charity donated a further £1,000 at the Birmingham lunch.

Fern Britton “in conversation” with Nick Owen

Fern Britton “in conversation” with Nick Owen

Fern and Steve Dann

Fern and Steve Dann

Val Deeley (West Mids Branch Secretary), Lois Burley (Vice chair West Mids) Fern Britton, Donald Steel, Jenny Wilkes (West Mids Committee), Mark Langford (West Mids Committee)

Val Deeley (West Mids Branch Secretary), Lois Burley (Vice chair West Mids)
Fern Britton, Donald Steel, Jenny Wilkes (West Mids Committee), Mark
Langford (West Mids Committee)

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