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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:


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” »

Richard receiving the £500 donation from Mike Harrison, Chief Nuclear Officer for Region 1 at EDF Energy

Richard Savill receiving the £500 donation from Mike Harrison, Chief Nuclear Officer for Region 1 at EDF Energy

04 July, 2014

The Western Morning News has won Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards 2014.

The Local World publication won the title at the ceremony at the Bristol Hotel, in Bristol yesterday (July 3), held in association with

ITV News Westcountry picked up Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the Dawlish rail line collapse.

BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail Programme won best Radio News Programme, for its extensive coverage of the floods which struck large parts of the county earlier this year.

Celebrating their tenth year, more than 200 guests were at this year’s awards, which recognise the best journalism across Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Bill Martin, editor of The Western Morning News, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s fantastic recognition for all of the staff and of everything that the Western Morning News stands for. The newspaper has been a champion of the Westcountry for more than 150 years and that is a tradition we have stuck to, and we intend to carry on standing up for and fighting for the issues that people of the Westcountry care about.”

Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. They are clearly at the top of their game, producing content that resonates with their readers and viewers, and reflecting the lives and concerns of communities across the South West of England.”

The Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times was crowned Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year, whilst the Western Gazette went home with the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.


ITV Westcountry’s David Woodland won Television Journalist of the Year, whilst Chris Brierley, of BBC Bristol, was named Radio Journalist of the Year.

Bristol News and Media won awards in three individual categories. Emily Koch, of the Bristol Post was named Digital Journalist of the Year, whilst Gavin Thompson won Specialist Journalist, and Steve Cotton Sports Journalist of the year awards.

Paul Nicholls, from Gloucestershire Media, won News Photographer of the Year, whilst colleague Steven Impey was named Feature Writer of the Year.

Helston Packet won Front Page of the Year for ‘Storm Force’, with a striking image capturing the moment giant waves engulf seafront buildings on the Cornish coast.

Online magazine won Website of the Year, while The Mid Devon Gazette won Community Campaign for its ‘Protect Our Children’ campaign.

Other successes included Sian Davies, of The Plymouth Herald, winning Newcomer of the Year, Swindon Advertiser’s Barrie Hudson, becoming Columnist of the Year, and Jon Lewis, of the Express and Echo, securing the Designer of the Year award.

Siobhan Stayt, of the Bath Chronicle, was announced Weekly Print Journalist of the Year, whilst Claire Jones, previously with the Plymouth Herald and now with the BBC, scooped the Daily Print Journalist title.

The full list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year: 
Sian Davies, The Plymouth Herald

Digital Journalist of the Year: 
Emily Koch, Bristol Post

Specialist Journalist of the Year: 
Gavin Thompson, Bristol Post

News photographer of the Year: 
Paul Nicholls, Gloucestershire Media

Designer of the Year:
 Jon Lewis, Express and Echo

Sports Journalist of the Year: 
Steve Cotton, Bristol Post

Columnist of the Year: 
Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser

Feature Writer of the Year: 
Steven Impey, Gloucestershire Media

Radio Journalist of the Year: 
Chris Brierley, BBC Radio Bristol

Television Journalist of the Year: 
David Woodland, ITV West Country

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year: 
Siobhan Stayt, Bath Chronicle

Daily Print Journalist of the Year: 
Claire Jones, The Plymouth Herald

Front Page of the year: 
Helston Packet – ‘Storm Force’

Community Campaign of the year: 
Mid Devon Gazette – ‘Protect Our Kids’

Website of the Year: 
So Glos Online Magazine –

Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: 
BBC Radio Somerset – Ben McGrail Programme

Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: 
ITV West Country – ‘Dawlish Rail’

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year: 
Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times

Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year: 
Western Gazette

Daily Newspaper of the Year: 
The Western Morning News

More photos of the awards can be found here: (http://newsroom NULL.edfenergy NULL.aspx?NewsAreaId=28&SubjectID=192)


An additional £200 was rasied at the South West awards that took place in July

02 05 2014

Brian Ager



Brian at the  East Media awards in 2010, receiving the cheque from EDF

Brian at the East Media awards in 2010, receiving the cheque from EDF

Tributes have been made to former Diss Express reporter Brian Ager, who died peacefully in his home on Friday 6th June aged 79.
Brian, from Burgate, joined the newspaper as a reporter at 16 straight from Eye Grammar School. To fully qualify as a journalist he needed A Levels and to master shorthand but his humble background meant that he could not afford to stay on at school so he was thrust in at the deep end as an office junior.

On his first day he was given a list of tasks and he jumped on his bike and got down to it. When he returned later that day with the list completed he was told that had been his work for the whole week.  However, more work was quickly found to keep the keen cub reporter busy.
His work as reporter was interrupted by National Service but after doing his duty he returned to the Diss Express, before stints at the Eastern Daily Press and in the midlands. At the EDP he worked alongside authors Frederick Forsyth and Tony Grey in their outposts in Dereham, Diss, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Thetford and Wisbech where he launched the paper’s office and his son Michael was born.
He then worked at a news service, the BBC and the Times before settling at the Financial Times newspaper.  Former managing editor of the FT David Walker said: “He was a person of great humanity who cared deeply about his colleagues, as well as being truly professional in his trade.”
On retirement he returned to the area with his wife Maureen, who is originally from Wortham, living in Roydon where he was active in Diss & District branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Royal British Legion and Probus.

He was also a tireless worker on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity – run by journalists for journalists. Former ITV executive and Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon, said of Brian: “He was a man of honour, compassion with a great sense of humour. Above all he was a true gentleman.”  Shortly before Brian’s death he wrote to tell him: “Your contribution to the charity has been immense: as a Trustee for 35 years; as Chairman in 1988 and 1989; and as Treasurer since 1993. You have been a constant presence, bringing stability and offering wise counsel as the charity has undergone major change. The Trustees have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks for your tireless work, sound judgement; and the wit, wisdom and common sense that you have brought to our meetings.”

In Brian’s recent resignation letter to the Journalists’ Charity, characteristically labelled by Brian as his swansong, he said: “I have enjoyed my time with the charity and this farm workers son who had spent his time in London confined to a subs desk met all sorts of interesting people as a result. There was the Queen, Prince Charles and any number of politicians. The one that impressed me the most was Margaret Thatcher.
“She attended our receptions regularly, gave a speech which was mainly about our charity, with just one political point at the end. Then – glass of whisky in hand – would chat to all and sundry. But what I find most impressive as treasurer is that she made a donation to our charity. Other politicians please note.”


Journalist Charity EventCelebrating 150 years…and 40,000 other reasons to be cheerful. Glasgow and West of Scotland chairman Richard Walker (right)  hands over a massive cheque to charity chairman Laurie Upshon at the 150th Anniversary Reception in London in May. The money was raised through the Glasgow Press Ball and other events which continue the branch’s outstanding tradition of fund raising for the charity.

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