Christmas Carols at St. Bride’s, Fleet Street In aid of the Journalists’ Charity

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

Guests Readers

Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, BBC

Paul Mason, Economics Editor, Channel 4

James Ashton, Executive Editor, London Evening Standard & Independent Titles

Helia Ebrahimi, UK Business Editor, CNBC

Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor, The Spectator

Laurie Upshon, Chairman, The Journalists’ Charity

We welcome all those involved in the media, as well as their families and friends to enjoy the music of the superb St Bride’s choir. All proceeds will go to the Journalists’ Charity, Britain’s oldest and largest charity for journalists in need, which helps those suffering ill-health and other misfortunes. The charity also provides care and retirement homes for journalists and their dependants.

Collection plates will be available for those wishing to make a donation.

 

Kindly sponsored by Lutherpendragon

200px-Green_harp_flag_of_Ireland_17th_century_svgDate for your diary! January 13, 2015. 6.30 – 8.30pm

Join us for the annual Reception at the Embassy of Ireland hosted by Ambassador Dan Mulhall.  Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To book or for more information please email: enquiries@journalistscharity.org.uk

CurryGet the celebrations off to a flying start by coming the Welsh Branch of the Journalists’ Charity’s latest social evening on Dec 2nd.

We will be holding a Christmas Quiz Night at the BBC Club at Llandaff in Cardiff from 7pm till  late.  For just £10 you will get a chicken or vegetable curry with rice, poppadoms and naan bread and entry into the quiz with prizes.

So enter a team or if you don’t have any friends compete on your own.

And remember all the proceeds are going to a charity we should all care about because it might be us needing help one day.

And remember the last two events were sell-outs so be ready to get your order in quickly because ticket numbers are limited.

To Book : http://www.journalistscharity.org.uk/shop/

The leading charity supporting journalists has re-launched the Wales Media Awards to honour the best in journalism.  The Journalists’ Charity is looking for entries for the awards from print, broadcast and online journalists across Wales.  Tim Rogers, chair of the charity’s Welsh branch, said the awards would be an opportunity for Welsh journalists to share their best work and for the quality of Welsh journalism to be recognised.

He said: “There are awards across the UK for journalists but Wales lost its own awards some years ago. The Journalists’ Charity is driving this forward to fill the gap.”

The Journalists’ Charity was founded in 1864 by a group of journalists, including Charles Dickens.  It is the only charity run by journalists. As well as operating a number of residential care homes in Dorking, Surrey, for journalists and their dependants from England and Wales, the charity provides financial assistance to those finding it difficult to cope for a variety of reasons.

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers said: “Last year alone we distributed nearly £400,000 in grants to journalists and their families in England and Wales and the figure is expected to rise as more people working in the industry suffer from redundancies, ill health or just misfortune.”

The Wales Media Awards will include sections for student and young journalists, camera operators and photographers, and for features, sport and business.

The coveted Journalist of the Year will be chosen from all entrants, and will sit alongside awards for daily and weekly publications, radio and television programmes and online and community outlets.

The student category will be for work produced between September and December 2014, while all other categories will be for work published or broadcast between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2014.

The Awards are free to enter, and entries can be submitted online at www.walesmediaawards.co.uk (http://www NULL.walesmediaawards NULL.co NULL.uk) from 12.00 noon Monday 3 November 2014.

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards

Judging will be completed in the New Year and the awards will be presented at a celebration event at the Marriott Hotel Cardiff on 19th March 2015 hosted by Huw Edwards, President of the charity in Wales.

 

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Royal Courts of Justice

A record £40,000 was raised for the Journalists’ Charity at this year’s landmark 10th anniversary London Press Club Ball.  It marked a significant fund-raising achievement in the charity’s 150th anniversary year – up by a third on last year.   The cash boost  was the icing on the cake for the star-studded Ball which took place at the Royal Courts of Justice  in the Strand on Thursday October 9 and made headlines of its own.

HRH The Countess of Wessex was guest of honour at the 10th Anniversary London Press Club Ball and 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 Countess of Wessex, Pat Sharp and Nick Ferrari

The Countess of Wessex, Pat Sharp and Nick Ferrari

A robust defence of free speech was delivered by 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.  Mayor of London Boris Johnson said police should be banned from trawling journalists’ phone calls to identify whistle-blowers without judicial approval.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Lord Rothermere

Lord Rothermere

London Press Club Ball co-chairmen Ray Massey and Robert Jobson said: ’It is gratifying to know that our  generous guests, Ball sponsors, and media partners turned a landmark double-anniversary event into a record breaker.  ‘It was a night of many superlatives. Tables sold out in record time and there were a record number of guests – just short of 500.’

Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon said of the £40,000 fund-raising record: ‘This is a terrific achievement and a major boost for the charity’s fundraising in this double anniversary year.  ‘The Ball continues to be the major media event of the year and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.’

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills said: ‘It’s a marvellous tribute to all who supported the Press Ball that we are able to donate a record amount in such a special year to the Journalists’ Charity.  ‘I would like to thank every single person who put their hand in their pocket, all the sponsors who wrote such generous cheques and to pay tribute to the army of organisers – especially the London Press Club Ball committee. Many congratulations to you all. It’s fantastic to make a £40k donation to the Journalists’ Charity which provides such wonderful support.’

Sarah Sands with HRH the Countess of Wessex

Sarah Sands with HRH The Countess of Wessex

Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton hosted the glittering evening whose main automotive sponsor Jaguar Land Rover also produced the two star auction items  linked to their new XE sports saloon and Land Rover Discovery Sport models.  Other main sponsors were nPower, Barclays, easyJet, Camelot, The Money Shop, British Airways, the Earl of March and Goodwood, Etihad Airways, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Belmond, Jamie Hendry Productions and ‘Let it Be’, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Sainsbury’s, Coca Cola, and the London Press Club’s long-term media partner Skoda.

The Countess of Wessex 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 London Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands, Mirror editor-in-chief Lloyd Embley,  former Sun editors Kelvin McKenzie and Stuart Higgins, BBC business editor Kamal Ahmed, Sky City editor Mark Kleinman,  columnists Janet-Street-Porter, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rosie Millard,  model turned businesswoman Caprice, and  DJs Mike Read and Pat Sharp.

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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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@stbrides.com (anneliese null@null stbrides NULL.com)

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.
Click some of the headlines here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2787338/Mail-chairman-Free-press-attack-never-before.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/boris-johnson-police-should-go-to-judge-before-accessing-journalists-phone-records-9786601.html

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/oct/10/boris-johnson-police-snooping-journalists-ripa

 

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

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:

Anniversary Ambassadors

Baron Black of Brentwood

Mr George Alagiah
Mr Peter Allen
Mr Mark Austin
Mr Neil Benson
Mr Chris Blackhurst
Mr Jeremy Bowen
Mr Robin Burgess
Ms Alex Crawford
Mr Paul Dacre
Mr Mike Darcey
Mr Ben De Pear
Mr David Dinsmore
Mr Huw Edwards
Ms Julie Etchingham
Ms Lynn Faulds Wood

Mr Nick Ferrari
Mr Simon Fox
Mr Geordie Greig
Mr Jonathan Grun
Mr Geoff Hill
Mr John Humphrys
Mr Martin Ivens
Mr Adrian Jeakins
Mr Michael Jermey

Mr Trevor Kavanagh
Ms Martha Kearney
Ms Philippa Kennedy
Ms Christina Lamb
Mr Richard Littlejohn
Mr Ian MacGregor
Mr Barry McIlheney
Mr Andrew Miller
Ms Sarah Montague
Mr Jonathan Munro
Mr Dermot Murnaghan
Mr Jim Naughtie
Ms Cathy Newman
Ms Mary Nightingale

Mr Jeremy Paxman
Mr Robert Peston
Ms Sophie Raworth
Mr Richard Sambrook
Mr Bob Satchwell

Ms Kate Silverton

Mr Jon Snow
Mr John Stapleton
Mr Alastair Stewart
Mr Geoff Sutton
Sir Ray Tindle
Mr Justin Webb
Mr Hugh Whittow
Mr John Witherow
Mr Peter Wright

 

 

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.”

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Laurie Upshon , JC chair welcomes the guests

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Residents and guests enjoying the festivities

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Laurie Upshon, Ray Massey and Anna Botting

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Enjoying the day

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Residents and staff

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Gracie and Anna blowing out the candles

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Anne Moxham and Laurie Upshon

 

 

 

 

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