Oxford Guild of Printers

News 2018

Minutes: A.G.M. 3 December 2018

Apologies received from Liz Adams, Paul Nash, Christabel Hardacre, Phil Treble, Jane Russ, Mick Toole, Ian Mortimer, Richard Russell, Simon Haviland, Simon Gillingham, Paul Kershaw, Phillip Sharpe, Bob Elliot and Kathryn Atkinson.

There were 17 members present and one guest.

Chairman’s Report

  1. Wayzgoose 3rd November 2018: After expected invoices have been paid this event will have made a small profit. The next Fine Press Book Fair is to be held at the Kassam Stadium in Spring 2020. In view of the increasing enthusiasm for the Guild event [40 tables in 2016; 60 tables in 2018] plans are in hand to hold another OGP Wayzgoose early November 2019. A firm date will be announced when available.
  2. Review of meetings last year and those proposed next year. The 2019 calendar is full though not finalised.
  3. Venue. Since the Guild’s banning from The Bell in Charlbury [where the only good but prevailing benefit was the size and cost of the room] the Guild has spent the last year or two using first the Larkum Kendal Room in the Corner House complex and later a side-room of The Bull [welcoming, efficient, good beer, free but, truthfully, too small]. At a recent committee meeting and after research by Joe Swift it was decided, for a trial period at least, to meet at ‘The Study’, a private room of The Oxford Retreat [1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW]. This is a short walk from both the bus and train station; there is reasonably promising parking nearby; there are good bar and restaurant facilities; it may attract more members to the meetings [current attendance averages probably less than twenty].
  4. Ephemera on Show. Whilst there were concerns that there were those daunted by the number of copies needed to contribute, it had been decided at that earlier committee meeting that the value of the bundle would be diminished if some were allowed to produce less than the full quota. Margaret Condon will again organise this most important of Guild endeavours.
  5. Picnic. Some dozen members had enjoyed a halcyon day in August with Ann & Tony Lloyd at their home in Charlbury. It is hoped to have another gathering next summer.
  6. The letterpress cover for the ‘List of Members’ for 2019 will be printed by Phil Treble.
  7. The ‘New Books’ section has been renamed: ‘New Work’ and can now include any letterpress ephemera that members would like to share whether or not it’s for sale.

Treasurer’s Report

Joe Swift had prepared balance sheets for distribution and members’ perusal. It was observed that the Guild has a healthy balance. it was agreed to continue to seek worthy causes related to printing to support. The £500 granted to Nick Hand and the Bristol Letterpress Collective in June this year was an example of well-spent money.

Election of Officers

There being no other nominations to the committee and all current members of the committee implying a willingness to continue, the committee was re-elected unanimously, Margaret Condon proposing and Gabrielle Falkiner seconding. Liz Adams has indicated that she would like someone to step up and share the editing of the Newsletter with her.

  • Chairman ~ Miles Wigfield
  • Vice-chairman ~ Richard Lawrence
  • Treasurer ~ Joe Swift
  • Events Secretary ~ Miles Wigfield
  • Newsletter Editor ~ Liz Adams
  • Membership Secretary ~ Christabel Hardacre
  • Website Manager ~ Phil Treble
  • Ex-officio ~ Paul Nash

Any Other Business

The Chairman stifled any attempts to introduce any other business to the meeting.

[At a juncture of the proceedings that was notable for its timing being clearly before the Election of Officers, the Chairman was presented with a pork pie and a bottle of Islay Bunnahabhain malt whisky, as thanks from the Guild for his rôle as Wayzgoose Manager. He was suitably grateful.]