Elsie Allchin celebrated her 100th birthday on 21 May with a party at Southwood Court in Basildon.
She worked at the Lamson Paragon Printing Works in Canning Town where she met her husband, Sidney, who went on to work for The Daily Express. They were very happily married for 66 years.
Elsie has one son, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She moved into Southwood Court, our sheltered home for people who have retired from the printing industry, 30 years ago. One of her proudest memories is of shaking hands with Prince Charles when he opened the rebuilt Southwood Court in 2001.
She says she owes her long life to always being busy and having lots of interests. She was a keen member of the Women’s Institute for many years, loves painting and has held an exhibition of her work, playing the piano, reading and, when she was younger, was a keen gardener.
We marked the 150th anniversary of the granting of our first Royal Charter with a reception held at St Bride Foundation on 12 May 2015. The event’s theme was looking to the future, building on the past.
Guests were taken on a walk through history with scenes presented by professional actors in ten of the Foundation’s rooms. The history snapshots included the charity’s founding in 1827 at the Kings Head Tavern, Poultry; a Festival dinner with a reading of an extract from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”; the signing of our first Royal Charter by Queen Victoria; the London Blitz; and the 1980s’ Wapping dispute.
An Adana Printing Press was set up at the reception so guests could print their own pledge of support for The Printing Charity whether it be encouraging people they know needing financial support to contact the charity, fundraising ideas or cash donations.
Jon Wright, our Chairman, explained: “Our Royal Charter sets out why we exist, what we can do, and the people we can help. Since our first Royal Charter, we’ve been granted a Supplemental Charter in 1972 and a second Royal Charter in 2014 enabling us to help more people, including young people who intend working in the industry.”
Stephen Gilbert, our Chief Executive, said: “We’re not going to disappear because we know there are people out there who need our help as much as they did in 1865 when our first Royal Charter was granted.”
Cash grants of up to £1,500 available to help pay any costs associated with relevant training courses for a career in printing, publishing or graphic arts.
A reminder from the sponsors of the annual Print Futures Awards – The Printing Charity, Unite the Union GPM Sector, The John Crosfield Foundation, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), and St Bride Foundation – that the closing date for applications is 29 May 2015.
These annual awards are for cash grants of up to £1,500 each to help people aged 16 to 30 years who are resident in the UK to help pay any costs associated with relevant training courses for a career in printing, publishing or graphic arts in the UK.
The sponsors are also seeking entries from people already working in those sectors in the UK who are looking for funding to help them undertake courses or training sessions to develop their skills in the workplace.
Interviews will be held in London on 15 and 16 June and the Awards will be presented on 23 July at a special event in London.
For more information, please contact Terry Ulrick, Awards Secretary, on 07850 105027, email email@example.com or see www.printfuturesawards.com where application forms can be downloaded.
Please email completed application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of Friday, 29 May 2015.