Anthony on Sunday, December 18th, 2016
A Christmas Message
As we rapidly approach Christmas, I would like to take the opportunity to wish our members and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are all working hard trying to get the last rush of work finished for the chance of catching up with both family and friends at Christmas.
It is sometimes difficult to take time out and wind down when we are in a production environment but it is always nice to say a big thank you to the staff, colleagues and customers who have worked hard and supported us all year.
It was a very nice break to enjoy a Carol Service on Tuesday 13th December at St Brides, London, this provided the opportunity to get together to celebrate this special time of the year. Many people were Christmas shopping in London and were enjoying the Christmas lights and window displays. The shops certainly appeared to be very busy! Not unlike our own profession, the sales and discounts were on offer to gather up as much of the available spending as possible.
We are having to adapt to the ever-changing world of print yet it is everywhere, especially at this time of year, with promotional signage, flyers and catalogues full of seasonal wares. It is nice to see such an abundance of print, showcasing what is still a very vibrant industry.
So as we say goodbye to 2016, I would like extend the wishes from the executive committee at APCOM to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year in 2017.
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The Annual Printers Christmas Carol Service 2016
It’s becoming a very welcome tradition that APCOM are represented at the Annual Printers Christmas Carol Service, which took place on the evening of 13th December 2016 at St Bride’s Church in London.
The event was once again collectively hosted by The British Printing Industries Federation, The Printing Charity, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers Company and Trade Union Unite.
Seasoned choristers Graham and Mark (no pun intended) where joined this year by Mike and Shelley Jacques, joining the congregation in seasonal songs and verse, accompanied by many familiar friends and faces from all sectors of the print industry. Everyone was in fine voice, even Mike. The service was followed by some very welcome hot mulled wine and juicy mince pies. Sing up Shelley…
St Bride’s church, just around the corner from Fleet Street, has a close affinity with print, being regarded as the industry’s spiritual home for over 300 years. The St Bride Foundation is located next door and is well known to APCOM. Being steeped in history and tradition, both the church and foundation are well worth a visit when you are next in London. Better still, look out for next year’s Carol Service.