Greetings from the President.

Update on the November meeting. Tuesday 24TH November.

A delightful day aided by the combination of fine but overcast weathers, mask restrictions lifted  for outdoors, lovely entries for the competition, ( more about that soon) and a celebration of  zeros. Indeed all the way to the meeting on the radio the commentary was on zero new cases, zero active cases, zero people in hospital, zero community transmissions. Indeed  a day of celebration.  At the meeting we toasted to the zero day, with a warm sense of fellowship.   

I was struck by the thought ( not necessarily the opinions of the Guild as a whole)  that there was another day of zero which I think is more important. That was the day for which  our dating system was changed to recognize its importance, even allowing for the poor mathematicians who messed up the change of callenders.  A new zero day, which we celebrate as Christmas. The date systems of the world were reset to declare that day. And we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the promised one  who arrived in year one , 2020 years ago.

I hope that this years 2020 the Covid year will have allowed you some time to contemplate  what that might mean, and to also celebrate in a new way the value of family and freedom. 

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable time this Christmas Celebration Season.

 Your President Jim Finger.



The venue is Price park, Lyon St, Viewbank, at 6pm. Bring a picnic meal, and a mask,  barbeques are available if you want to cook, we will provide drinks, disposable cups,  and ice. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your attendance so we can be sure we have sufficient. Visitors are welcome.

 The feature of the evening is the presentation of the entries to the Inaugural John Willis Bookbinding Challenge, with our set text being “With apologies to Woolnough” by Robert McLaren. Debra Parry will be the adjudicator for the award.

 In addition, some bookbinding materials will be available for sale, along with some books donated by the estate of Maurice Betteridge, soon to be listed on the Guild Website.

If you have a special project you have been working on and would like to share that work, please bring it along, and also any book clinic  items for discussion.


It will be a pleasure to see you all  (we can take off our masks when eating) and enjoy fellowship as we share our love of the book.

My regards,

                          Jim Finger President