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A date with Pat

Goodbye to long-time National Calendar Awards organiser


THE funeral of Pat Batley, who ran the National Calendar Awards for many years, has been held in Surrey.

Pat, also known as Barnes-Harman, was a Freeman of the City Of London – she’s pictured during the ceremony where she drove sheep over London Bridge – and a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company Of Stationers And Newspaper Makers.
Her funeral was held on Thursday, May 10, in a packed chapel at the Kingston-Upon-Thames crematorium following her death in April at the age of 89, and attended by NCA stalwarts Nigel Green, of Eight Days A Week, Michael Rose, of Rose Calendars, and Danilo’s MD Daniel Prince, who worked with Pat running the awards until last year.
Daniel said: “Pat will be sadly missed, and was a real character, very strong willed and it was her determination and focus that kept the National Calendar Awards running for over 50 years. Even when she became ill, she still wanted to make sure everything was perfect.”
Founded as the National Business Calendar Awards in 1964, Pat managed the event for many years, with the presentations first held at the London College Of Printing then later at Stationers’ Hall, attracting well-known speakers including Patrick Moor, Geoffrey Archer, David Shepherd, Bernard Ingham, Sharron Davies, and Janet Street-Porter.
Julian Royle, formerly MD of Royle Printers, worked with Pat and said: “One challenge she successfully handled was the emphasis from promoting a dominance of calendars advertising industrial services, which often featured the female nude, to those which appealed to financial and business services where cultural and ecological themes were promoted.
“Student entries to the competition were often remarkably inventive inspiring radical innovation in design by the industry. Pat was able to encourage designers and printers to enter the annual competition which soon became a major event.”
Pat is also pictured with Helen Esmonde, past Master of the Stationers, and the Warwick Rowers who have won numerous awards for their naked charity calendar.

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