The award consists of the Frank Day Trophy and a Framed Certificate recording the winning of the Award together with a cash prize of £250.
The winner’s name and year of award will be engraved on the Trophy which will be displayed at various selected venues to promote the Blacksmiths’ craft and put the winner’s names before the public. This unique masterpiece of Blacksmithing was designed by Guild member and WCB Gold Medal Winner Robert Hobbs FWCB. It is held in the safe keeping of the Guild.
The winner will keep the Framed Certificate using it to promote their skills as they see fit. The Guild can arrange for the winner to have publicity photos taken with the Trophy for inclusion in their portfolio.
Conditions of entry
Entry is open to all eligible candidates whether or not they are Guild members
Candidates must have 3 years or less training or experience in Blacksmithing
Entry is free and candidates may enter more than one item
The candidates name to be printed inside an unmarked envelope and securely attached to each item
Entries will be judged using NBCC guidelines at the Guild’s AGM by a panel of 3 judges who are Committee members. In the event of a tie the Master of the Guild shall make the final decision
The Audrey Paull Perpetual Trophy
The Audrey Paull trophy for ‘unsung heroes’ of the Guild may be awarded on the recommendation of the Master and approved by Audrey Paull. The Trophy is forged in bronze by Guild member Lu Back and may be awarded to a member or non-member who has provided exceptional service to the Guild.
The Trophy is presented at the Guild’s Annual General Meeting and may be loaned to the recipient for a period of 12 months but is retained by the Guild.
Past Winners Include:
2015 Merv Allen
2013 to Brian and Jason Hill for “rescuing the Royal Cornwall show”.
2012 to Giles Cowley for stepping into the breach with the Craft shows
2011 to Lu Beck , just before his 100th birthday
2006 to Irene Bellamy for the background work and dedication she had applied over the years
2003 to Matt Conlon
The Richard Jones Bursary
The Richard Jones Bursary Award of £200 will be made to any ‘UP AND COMING’ smith who in the opinion of the Guild Committee, best describes how the money would be of benefit in furthering their blacksmithing career.
Applicants must submit the application form by 31st August 2018 latest and the successful candidate will be decided at the Guild AGM in October.
The winning applicant is required to provide the Guild with a written or verbal account of how the money was spent within twelve months of the award.
RICHARD JONES (FWCB)
20th May 1962 – 8th June 2017
Richard was a long serving Blacksmiths Guild Committee member and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. His skill and dedication to our ancient craft is legendary and he is rightly held in the highest esteem by those with whom he came into contact.
Richard’s work was of the highest quality and his commitment was demonstrated by winning the WCB National Live Competition a record number of times.
His untimely demise is a tragic loss to the blacksmithing community, but his name is written large in the annals of British blacksmithing.
The Blacksmiths Guild is proud to award the bursary in his name.
An application form for the bursary can be downloaded here.