Competitions & Bursaries

Blacksmith Guild's Competition Information

The Frank Day Memorial Trophy

This award is open to anyone with 3 years or less blacksmithing experience.
The trophy is awarded to the best piece of work from the winners of the Frank Day Trophy competition class at the Dorchester and North Somerset Shows and any pieces submitted at the Guild AGM. The award is judged at the Guild AGM

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. This has been rolled over and will be £500 for 2019. The winner will be invited to the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths awards luncheon in London in October where they will be presented with the trophy.

The winner’s name and year of award will be engraved on the Trophy.

Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is open to all eligible candidates whether or not they are Guild members
  2. Candidates must have 3 years or less training or experience in Blacksmithing
  3. Entry is free and candidates may enter more than one item
  4. The candidates name to be printed inside an unmarked envelope and securely  attached to each item
  5. 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.

Audrey Paull Trophy


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 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. 


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.

All questions and requests for entry forms should be send to:

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