The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths has announced that four fortunate Kingston Maurward College Welding, Fabrication and Blacksmithing students will benefit from its bursaries this year, with a combined value of over two thousand pounds.
Kyle Hancock, Ben Dopson, Dafydd Llewellyn-Jones and Millie Gilpin are currently studying towards their Level 2 Diploma; at the end of the course Millie plans to start her own business while the others hope to continue on to the College’s Level 3 Blacksmithing and Metalwork qualification.
The students plan to use the bursaries for materials and equipment relevant to their course, which will be proposed for approval by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
Kyle said on behalf of the students: “These bursaries will help with residential costs, tools and resources – I want to go on to the Level 3 course in September, so this will help immensely. We would all like to say thank you to the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.”
Mr Martin Heath, Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, said “We have very strong links with the College through blacksmith Simon Grant-Jones. We were particularly impressed with the submissions from Millie Gilpin and Dafydd Llewellyn-Jones and would like to highlight their connections with the travelling community and Service veterans respectively.
The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, established in 1299 and incorporated under charter by Queen Elizabeth 1st in April 1571, is an ancient craft guild based in the City of London. It is proud of its heritage in regulating the craft of the smith and continues to foster the craft and skill of working smiths into the 21st Century.
For more information about the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths go to: blacksmithscompany.org/