Forging links with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

Kingston Maurward College is delighted to announce that one of its dedicated team of blacksmiths – Brian Hill – has received an award with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB), after an intense assessment process culminating in him becoming an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London. This is an extremely high accolade and one that blacksmiths ultimately aim to achieve.

Blacksmith colleague – and fellow Associate of the WCB – Simon Grant-Jones, said: “Brian is a modest man and didn’t want me to boast on his behalf, but he has given a lifetime of service to our trade and this is a much deserved award. He is dedicated to teaching and our students, and this is partly in recognition of his hard work.”

Simon managed to persuade Brian to apply for the award despite Brian’s protests that that he had left it too late in life to warrant a WCB award. The award was achieved entirely on his own merits with a workshop visit by an independent assessor who scrutinised his portfolio, and then further debate and approval by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths’ Craft Committee, followed by final approval by the Wardens’ Court. Brian will have his award presented to him at a ceremony in London in October, with Simon firmly in place to cheer him on.

Brian said: “I am very pleased and delighted to have received a Diploma of Merit from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, and also to have received the award while being employed at Kingston Maurward College.

“I am privileged to have been given the opportunity of working here and also to work alongside Simon Grant- Jones and other dedicated and professional staff within and outside our department, to whom I am most grateful.”

Brian Hill forging success with his Welding, Fabrication and Blacksmithing students.

With over a million people working in this industry, there are many employment opportunities for skilled blacksmiths and welders including farriers, sheet metal workers, toolmakers and foundry workers.

Kingston Maurward College will be holding an exclusive event on Friday 12th June showcasing its Blacksmiths forge and welding facilities to the local industry – with a view to forging links with relevant local employers and creating professional relationships for the future.

Guests will include representatives from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, local dignitaries, Kingston Maurward College Principal Clare Davison and students, plus resident blacksmiths Simon Grant Jones, Brian Hill and Rob Fielding. Visitors will be given a tour of the workshops, listen to an address by Clare Davison, and treated to lunch in the main house. Those interested should register for this exciting event at: www.kmc.ac.uk/forginglinks

L-R: Welding Fabrication and Blacksmithing students Ross Milum and Ben Dopson who have studied with Brian since they were in Year 8 at Buckler’s Mead School in Yeovil. Encouraged by Brian, both students then followed him to Kingston Maurward to embark on the Level 1 Diploma course once they left school.

 

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