Plaque unveiled in commemoration of craftsman and benefactor

A plaque has been unveiled at Kingston Maurward College to commemorate the generous donation of woodworking equipment in memory of local man Colin Grove.

Plaque unveiling, Kingston Maurward College, construction courses

L-R: Janet Biggs, Tutor Matt Old, Principal Clare Davison, Workshop Manager George Pryor, Students Zak Charman, Jane Palmer and Connor McDermott with the Felder combination woodworking machine

The large scale equipment comprises a Felder combination woodworking machine, Felder fully ducted fume/dust extraction system, and a Felder industrial band saw system.

Colin, a structural engineer by trade and talented woodworker, bought the equipment to craft a new kitchen when he and his wife, Janet, restored their eighteenth century manor house in Weymouth.

Janet decided to donate the equipment after Colin died as she wanted the equipment to benefit Kingston Maurward’s construction students – the craftsmen and women of the future.

Level 2 construction student Connor McDermott said: “It’s fantastic to have industry standard equipment that is actually used on site. This saw is substantially more powerful than the equipment we were using previously so we can learn vital new skills – we are very grateful for it.”

Kingston Maurward college construction students

Janet Biggs with the plaque commemorating her husband Colin Grove

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