NBCC results 2015

The NBCC results for 2015 where officially signed off yesterday, so that means we have our Show champions for this year.

Here’s the link to the Results page 2015

The NBCC Championship (run by the NBCC Committee under the wing of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths) is a separate Competition to the individual regional/County Shows. This national Competition takes the Show Champions and Reserve winners from the Static Competition and Live Forging Competition from all of the ten regional Competitions and compiles them to make overall Champions for the two disciplines. The winners get additional awards, prize money and are invited to the WCOB prize ceremony in the City of London to receive their awards

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Kieth Mahoney, Champion Blacksmith

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Richard Jones, Live Forging Champion

This year’s Champion Blacksmith was Keith Mahoney (Wiltshire) with his Iron Casket and Remuna Picard (Kent) was awarded Reserve Champion with his Fire Screen. The Live Forging Champion was won by Richard Jones (Somerset) gaining three wins and two reserve places, Reserve Champion was Simon Hall (Devon) with two wins and two reserve places.

Here’s the link to the Results page 2015

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Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competition 2015 Results

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Live forging at the Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions 2015

This years E&O Show results have been sent of to the NBCC Competition Committee so here’s the link to the web page Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competition 2015 Results

Its was a great Show as always, but there’s no Competition without Competitors, so on behalf of the Show Committee thanks again to all who took part and we hope to see you same place same time next year.

Edenbridge & Oxted Show 2015

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Richard & Ben Bradshaw forging and ultimate winners of the 45 minute Pairs competition

This year’s Show is over and as usual it was a fantastic two days of competition, socializing and friendship. Congratulations to the winners… And more importantly thanks to all the Smiths who weren’t. There’s no Competition without Competitors and we appreciate their hard work and commitment, but as the regulars to the Show know, socializing and banter is the main reason we all turn up every year. With that said, well done to the guys and girls who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend and competed, whether it was for tin cups, cash, a rosette or two or just to prove to themselves that they can do it (the most important win of all in my book!).

2015 shining stars were Remuna Picard with a beautiful, traditionally made fire screen, Richard Bradshaw’s contemporary designed helix Sommelier’s table, West Country Smith Brian Hill’s figurine and an amazing forged flower by Matt Garton in the 90 minute Live Forging Competition. Show newcomer Simon Hall from Devon, won the 20 minute Live Forging with a perfect ‘Wall Hook’ and father & son team Richard & Ben Bradshaw made the 45 minute pairs Live Forging look easy.

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The NBCC Static Champion was Remuna Picard with his fire screen and the Reserve Champion was Andrew Hall (Ash Ironworks, Devon) with a marvelous Damascus Sword. The NBCC Live Forging Champion was a relative newcomer to the Show and competition circuit, Matthew Garton who forged welded  an intricate stylised flower well within the 90 minute time limit. Yours truly (Nick Bates) won Reserve Champion with a speculative (& very lucky) design.
Detailed list of places will be posted on the E & O website shortly.

Thanks to the judges… Mr Paul Elliot FWCB, proprietor of ‘Hammer & Tongs’ Oxfordshire judged the Static classes and Mr Terrance Clark FWCB cast his wise and critical eye over the Live Classes. E & O Show prides itself on the quality and experience of its chosen Judges, and this year was no different, Terry gave an excellent (positive and constructive) critique of the Live Forging at the prize giving ceremony, with the added bonus of a ‘pitch’ regards to the ‘Ypres 2016′ event planned for June next year; Something we hope that the E & O Competitors and supporters will get involved in.

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Live Forging Classes judge Terry Clark announcing the Ypres 2016 event to the E&O Blacksmiths.

Further thanks are due to Mr Nigel Whitehead (current Prime Warden WCOB), the ‘Blacksmith’s friend’ Mr Hugh Adams, Mr Ron Denton, Sally Clark.
Thanks to the Sponsors for their continued support and the Show itself for its backing and help.

And finally Thanks to the Committee…. Eric & Jude Lamprell, Dave Harman, Richard & Becky Bradshaw (Ben & Katie too), Callow & Co..
There’s one more Competition Show on the NBCC circuit before we find out who is this years Champion Blacksmith and Live Forging Champion are. Dorset Show is the last show of the year and is held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September. After that, its slightly less than 8 months of practice and preparation before the new season of Competitions starting with the North Somerset Show on 2nd May 2016! (details at http://www.blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com as they become available)

In the meantime for your Competition ‘fix’ there is the annual St.Clements Day Forge In on 21 November 2015, National Trust’s Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW where there are always fun contests, including the infamous ‘snail race’.

That’s it for now. If you need more information about the shows, competitions or blacksmithing please check out the E&O Facebook page or the E&O website