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Dorset County

Chief steward:
Simon Grant-Jones
2. Puddledock Cottages
Sutton Poyntz
Dorset DT3 6LZ Tel 01305 833059


September 7th & 8th 2019

Schedules available from May 2018 from:
Dorset county show secretary,
Chief steward Simon Grant-Jones FWCB
Follow the links on this page

Judges for 2019: Mr Andrew Hall FWCB
Mr Brian Hill AWCB (probationary judge)

Stewards: Simon Grant-Jones FWCB LWCB (Chief steward)
Ron & Freya Long(judging stewards), Brian Collis, Colin Edwards-Jones, Rob Fielding, Brian & Jason Hill.Lyn Grant-Jones

Fire basket by Brian Collis

"Farmyard" Fire Irons
also by Brian

The Blacksmiths Guild
Provider of training
courses www.blacksmiths guild

Syd Blackmore Roofing
and leadwork
Tel 07966 172315

Cahill Fabrications
the saw mills
Units 5&6
Nr Sherborne
Tel 01300 345856

M.B Welding Supplies,
5 Albany Road
Tel 01305 780277

This is the last show of the circuit and is held at the Cokers Frome showground approximately 1/2mile from Dorchester town centre. The main sponsors are Dorchester agricultural society and the Blacksmiths Guild.

Schedule for 2019

Static competitions

Class 1: Any item produced using mainly traditional methods for indoor use
Class 2: Any item produced using mainly traditional methods for outdoor use
Class 3: Any Item of an artistic nature using any method of construction, with no limit on selling price

Live competitions

Class 4: Any saleable item produced on the showground in 30 minutes
Class 5: 1 Hr live: To produce " An item associated with the fire"

special prizes will be awarded for student entries at the judges discretion.

Competitors to supply their own material and tools. Forge anvil coal and vice will be provided.
No striker or extra clean up time allowed.

The Frank Day Trophy

Open to all Students/Apprentices and Blacksmiths with 3 years or less experience/training in the
Blacksmiths craft entering a piece in classes 1-3.
This competition will be run at the North Somerset and Dorchester County Shows this year as well as at
the Blacksmith Guild AGM. The winners from each Show and the AGM will be judged again to confirm an
overall winner.
The overall winner will be invited to receive the trophy at the worshipful Company of Blacksmiths Award
Lunch held in the City of London during October.
The award consists of the Frank Day Trophy on which the winners name will be engraved and a framed
certificate recording the winning of the trophy together with a cash prize £500. The Guild can arrange for
the winner to have publicity photos taken with the trophy for inclusion in their portfolio.
1) This highly respected trophy is open to all candidates whether they are Guild Members or not
2) Candidates must have 3 years or less training or experience in Blacksmithing
3) Entry to this class is free and candidates may enter more than one item
5) Candidates name to be printed inside an unmarked envelope and securely attached to each item
6) The winning entries will be judged again, using NBCC guidelines, at the guild’s AGM by a panel of
three judges. In the event of a tie, the master of the Guild will make the final decision

Organisations that have sponsored and contributed to the running
of the previous Dorset County show competition in 2018 have included:

Dorchester Agricultural Society
Syd Blackmore roofing
The Blacksmiths guild
The worshipful company of Blacksmiths
The Daniel Symonds & Mary Anne Pope trust

New sponsors are always welcome and will be mentioned on this webpage for 12 months after the show
If you would be interested in contributing to the show as a sponsor or by assisting on showdays please contact the chief steward through the link at the top of the page

One of only Ten shows in the country that qualify to compete to find the national champion blacksmith. Run by Simon Grant-Jones FWCB, LWCB with the backing and support from The Blacksmiths Guild and the Dorchester agricultural society, the competition will be into its fifteenth season at Cokers Frome in 2019.
Simon is a Licentiate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a committee member of the Blacksmiths Guild, and also sits on the National Blacksmiths competition committee. He will be pleased to advise on careers in Blacksmithing and Guild courses and can be contacted on the links at the top of the page.

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