National Blacksmiths Competition

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North Somerset

For schedules and show information contact:
Mr Tim Ledbury
Secretary, North Somerset Show
4, Yeowood farm
Iwood Lane
BS40 5NU

Tel: 08456-342464
Box Office: 01749-813899


Hosts the first heat of the National Blacksmiths Competition at the North Somerset Show
Bank holiday Monday, 6th May 2019
Wraxall (on the B3130) near Bristol

Judge for 2019
Merv Allen FWCB

The North Somerset Show-
the South West's first agricultural show of the season

The North Somerset Show is on the first bank holiday Monday in May at Wraxall (on the B3130) near Bristol. There is always plenty to see and do for all the family at this friendly local event.
The show is delighted to be one of the Ten qualifying agricultural shows to host the National Blacksmiths Competition and we are pleased to be able to promote the traditional craft of the Blacksmith. Live competitions will be taking place during the day and, along with the static displays, this is a very important part of the show. Visitors to the North Somerset Show can take part in the visitors vote, this is your chance to pick the exhibit that you think is the best.
Also on offer at the show are tractor pulling competitions, terrier racing, heavy horses, showjumping and many other demonstrations. The Severnside Dog agility club will hold day-long competitions. The County's top livestock and horse exhibits will compete for their awards in the showing rings and elsewhere there are vintage tractors and farm machinery, have-a-go archery, rural crafts, childrens entertainments, shopping amongst the trade stands and food hall-and much more!


Class 1 An item of indoor ironwork

Class 2 An item of outdoor ironwork
Items for the above classes to be made in the competitors own workshop

Class 3 Artistic

There is also a visitors vote for the most popular piece

Live forging event:
An item based on the old Folk song "Svmer is Icumin in"in 90mins, full details on schedule available from the show secretary, No cleaning 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

If you are interested in being a show sponsor,
or helping on Show day,
please contact the chief steward on the link below

Chief steward
Mr Keith Mahoney FWCB
The Pound
Bromham Chippenham
Wiltshire SN15 2HF

Show opens at 8.30 am
Advance-save up to 30%
(last bookings Wednesday 25th April)
Call the box office or visit the website for 2017 prices

Children under 5 are free
Car parking is free
Follow blue signs to showground
Disabled parking in the forward car parks
Subject to availability( please display blue badge clearly)
Mobility hire is available
Dogs are welcome on non retractable leads

2009 reserve champion piece
by Keith Mahoney

We are grateful to the following organisations for sponsoring the 2017 Blacksmiths competition

Mr Keith Mahoney

The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

The Blacksmiths Guild

Dragon Works Forge

Rudrums Coal

The North Somerset show Blacksmiths competition
had been run by Richard Jones FWCB since the show moved to its permanent showground at Wraxall up until 2017 when Richard sadly died. Keith Mahoney FWCB Blacksmith from Chippenham Wiltshire has now taken over the running of the show both to continue Richards legacy and maintain the show's position as a qualifying heat for the National Blacksmiths Competition.

Reserve Champion static piece 2010
horse sculpture by Josh De Lisle

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