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Students studying blacksmithing at Chichester College’s Brinsbury campus played a key role in creating an award-winning garden at this year’s rhS hampton Court palace Flower Show in July. The Macmillan legacy garden was one of two gardens to be awarded a gold medal by judges at this year’s show.

Working with television presenter and garden designer Ann-Marie powell, the students, under the guidance of their tutor Colm o’gallachoir, built the frame for a special ‘pod’ that was at the heart of the Macmillan legacy garden. It was covered in ferns and had a tree planted in a hole in the centre of the structure.

It was the first time students from the blacksmithing and farrier courses have worked on a project like the Macmillan legacy garden. When the structure was nearing completion the students received a visit from Ann-Marie and a BBC gardener’s World television crew who filmed the pod and interviewed the students.

Colm o’gallachoir said: ‘This was a very challenging project for the students and the timescale was very tight. The result is brilliant

and I am very proud of what we have achieved. Working with Ann-Marie on such a meaningful and prestigious project is such a fantastic opportunity for the students. To help Ann-Marie win a gold medal is the icing on the cake.’

garden designer Ann-Marie powell added: ‘I have been so impressed by the Brinsbury students and their tutors and it has been a pleasure working with them. We couldn’t have brought the design for the Macmillan legacy garden to life without their help. The pod is critical to the design and is at the heart of the garden – providing a place where people can come and reflect and find solace.’

A number of techniques were used to create the structure including cold bending, welding, weaving, forming and shaping.

There are a range of blacksmithing and access to farriery courses at the Brinsbury campus, as well as motor vehicle and motorcycle maintenance and repair, engineering, dog grooming, equine studies and animal management.

FunDeD TrAVellIng FelloWShIpS For CrAFTS AnD MAkerS

In 2016, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will invest £1.34 million in British citizens by awarding up to 150 travelling fellowships. This will directly support people who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their uk professions and communities, and society as a whole.

Travelling fellowships will be awarded in the crafts and makers category, and the application process is now open. The trust offers people a unique opportunity to be funded to travel overseas to meet others in the same specialism, in order to share ideas, innovations and, in some cases, to build upon skills that are dying out in the uk, in order to preserve their craft. It is collaborating with the heritage Crafts Association for the second year.

Anyone practising or supporting those working in the heritage Crafts, such as crafts people, members of a group, society or guild, and


anyone who cares about traditional craft skills, is encouraged to apply.

Amongst those travelling this year, in this category, is hugh Miller, a furniture designer and maker from liverpool. he will be travelling to Japan to explore the traditions and techniques of Japanese cabinetry. ruth Davey, a shoemaker from Machynlleth, will be travelling to Japan and Mexico to research the use of ancient traditions and craft in modern design and manufacture.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the commitment, the character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the uk, and upon their return work to transform and improve aspects of today’s society.

A travelling sabbatical for people with the drive, determination and desire to help others, can further their leadership and role model abilities.

Forge | August 2015

employees who are awarded fellowships bring great benefits to their employers, not only in terms of the beneficial impact of their personal development, but also with the advantage of their enhanced knowledge, new ideas and examples of best practise that they bring back to the organisation.

Applications are judged purely on project merit, and these opportunities are available to uk residents over the age of 18, of any ethnicity, religion, or gender. Successful applicants will receive an average Fellowship grant of over £6000, covering return airfare, daily living costs, insurance and travel within the countries being visited, for approximately six weeks overseas.

The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5pm on 22nd September 2015. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: 020 7799 1660

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