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Uri Gella Spoon Appeal

 

The British Ironwork Centre here in Oswestry Shropshire has been challenged to create a monstrous gorilla statue from old spoons.Uri Geller famous TV personality and illusionist has asked the Ironwork Centre to create a monstrous gorilla sculpture from a mixture of iron & spoons collected from schools around the country.Tickets will be available for the unveiling on the 17th May 2014 at the British Ironwork Centre open day, whereby Uri will officially reveal the sculpture for the nation’s media crews. Tickets will be provided to reward the most successful collections, as well as rewarding schools and community groups involved, every effort will be made to provide the warmest welcome.

How to send in your spoons

If you would like to donate spoons for Uri’s gorilla, please either post them to us, or visit us and deposit in our spoon bank! British Ironwork Centre Travelling Spoon Bank lorry. Official Spoon banks are available and enquiries are directed to our Spoon appeal manager Miss Amanda Fitton.

Community Benefits

• You will witness something wonderful, created from house hold unwanted spoons. • Spreading & enforcing the importance of recycling & protecting our environment. • Using this creation to reinvigorate enthusiasm in art & design, a great vehicle for school art departments & artists alike.

Media / Photo Opportunities / Interviews

If you’d like any support in arranging photography, quotes or personalised interviews please contact our press office on 01691 610952 – or email Joanne Jones at info@britishironworkcentre.co.uk . Both the Managing Director of the British Ironwork Centre Clive Knowles & Sculptor Alfie Bradley are available for Interviews or Comments. Uri Geller can be contacted via Twitter @gelleruri or via Facebook /uri.geller.7

Gracie gifted her very own Gold post Box

Gracie's Post Box challenge for Hope House
"Thank you so much for the wonderful gold post box, we had a lovely time visiting today"
Donna Hesbrook

Dance Therapy woodland enchanted by local Ironwork Centre

The Woods Hills & Track Scheme is a registered charity that endeavours to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to explore our beautiful countryside unhindered. The Site offers rural access to those with all types of disabilities as well as providing dance therapy and movement challenges. The British Ironwork Centre have donated one of their elegant Victorian lamp posts for this wonderful charity to use within their woodland. The lamp post took centre stage at the charity’s enchanting Narnia evening on the 19th September.

Ben Knowles from BIC has said: “When the group approached us we were more than happy to help, it’s an exciting and fascinating project & all for a great cause. We would like to encourage any community groups & organisations wishing for help or support to contact us, to see how we can help.” If you wish to learn more about the centre you should visit: www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk

Janet Randell, Founder/Chairman of Woods, Hills and Tracks, and International Choreographer, Animator has said: “The support provided by the British Ironwork centre is incredibly generous, It has always been a dream of mine to have a Narnia lamp post in our woods, which has been planted by the disabled users, The group were entranced by the lamp post in the woods and by the magical Mr Tumnus, a character from Narnia, who led everyone round the wheelchair access and down to the lamp post in the heart of the woods.”

Anyone wishing to learn more about the charity should visit: www.woods-hills-tracks.com

In photo from left:
Ben Knowles – Operations director – British ironwork Centre
Mr Tumnus – played by Cazz Jones – Performing arts – Woods, Hills & Tracks
Simone Roberts - Graphics Department - Woods, Hills & Tracks
Janet Randell - Founder/Chairman - Woods, Hills & Tracks

 

The Hope House Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British Ironwork Centre have designed a Garden especially for HOPE HOUSE, creator Emma Parry said , it is an inspiring challenge , to create a children’s fun themed garden. All the proceeds from the Garden will be entirely donated to the Hospice.

The garden will be signed and labeled, to clearly announce to all visitors, that this garden is purely charitable. It’s hoped that all visitors to the Centre will appreciate the colourful and vibrant display. The inspiration followed a Hope house visit, challenging the staff at the Centre, to join the Hope House lake Vyrnwy cycle challenge ( This Sunday 11th )

Managing Director Clive Knowles said, it’s a privilege to support the Hospice and we hope to increase our efforts during the course of the Year, with further initiatives to raise much needed funds.

Director of Fundraising, Simi Epstein, was delighted to visit and to accept the Centres kind offer of support, saying The British Ironworks is a truly generous corporate partner, a real asset to the Community.

Click here to see our Hope House Garden Online!

 

Ironworks Inspires Fashion Design

 

 

 

 

 

A Shropshire Fabric Designer, Hazel McNab travelled to the Ironworks in Aston, Oswestry, to find inspiration for her ball gown dresses, the outcome was incredibly surprising, Hazel found lots of highly ornate filigree metal panels, within the most stunning pavilions & Gazebos on show,

Just at midday with the sun high in the sky, hazel took pain staking pictures that showed the metal work in relief, using both the metal & its shadows cast by the sun to inspire her unique design.

Seen in the photo, Hazel (Designer) modelling her own fabric, will create wonderful ball gown dresses for competitions nationwide using her latest creation.

British Ironwork Centre Managing director said: “We were very surprised by hazel’s imagination & creativity , hazel has promised to help with possible table or seat covers, for our future planned ranges, a really individual inspired addition to what we offer now.”

Shropshire is full of creative talent; we hope to provide a fabulous platform for Shropshire artists & craftspeople to highlight the talent in the county.

 

 

Shropshire Company offers Inspiration to a centre of excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British ironwork centre have just completed their sponsorship of a student of excellence in blacksmithing. The Centre was approached to help judge a collection of exhibits at Hereford School of Blacksmithing Hereford from the best students involved in blacksmithing.

All the students were invited to submit pieces for judging and the finest student was to receive a cheque presentation. Judges and specialists within the industry were gathered, to examine and deliberate over all the exhibits that numbered in access of 40.

Managing Director Clive Knowles from The British Ironworks in Oswestry said, it was a near impossible task, all the entries were fabulous, so many students with great prospects, it’s exciting to see , what great innervations’ come from these students in the future.

Present at the same event, the BABA annual general meeting ( The British Artists Blacksmiths Association ) with over 50 blacksmiths from all over the country , it was truly a memorable evening.

Present in the Photograph, Clive Knowles MD for the British Ironworks Centre and Sam Pearce Student of excellence, being awarded with his Cheque and applauded by the BABA members

 

 

 

British Ironwork Centre raises money for Hope House & Severn Hospice

 

 

 

 

Community Champions Forge alliance with Maesbury metals +++

Maesbury metals is a local authority workshop based in Oswestry, providing training support & welfare for adults with learning disability’s within the community, the workshop produces a wide range of bespoke metal products.

They have formed a unique alliance with the British Ironwork centre, as Community Champions BIC have pledged support and resources in aiding Maesbury metals to participate in the Oswestry Safari trail.

The Manager Mr Peter Humber bought a large party of service users to BIC to see the centre and the incredible range of decorative metalwork on display.

Many of the members are incredibly passionate about what they do and their involvement with Maesbury metals, Pete Phillips, workshop member said, “Without Maesbury Metals we wouldn’t have learnt so much.”

Gavin Rhyn, workshop member had added “We make friends not just products”.

 

 

 

Mr Pete Humber (Workshop Manager) was quoted as saying, “The support provided by the British Ironwork centre is incredibly generous and we hope to use our skills here at the Maesbury metals workshop to enhance the Oswestry Safari trail.”

Mr Clive Knowles Managing Director of BIC said:, “This community spirit is growing stronger , the more we all discuss our aims and ambitions. The Centre on Maesbury industrial estate is an enormous credit to the town and county and I feel quite humbled by the work they all do , in helping there workforce become more confident and independent.”

Any community groups or organisations wishing to help or support the Oswestry Safari trail or have any other worthwhile community projects needing assistance, BIC are keen to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

Business Supports Staff Fulfilment and personal development

 

Whilst in recession , many companies pulled ( trimmed ) back there funding for additional external and internal training, however now the economy picking up , although be it slowly, British Ironwork Centre are spear heading investment in young staff members , living in or near Oswestry.

With Courses and apprenticeships ranging from Welding or plasma cutting , to customer service and Business admin, it’s all part of ensuring that all staff at British Ironwork Centre feel greater fulfilment and personal development.

Managing Director Clive Knowles says “happy staff are an excellent investment”

In photo:

From back left:
Jamie Brownfield: Training - Customer Service Course
Ben Knowles: Company Operations director
Neil Grieve: Training - Management Level 3 Course
Bobbie Phillips: Training - Warehouse and Packing Course
David Jones: Training - Team Leading Course

Front from left:
Helen Lloyd: Business and Administration Course
Chris Fletcher: Matrix Training Assessor/Tutor
Matt Oliver: Mig Welding Course
Rachel Wildman: Business and Administration Course

 

The West Felton Carnival is a fabulous event held annually, bringing together local people of the area for a wonderful, fun filled day out.

This year the team at The British Ironwork Centre were delighted to take part with a float like no other. Painstaking hours were spent on the organisation and decoration of this entirely unique creation. Adorned with cargo nets and our very own collection of safari animals, simply every detail had been taken care of.

The float was equipped with a sound system and music befitting of this fearsome beast and on the glorious Sunday morning King Kong was let loose. The carnival was launched with the charming tradition of the King and Queen of the fete, followed diligently by their attendants.

 

 

With King and Queen leading the grand procession of hand crafted floats, the day was filled with a real sense of community spirit. A parade of brightly coloured and enchantingly decorative floats proceeded through the village, entertaining visitors of all ages, hoping to win.

The British Ironwork Centre came in second place, we were so pleased to even place with this being our first year at the carnival, everyone at the Centre was over the moon.

It was a fantastic day for everyone involved celebrating the talents and accomplishments of our area.

 

 

A stunningly, life-sized, steel sculpture of the magnificent rhinoceros, has recently been installed at the Derwen College in Oswestry, in a bid to entice more visitors. The College, a real flagship of excellence, specializes in the teaching and education of people affected by a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

The Rhino arrived courtesy of the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry, who were approached by the college, in response to hearing of the Oswestry’s Urban Safari Trail.Mr Clive Knowles, managing director of the BIC, said: “although, strictly speaking the Derwen College was outside the areas involved in the trail, the college was such an amazing place, offering life changing support and education, to its many students, we feel it was a more than worthy candidate for help and Support.”Mr Andrew Smith, Assistant principle at the Derwen College added: “Community involvement is extremely important to all of us at Derwen College.

We hope the safari trail brings many new visitors into the commercial areas of the campus so that local people and tourists can gain a greater awareness of the work our students do. It’s been an absolute pleasure to establish this link between The British Ironwork Centre and the College and we hope we can continue to develop a long term partnership between our two organisations.”

In Photo from Left:
Rachel Mulkern –Derwen College Student
Tamara Hijazi –Derwen College Student
Sophie Parsons –Derwen College Student
Hayley May –Derwen College Student
Rhydian Williams –Derwen College Student
Clive Knowles– Managing Director, British Ironwork Centre
Andrew Smith - Assistant Principal, Derwen College

Community champions score a Hole in one!

 

British Ironwork Centre are supporting Oswestry Golf club, with a wonderful pavilion, installed on the 7thhole next to the club house.Oswestry golf club approached the British Ironwork Centre for help with there forthcoming captains day event & have as a result received a most generous reception. BIC have installed a long term structure, one of their finest architectural follies, which greets all visitors and can be seen on entering the club & from all the grounds overlooking the beautiful manicured greens.

Not stopping there the British Ironwork Centre has also provided 4 period benches, reminiscant of the Victorian era, all now sited on the outdoor terrace. Colin Spicer Chairman of development has said “The club have been delighted with the support & will continue to make Oswestry Golf Club the best of its kind in the Country.”

Clive knowles MD of BIC has said: “We are delighted to be involved & will continue our campaign of supporting Oswestry in whatever way we can” BIC would like to invite all community groups & organisations to get in touch.

In photo: Left to right:
Richard Evans – Professional Golfer
Neil Wilson – Chairman, Oswestry Golf Club
Ben Knowles– operations director, British Ironwork centre
Bill Ferris – Captain, Oswestry Golf Club
Colin Spicer – Chairman of development, Oswestry Golf Club

Giant Jubilee Crown Towns Crowning Glory

Oswestry Town Park has celebrated the queen’s diamond jubilee year with the installation of a 6FT high wrought iron crown, to honour 60 years of her majesty's reign. The 6ft creation has been donated & designed by the British ironwork centre, Oswestry.Mr Clive knowles Managing director of the ironwork centre is spearheading a campaign to rally all local Oswestry businesses to contribute & help the town, saying:“Our town needs all of its commercial and public organisations to support its development, Oswestry will thrive if we all share in its welfare & prosperity”“Its our town, we all need to do more!”Special thanks needs to be given to Betty Gull for her inspiration & Glenys Davies who has managed the whole project.

From left to right:Mr Clive Knowles- Managing Director of the British Ironwork Centre Jim Thompson - Managing Director of P&W Mr Chris Schofield -OswestryTownMayor Betty Gull - Chairman of Oswestry Borderland Tourism

Crowning Glory - British Ironwork Centre

The Eagle Has Landed

It has been placed at the site of St Oswald’s Well, next to the school, on Oswald’s well Lane. T G Griffiths kindly supplied the Ready Mix concrete, whilst Digger rentals then lifted and sited the huge bird using their Teleporter. Engraving Plus of Oswestry then kindly engraved the plaque, with a fitting inscription to the memory of King Oswald the Christian King who bravely fought in the battle of Masefield in 642AD.

King Oswald, who was defeated in battle, supposedly had one of his arms taken by a huge eagle, who took it to a nearby tree where it fell to the ground and was said to have caused a natural spring to form. Local Sculptor, Jeremy Schrecker, has carefully crafted a mans arm which has been fitted into a specially created gauntlet to represent the arm of King Oswald.

Mr Douglas Robb, Head of Oswestry School, representing the students, says “I am delighted we can be involved in the Safari trail, The eagle highlights the history of Oswestry, And I am astonished by the Generosity & kindness from the British Ironwork Centre to help our town!”.

Mr Clive Knowles, Managing director of the British Ironworks Centre, said “I am both surprised and delighted at the response for help and donations from local business owners. It has been most inspiring”.

Mr Vince Hunt Councillor said “I am so pleased the eagle has been installed, this will be the anchor for the safari trail, St Oswald’s well is a Forgotten place & hopefully this will encourage far more visitors.”

Hereford Course of blacksmithing excellence is represented here by two second year students, Mr James Osborne & Mr Alex sellers, currently undergoing work experience at the British iron work centre. It is hoped that this coming together of the British Ironworks centre, with local schools, town Councillors and local artists, sculptors, and businesses will help to promote a great sense of pride in the community, and give a healthy, much needed boost to local tourism trade.

The British Ironworks centre would like to hear from any artisans, ground workers or historians that would like to contribute time, resources or advice, in preparing any of the projects being proposed.

The Eagle Has Landed

King Kong invades the Marches!

Staff at The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry joined with The Marches School as one of the first sites in Oswestry to adopt a giant metal sculpture. As part of the Oswestry Urban Safari Trail the sculpture – an awesomely impressive Gorilla – will grace the front of the school visible by visitors and passers-by alike.

Shropshire’s largest secondary school adopted the majestic Gorilla sculpture as part of a unique project to increase footfall and tourism in and around the Oswestry area. The 7ft Gorilla will take pride of place on the front lawn, within the school grounds, creating a dramatic and theatrical entrance for students, staff, parents, residents and visitors to the Oswestry area.

Ben Knowles from the British Ironwork Centre commented, “The Marches have been quick off the mark, in being one of the first to unveil a major sculpture within the Oswestry Safari Trail. The staff and pupils at both The Marches and the British Ironwork Centre are very excited to see the reactions of passes by and to be part of the first project of its kind in the country

Sarah Longville, Headteacher at The Marches School commented, “We are delighted to be supporting the Oswestry Safari Trail and providing a home for this wonderful Gorilla sculpture. I am sure our students will really enjoy getting involved with the trail and the animals around town will create a great talking point, for both residents and new visitors to Oswestry.

Robert Butler, a member of the staff at the British Ironwork Centre aiding the installation added, “It is an amazing piece of art and judging the faces of onlookers whilst installation was taking place, we are confident it will soon become a local spectacle!

Left to right – Sarah Longville, Ben Knowles, Vince Hunt and Martin Bennett.

Oswestry Safari Trail Gorilla at The Marches
Oswestry Safari Trail Gorilla at The Marches

The British Ironwork Centre has recently supplied The Marches School with a variety of props a project of theirs. The goal of their project is to fill the windows of the empty shops of Oswestry town centre.

Oswestry Window Display
Oswestry Window Display

Window-Display
Window Display in Oswestry Town Centre