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Smithy's success; JOBS.

IAN PARMENTER, Warwickshire College's blacksmithing tutor, has been awarded the Diploma of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, an organisation that has existed for over 700 years.

Ian is now entitled to use the letters AWCB after his name, which stand for 'Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths'.

In order to gain this prestigious award and status, candidates need to have extensive experience in all areas of blacksmithing including general, decorative, traditional and contemporary styles, including repousse work.

In order to gain the award, Ian submitted a portfolio of work that was assessed by well-known smiths Hector Cole and Robert Hobbs, who are Silver Medallists of the Company.

Ian, who teaches at the college's Moreton Morrell centre: "I am delighted and honoured to receive this award, which is recognised and respected throughout the smithing world. It signifies that the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths has recognised me as an accomplished blacksmith."

The college's Moreton Morrell Centre houses one of the largest collections of books on blacksmithing and ironwork in the country accessible to the general public.

Presented to the college in July 2003 by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, the library comprises 219 books on iron work as far back as Roman times.

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DIPLOMA OF MERIT: Pictured are (left) John Smith, chairman of The Company's craft committee; Peter Rayner, past prime warden & The Company's honorary archivist; Peter Husband, dean of land-based studies at Warwickshire College; Christopher Jeal, clerk to The Company; Pippa Francis, equine programme area manager at Warwickshire College; Ralph Gabriel, past prime warden; Barry Graham, prime warden; and Ian Parmenter, blacksmithing tutor at Warwickshire College.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 8, 2004
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