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22nd October 2016
Anvil Trust Newsletter Oct 2016
The Mawnan Anvil Trust was created in 2002 with the
ambition of restoring the
then defunct Grade II listed Smithy to its former glory.
Within four years, £400,000 had been raised
from various sources and in October 2006
the Smithy was purchased for the village of Mawnan Smith.
The painstaking task of restoration and building,
culminated in the opening in
November 2007 of the ‘Mawnan Craft Centre’, comprised of the
Smithy plus three other work units.
The craft workers today are:
Blacksmith – Steven
Steven specialises in bespoke contemporary and traditional techniques
beautiful pieces of functional and decorative metalwork that will last
These include gates, railings, interior furnishings fireside, garden furniture,
ornaments, repairs and much more.
www.sawforge.co.uk 07885 445447
Signwriter – Sheila
Sheila produces high quality, hand painted, traditional signage for businesses,
boats, public houses and homes. She is also skilled in the art of gilding,
real gold leaf to create lettering on signs or glass.
www.signsofgoodtaste,com 01326 330200 or 07779 841156
Silversmith – Abigail
A member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Abigail specialises
producing distinctive silver vessels, bowls and jewellery. Her award-winning
features in the Victoria & Albert Museum and in exhibitions overseas.
She also teaches silversmith, jewellery and metalwork techniques.
www.abigailbrown.co.uk 07752 011212
Bespoke Furniture Maker – Peter Steele
Peter has always had a passion for working with wood. He creates wonderful
and unique pieces of furniture, from hand-made kitchens and traditional
sash windows to bookshelves, boxes and tables, working closely with the
to design and produce the exact piece they require.
www.O-A-K.co.uk 07527 254099
You are welcome to visit
the Craft Centre, watch the workers employ their skills
and chat to them about possible commissions.
Please note that craft workers
sometimes work away from the site. If you wish to
visit a specific workshop, please telephone them in advance.
On 30th July, the Craft Centre, bedecked in colourful
bunting, held its first ever Open Day, which was a great success in raising
awareness amongst locals and visitors alike. It also raised some vital
funds for ongoing maintenance and improvements. We anticipate this becoming
an annual event.
By supporting the workers and the Anvil Trust, you
will help to preserve these great traditions and make the Mawnan Craft
Centre an asset for future generations.
The Mawnan Anvil Trust
Company Registration: 4505128. Charity Registration: 1099398
Trustees: Mr Allan Evans (Chairman), Mr David Morgan
Mr Ian Martin (Company Secretary) Mr Ian Newman (Treasurer),
Ms Sylvia King (Minutes Secretary), Cllr Rex Sadler MBE, Ms Kate Hellyar,
Mr Martin Tremayne, Mr Alan Tully.
7th October 2009
Uncle Joe's seat
(in front of the
Joe Ould was a road man for the village
and lived in Ivy Cottage.
He spent a lot of time sitting on a make-do seat in the hedge of what
was then a farmyard in the centre of the village
In 1950's he was nicknamed "Uncle Joe" and
Keith Penrose made the first bench seat as such in the 1960's.
Later in the 1970's, after Uncle Joe's death, the present seat (with a
suitable plaque) was constructed and was secured by the late David (DICKIE)
Dyer who did a great deal for the revival of the village hall when it
danger of closing, and was employed by the late Ben Spike, who developed
Castle View Park.
The latest seat has been made by John (JOC) Wright
and bolted down in October 2009
Keith & Stephen Penrose, along with Parish
Councillor Rex Sadler test out the new seat
14th November 2007
of Anvil Trust
photos of opening ceremony
Each year at 11.00 am on the 11th November,
a short service of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the service
of their country takes place around the Millenium Cross, not a war memorial
as such, but an appropriate focal point for the village.
Photos courtesy of John Wright