ECC Newsletter 2011/12

The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers
A Briefing from the Education and Charities Committee: June 2012

In 2011-12, we distributed over £65,000 to charities, education and enterprise activities, with the focus on organisations which have a direct link with the Company, the City of London and/or our Tin Plate and Wire Working trades. Here is a summary:

Fifty annual Grants and Prizes, from £100 to £3,500, go to a wide range of:

  • Educational awards at Universities, City and Guilds and schools.
  • Trade & Enterprise Awards, which recognise excellence in apprenticeships, materials science, packaging design, wire industry management and health and safety.
  • Charities, particularly those in the City/Central London or linked to the Company.

Our Annual Special Award of £10,000 helps make a difference for a mainly volunteer-run cause:

  • 2011-12: Gardening Leave Chelsea Garden, which provides horticultural therapy for ex-Service men and women in the safe setting of a walled garden at the Chelsea Hospital.
  • 2012-13: The Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice, an independent charity offering practical and emotional support , primarily for those without legal representation.

The Leslie Chamberlain Enterprise Award supports materials research. In 2011, we began a three year project with City University. We are contributing £12,000 per annum, plus our own project team’s expertise, to the development of a fibre optic monitoring system for low level underground nuclear waste storage which will be reliable into the future.

The Master’s Fund of £3,000 is distributed at the Master’s discretion. This year it has helped:

  • Rich Mix, which brings cinema, performing arts and music to East London.
  • Fine Cell Work, which builds prisoners’ self esteem through paid, creative needlework skills.
  • ABF, which supports former soldiers and their families in times of need.
  • National Memorial Arboretum, which commemorates and celebrates service personnel.
  • Cardiac Risk in the Young, which makes ECGs and ‘Echoes’ available to children.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed this year, for helping to make these awards possible!

We are also delighted to report that, through the recent generosity of Liverymen and The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, the following new awards will be made annually for the next five years:

  • Central St Martin’s School of Art : a prize for excellence in metalwork by a final year student.
  • Swansea University : two additional work experience placements in local metals companies.

Further information about regular recipients:

Trade & Enterprise Awards, 12 + awards linked to our trades and made with industry partners:

  • Rolls Royce Awards to two students at each of Imperial College / Manchester University for excellence in Materials Science (nuclear), plus travelling scholarships.
  • Live Wire Award for best workforce involvement in health and safety in the UK Wire Industry (UK Steel).
  • Tin Plate Packaging Design Awards for Materials Engineering / Engineering Materials with Design students (Metal Packaging Manufacturers Assoc/ Loughborough University).
  • Metals Industry Modern Apprentice of the Year awards for craft skills and career development (Semta).
  • Wire Link Travelling Scholarship, for a young manager from the UK Wire Industry to visit companies and a major exhibition in the USA. In alternate years a US manager visits the UK and a European wire exhibition. (Wire Association International / Semta /UK Steel).
  • Tata Steel Packaging Annual Award (Tata Steel, Trostre).

Education Awards, 23 + student prizes, and other support for educational projects :

  • Cardiff, Swansea and City Universities: prizes, travelling scholarships and work experience placements which help encourage high standards in metallurgy and mechanical engineering; two new prizes this year.
  • Central St Martins College of Art & Design: The Harold Hobbs Annual Jewellery Competition, three prizes and donated materials, for 2nd year BA degree students working with tin plate; new 3rd final year prize.
  • City and Guilds of London Institute: four ‘Best Student’ awards.
  • City of London Freemen’s SchoolThe Guildhall School of MusicMansion House Scholarship Fund; and Livery School Link : support for disadvantaged students.
  • Canon Barnet (Aldgate) and Thomas Fairchild (Hackney) primary schools.
  • Mudchute Park & Farm (Docklands).
  • The Royal Armouries: materials for science week projects.
  • HMS Torbay best trainee award.
  • The British Art Medal Society annual prize.
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, supporting metals industry heritage (new from 2011).

Charities, 14 grants to charities in the City/ Central London or otherwise linked to the Company:

The Lord Mayor’s Charity
The Connection at St Martin’s (homeless people)
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Margaret’s, Lothbury
First City of London Scout Group
The Rainy Day Benevolent Fund
The Healing Foundation (people with disfigurement)
City of London Police Charity for Children
Three Score Old People’s Club
Red Cross (City Branch)
The Sheriffs and Recorders Fund
Royal British Legion
Guildhall School of Music & Drama (new performing arts centre, 2012 only);
Guildford Cathedral (restoration of TPW Company window, 2011-2015).