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Posted: 23/06/09

Adam carves himself second place in Merlane Trophy competitions

Following on from the Merlane Trophy regional carpentry competition on Saturday (June 13), West Nottinghamshire College student, Adam Thompson, who works for Hucknall Joinery is celebrating a second place prize.

Adam, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, who competed against 19 other students from the East Midlands region, produced a small scale open stairwell at the competition.  He said: “I really enjoyed the competition. Even though I was under great pressure it gave me a big confidence boost to be able to produce some high quality work in front of an audience.”

Tutor Dennis Vaughn was equally delighted.  He said: “Adam performed brilliantly on the day, reaching very good standards and pacing himself perfectly to complete ‘on the bell’ given the four hours allocation.  Only three other competitors completed on time, so it was a commendable achievement.

“Special thanks go to Allan Gregory, Managing Director of ARG Mansfield Ltd who is a fellow of the Institute of Carpenters and main sponsor of the competition.”

The Merlane Trophy East Midlands heats were held at the College’s £8.1m Construction and Logistics Skills Academy in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  It welcomed students from colleges in Mansfield, Chesterfield, Grantham, Lincoln, Boston, Sheffield, North Lindsay and Gainsborough.

Results of the Merlane Trophy regional competition

1st – Andrew Lambert (3rd year from Grantham College)

2nd – Adam Thompson (3rd year from West Notts College)

3rd – Frazer Ardron (2nd year from Sheffield College)

The Ernie Leach Trophy (Health & Safety Prize) went to Edward Lowe (2nd year from Chesterfield College)

As well as hosting the Merlane Trophy Competitions on Saturday, the College held its own brickwork and painting and decorating competitions. 

Chris Whitaker, Associate Director of Learning for Construction and Building Services said: “The work produced was of a high standard and I was particularly pleased to see that some local employers were wisely using the event to explore the skills of potential new employees for the future.

“It was clear that the students really enjoyed the day as it was an opportunity to show off their skills to members of their family.”

Painting and Decorating

The winners were:

1st year Mitchel Ward (full-time learner)

2nd year Simon Jackson (full-time learner)

3rd year Simon Bignell (part-time learner)


The winners were:

1st Year Chris Wilby – full-time learner

2nd Year Richard Donaldson (Barratt East Midlands)

3rd Year Phil Tryner (Lewis Construction)