Several Forth Valley College students were presented with awards from the Stirling Incorporation of Hammermen recently.
John Mungal – Boxmaster of Incorporation of Hammermen, Stuart Campbell – Deacon Convenor of the seven incorporated trades, James Barker – Deacon of Incorporation of Baxters and Andy McEwan –Deacon of incorporation of Hammermen, were in attendance at the event to present the prizes on Monday 20 June in the Kildean Suite.
Winners on the day were: Andrew Adams Best first year MA Carpentry and Joinery students, Cameron Sinclair Best second year MA Carpentry and Joinery student, Cameron Ferguson Most Improved Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Stonemason MA, Daryl Wallace Best first year Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Stonemason MA and Nadine McCormack Best Bakery student.
Marcus Nicol won best second year Stonemason MA, but unfortunately could not attend the event. However, Andrew Harvie from his employer AGM Stone Ltd attended to receive the award on his behalf.
Traditionally the Hammermen Craft was the trade guild which regulated all who wielded the hammer. These included gold, silver and blacksmiths as well as clock makers, addlers, lorimers and pewterers. Their motto was ‘By hammer in hand, all arts do stand.’