The British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation’s Benevolent Society Ball is said to have raised a record amount of £32,000.
The 80th edition of the event took place Thursday December 3 at The St John’s Hotel, Solihull and incorporated the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) debut Member Awards.
The black-tie event attracted guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and luggage and leathergoods associations which are member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation and whose industries are served by the charity.
Speaking on the evening David Simons, the Benevolent Society’s Chairman, said he was delighted to welcome the 380 guests and thanked organisers Lynn Snead and Gill Price for all of their hard work.
The majority of funds raised came from an auction by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society’s vice chairman. The lots sold included ‘Lunch for 12’ at The Assay Office Birmingham sponsored by both the Assay Office and the jewellery manufacturing company Hockley Mint amd a hallmarked Britannia Silver Wine Decanter donated by Rebecca H Joselyn and sponsored by Stuart Wibberley and his team at the bullion company Umicore.
Such was the interest by those guests bidding on the evening to acquire one of Joselyn’s unusual pieces that she agreed to make a further decanter after Cooksongold kindly offered to donate the silver needed to hand-make this second piece.
Another highly sought after auction lot was the inaugural ‘T H March Clay Pigeon Shooting Day and Dinner’ which engendered competitive bidding by several interested parties. Eventually Ben Roberts from Clogau Gold secured the day out for his company.
A ‘Private Viewing of The Staffordshire Hoard’ followed by a visit to the City’s School of Jewellery was subject to intense bidding and was finally secured by a joint bid from Oliver Sutton of Charles Green and Jan Doyle of Jewellery Brokers.
The tombola and raffle were also generously supported, as always, by the Federation’s Giftware Association and its Chairman Michael Papé of Ravensden PLC who attended the event. Ravensden also generously donated some orang-utan and tiger toys that were well received by guests as were some large teddy bears donated by Rudell’s the Jewellers with all of the proceeds going directly to the charity.
Tables at this year’s event were taken by many companies, including: the CMJ, Cooksongold, Charles Green & Sons, Gemporia, Continental Jewellery, Diamonds Please, Weston Beamor, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, C W Sellors, T H March, Mastermelts and Gecko, to name but a few.
The date for next year’s Benevolent Society Ball is Thursday December 1 and will also be held at The St John’s Hotel, Solihull. Early bird tickets at a special rate can be obtained by contacting either Lynn Snead or Gill Price at the Federation – 0121 745 4613 or 0121 237 1138.