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The Industry's favourite Christmas Ball

17 December 2019


The 5th December saw the 84th British Allied Trades Federation’s Christmas Benevolent Society Ball
take place at The St Johns Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery & Watch as Headline Sponsor once again.
Incorporated within this longstanding annual charity event were the National Association of
Jewellers’ Awards, hosted by Harriet Kelsall NAJ Chairman and Simon Forrester NAJ Chief Executive.
The awards are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse
jewellery industry: it’s bright new talent, it’s design skills and creativity and it’s capacity to truly
serve it’s customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in
the High Street.

The Benevolent Society Ball attracts guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and
travelgoods and accessories associations, which are member organisations of the British Allied
Trades Federation
This year’s Ball had a true festive feel with a guest appearance from Santa Claus himself. The guests
were enthralled to be “piped” into dinner by the Shirley Pipe Band, who, once again gave a
wonderful performance as guests took their seats.

David Doyle, the Society’s Vice Chairman was delighted to ask the Benevolent Society’s Chairman,
Simon Dawe of TH March onto the stage in order that he could tell the guests about some of the
worthy causes supported throughout 2019. Peter Wong was also asked up onto the stage to do the
raffle prize draw and a huge round of applause erupted in appreciation for all that he and Wongs
Jewellers do in their fundraising for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The Benevolent Society was particularly grateful that once again Jewellery & Watch had agreed to be
the Headline Sponsor for the charity evening. This progressive events company continues to engage
and work closely with all sectors of the jewellery & giftware trades for the benefit of all.
A charity auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society's Vice Chairman
and Treasurer, and early indications are that over £35,000 was raised on the evening for the Charity.
Lots donated for the auction included a day’s hospitality sailing on the yacht Fuller Spirit for 6
people, donated by ex Weston Beamor Chairman, Patrick Fuller, and bought by Martin Bach of

Another highly sought-after auction lot was the annual T H March Clay Pigeon Shooting Day and
Dinner with fiercely competitive bidding by several interested parties. After much tough bidding this
lot was eventually bought by long term Ball supporter Patrick Sheehan of HS Walsh & Sons Ltd.
The Birmingham Assay Office once again offered a Lunch for 10 people for auction and this was
bought twice – once by Paul Platnauer and also for the second time by Gary Williams of Pressman

Andrew Macgowan made the most wonderful one-off Silver Bowl which resulted in some very fierce
bidding, eventually with the BATF securing this magnificent piece for their Silver Collection.
A beautiful Wine Decanter donated by Tom Green of Charles Green & Sons was paired with the most
wonderful Magnum bottle of Margaux donated from the wine cellars of Goldsmiths Hall and was
bought by Paul Thandi CEO of The NEC Group.

The hugely successful tombola and raffle were generously supported as always by The Giftware

Tables at this year’s event were taken by many companies, including Jewellery & Watch,
Cooksongold, Charles Green & Sons, Weston Beamor, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, T H March,
Diamonds Please and Mastermelts to name but a few.

The date for next year’s Benevolent Society Ball is Thursday 3rd December and it will again be held
at St John's Hotel, Solihull following the success of this year’s Ball. Early bird tickets at a special
rate can be obtained by contacting Gill Price at the Federation (0121 237 1138
The Industry's favourite Christmas Ball

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