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We Had A Ball!

8 December 2014

The 4th December saw the 79th British Jewellery & Giftware Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull.

Incorporated within this longstanding Annual Event were the BJA Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its 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 Trade and Giftware Associations and other Member Organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation.

David Simons, the Benevolent Society's Chairman, was delighted that over 370 Guests attended the Black Tie Event with many Companies using it as the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas with Staff and their Colleagues in the Trade.

A Charity Auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society's Vice Chairman, and early indications are that about £30,000 was raised on the Evening for Charity. Lots donated for the Auction included Lunch for 12 at The Birmingham Assay Office, a stunning Silver Curve Claret Jug donated by top Silversmith Martyn Pugh, a full VIP Package to an NEC Venue donated by Paul Thandi and Kathryn James of the NEC Group.

The hugely successful Tombola and Raffle were generously supported as always by The Federation's Giftware Association and Michael Papé of Ravensden PLC, the GA Chairman, attended the Event and his Company generously donated some beautiful Tiger Toys that went down very well with the Guests as they bought either these or Teddy Bears donated by Rudells the Jewellers with all of the proceeds going directly to the Charity.

The Benevolent Association Charity was also delighted to receive a substantial donation from The Surface Engineering Association and the Association itself was represented by a Table from Ashton & Moore at The Ball.

Tables at this years Event were taken by many Companies including the NAG, CMJ, Charles Green & Sons, Gems TV, Continental Jewellery, Diamonds Please, Weston Beamor, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, Cooksons, C W Sellors, T H March to name but a few.

The date for next years Benevolent Society Ball is Thursday 3rd December and will also be held at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull following the success of this years Ball and early bird Tickets can be obtained by contacting either Lynn Snead or Gill Price at the Federation.


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