Two members of the stonemasonry team at Salisbury Cathedral, Head Mason Lee Andrews and Apprentice Stonemason Elle-Louise Baldwin, have received awards for excellence.
Head Mason, Lee Andrews, received The Worshipful Company of Masons’ Journeyman Craftsman Certificate Award from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin, at The Carpenters Hall London on Monday 11 March.
The award is one of the highest awards given by the Worshipful Company of Masons to qualified masons with a minimum of 10 years’ experience, who can show that they work with and mentor junior stonemasons.
Lee Andrews joined the Cathedral in 2003 and became Head Mason in 2013. Along the way, he earned a Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF) Foundation degree course in ecclesiastical stonemasonry, validated by the University of Gloucester.
Lee Andrews, Head Mason said:
“This is a great honour to be receiving the Journeyman Award from the Worshipful Company of Masons and the recognition from my peers in the great craft of stonemasonry. I am pleased to be able to pass on what I have learnt through my career so far to future generations and look to learn even more as I progress further in my career.”
Gary Price, Clerk of the Works said:
“As a holder of the Master craftsman award, I was honoured to be able to nominate Lee to receive this first journeyman award for contribution to the industry during his 15 years as a stonemason, it has been great watching Lee develop, first starting as an apprentice and then working his way up to become Head Mason. Lee is respected by his peers and is a great asset to the cathedral, I am so pleased for him, the award is very richly deserved.”
There was success too for the Cathedral’s apprentice mason, 25-year-old Ella-Louise Baldwin, who was awarded the Stonemasonry Apprentice of the Year on Friday at Weymouth College. Ella is one of 30 apprentices studying stonemasonry at the college. Her course, which forms part of her Cathedral apprenticeship, is a two-year course that runs until October 2019.
Ella joined the Cathedral works team in 2017, having trained as a fine artist at Winchester Art College, receiving a BA Hons in Fine Art, specialising in painting.
Ella-Louise Baldwin said:
“I was thrilled to receive the award. It has been exciting year, learning a completely new skill. Whilst my art degree prepared me for making and planning work, I have had to learn about stone and stone carving from scratch particularly the heritage craft skills practiced here. Fortunately, the Works Yard team are awesome and always willing to help.”
Gary Price, Clerk of the Works said
“Ella has fitted in seamlessly and learnt very fast. She is a hard worker and has made sure that she got the most out her time at Weymouth College. We are incredibly proud of what she has achieved in a comparatively short time and she has more than rewarded us for giving her the opportunity to join the Cathedral Works Yard team, which is actually more of a family.”
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Cathedral Works Yard and the work of our stonemasons can take a tour around the Works Yard with a specially trained guide. Tours run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Details on our website: https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit-tower-tours/stonemasonry-works-yard-tours To book a group tour contact email@example.com or call 01722 555120
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