Make a stand: students make new Mace stand for Lord Mayor

By on 12/09/2013 in News
Mayor with the students who have created an elegant new mace holder

Mayor with the students who have created an elegant new mace holder

Carpentry students at a local college have been chosen by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham to measure up and make a new specially commissioned wooden Mace stand.

The bespoke stand will house the Lord Mayor's Mace – a replica of that in the House of Commons with a gold sovereign piece in the base. The stand has been commissioned to house the Mace when on display as a centre piece during special events.

Three students from South & City College Birmingham on the Level 3 Advanced Carpentry Course will create the hand-made Mace holder.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, said: “I was very impressed by the work of carpentry students at South & City College Birmingham, and was adamant they should be the ones to create a bespoke Mace holder which will go on display as a centre piece during special events.

“The workmanship of the students is second to none, and as professional as any established carpentry company. I'm keen to see the finished item which will house the prestigious Mace – a replica of that in the House of Commons with a gold sovereign piece in the base.”

At a previous event at the College attended by the Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy, he saw the workmanship of items on display by students and was very impressed – favouring their work over established carpentry companies.

Samantha Morris, one of the carpentry students working on the project said: “It is really exciting to get to work on a high profile project like this.

“I'm on an advanced carpentry course and have been learning and perfecting skills in complex roofing, advanced iron monger, project management and using woodwork machinery – making the mace stand will require using all these skills so it is great experience and perfect to put in my portfolio and on my CV.”

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Council to produce a bespoke Mace stand for the Lord Mayor.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our carpentry students to work on a very prestigious project and it will give them great experience in working on a high profile bespoke item. I am looking forward to seeing the finished project, and I’d like to thank the Council and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, for giving our students the chance to develop and show off their carpentry skills.”

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Notes to editors:
•    The Mace was presented to the Council in 1897 by Elkington Co as a gift to mark Queen Victoria’s 60 years reign and the new status of Birmingham with the office of Mayor becoming Lord Mayor.

•    The ceremonial Mace is a highly ornamented staff of metal or wood, carried before a sovereign or other high official in civic ceremonies by a Mace-bearer, intended to represent the official’s authority.

•    The Mace, as used today, derives from the original mace used as a weapon. Processions often feature maces, as on parliamentary or formal academic occasions.

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