New Years Honour for Ernie Warren!November 11, 2015
We have great pleasure in announcing that John (Ernie) Warren (brother of Director Derek Warren) has been recognised for his services to the art of wood carving with a British Empire Medal (BEM).
John who currently lives in Blyth is already known across the North East as a master sculptor, wood carver and as the last apprentice from the Ralph Hedley Studio but he has now received royal recognition for his sustained local contribution.
Local papers including the Chronicle and the News Post Leader have covered the Queen's New Years Honour list which features not one but two residents from the North East. Read more at: Blyth shapes up well in New Year’s Honours list or New Year's Honours: Pride of the North East given royal recognition.
Hotspur and Delavel boxes (PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BENNETT) - Some of the work carved by the Kirkley Hall group under the tutelage of Ernie Warren
The News Post Leader reports:
"The letter-carving skills Mr. Warren learnt as an apprentice at Raplh Hedley Ltd and his ability to design secret drawers and compartments are now much sought after. After retiring, the opportunity to pass on his skills to others presented itself when Northumberland College invited him to establish an adult course in woodcarving at its Kirkley Hall campus. This has now involved to the now independent Kirkley Hall carving group.
Through this group he is now teaching the dying art of woodcarving to a new generation of students. Some of his pupils have learnt valuable skills and have even won competitions with their carvings.
Through this group he has taught the students to appreciate the old art of carving and has set them tasks to produce some good quality work. One of the pieces that his students carved was a plaque to Morpeth Town Hall in commemoration of Lord Collingwood, who was second in command to Nelson at Trafalgar, which is now in pride of place in the council offices. He also attends local exhibitions and charity events where he encourages people to try their hand at woodcarving in the hope that it would ignite the same passion for woodcarving in them as it did for him. He is also passionate about the local community and encourages people to become street reps to help keep the community clean and tidy."
The Warrens are extremely proud and excited by the announcement and would like to congratulate Ernie on his fantastic achievement.