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Date: 1815-1816

Media: silver

Size: h(cm) : 61 x l(cm) : 95.2 x w(cm) : 66

Acquired: 1997; Gift; British Coal Corporation

Accession Number: NMW A 51210

This massive piece of Regency plate was presented by the county of Denbigh to Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 5th baronet. The vase commemorated his service during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and in southern France in 1814. From 1948, the vase was used as the Mitchell-Hedges trophy for the National Coal Board's first aid competition.


Steve Butterfield
10 October 2016, 21:10
I was a member of Allerton Bywater Colliery First Aid Team
Winners in 1985 & 1986
Dave Farham
22 February 2016, 11:58
I was honoured to be part of the Westoe Colliery winning team in 1982. The records have me down as instructor but even though l helped them train the team actually trained a lot themselves and the late George Yates was the instructor. The team very nobly put George as reserve and myself Dave Farham as Instructor. Why you may ask? I was a member of Westoe Colliery B team and I was diagnosed with MS in 1982. I believe that the team knew that because of my condition I would never get another chance to go to the First Aid National Finals. In actual fact I was never able to take part in competitive First Aid again. It was unbelievably noble of them to let me be part of their team and I am forever grateful to them all. To Dave Elliott, Bob Meston, Terry Boyce, Alec Lynn (deceased) and George Yates (deceased) thank you so much for letting me be part of your fantastic achievement and giving me some wonderful memories
Rob Meston
20 February 2016, 21:57
Thanks to Dave Elliott who directed me to this site, I was a member of the winning team from Westoe Colliery in 1982. It is nice to hear of Vic Perrin again
after quite a few years, Vic was Captain of a great bunch of lads from Lea Hall Colliery. Some of the Teams that really impressed me over the years were
Bolsover, Grimethorpe, Markam, Parkside, Dawdon and Bilston Glen. Happy days, and it wonderful to have a reunion.
Jim Whitehead
20 February 2016, 20:39
I was the youngest member of the Grimethorpe colliery team, I think Grimethorpe won the trophy 5 times but my success came in 1975. I am now trainer of Hayley bearings who have won the British championship 5 times running 2010 to 2015. We owe our success to brilliant mentors such as John Eddie Hyde and Joe rounds i am proud to come from a mining back ground.
Jim Whitehead
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
2 February 2016, 12:01

Just a quick update: I have had a chat with Dave Elliott (see previous comments), and passed on contact details with his permission, so that hopefully you can get together as a group and arrange a visit. If there are any other previous winners out there who would be interested, please do leave a comment here.

Digital Team

Terry Boyce.
1 February 2016, 11:12
1982 Winners of the Senior Miners first Aid Competition , Westoe Colliery North East Area.
Winning this trophy was mind blowing. We had a Great Team and support.
It Would be great to see the trophy again and if Dave can organise a catch then that would be great.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
26 January 2016, 15:51

Hi there Dave,

Thanks for getting back in touch - I will pass your details on to Vic with your permission.

Just today the curator mentioned it would be great to see some pictures of the cup 'in action' with the winning teams - so a photo would definitely be of interest! I will send you an email tomorrow so that we can keep in touch.

All the best,

Digital Team

David Elliott, Westoe Colliery First Aid Team Member.
25 January 2016, 17:44
Thanks again Sara,It would be appreciated if you pass word to Vic Perrin. This trophy in the discipline it was used was in it self, without being Bias, probably the worlds best.If I am allowed to contact you via E-mail I will send you a photograph with its plinth and surrounding winning team, let us not forget between 1948 and 1995 each year this trophy was up for grabs! the dream of every competing first aider.Some where good enough to win it more than once.Some achievement! Do you and your staff have a direct contact line or E-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
25 January 2016, 09:40

Hi there Dave,

Thanks for getting in touch. I help to look after the website here, so if you decided to make a trip to see the cup, I can pass on your enquiry to the curator to see if it's on display, and how it can be visited if it's not. I think it would be great to learn more about the cup's history with the Coal Board - it sounds like this object has had quite a life!

If you would like me to pass on your details to Vic Perrin, please let me know and I can try and send them along.

All the best


Dave Elliott
19 January 2016, 14:41

Sara Huws, May I thank you and your staff for publishing my comment so quickly on your site under "The Mitchall & Hedges Trophy.I tried to contact you through the telephone number provided with no success. I do hope more comments will follow but I did have difficulty getting on the site,probably me using and older computer.I,ve contacted the latest addition member,Did Vic Perrin leave any contact? After a number of years past ,to many, I would like to think when we get sufficient members interested I will organise a catch up, including a visit to your Museum in Cardiff. Would it be possible to mention in my comment that I was in the Westoe Colliery First Aid Team. Thanking You, Dave Elliott 

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