Each year the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) organises an outing for the beneficiaries of the charity, The British Jewellery, Giftware and Finishing Federation Benevolent Society. The outing is designed to be a fun day out for those who may not necessarily be able to visit places on their own. On Monday 9th July they took 37 beneficiaries to Amerton Farm & Craft Centre, Staffordshire where they had a look around the numerous craft and gift shops, followed by lunch at the Tea Room. In the afternoon a visit to Shugborough Estate took place, the estate comprises an elegant mansion house set in 900 acres of stunning parkland with riverside gardens, working Victorian servants’ quarters, Georgian farm, dairy and mill and a restored walled garden. The weather was glorious and a good day was had by all.
The charity financially assists those who have once worked in the industries covered by the five Trade Associations within the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) namely, the manufacture and distribution of jewellery, giftware, brass and copperware, leather goods luggage and allied trades, and the processing or out-work finishing of metal. The Society can help in a number of ways – by giving regular grants; providing essential items such as cookers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, telephone rental, television license fees, bed linen, household repairs. Interest-free loans are also granted in some cases.
Each year a BJGF Benevolent Society ball is held to help raise money for this worthwhile charity. This year’s ball will be held on 6th December 2012 at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Birmingham. For help and information about this please contact Lynn Snead on 0121 236 2657, or .