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Neil Wyatt05/05/2020 21:04:49
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The John Stevenson Trophy 2020

Many readers and forum members will remember John Stevenson, a contributor to MEW but best known for his larger-than life presence on the Model Engineer forum.

Funded by many donations in his memory, the Stevenson Cup was first awarded in 2018. The cup is engraved “John Stevenson, 1948 – 2017, Remembered by his many friends” with “Awarded for Excellence in Practical and Useful Workshop Equipment” on the plinth.

The John Stevenson Trophy is presented for just that, a well-made and usable piece of tooling, a modification to a machine or an accessory for a tool where the fact it works well is more important than making it look good. Unlike traditional judged trophies, we decided on a different approach to reflect John’s reticence about traditional competitions. After a call for nominations, a small panel of judges selected a shortlist, on which there was an online vote.

In 2018 it was won by John Ashton and in 2019 the award went to Michael Cox.

In a strange twist of fate, the current coronavirus lockdown means that it’s unlikely there will be any traditional engineering competitions over this year’s exhibition season. The ‘virtual’ nature of the Stephenson Trophy competition means that we can forge ahead with it this year.

In view of the unusual circumstances, we have decided to once again make the competition open to all. Any reader or forum member may enter their own work. We have also extended the deadline until the end of June to allow people to make (or finish off or simply tidy up an existing project) during this lockdown period.

A short list will then be prepared by the organisers, so that award of the cup can be judged by a popular vote. Voting will be via a poll on the forum and open to all.

The winner will be announced online and in the magazine.

To enter, just send four good photographs of your entry with up to (about) 500 words of description by email to neil.wyatt@mytimemedia.com no later than 31 July 2020.

Neil Wyatt05/05/2020 21:05:09
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Naturally, we still have to have some formal rules for the competition, these are:

All entries must be a piece of practical workshop equipment i.e. a tool, jig, fixture or a modification to or accessory for an existing piece of equipment. One entry per person.

All entries to the competition must be materially your own work (commercial parts etc. are allowable but please be clear about what these are) and not have been entered to the competition before.

A short list of entries will be selected by the competition organisers, a group of people who knew John and are familiar with his views on workshop equipment.

Criteria for inclusion on the shortlist will be that the tooling is practical and capable of being used for accurate work in a home workshop setting. It should demonstrate ingenuity, good design, economical use of materials and be appropriately finished for its function.

By entering you confirm your permission to feature the entry in the magazines or on the forum. If practical, you may be invited to display your entry at a model engineering exhibition in the future.

The winner will be selected by a popular online vote by forum members. Readers who join the forum in order to vote will be allowed to do so. Voting will be strictly one vote per person.

In the event that the judges consider invalid votes have been cast or that an attempt has been made to unduly influence the result of the vote any questionable votes will be disregarded or entries may be disqualified.

The trophy will remain the property of the competition organisers. The winner will take responsibility for ensuring safekeeping of the trophy until the next exhibition. The trophy must be returned in good condition, in the supplied packaging, in good time for award to the winner of the subsequent competition.

The winner may arrange for their name and the year of the award to be professionally engraved on the base of the trophy at their own cost.

No alternative prizes, cash payments or awards will be made. In all matters relating to the competition, decisions made by the organisers are final.

Neil Wyatt13/05/2020 15:09:34
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I've had one entry and a few enquiries, so far.

Please don't be shy and remember it's ingenuity and effectiveness that really count, so why not enter one of your own tools this year?

Neil

Ady113/05/2020 16:49:16
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/05/2020 15:09:34:

<bump>

I've had one entry and a few enquiries, so far.

Neil

So there will definitely be a winner this year

(John would appreciate the humour)

Neil Wyatt14/05/2020 16:36:07
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smiley

I'm now up to two!

Come on folks, don't be shy!

Neil

Martin Kyte14/05/2020 17:59:52
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Does it have to be our own original design or could it be designed by someone else?

I can't remember the rules.

regards Martin

Edited By Martin Kyte on 14/05/2020 18:00:05

Neil Wyatt13/06/2020 14:09:42
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It can be someone else's design but it should be you own work; as long as entrants are open about such things and bought-in components.

Neil

Ian Johnson 113/06/2020 15:06:53
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Thanks Neil for bumping this thread back up.

IanJ

JohnF19/06/2020 17:42:43
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I reckon this needs another bump !

Neil Wyatt22/07/2020 11:49:50
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A reminder to anyone planning a last-minute entry - you have until the end of the month to get your entry to me.

Neil

derek hall 126/07/2020 10:05:47
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Hi Neil

I am considering entering the competition, with my meagre offering.

Hopefully there been a good response this year...

Regards

Derek

Neil Wyatt26/07/2020 11:11:19
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Posted by derek hall 1 on 26/07/2020 10:05:47:

Hi Neil

I am considering entering the competition, with my meagre offering.

Hopefully there been a good response this year...

Regards

Derek

Not a tsunami, but enough to have a decent competition.

Neil

Neil Wyatt15/09/2020 15:45:43
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Voting for the 2020 Stevenson Trophy Competition is now open!

Follow the link below to see all the entries and the voting form:

www.model-engineer.co.uk/stevenson

Good luck to all the entrants.

Neil

David George 115/09/2020 16:56:27
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Martin Kyte15/09/2020 17:43:50
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Next year can we have a chance to say why we voted as we did. Might throw an interesting slant on things.

Interesting range or entries anyway.

regrds Martin

duncan webster15/09/2020 17:57:58
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I probably never sent this to Neil, but here's a photo of the display on my tailstock DRO, (last entry) The battery has nothing to do with it!

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Neil Wyatt16/09/2020 15:51:39
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Posted by duncan webster on 15/09/2020 17:57:58:

I probably never sent this to Neil, but here's a photo of the display on my tailstock DRO, (last entry) The battery has nothing to do with it!

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Hi Duncan,

A shame, you should have included that with your entry (although I was really grateful for an entry that fitted in a half page!) I don't think it would be fair to add it to the voting page at this stage as others may want to add extra as well.

Neil

Ady117/09/2020 00:57:59
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Michael Gilligan17/09/2020 07:33:39
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/09/2020 15:51:39:

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Hi Duncan,

A shame, you should have included that with your entry (although I was really grateful for an entry that fitted in a half page!) I don't think it would be fair to add it to the voting page at this stage as others may want to add extra as well.

Neil

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Mmm ... that could be a tricky one angel

Are voters now required to disregard the ‘late-filed evidence’ submitted by Duncan ?

The lawyers could have a field-day !

MichaelG.

Nicholas Farr17/09/2020 09:07:46
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Hi, well I've already voted, so it won't affect me, not saying if I did or did not vote for this one though.

Regards Nick.

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