In memory of the passing of Alan Smith, a chemist, technical specialist and former Managing Director of the Witham Group, the Board of Directors agreed to sponsor a Chemistry Award at the Lincoln Minster School.
Trading since 1921, the Witham Group is a family business manufacturing and supplying a wide range of industrial lubricants and other products to customers throughout the UK and abroad. Chemistry plays a huge part in the manufacturing process of lubricants to create different viscosities and types of oils and greases.
The Trophy itself was commissioned by the Witham Group to a young joiner working on the Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. He made the Trophy out of English Oak fashioning the main part into a 200.0 litre oil barrel complete with the base by hand – it is amazing to think it started off as a piece of wood! It was topped and tailed by silver plaques noting the name of the award.
The trophy will become an annual award at Lincoln Minster School for at least the next 10 years and longer if the school desires.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Mark Wallace and Chemistry teacher Mrs Parry have chosen their winner for this year’s award. It has gone to a Year 12 student who achieved the highest mock score by far and they also got two marks of a Silver in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
A worthy winner and someone I am positive Alan would have been proud to see the award go to.
Nigel R Bottom
Group Managing Director