Forest heritage plasterer Ben Kerslake has been awarded the prestigious title of Master Plasterer in a ceremony in the City of London.

The title of Master Plasterer is awarded each year by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to just a handful of time-served plasterers as recognition of their contribution to the industry.

The Mitcheldean-based craftsman was presented with his certificate by the Lord Mayor of London, Michael Mainelli and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Michael Mainelli.

The certificate states: “Having been assessed and examined in the art, craft, science and practice of plastering and recognising over twenty years of service to the community in the skill and art of plastering.

“He has been accepted onto the Register of Master Plasterers inaugurated and administered by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.”

Ben has been working in the conservation industry for 25 years and has worked on a number of stand out projects including a Grand Designs Eco House of the year and the first ever load bearing strawbale house.

Ben now focuses his time on passing on his skills to aspiring plasterers and advising those restoring traditional properties.

Along with his Wife, Kate, he runs CarringtonLIME Hertiage Skills Training from a training centre in Mitcheldean – now the largest provider of lime plastering training in the UK and the only organisation in Gloucestershire to offer students formal qualifications in plastering.

“I’m so lucky to have a job that I love. I get to work on beautiful properties with interesting histories and often in stunning locations.

Ben said: “Trades people don’t often get recognised for their knowledge and efforts so this award means a lot to me. It goes someway to making the sore shoulders worthwhile!”

The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers is one of the livery companies of the City of London and received its charter in 1501 from King Henry VII.

It originated as a trade association and today it sets down plastering standards and awarding official accreditation to plasterers. It also has charitable and educational functions.

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