Sam wins major award

Sam Jones with his winning piece
Sam Jones with his winning piece

MINISTRY of Defence worker Sam Jones is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national award.

The 21-year-old from Manea was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation Medal given annually as part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Apprentice Awards.

Sam Jones' window design

Sam Jones' window design

He was presented with the award at a ceremony held in Whitehall and attended by various dignitaries including Defence Minister Andrew Robathan.

The medal is awarded to an outstanding MOD apprentice who has completed a project that shows engineering excellence.

Sam, the only son of proud parents Peter and Sue Jones, won the award, which also carries a cash prize, for his unique design for a memorial window in the chapel on RAF Alconbury.

He has recently completed his carpentry apprenticeship and was up against top opposition from apprentices from all the military services based across the UK.

Judges were impressed by the high quality workmanship and skill involved in Sam’s window design, which included engraving for the squadron.

Sam, who is employed by the MOD and is a civil engineer with the 423rd Squadron, designed and built the window from scratch.

The window will be installed in the chapel and if in future it needs repairing or replacing Sam has also designed a pattern that can be used to make the work easier and quicker to complete.

It took Sam around 60 hours to complete the window which is made up of around 60 different components and is made out of renewable source hardwood.