Valentine’s Day Memories

For many years I was single and not in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. No presents, no cards…. Well actually, there were sometimes the occasional cards, but not from the men that I wanted to receive them from. Then along came John. Our first Valentine’s Day, we were already engaged. I told him how much I felt that I had missed out on this day in the past. He was non-committal. I feared the worst.

Both of us were working that day, but I finished earlier than him and was home first. At the time we lived in a maisonette and, as I opened the front door, there on the stairs was a single red rose in a vase. As I climbed the stairs I saw a plant waiting for me at the top of the stairs. Once inside our main room there was a card propped up on the coffee table. I still have the card and the rose (it was fabric). The plant unfortunately didn’t make it. I have great memories of that occasion and  the emotions that I felt – love, joy, happiness. More importantly, John and I are still together.

So what will you give to your loved one this Valentine. Why not give a gift that will last the test of time and bring a smile to their face each time they see it. Engraved Heart Key Ring Heart key ring

Grandmaster Dr John Nunn Visits Bude Chess Club

A grandmaster visiting a chess club tends to be a rare occurrence, but this is just what occurred at Bude Chess on Thursday 22 January.

How did this happen? Well, the previous Friday the organisers received an email from GM Dr John Nunn saying that he was in Bude the following week and could he pop along and play some games. Naturally they jumped at the opportunity.

Why? Well, he’s ranked 7th in England at present. He was once in the world’s top ten. He recently came third in the World Over-50s Chess Championship. He’s a well-respected chess author. Who wouldn’t jump at a chance like that? (A bit like Wayne Rooney saying that he’d like to have a bit of a kick around with a local football club).

On his arrival he was asked what he would like to do and he suggested playing 5 minute blitz games. That’s a mere 5 minutes to make all of your moves. I’d struggle to play a grandmaster at long-play chess (3-4 hour games). In fact, I struggle to play anyone at blitz chess! However, Bude Chess has a secret weapon in the form of 14-year-old Theo Slade who’s recently had experience of playing grandmasters. So it was quickly decided that Theo should play John. Two very good games ensued, which we all enjoyed watching. John won them both.

20150122_195843John then looked around for the next lamb to the slaughter. The club volunteered Simon – their other strong player. Two games followed. John won them both.

20150122_202507He worked his way through all of the players in the club until only my husband and I were left. My husband helpfully volunteered me. Just like all the players before me I lost both games. Forks, pins and skewers seemed to appear out of nowhere. Pieces were attacked and had to move away leaving others ‘en prise’. All the time my time was running out, whilst John seemed able to move in an instant.

20150122_205159Finally it was my husband’s turn. I’d like to say that he turned the tables. He didn’t. He played two games. John won them both.

After playing Theo again, and winning again. Grandmaster Dr John Nunn chatted to us about his life in chess, his long walks around Bude, and signed Theo’s copy of his latest book.

Hopefully he’ll be back. Hopefully we’ll get to play him again. No doubt he will again win all of his games. Would you play a chess grandmaster?

Looking For A Unique Christmas Present?

Often we have special people in our lives who we want to buy a unique present for. Something that they will love and cherish. It may be a parent, a grandparent, or a teacher who has really helped our child develop their skills. We want to show them how much we appreciate what they have done, but what to buy?

Our personalised glasses can include your message on the back so that everytime that special person uses the glass they are filled with a warm sense of gratitude and satisfaction that their hard work has been appreciated. You can choose from a wide range of logos on the front of the glass, but we have also recently added three new glasses to our range. ‘World’s Best Dad‘, ‘World’s Best Mum‘ and ‘Special Teacher‘. All are engraved on Alaska crystal glasses with a star burst base. Either visit us at our unit at Pethericks Mill or visit our website Remember, if you order online and collect from Pethericks Mill there are no P&P charges.

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About Us

Bude Trophies & Engraving Ltd is run by husband and wife team John and Chris Constable. We first met when we played against each other at the British Chess Championships in 1997. However, we finally got together in 2002, and married in 2003. In a couple of months we managed to cover most stressful life events, giving up our jobs, starting our business, John selling his flat, getting married.20140830_161512[1]
Our engraving is done on computerised rotating diamond engraving machines. These give consistent and accurate engraving time after time. Initially we had just one flat-bed machine and could only engrave flat objects. We soon realised the limitations of this and started to look for a second machine that would engrave cylindrical objects. We found one for sale on the island of Kerrara, in the Inner Hebrides, close to Oban. Getting up absurdly early one morning we drove the length of the country to get the last ferry across to the island. The machine was being sold by a former Caithness glass engraver who was now concentrating on running a parrot sanctury on the island. She gave us a solid grounding in glass engraving over the time that we stayed on the island.
So now, as well as supplying trophies and engraved plates, we also specialise in engraved glassware and glass trophies. We aim for a quick, reliable service offering personalised gifts for all occasions. We believe that we offer value for money and a wide range of products to choose from. Why not visit our website at