Meeting 5th August Hands On

The evening started with the presentation of a cheque for £588.18 by Robert to Charlie a representative of  our charity  “The West Midlands Air Ambulance” who stayed on to see what our club was about and watch the lathes being used.

Robert presenting a cheque £588.18 to Charlie from west-midlands air ambulance our charity for last year.

This was another good evening when all 4 of the clubs lathes where used to produce the nights project, A kitchen roll holder, chosen so that all members could have a go whilst being watched and mentored by Alan, Keith, Roy & Vic. 4 of the clubs lathe leaders.


All members who actually turned or watched the nights activity found they had achieved and learnt from project.

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15th July In house demo by Geoff. Davis

Another enjoyable, informative and as usual entertaining evening demo by Geoff who showed what could be turned from the odd bits of wood that you accumulate, he turned a small piece of yew eccentrically showing how it enhanced the grain pattern.

Then a mouse that had multiplied its family whilst inhabiting his work box showing the punch he had converted to produce the ears.

Followed by a vase from laminating 2 woods & finally a miniature goblet with a captive ring showing the home made jig he had made to hold the small square blank.



Although only 26 members made the evening Geoff received a good round of applause for his instructive, humorous and entertaining demo.

Well Done Geoff.


AGM 1st July

All but two of the committee where happy to continue with their posts so thankyou to them.

The position of chairman was taken by Barry Burgess after Ivor Gissing decided 4 years service in the post required a change.

Thankyou to Ivor for keeping the club functioning for a few sticky years.

The secretary’s role is being covered by Launce Rigby due to unforeseen illnesses suffered by the previous members in this role.

Meeting 17th June Project & Gallery evening

This was a project night where members where asked to make something with the theme mushroom/s. Members definitely showed their creativity, giving plenty of new ideas and inspiration to the other members present.



The Gallery again was a diverse selection of burr bowls by a new member who joined us only this year, a myriad piece walking stick, a beautifully intricate inside out lamp, a wooden arrow piercing through a glass bottle with 2 captive rings mounted on a musical rotating stand, a fluted bowl and urn, as well as number of open segmented & economy bowls plus a “Dizzy bowl”. ALL CAN BE SEEN BELOW



As usual a very entertaining and informative evening,

Members who showed their pieces, talked about the woods they used and how their items had been made/constructed whilst answering any questions or comments from those present.





The Weekend Demo at Hartelbury Castle. 15th 16th June.

Having lost our usual demo weekend at Hanbury Hall, Robert Shephard organised this new venue for the club to demonstrate, promote the club and woodturning and allow  members to sell some of their turnings.

Members where warmly welcomed by staff at the Castle, the location and room allotted was ideal for us if not as big as Hanbury Hall and they did promote our club & the demonstration on their website.

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As a first visit to this venue the number of visitors was not as high as we are used too. However it was Fathers day weekend and the weather was not good either so sales where disappointing, but we have been offered the opportunity to have more days and as with Hanbury after people found out about us the footfall increased and we had repeat followers.

Members had the opportunity to have a look round  the castle & found  it very interesting, a great place for a future visit, its recommended that 3 hours are required so bring the family along for a day out. Post code is DY11 7XZ