Category: AWGB News

News relating to the AWGB

Turning competitions 2016

The Worshipful company of turners are organising a number of competitions for both junior and adult turners.

Planned entries to the competitions should be registered with the Clerk of the Turners’ Company at the latest on Monday 12 September. Entries can be delivered or posted to the Clerk to arrive no later than Tuesday 4 October. Entries can also be delivered directly to Carpenters’ Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October.

Judging will take place on Tuesday 11 October 2016

More details and competition rules can be found on the WCT website

We’re here to help!

We received a nice letter from the new Ise and Nene club after we helped them out with some equipment. That’s what we’re here for!

Dear Dave

I am writing on behalf of the Nene Valley Turners Woodturning Club to thank you very much for sponsoring us with the long term loan of a lathe, stand, chuck and accessories and also, for funding the equipment insurance for the first year. We can’t express what a huge help this has been to us; we started with nothing and now we can share this great benefit with all our members.

The numbers of members are growing each month; we are now up to 25 fully paid up members, a great achievement in just six months. We have applied for funding with the National Lottery to obtain some audio-visual equipment. At the moment we have manage to borrow some from various sources.

We have a full programme of turning events booked for the year 2016 and are now looking at 2017 for a great future for the club. Thank you once again.

Yours sincerely

Sue Cattell
Ise & Nene Valley Turners

AFTAB Seminar – Combloux 2016

AFTAB are holding a seminar from April 21st – April 24th with an impressive line up of demonstrators –

Bernard Azema, Jerome Blanc, Cindy Drozda, Viven Grandouiller, J-Paul Fennel, Emmet Kane, Hubert Landri, Catherine Lavier, Art Liestman, Alan Mailland, Elisabeth Mezieres, Stuart Mortimer, Pascal Oudet, Jean-Paul Rossi, Curt Theobald and a few more.

The event is being held in Combloux, France. More details are on the AFTAB website

Change of Officers

Andy Coates has stepped down as a Trustee and Chairman of the AWGB.  Our Articles of Association state that the Chairman and other officers are elected by the Trustees.

The Trustees have voted for Dave Atkinson (formerly Vice Chairman) to take over as Chairman, Sam Webber (formerly Secretary) to become Vice Chairman and Mike Glover (formerly General Trustee) to become Secretary.  These changes take immediate effect.

The AWGB owes Andy a debt of gratitude for over 10 years of dedicated service including the last three as Chairman and it has been a pleasure for all the Trustees, past and present, to work with him.

Branch Meeting

Branch and Members meeting before the AGM

Sunday, 24th April 2016, Oddington Village Hall, Lower Oddington, Stow on the Wold, GL56 0XD

The Trustees of your Association would be delighted to welcome representatives from your Branch to the meeting which starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday 24th April.

The AWGB will pay mileage at the rate of 30p per mile for one vehicle from each Branch.  This is your chance to meet the Trustees before the meeting and over lunch and during the meeting itself to tell us what you think about what we are doing well and areas where you would like to see an improvement.

  • Nigel Fleckney will be in attendance with a selection of fine timbers
  • We have a bring a buy table for you to bring unwanted tools and stock up with different ones
  • You are invited to bring one or two pieces of your best work for display.  The Chairman will pick his favourite and award a small prize.  Subject to your consent the winner will join the travelling exhibition for the next 18 months.
  • And we provide a fine lunch so please let Sam Webber our Secretary know you will be attending so we can arrange the catering.

Lunch is followed by the AGM at 2 p.m.

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues at this event.

Are You Giving a Bit?

giving a bit imageDo you shop online? If you do, you could generate donations for the AWGB from many online retailers when you buy from them and it won’t cost you a penny extra! Visit the givingabit website to find out more, select the AWGB as your chosen charity and you can also install their handy forgetmenot widget so your web browser will show you when you visit an online retailer if they are part of the scheme.

AWGB International Seminar

Following our Seminar this year the Trustees have reviewed the  comments by delegates, the suitability of the venue and the Seminar finances.  The Seminar was well received by all who attended but many commented that the site layout at Loughborough meant lots of walking between the accommodation, seminar lecture halls and the lunch facilities.  Sadly we were unable to attract sufficient numbers to break even on the costs and this year the Seminar ran at a significant loss.

Therefore we have decided to review the whole Seminar process.  Accordingly, the next Seminar will not be held until 2018.   We are spending the next few months  investigating alternative venues, costs, possible sponsorship, programme options, and publicity.  We will be asking for opinions from a selection of the membership.  Based on the results of this work we will be in position to start organising the next Seminar around the middle of next year.

If you have any suggestions about how we could improve the Seminar experience, or presenters you would like to see please email Dave Atkinson on

Trowbridge Hosting a New Exhibition

Roy Weare. Tentacular pot. Trowbridge exhibition
Roy Weare.
Tentacular pot.
Trowbridge exhibition

Trowbridge town hall is hosting the new AWGB Contemporary Woodturning Exhibition. The exhibition will be open from the 12th of September – 10th of October (except Sundays). A selection of work from UK and overseas turners will be on display. Come and be inspired!

Jean-Claude Charpignon Yellow teapot
Jean-Claude Charpignon.
Yellow teapot