News

Amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill

The home office have drafted a number of amendments to the offensive weapons bill in an attempt to reduce knife crime. However, the amendment they are proposing will make it illegal to deliver any bladed product to a residential address. This also applies to purchases outside the UK.

The AWGB is opposed to this bill because it would severely impact on woodturners trying to pursue their hobby.

We suggest you contact your local MP and explain the shortcomings of the proposed changes. You can also sign the petition to have article 15 removed from the bill by following this link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/222776

We are trying to do what we can to get the bill amended.

New Officers

We are pleased to announce the following new members of the team –

Webmaster & data manager: Carl Burn

Workshops coordinator: Alan Buckle

Alan will be dealing with bookings and place allocations on our training workshops.

AWGB ambassador: Phil Irons

Phil’s role will be partly helping out with the day to day running of the organisation, partly representing the AWGB and partly bringing his extensive experience to bear by acting as an advisor.

The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary Awards 2019

Every two years the Turners’ Company offers one or more bursaries, worth up to a combined value of £10,000, to help talented woodturners develop their skills and move to a higher level of achievement. the awards are open to UK resident turners whose work is well regarded by their peers and who can put forward a clear plan for how the award will advance their work, expand the boundaries of turning and raise the profile of the craft.

For more information visit the Turners’ Company online here.

To download more information about the bursary scheme click on the link:

Bursary Rules 2019

You can also download the application form using the link below:

Bursary Application Form 2019

Trustee resignations

Both Howard Hughes (northern regional representative) and Paul Middleton (webmaster and data manager) have resigned from the executive. I would like to thank Howard and Paul for their contributions during their time as trustees.

The vacant posts will be temporarily covered as follows: northern rep post – Russell Gibbs; webmaster and data manager: Paul Hannaby

Demonstrator Training Day

We are looking for more members in the Strathclyde area that would like to attend a Demonstrator Training day. We have one at present who has applied and we need three more to run a course. It is free for AWGB members.

The application form is available under Resources.

Tutor Assessment Day

Max Carey Woodturning Trust
The Mill, 35 High Street
Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6AA
Saturday 23rdth June 2018
Applications to
John Montgomery
AWGB Demonstrator Training & Tutor Assessment Coordinator
Email johnmontgomery@awgb.co.uk