Club History

February 2019

Demonstration by Bryan Milham

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December 2016

It was with great sadness that we all heard about Life Member John Owen who passed away after a short illness John will be much missed.

In John’s memory, the committee have elected to name the annually awarded shield “The John Owen Memorial Shield”.

Ray Thomas was awarded the “The John Owen Memorial Shield”.

as turner of the year for his jewellery box along with a prize of £50.00.

Norman Poole received a prize of £50.00 as intermediate turner of the year and novice turner Jim Lloyd also received a prize of £50.00.

The annual auction raised an amount of £472.00 with items sold previous to auction and monies from the flower show this gave us a total in excess of £1400 to present to the Young Carers charity in January.

Rachel was again thanked by Chairman John for providing refreshments throughout the year.

Approx 30 people members and partners enjoyed an enjoyable Christmas meal at the Brent Knoll Inn.

We finish the year 2016 with a membership of 52 including 3 active life and 2 non-active life members this number sadly included 2 deceased members i.e. John Owen and Ken Corp and another member who resigned.

November 2016

Paul Middleton demonstrated pen making and encouraged members to make a pen to take away on the night following tuition.

Following Secretary Greg’s persistence, we have been awarded a grant of £300 from the AWGB to help our club run a 30th birthday party event during 2017.

The display table was dedicated to Christmas items.

 October 2016

A club member demonstrated making Christmas decorations and Neil Burrow demonstrated pyrography.

The display table was dedicated to Fruit items.

Club clothing Items were on display at the  meeting and Paul will be happy to take orders with a 20% deposit with order.

Polo Shirts £17 Sweatshirts £18 Fleeces £22

September 2016

Tuition for beginners, intermediate and skilled continues to be provided to all members by a number of our more talented club member turners.

The display table wass for Halloween themed items.

August 2016

Mark Hancock was our guest demonstrator.

The display table was dedicated to Offset turning.

Chairman John thanked members that donated items to sell on behalf of the Young Carers Charity and to those members who gave their support to man the club stall at Weston Flower Show the event raised £340.00 on behalf of this charity.

Four club member workshops were approved for suitability for additional tuition these were Peter Davis, Paul Middleton and John Smith and Les Cummin.

July 2016

Neil Harris demonstrated scroll saw work.

The display table was for Barley twist items.

June 2016

John Owen demonstrated turning fruit and tuition continued from tutors Les Cummin and Colin Stroud.

The display table was devoted to Budvase’s

May 2016

Dave Appleby demonstrated at this meeting.

The display table was dedicated to Pyrography items

April 2016

Club member Paul who was named Crafter of the Year 2015 by the Southern Voice Publication for expertise in pen making demonstrated bullet case etching as part of the pen making process.

The display table this month was dedicated to Coloured items.

March 2016

Greg Keenan demonstrated pyrography and Tony Galliers showed us how to sharpen tools.

The display table was related to Easter themed items.

Feb 2016

 John Aitken known as the Bowler Hatted Turner demonstrated at our meeting.

Three new members joined our club this month and we had eight visitors

The display table was dedicated to Pierced items.

Jan 2016

Club AGM Followed by a question and answer session.

The display table theme was Turned bottles.

December 2015

This saw the first club competition happening with 3 categories of prizes and a turner of the year.  Prizes were £50 for the winner of each category.

 April 2015

The club commenced its first monthly newsletter which is emailed to each member.

March 2015

Our club is now affiliated with the AWGB giving members all the benefits of membership of this organisation for more detailed information refer to the AWGB website at

 3rd February 2014

After registering our web site with search engines, a counter was added a week ago and in that week we have had 1348 hits.

Doing a google search for ‘woodturning weston’ now brings ‘’ up first and ‘’, our previous web site up third although only because it now points to the current site.

 February 2013

Scouts from Banwell put their skills to the test when they paid a visit to the club the local press attended.

May 2011

An open night was held at Weston AFC premises members brought a significant amount of items for display along with items for sale it was a well attended event with the local press attending.

November 2011

In an effort to raise awareness of our club and so hopefully attract younger members it was decided to approach all local schools, youth clubs, scouts and guides organisations letters were sent and followed up by phone calls with a very poor response.

 Aug 2005

Secretary John Warren attended the local craft fair at St Georges Community Centre promoting the spinning wheel on behalf of Weston Hospice.

November 2004

The Arkwright spinning wheel is completed and was test driven by a local lady who spun wool on the finished item.

 October 2004

Nigel Maddocks returns to advise and demonstrate how to sharpen tools

The following are parts of the history of the club extracted from the first club magazine dated May 2003

May 2003

Nigel Maddocks from Somerset Woodturners will demonstrate various finishing techniques

A special time for the club as it has just purchased its first lathe and chuck from Axminster Tools it was an M600

Member Bob Baldock brought along a half scale model of an Arkwright spinning wheel and suggested that as a club project we should make a full size item.

This suggestion was met with great enthusiasm and the club formed into working groups and over the following months completed a full sized version which was later raffled and all proceeds which exceeded £1200.00 were donated to Weston Hospice.

Club member Alex Baxter one of the newer members was congratulated on his hour glass which was exhibited at the Axminster Power Tool Show for which he gained a bronze award.

The club membership stands at 30 members

 April 2003

David Bradley will address the meeting on First Aid in the workshop

March 2003

Members are encouraged to bring along items of their work for discussion.

November 2002

Chairman Bryan Jackson reported that since the first meeting in November 2002 the club had taken off beyond all expectations.

Dave Chinn Treasurer reported a paid up membership of 23 members.

Ray Thomas Committee Member has managed to get a small collection of books and videos for the library


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