JANUARY Club Meeting -
13th January 2022 in St John’s Hall, starting at 7:00pm
A demonstration by our very own Pete Hatherell and Alan Reed
Peter has perfected a way of cutting glass bottles, using hot water and a lathe, and the resulting 'dishes' are placed in a wooden dish/ bowls so that jams and liquid condiments can be placed in them without direct food contact with the wood
The Kennet and Avon Woodturning Club held their Annual Gallery Night at St Johns Church Hall, Upper Studley, Trowbridge on the night of Thursday 9th December 2021. The members displayed turned pieces that they had produced throughout the year. The committee decided this year to hold a competition to make wig stands, once the judging was completed and prizes awarded the stands would be donated to "The Little Princesses Trust" which was formed in 2006 by Wendy and Simon Tarplee following the tragic loss of their five-year-old daughter Hannah to Wilm’s Tumour in 2005. Whilst Hannah was extremely ill, her hair loss was an over-riding concern and so her parents desperately searched to try and source a wig for her. The Trust now provides real hair wigs for little girls and young ladies who have lost their own hair as the direct result of cancer treatment. The trust which was formed at Hereford has grown to a point where it is not only providing many wigs each year but has also contributed over £15 million pounds to 80 research projects related to childhood cancers. In 2019 the trust became the holder of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of its invaluable work and contribution to cancer research. Over 40 wig stands were displayed and judged on the night. Mr Martyn Perry who is an Ambassador for The Little Princesses Trust attended along with the Mayor of Trowbridge Denise Bates and Councillor Jo Trigg of the County Council; all three guests willingly helped with the judging of the wig stands.
As you would expect from our club title the membership of some 46 people are drawn from all over Wiltshire, East Somerset and Bath. The club Chairman – Mr John Boyne-Aitken thanked our three guests for their help and support throughout the evening, he added that he was amazed by the number of stands that had been turned and offered up for judging, it was clear that such a worthy cause had positively impacted on the membership.
Our First Prize Winner, Dennis Albutt
Our Second Prize Winner, John Lawrence
At our club meeting on Thursday 21st April 2022, two of our members, Vic & Colin, set up a table offering cellulose sandingt sealer for sale at discounted prices. Sanding sealer is that vital final link between completing the shape of an item and applying the finishing coats. It seals the pores, firms up the grain – especially useful for those awkward areas which refuse to disappear – and, after buffing with a paper towel, provides a wonderful base for a wax finish, acrylic sprays, colouring or whatever you like. Sealers are relatively expensive and are normally thinned for use but that means buying at least a half-litre tin of sealer and another of cellulose thinners before finding a litre bottle to mix it in. By buying in bulk, mixing 50/50 and supplying in 1 litre or 500 ml bottles Colin and Vic have taken all the mess and fuss out of the process and are making a ready-to- use bottle available at a discount from your usual retailers. In addition to offering members a discount over normal retail prices a donation of 10% will be made to the Club for the benefit of all members. Any questions? Colin and Vic can be reached at woodturning.stuff@gmail.com
Many thanks to all those who purchased a piece or pieces of the European Oak Timbersource very kindly donated to the Club. Although they are all priced at £2 each we in fact raised £33.30 for a very needy cause! Peter will be sending me a link to the Ukrainian Appeal Just Giving web site where we will be depositing the money directly. Good News! For those who missed out we still have a number of pieces left and will make them available at the next meeting. Thanks again. - Colin & Vic

Peter Hatherell at the Shaw Fair - Saturday 4th June 2022

Peter Hatherell from Shaw, a member of the Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club, gave a superb

demonstration of his woodturning skills at the Shaw Fair on Saturday 4th June 2022. As well as

showing off his skills he had items for sale to the public in aid of the “Children in Distress

Ukraine Appeal”.

He riased a very creditable £216.00

Well done Pete