14 Jun 2022 – Hands on Night

 In Hands on Nights

Welcome to our Hands on Night

This month’s Hands On Night certainly lived up to its name; with nearly 40 people in the hall, long standing members, newer members, and potential new members using the evening to try their ‘hands on’.

With four lathes set up, we tried out a new plan and tucked two of them into the corners to give those trying for the first time, a little space to make some shavings in semi private as not everyone is happy having an audience watching their every move.  This proved to be successful and both Mick and John were kept busy with three new turners interested in taking up the new hobby.

We had all the usual chat and gossip which filled the room and plenty of people were stocking up with timber and consumables just goes to show that the club is going from strength to strength.

Can we remind you that the purpose of the Hands on Nights are as the name suggests, ‘hands on’ and are not necessarily to watch 4 turners demonstrating for your enjoyment all night.  Please ask any of the Turners for help with anything you want to learn and hopefully they will be able to show you and get you to have a go.  We do have Club smocks available if you want to borrow one to keep clean, just ask us.  It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety PPE, visors, safety glasses are worn whenever you go on the lathe, whilst the Committee monitor this, if you see someone not wearing them please mention it to them as we can’t be everywhere.

We are trialling a new booking system on the Hands on Nights where we will have two lathes that can be pre-booked for an hour at a time.  Your hour will be with a turner, one to one to go over anything you want to learn from the basics to more advanced turning.  We need to know what you want to do so that we can try and put you with the right person.  We had a paper booking sheet for the July’s meeting out on Tuesday night which all 4 slots are now full which is great to see. This is on a first come, first served basis, so if you missed out this time please keep any eye out for the August’s meeting. Our intention is to set up an online booking system if this proves to be successful, so watch this space.

For more photos of the evening please check out the Gallery.

And finally,

The Club Shop is now also able to accept payment by chip and pin, contactless cards from the following card providers including Apple and Goggle Pay. There will be certain purchases or occasions when this may not be available and cash or cheque is required instead.  However, we are trying to get away from all cash transactions, where possible to reduce cash handling and the hassle it is now to pay it into the bank.


Club Secretary Role – Despite a direct email to you all, we still need a willing volunteer to take on the Club Secretary role.  Please consider this as someone needs to do it for the Club to run.  Those of us already on the Committee are all volunteers doing the job to keep our successful Club running and we all lead busy lives whether that is in retirement or still in full/part time employment, so we really need your help.

21 Jun 2022 – Workshop Night.  Meeting links have been sent out, so if you have not had it get in touch. Also if you have any photos to go into the Show and Tell, please send them to us by no later than Monday 7pm.  The Dropbox link to send them to is in the email.  Thanks.

28 Jun 2022 – Demo by Phil Rose from New York, USA.  PAYG members need to purchase a ticket to attend, click HERE

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  • Zak

    A great turnout for Hands on night, especially as fuel costs are biting into all our pockets, it was really buzzing.

  • Chris Fisher

    One of the best hands on nights for a long time.

  • Dai Crawford

    Nice to see the hall full and new members attending. A good night again. Perhaps we could have a dedicated table for members to show what they have made in the previous month before a meeting. No judgement or competition, just helpful comments.

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