News

Welcome to the news page of our website.  On this page we will try to bring you up to date news and comments on events and issues to do with our club.

19th May 2022

We had a great return to personal meetings last Tuesday.  For a full report please visit our past meetings page.


11th May 2022

Please read below a recent email sent to all members regarding our club night on 17th May.

Hi All,
Just a reminder that we will be back at Leasingham Village Hall next Tuesday, 17th May.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, please enter the hall by the main entrance.  Professional demonstrator, Andy James will be entertaining us with some miniature segmented turning.  All the old favourites will be returning, the raffle (£1 per ticket), club shop and refreshments. 
We will also be starting the 2022 club competition for both novice and advanced turners.  A copy of the competition rules is attached, so have a read and please consider making an entry.  
The display table will also be out for you to showcase your work.  This is a great way to encourage discussion and inspiration amongst the membership.
The evening concludes at 10pm, but we do encourage and thank anyone who can assist in packing away.
It is expected to be a great evening and all for just £5 per person, please pay our new president and treasurer, Ann.  She’ll be sat, ready and waiting, near to the kitchen hatch.
Please note that we are still a cash only club.


4th May 2022

Annual General Meeting

Last night we were able to hold our AGM at the home of our Chairman.  37 members enjoyed an extremely positive meeting before having refreshments and browsing in the club shop.  Our shop proprietor, Roy Manders is certainly living up to his ‘Aunty Wainwright’ nickname as members were expertly relieved of their cash.

Chairman John Ingamells opened the meeting by explaining that with the passing, of our well respected president Charles Giles, it was now time to appoint an new one.  John explained that he would like to propose Charlie’s wife and our treasurer Ann to become club president.  Ann has been treasurer for twenty years, having agreed to take on the role for 6 months!!  During that time she has missed just one meeting.  John put Ann’s appointment to the members who unanimously voted to make Ann Giles our new president.  Ann said she was delighted to take on the role, especially as it was previously held by her husband.  The members were delighted to hear that Ann is also prepared to remain as club treasurer.

All the existing committee members are prepared to stand for another year, so it was proposed and unanimously agreed to re-elect the whole committee.  Jeremy Miller, having been co-opted onto the committee during the last year, was also officially elected to serve.

The chairman, treasurer and membership secretary delivered their annual reports, which were well received by the membership.  The club finances are in good order and membership currently stands at 126.
Demonstration secretary Pete Davies explained the difficulty, following co-vid, of hiring demonstrators for future meetings.  Although he has already secured bookings well into 2023, there is a concern regarding the cost, due to travel mileage and availability of future demonstrators. It was suggested and agreed that we should explore the possibility of occasional zoom demonstrations to members in the village hall.  This would open up the prospect of hiring demonstrators from around the world.  Upon the request of the members, the committee will make enquiries into the logistics of internet remote demonstrations within the village hall.

 Before closing the meeting, John expressed his thanks to everyone for attending.


28th April 2022

Please read below a recent email sent out to all members.

Here’s a few dates for your diary.

3rd May – This will be our AGM and we will be holding it outdoors!  Having not held an AGM since 2019 we need to complete this meeting, so it will commence at 6.30pm at our Chairmans home address of Station House, Lowfields, Navenby, Lincs. LN5 0LJ.  There is no requirement to let us know you are attending, just turn up for a free cup of tea or coffee.  We can rattle through the AGM before having a chat and catching up with each other before browsing through the club shop. Can we ask that you consider bringing a chair with you, as we can only provide limited seating and wrap up, it could be a cold evening.  This is a free evening, there is no charge to attend.

17th May – We are back at our home base in Leasingham Village Hall for our first ‘in person’ club night since last autumn.  Local professional turner, Andy James will be demonstrating miniature segmented turning.  All the usual attractions will return; there will be a prize raffle, the club shop will be in attendance, refreshments are available at a small donation and the club competition for 2022 will commence.  We have attached the competition rules for your information, please consider supporting this event.  The display table will also return, so you can display your work to give inspiration to other members. 
The cost of this evening remains at £5 per person.

7th June – Our first workshop meeting back at Leasingham.  Doors open at 7pm to set up the lathes and shop.  A great social evening to have a go, watch others or just chat with likeminded folks. Refreshments and the display table will also be available, all for the price of £3 per person. 

Sunday 12th June – During the last two years we instigated open sessions at our Chairman Johns home in Navenby.  These proved very popular, so we have decided to hold the occasional open session during the summer months at Johns home (address as above).  We start off between 2pm & 5pm Sunday 12th June.  We will have two lathes available, together with a sharpening system.  The club shop will be open and there will be refreshments, all at no charge. There is no requirement to book a place, you can drop in at any time and stay as long as you wish. 

Wig-stands – We are still producing wig stands for St Barnabas Hospice and respectfully ask that all members consider making one or two.  They are great fun to turn as they challenge both faceplate and spindle work.  Attached are some instructions, but you are most welcome to make your own design as long as they are fit for purpose.  Please bring along your stand to any club event and we will deliver it to St Barnabas.  Please ask if you need some timber to make one, we can supply it free of charge.

That’s it for now, we look forward to seeing you all at the AGM on the 3rd May.

**Please visit the competition page to access the rules**.


26th April 2022

Our demonstrator on the 17th May, Andy James has just sent us these photos of some of his work.  He intends to demonstrate miniature segmented turning and it promises to be an interesting evening.  (Click on individual photo to enlarge).

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21st April 2022

On 17th May we will be returning to our home base at Leasingham Village Hall for a club night.  Local demonstrator Andy James from Gainsborough will be taking to the stage and has informed us that he intends to demonstrate segmented miniature turning.  The club shop will be open, there will be a grand raffle and we will be serving tea and coffee during the break.  The display table will be there for you to showcase your excellent work for other members to admire and take inspiration.  It promises to be a great night and all for just £5 per person.


28th March 2022

Please read below a recent email sent out to all club members:

 We held a zoom committee last night in readiness for the AGM, however after a long discussion, taking into account the rapidly rising co-vid infection rate in Lincolnshire and the duty of care we hold for all our members, we have decided to postpone the AGM and cancel all ‘in person’ meetings until May. 
We hope that you understand and are in agreement with our decision, however we would welcome your comments and feedback if you would care to email us. (lincsturners@hotmail.com)  

Our club events for the next few weeks now look like this: 

 5th April – Cancelled, no meeting. 

 19th April – Club zoom meeting.  We will be showing another of Colwyn Way’s informative videos. Our Chairman, John Ingamells will forward details to you prior to the evening. 

 3rd May – This will be our AGM as we will be holding it outdoors!  Having not held an AGM since 2019 we need to complete this meeting, so it will commence at 6.30pm at our Chairmans home address of Station House, Lowfields, Navenby, Lincs. LN5 0LJ.  There is no requirement to let us know you are attending, just turn up for a cup of tea or coffee.  We can rattle through the AGM before having a chat and catch up with each other. Can we ask that you consider bringing a chair with you, as we can only provide limited seating. 

 We are hope to be back at the village hall for our club night on 17th May. 

 Many thanks and take care, 


19th March 2022

Norman Sanders has an Axminster Woodcut bowl saver for sale.  Please visit the shop page for more details of this and other items that are for sale at the moment.


18th March 2022

Kade Bolger entertained us last Tuesday with a fascinating demonstration live from his workshop in Canada.  Kade has kindly given us access to his YouTube video of the evening.  You can access the video for the next 28 days.  Please visit the past meetings page for the link.


9th March 2022

Please read below a recent email sent to all members.

Hi All,
It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that as from April we will be returning all meetings to our home base at Leasingham Village Hall.  We will be holding our workshop evenings on the first Tuesday of each month, whilst our club demonstration evenings will return on the third Tuesday of each month.

Tuesday 5th April.
Although this should be our workshop evening, we have decided to start off with a free social evening.  Our constitution states that we need to hold our AGM as soon as possible once we commence meeting again.  So, the evening will kick off with the AGM.  Formalities completed we will move on to a social evening.  This is where you can all assist.  We would like you all to consider bringing along a piece of work that you have completed during the last two years to put on a display table.  We can then study and admire each other’s work, gaining ideas and inspiration.
There will be a grand raffle and the club shop will be open, we will also have a free buffet supper.  It should be a great evening to catch up with fiends and talk about all things turning.  Could we ask that for catering purposes, you let us know if you are attending by Tuesday 29th March.  You can do this by emailing us at lincsturners@hotmail.com or by phoning our Chairman John Ingamells on 07860 713743 or 01522 810522.  
The hall will be open at 7pm for setting up and the AGM will commence at 7.30pm prompt and as already stated there will be no charge for this evening.

Tuesday 19th April.
This will be our first club demo evening back in the village hall and what a cracker we have install for you.  Legendary turner Mick Hanbury will be taking to the stage to break us back in with a great demonstration.   Doors open at 7pm with Mick commencing his demo at 7.30pm.  Admission to this evening will be £5 each, please remember that we are a ‘cash only’ club.
The monthly competition will be returning, we will email you in due course with more information.

Charlie’s Challenge.
As we move forwards and hopefully learn to live with co-vid, we have decided to end Charlie’s Challenge.  Our late president, Charles Giles came up this the idea of a challenge during those dark days of the first lockdown and what a great idea it turned out to be.  However, the success of Charlie’s Challenge rests squarely on the shoulders of club member and professional turner Martin Clarkson.  Martin has produced 27 critic videos over the last two years.  His comments and advice have encouraged us all to become better turners. His honesty and sense of humour has helped to see us through difficult times and has kept us busy in our workshops. The committee, on behalf of the members, wish to express our thanks to Martin, who can now take a well-earned rest. 

Martins latest video critiquing bird houses can now be viewed on the club website www.lincsturners.co.uk

Club Name Badges.
Many members will have a club name badge and we would like to encourage everyone to wear these when attending club evenings and events.  It is far more friendly if we are able to call each other by a name, other than just ‘Pal’ or ‘Mate’.  If you have misplaced your badge, or it’s looking worse for wear, or you are a new member and haven’t been issued with one, could you please let us know by email (lincsturners@hotmail.com) and we will have one made for you, free of charge, hopefully for the AGM.

That’s it for now, please don’t forget to let us know if you are attending the AGM or need a club name badge.


9th March 2022

Please grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy Martin’s latest and final Charlie’s Challenge video.


15th February 2022

Club member, John Cleator has a forstner bit for sale.  Please visit the shop page for more details.


6th February 2022

Please read below an email sent to all members.

Hi All,

I hope you are all keeping well

Martin Clarkson has produced his latest video for February’s Charlie’s Challenge, which you can now watch by going to the news page of the club website, www.lincsturners.co.uk

Charlie’s Challenge for March will have a spring feel to it.  As the snowdrops and daffodils begin to flower and there’s lambs in the fields, we would like you to turn a birdbox for the nesting birds.  There are many designs out there for you to gain inspiration, or you can amaze us with your own design.  Once you have finished, please send two photos to the club email address lincsturners@hotmail.com by 9pm Friday 25th February.  Martin will then produce his video for inclusion on the club website during the first week of March.

Our next club meeting will be a zoom demonstration on Tuesday 15th February.  Professional turner, Sue Harker will be demonstration a painted wide rimmed bowl from her workshop in North Yorkshire directly and exclusively to us. If time allows, she will also demonstrate some spindle work.  Chairman, John Ingamells will email all members with the link to zoom prior to the evening.  Please note this event is only open to members of our club.

As we move forward and learn to live with co-vid, the committee is keen to resume village hall meetings as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.  Having already secured a zoom demonstration for March by Kade Bolger from his workshop in Canada, it is our aim to get back to the village hall at the beginning of April.  We will continue to review this decision and will keep all members updated by email, Facebook, on the website and by telephone.

The club shop remains open for all your consumables, wood blanks and much more.  To visit the shop please give John Ingamells a call on 07860 713743 between 6pm & 9pm Monday to Friday. 

Please stay safe and keep turning.


6th February 2022

Martin Clarkson has kindly produced the latest video on Charlie’s Challenge, a piece of your choice, no larger than 2″ square.


9th January 2022

Please read below an important email sent to all members.

Having looked at government guidelines and taking into account the safety of our members, together with the concern as to how quickly the Omicron variant can spread, the committee have decided to cancel all village hall meeting for the next three months. 
This means that our AGM which was scheduled for the 18th January has been postponed and will now be held on Tuesday 5th April, which we currently intend to be our next meeting in the village hall.  We will remain fluid with this date and are prepared to postpone for the safety of the membership, if required.  Should this happen, we will comply with the constitution of the club which states that we must immediately set another date.

Dates for your diary
As we did in the past, we will continue to organise meetings using the zoom facility and can inform you of the following events:

Tuesday 18th January.    This will now be a zoom meeting in the form of a social evening.  We would like members to show us what you’ve been doing in your workshop.  Please try to attend, it’s short notice but we would like you all to come along, have a chat and show us some of your work.

Tuesday 1st February.    This should have been a workshop evening, but will now be a zoom meeting.  We are seeking permission to be able to show you some Axminster promotional videos, which will then provoke some friendly chat.  We also encourage you to bring an item of your work to give inspiration to others.

Tuesday 15th February.   We are pleased to announce that our demonstrator secretary, Pete Davies has worked wonders in securing a live demonstration from the excellent turner, Sue Harker.  Sue will demonstrate live from her workshop in North Yorkshire directly and exclusively to you in the comfort of your own home.

Tuesday 1st March.   Hopefully another Axminster inspired zoom meeting, with a chance to show off your work and exchange some Lincolnshire banter.

Tuesday 15th March.   We hope to have secured to services of another professional demonstrator to give us a zoom demo.  Further details will appear on the website.

Tuesday 5th April.  We hope to be back in the village hall for this workshop meeting and will start by holding our AGM.

Our chairman John Ingamells will send out an email prior to all the above meetings with log in details.  Please note that these meetings are only for members of our club.

Charlie’s Challenge
We are delighted to announce that Martin Clarkson has kindly agreed to continue with Charlie’s Challenge. So, Charlie’s next challenge is for you to produce anything you wish, providing it is no larger than 2″ tall or wide! (That’s 5cm for the younger members).  Once completed, please photo it with a rule to show its size and send two different angled photos to the club email address by 9pm Friday 28th January.  Martin will then produce another great video which will appear on the website the following week.

Wig Stands
The club remains committed to producing wig stands for St Barnabas Trust and would encourage all members to get involved.  If you require any wood for this project, please contact our Chairman, John Ingamells who will arrange to supply you some, free of charge.  Advice and instructions are available in the attachment to this email.  John can be contacted between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Friday on 07860 713743.

Club Shop
The club shop remains open during these difficult times.  If you would like to make any purchases, please give John a call on the number above and he’ll arrange to take your hard-earned cash from you. Maybe you could pick up some free timber for a wig-stand when making your purchase.

Midland Woodworking Show
The Midland Woodworking Show which is held at Newark Showground in March has once again fallen victim of the pandemic and will not take place this year. The organisers hope to hold the event next year and have already asked us to have a stand at the event.

That’s all for now, further updates will be posted on the website and in future emails.


7th January 2022

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel all village hall meeting for the next three months.  More details to follow by email and here on the website.


31st December 2021

As another challenging year draws to an end, we would like to wish all members and their families a Happy New Year.  We hope to get activities back into the village Hall as soon as possible, but we will only do this when we believe it is the correct, safe course of action.  We will keep you updated of all decisions and activities via the website, Facebook and email.

Happy New Year everyone.

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24th December 2021

The committee would like to wish all members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We are hopeful that we will be able to return to the village hall in the new year.  We will keep you updated by email, on the website, Facebook and by telephoning those members who do not have computers.

Merry Christmas to you all.

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23rd December 2021

There is a short report of our Christmas zoom meeting on the past meeting page.

15th December 2021

Please read below an email sent to all club members regarding our revised Christmas meeting.

Hi All

Following the announcement of the cancelled Christmas Party, we feel it’s such a shame that many of the members will not get together until the new year . 

We have had many thoughts about how or what we can do to bring people together for a chance to wish each other a happy and safe Christmas.  This has inspired us to do something different through the zoom meetings that many of us have attended during the lockdowns. 

On Tuesday 21st December we intend to have a club zoom meeting with a difference. It will be in the form of an open panel question night, with some well-respected guests.

Thanks to Martin Clarkson we will be joined by Kade Bolger from Canada and Billy Dillard from Louisiana, USA.

Kade was inspirational with the club producing many wig-stands for St Barnabas Hospice, yet his reputation is for his oil finishes, for which he produces some of the best ever seen.

Billy is a renowned lazar engraver.  He will give advice on how to get started in this fascinating art.

We will also be joined by Colin Spencer who has a vast experience in 3d printing.  Colin has recently joined the club and is keen to pass on advice to would be ‘3d printers’.

We are also hopeful to be joined by Robert Franklin who has an expertise in using resin in wood.

This is an impressive line-up for a social chat. There will be ample opportunity to ask these guys questions on the night, but if you would prefer to send a question prior to next Tuesday, please email us and we will ask the experts on your behalf. 

The committee, with much assistance from Martin, has worked extremely hard to put on this evening at such short notice.  We would like to see as many of you as possible, so pop a mince pie in the oven, pour yourself a glass of festive cheer, put on your Christmas jumper and join us from the comfort of your own armchair at 7.30pm Tuesday 21st December.  We will email the log in details to every member prior to the event.  Please note that this free virtual event is only open to members of our club.

 See you next Tuesday


13th December 2021

Please watch Martin’s latest critic video of Charlie’s Challenge by clicking below.


13th December 2021

Please read below an important email sent out to all members.

Hi All,

Having looked into government advice and with consideration regarding the safety of our members, the committee have made the difficult, but understandable decision to cancel our Christmas party scheduled for Tuesday 21st December 2021 at Leasingham Village Hall.  We do not feel that we can, under current circumstances, organise a party in a safe environment at this time of the year.
We do not have a workshop evening in January, so our next meeting should be the AGM and demonstration on Tuesday 18th January 2022.  At the moment, this meeting will go ahead as planned, however in these difficult times we will remain cautious and comply with government guidelines.  We will remain fluid in our decisions and will keep you informed by email, on the website, Facebook and phoning those members who do not have access to computers.

Charlie’s Challenge, will be taking a break during the festive period.  The committee, will continue to work hard on your behalf and are looking forward to an interesting 2022.  Please visit our website diary page to see who our Demonstrators Secretary, Pete Davies has lined up for us.  We just hope we are able to meet up to enjoy this exciting programme.

The committee would like to wish each and every one of you a peaceful, healthy Christmas and New Year.

Take care and stay safe.

 

12th December 2021

Please visit the diary page to see who our demonstrator secretary Peter Davies has booked for 2022.  There are some exciting new demonstrators, as well as some friends and supporters of our club.


11th December 2021

Unfortunately we are experiencing some problems with Martin Clarksons critic video of Charlie’s Challenge.  Once it’s sorted we will update this news page.


17th November 2021

Details of last nights club night can be found on our past meetings page.


15th November 2021

The club has some pre-loved power tools for sale at very competitive prices.  To view these items please visit the shop page of the website.  They will also be available to view at the club shop on club and workshop evenings.


7th November 2021

Please see below a recent email sent to all club members.

 

Hi All,

Club night returns
We are delighted that on Tuesday 16th November we will be returning to as normal as we’ve been for over eighteen months.  At 7pm the doors will open at Leasingham village hall for our first club night since the start of the pandemic.  Our professional demonstrator this month is club favourite, Martin Clarkson.  Martin will begin his demonstration at 7.30pm, breaking for tea/coffee and of course the drawing of the prize raffle, before continuing with his demo until 10pm.  We have decided not to have our monthly competition this month, but will have the display table where you can show other members what you’ve been doing in your workshop.  The club shop will be open as usual.  It promises to be a great night and all for just £5 per person.

Annual membership
Membership Secretary Tom would like to remind you that annual membership is due at the end of the year.  Tom will gladly take 2022 subscriptions now, whilst we have some cash prior to the expense of Christmas.  Annual membership has been frozen for the 8th year running, at just £15 or £10 concessions.  When paying Tom, could you please bring along your membership book so that it can be updated.

Charlie’s Challenge
The theme for the final challenge of 2021 will simply be ‘Christmas’!  You have until 9pm Friday 3rd December to send two photos of your work to the club email address, lincsturners@hotmail.com.  Martin will then produce his critic video for the club website the following week.

That’s it for now, take care,


6th November 2021

Here’s the latest critic video for Charlie’s Challenge.  The next challenge will be issued very soon.

5th November 2021

Great little article which recently appeared in the Sleaford Standard. 

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3rd November 2021

A report of last nights workshop evening is available to read on our past meetings page.  Photos of the evening will be posted on that page very soon.
Martin Clarkson is currently working on his video of Charlie’s latest challenge, it will be posted here on the news page later this week.
An email will be sent to all members soon, giving details of Charlie’s next challenge, together with news of up coming events.


28th October 2021

Club Secretary Ray Blake as produced a very informative report on the recent zoom demonstration meeting with Chris Parker.  Rays report is available to read on the past meetings page.  There is a recording of this demonstration which chairman John Ingamells will send to all members by email.

27th October 2021

We are delighted to announce that after 18 months we finally return to Leasingham village hall for a proper club night, with a professional turner.
To ease us back into these club nights we have asked our resident professional turner Martin Clarkson to step onto the stage to entertain us. The door will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  The cost will remain at just £5 per person.  There will be a display table for you to show off your lockdown work, but we have decided not to run a competition this month.  The club shop will be open and we hope to have the raffle up and running.  Refreshments will be available.

18th October 2021

After having to postpone last years Open Day, we were very anxious with regards to opening our doors to the public this year.  We should never have doubted the determination of our club members or the paying customer, as over 550 folks made the club open day 2021 the best ever attended.  
Professional Turner, Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook entertained throughout the day as did Alan Cramer, Peter Davies and Colin Wilson on their own lathes.  Norman Sanders gave 103 members of the public a brief individual lesson on how to turn a Christmas Tree decoration.  Other club members were selling their produce, whilst our old friend, Peter Tree showcased his beautiful chairs.
Both our nominated charities, Lincolnshire Lives and St Barnabas Hospice were present, as were many other local crafts folk displaying and selling their work.
Thanks must be expressed to all the club members who assisted in setting up and staffing our stalls, before helping to pack away and tidy up the hall.  Special thanks to all the ladies who managed the kitchen, keeping everyone nourished with a mouth watering supply of cakes.
Thanks to all involved, you all played your part in a great event.


8th October 2021

Please see below a recent email sent to all club members.

Below are some dates for your diaries and information regarding Charlie’s Challenge – Part 24.

Sunday 17th October.
We welcome the return of our annual Craft and Woodturning Show at Leasingham village hall. Doors open at 9.30am until 4pm, entry is just £2 per person.  Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook will be demonstrating throughout the day.  There is an opportunity for members of the public to have a go at turning.  We have invited different crafters to showcase their work as well as having the usual raffle and refreshments.  It promises to be a great event, so please spread the word and come along to support the club.

Tuesday 19th October.
This will be a zoom demonstration evening starting at 7.30pm, where professional turner Chris Parker will be demonstrating live from his workshop exclusively to us.  Chairman John Ingamells will email members with the zoom log-in details prior to the evening.

Tuesday 2nd November.
We have had two workshop evening since covid restrictions have been lifted and the success of these have been unbelievable.  We hope the interest continues as we return to Leasingham village hall for another workshop evening.  The doors open at 7pm and costs just £3 per person, there will be several lathes in operation, together with a sharpening station.  We will have the club shop open and there will be refreshments available.  

Tuesday 16th November.
After eighteen months it’s finally here!! A club demonstration evening in person, at the village hall.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with entry costing just £5 per person.  To ease you back steadily we have asked our friend Martin Clarkson to make his debut on the stage.  Martin’s exceptional turning skills and unique sense of humour will be on show to entertain us.  
We will not be reintroducing the popular club competition just yet, but will have a display table for you to show your work and inspire other members.  Please bring along anything you have turned in the last year and a half, we really want to see and admire it.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part 23 – Something with a lid.
Martin’s video of the latest challenge is now available for viewing on the news page of our website www.lincsturners.co.uk

Charlie’s Challenge – Part 24.
The popular Charlie’s Challenge will continue for the foreseeable future, so the next challenge will be to turn ‘Something that is capable of emitting light’.  This could be a candle or tea light holder; it could be a table or standard lamp or even something which is using LED’s, the choice is entirely yours.  Come on, get thinking outside of the box and amaze us.
You have until 9pm Friday 29th October to send two photos of your work to our email address lincsturners@hotmail.com.  Martin will then produce his critic video for the website the following week.

That’s enough from me for now.  Make sure you put all these events in your diary, we all look forward to seeing you.


8th October 2021

Charlie’s Challenge 23 ‘something with a lid’ is now available to view.  It’s another great video from professional turner and club favourite Martin Clarkson.


7th October 2021

Club Open Day

9.30am – 4pm Sunday 17th October 2021

The club open day is fast approaching.  Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook will be demonstrating throughout the day and there will be numerous craft stalls.  Some club members will also be demonstrating and there will be a opportunity for the complete novice to turn a Christmas Tree.
Refreshments will be available and there will be a prize raffle.
A great event for all the family at our home venue at Leasingham village hall.


1st October 2021

Our reputation goes far and wide! We were delighted to receive the below email from Eddie Pettley in New Zealand.

Hi Guys ,
I have just seen your article in the wood turning publication about making wig stands. I am a member of the Waikato Woodworkers Guild in Hamilton, New Zealand and we have been making wig stands for twelve years for a lady who has wigs for oncology patients, to date we have made 3,400 stands from a club of 75 .members.
We get some timber donated from a large building  supply company for some advertising in our newsletter and other outlets.
So keep up the good work and spread the work to other clubs in the U.K.
Cheers Eddie Pettley.

We clearly have a long way to go to catch up our friends in New Zealand, so lets keep making those wig stands for St Barnabus Hospice.  If you require any timber to make one or two, please get in touch and we will supply some, free of charge.


30th September 2021

Philip Greenwoods zoom demonstration, from 21st September, is now available to watch on the past meetings page.


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Today the club was invited to have a stand at the Navenby Flag Fest.  We took two lathes so that we were able to demonstrate and also give the opportunity for members of the public to have a go at turning.
John Ingamells and Pete Davies demonstrated some interesting projects, Norman Sanders assisted 63 customers to turn a free Christmas tree, whilst other members chatted and promoted the club and our forthcoming open day.  It was a well attended event and an ideal chance to promote the craft we are so passionate about.
Below are a few photos of some very happy folks with there Christmas trees.

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2nd September 2021pen

At our last zoom meeting chairman John Ingamells confessed to having never turned a pen, but agreed to make one in the next few weeks.  True to his word, John is pleased to show his turned pen, which he told me can write underwater!!  It can also write other words.

(Click on the image to make it bigger)


2nd September 2021

Please see below a recent email sent to all members.

Ann Giles would like to thank members for their cards and kind words of support following the sad loss of Charles.  In line with Charlies wish, his funeral will be a quiet family occasion.  Our thoughts are with Ann and her family at this very difficult and sad time.

As a mark of respect, we are going to postpone ‘Charlie’s Challenge’ for this month.  Having spoken with Ann, we are keen that Charlie’s Challenge continues in some form for the foreseeable future.  Therefore, the latest challenge, ‘something with a lid’ will roll over to next month.  Let’s make it a good one in respect to Charlie.  If you have already sent some photos through, these will be held back for next month.  You are most welcome to submit more than one piece.  All you have to do is send two photos of your work to the club email address, lincsturners@hotmail.com by 9pm Friday 1st October.  Martin will then critic the submissions and his video will be on the website the following week. 

The committee are looking forwards to welcoming you all back to the workshop night next Tuesday, 7th September.  Doors open at 7pm until 10pm.  There will be lathes and a sharpening system, as well as the club shop.  Refreshments will be available and this is all for just £3.  Please remember that we are still a cash only club. We are hoping for a good turn-out and a fantastic evening.  It’s been a long time since we met at the village hall, so please come along for a great social time.


29th August 2021

Please read below a letter sent to all members from our chairman, John Ingamells.

Dear Club Member, 

It’s been a very long time since we last met at the club headquarters in Leasingham. There have been many changes to everyday life and I hope my letter finds you and your family well.  As we are now coming out of the dreadful pandemic and clubs like ours are beginning to resume to the new normal, I wanted to write to you and give you some updates regarding our club. 

During the last 16 months we have attempted to keep the club functioning with various remote events, such as our popular zoom meetings and Charlie’s Challenge.  When government restrictions allowed, we met several times for outdoor sessions in my garden.  I would like to thank members who participated in these events, it encouraged us all to keep ploughing on whilst staying safe. 

I am now delighted that we are able to resume organised events back at the village hall, starting with our workshop evenings.  We have decided to resume these evenings on Tuesday 7th September between 7pm and 10pm and then the first Tuesday of each month thereafter.  We will have several lathes out, together with a sharpening system.  The club shop will be open and we will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.  We will have doors and windows open to allow clean air to circulate, but will not be insisting on the wearing of face masks, we will leave this to your discretion.  The cost of the evening remains at just £3.00 plus a donation for refreshments.  Please note we are still a cash only club. 

We have decided to hold back on the resumption of the club demonstration evenings.  We feel that it is too soon to ask members to sit in close, formal rows whilst watching a demonstrator.  Also, we have already booked two professional demonstrators for upcoming zoom meetings.  With all this in mind we have decided that, providing there is no new lockdowns or restrictions, we will resume our club demonstration evenings on Tuesday 16th November, doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 

We continue to prepare for the club show on Sunday 17th October at Leasingham Village Hall.  Attractions include an all-day demonstration by Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook.  Miniature turning demonstration.  The always popular ‘Have a go’ lathe. Refreshments.  Plus, many more stalls, showcasing different crafts. 

Prior to the pandemic our club was thriving, with just over 100 registered members, I hope that you will be able to join us on the 7th September to meet old friends and fellow turners.  It would be great to see you again as I like so many, have missed the personal contact with you all. Whilst zoom meetings have been a life line for our club, nothing beats meeting up in person and having a good time together. 

If you would like more details, you can contact me on 01522 810522 after 6pm or by email john@ingamells.com                    

Many thanks, take care and I’ll see you on the 7th September. 

John Ingamells 

Club Chairman. 


20th August 20211

It is with sadness that we have to inform you that our club president Charles Giles passed away earlier this week.
Charlie was instrumental in setting up our club, when in 1993 a few friends met in a garden shed to form Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners.  At that first meeting Charlie took on the role of club Secretary and served on the committee ever since.  Charlie was heavily committed to the success of the club and steered it through good and not so good times.  An exceptionally good turner himself, Charlie was always keen to pass on his knowledge to members.  In 2016, in recognition for his hard work and dedication to our club, Charlie was made Honorary President.
Our thoughts are with Charlie’s wife Ann, our treasurer and his family at this very sad time.
Information regarding Charlie’s funeral will be posted here.


5th August 2021

Please click below to view Martin Clarkson’s video of Charlie’s Challenge 22- A piece of art.


29th July 2021

Please see an email sent to all members last night regarding future events within the club.

The club committee sat last night and made some difficult decisions with regards to moving forwards, whilst trying to protect our members and the clubs’ finances.  

Club demonstrator evenings
We have decided to hold back on the re-opening of the club demonstrator evenings, on the third Tuesday of each month, until November.  Many factors were considered when making this decision, including:  
   We feel that it is too soon to hold our normal demonstrator evenings, where members would be in close contact with each other whilst sat watching the demonstrator.  
   We are unsure how many members would be prepared to turn out, therefore once we have paid for a professional demonstrator, there may be a cash shortfall.   
   We had already secured zoom demonstrators and do not feel it appropriate to cancel these professionals, who have clearly struggled financially during the pandemic.

The next three zoom meetings are:
   17th August 2021, In house video on pen making, made by club members and presented by Alan Cramer.  We would also like those who have participated in Charlie’s Challenge to show and tell some of their entries.
   21st September 2021, Phil Greenwood, professional turner.
   19th October 2021, Chris Parker, professional turner.

Chairman John Ingamells will as usual, email all members with the log in details nearer the event. Please note; these meetings are only available to paid up club members.

Workshop evenings
Workshop evenings will return, on Tuesday 7th September 2021 between 7pm & 10pm at our home in Leasingham Village Hall.  We will be getting out all the lathes and sharpening systems.  Refreshments will be available and we will try to get the club shop open. 

Face masks are optional and we will open doors and windows to provide a circulation of fresh air.  

The cost of the evening remains at just £3.  Please note that we are still a cash only club and would appreciate if you are able to bring the correct change. 

Outdoor Open Sessions
We have an outdoor open session at Johns home in Navenby organised for next Tuesday, 3rd August.  It will be just one session between 1pm – 5pm.  The lathes and sharpening systems will be out and the club shop will be open.  Refreshments will be available and free.

There is no need to book, just pop along at some time during the afternoon for a very sociable time.  There’s no requirement to go on a lathe, we just want to encourage all members to call in, even if you haven’t been before.

Charlie’s Challenge
Charlie’s latest challenge, a piece of art, concludes this Friday.  If you haven’t already photographed your art work, you have until 9pm this Friday to email them across to the cub email address.

Club Show
We continue to prepare for the club show on Sunday 17th October at Leasingham Village Hall.  Attractions include an all-day demonstration by Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook.  Miniature turning demonstration.  The always popular ‘Have a go’ lathe. Refreshments.  Plus, many more stalls, showcasing different crafts.

That’s it for now, hopefully we will see you all sometime next Tuesday at Navenby.  If you have any concerns, please feel free to drop us an email or contact a committee member, details are on the website.


23rd July 2021

You committee have been making enquiries and seeking advice with regards to returning to action at our home in Leasingham village hall.  We will be having a committee meeting next Tuesday to decide which way to progress.  We have to take into consideration the safety of our membership, together with the financial implications to the club.  We will keep you informed via email and through the club website, posting all information here on the news page.


14th July 2021 

This month’s Woodturning Magazine features a great article about our club and it’s commitment to St Barnabas Hospice.  We have now produced in excess of 50 wig stands to be donated to the charity.  Thanks to all the members who have contributed and if you have not already purchased a copy of the magazine, we strongly recommend that you pop to your newsagent to pick up issue 359 and turn immediately to page 81.  Happy reading! 


14th July 2021 

Please see below a recent email sent to all club members:

Hi,

First, I need to apologise as we are still experiencing difficulties in bringing you Martin’s critic video for Charlie’s last challenge.  Please rest assured that once I am in receipt of the video it will be posted onto the news page of the website.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part 22.

In view of the difficulties we are having, we have decided to push ahead with Charlie’s next challenge. 

Charlie believes, like many of us, that wood turning is an art and many of the pieces produced can be classed as art.  This led Charlie to take to his dictionary and look up the meaning of ‘art’.  According to the Oxford Dictionary, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

So, there you have it, Charlie’s Challenge – part 22, will be to produce a piece of ‘art’!  You have until 9pm Friday 30th July to send two photos with a rule for scale, to the club email address; lincsturners@hotmail.com.  We will then ask Martin Clarkson to produce a video critiquing the pieces, which will be available to view on the website the following week. 

Co-vid update

As you are no doubt aware, co-vid restrictions are being eased and life is slowly getting back to some sort of normality.  Please bear with the committee as we consider all the implications of resuming our club activities at Leasingham village hall.  We have to be guided by the village hall committee and their new protocols.  We also have to consider our options and weather they are viable with regards to the finance of the club and the welfare of our membership.  We are working hard to get back to where we all want to be, but there are going to be some difficult decisions.  We thank you for your patience.

Club Open Sessions

Due to possible changes in how we might be operating very soon, we do not know if we will be holding an open session in August.  However, as with all changes, we will inform you as soon as we have any news.

Club Annual Show

Our club show is scheduled for Sunday 17th October 2021 and at the moment we are heavily involved in trying to make sure it goes ahead.  We have many stall holders provisionally booked and are pleased to announce that this year Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook will be the professional turner demonstrating throughout the day.  

The committee works tirelessly to ensure that the club continues to progress and emerges from the pandemic in a positive, safe way.  We will move forward as quickly as possible and thank you all for your support.  

Take care and keep turning, we are nearly there.


14th July 2021 

We are pleased to bring you Martin’s critic of Charlie’s Challenge Part 21.