Club meetings usually take place on the third Sunday of the month, eleven times a year, there being no meeting in December to avoid conflict with holidays periods. See the Programme page for details of forthcoming meetings. The meeting venue we use is Carno Community Centre (post code SY17 5LH for your satnav).
There is plenty of free parking available, and the hall is accessible for wheelchair users. The hall has a stage at one end, where the lathe is located for demonstrations, and plenty of seating is available.
The club has invested in quality AV equipment which allow close ups of every demonstration to be relayed to flat screen TVs at either side of the stage, so everyone in the hall gets a really good view of what is going on. A radio microphone and loudspeaker system, along with a hearing aid loop, ensure that everyone can hear what the demonstrator is saying.
Tea & coffee are available free during the breaks at every meeting, and there is always a selection of bacon rolls, hot lunches, snacks, savouries and cakes on sale at very reasonable prices, provided for us by Beth McPhee of Caboodle.
Meetings are either half day or full day, and there is a small entry charge for each meeting. See the Programme page for details of meeting timings.
Charges for 2017 (unchanged from 2016) are:-
Members: £9 Family Members: £15
Guests of a member: £10 Non-members/visitors: £15
We usually have a number of "Hands On" days every year. There is no formal demonstration at these meetings, but a number of lathes are available where club members can demonstrate techniques and try new tools. Novices to woodturning can have a go themselves at these meetings under the supervision of experienced club members.
At every meeting we have a display table for members turned work, and there is a raffle of various prizes donated by club members. There is always plenty of time during breaks in the meetings for informal discussion of woodturning and related matters. The club's extensive woodturning library of DVDs, books and specialist tools is also available to members at the meetings.
Occasionally, the club also attends local events such as village shows, craft fairs and vintage rallies. At these events some of our more experienced club members demonstrate woodturning and the club usually has a table of members work for sale.