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About Us

The Club was founded in October 1997 when a group of like-minded wood turners got together for the first time. Many members have been active wood turners for a lot longer.


The Club meetings and Workshops are held at Padworth Village Hall, Padworth, Reading, RG7 4HY, on the second Tuesday of each month for demonstrations and Members' evenings. In addition, Workshops are held at the same venue on the fourth Saturday of each month 10.00am - 1.00pm.


Club evenings start at 7.30pm and finish about 10.00pm. Most meetings feature a demonstration about turning by an invited guest or club member. We also have club nights, with a number of lathes being operated by members demonstrating various techniques and projects.


There is a club shop selling sandpaper, finishing products and other turning related consumables.


On our notice board members are able to advertise things for sale or wanted. This notice board is also available on the club website along with a for sale section.


There is a monthly competition open to all members at various levels.


We also have a gallery table where members can bring along pieces to show.


Refreshments are served mid-evening when members can catch up with the latest news and gossip in the woodturning world.


A raffle and members draw is held at the end of each evening for useful woodturning items.


Throughout the evening there is usually a good selection of turning blanks for sale at very reasonable prices.


The Saturday workshop is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. These workshops are for members to meet, discuss, and practice their turning techniques in an informal atmosphere. Refreshments are served mid afternoon. The current year's program of events is published on the diary page of this website.


The Club has the following aims:

  • To promote and nurture the art of woodturning in all its aspects.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and techniques
  • To organise regular meetings, discussions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations
  • To organise regular competitions and exhibitions of members' work


The Club is administered by a committee, which meets every month and sets the monthly competition, decides on the demonstrators for the following year, arranges the logistics of the various events, takes care of domestic matters, authorises purchases and administers the Club's funds.


We are a friendly bunch, so come along to a club meeting or meet us at one of our many exhibitions throughout the summer. The club Chairman for many years was Ken Saxton: Ken has now taken up the position of Honorary Life President.

Visitors and new members are welcome!



Kennet Valley Woodturners - The Rules

  1. The group is to be known as KENNET VALLEY WOODTURNERS
  2. The group is to promote the craft of woodturning for the benefit of members; to provide a forum for discussion, to arrange regular meetings for members, to arrange demonstrations and lectures by skilled wood turners and to afford members every opportunity to enhance their skills and enjoyment of the craft.
  3. The group will meet at 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday of each calendar month.
  4. The group’s official financial year will run from 1 January to 31 December. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in February of each year.
  5. An Emergency General Meeting (EGM) may be called if necessary at the committee’s discretion.
  6. The committee shall consist of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and three committee members. More committee members may be elected as membership increases.
  7. Members may be elected to office in his or her absence provided he or she has indicated availability or non-availability to the chairman prior to the election meeting.
  8. Group accounts shall be available to members as required. Annual accounts shall be presented at the AGM.
  9. The Treasurer shall receive and distribute all monies relating to group business. A balance sheet will be presented annually.
  10. Subscriptions to the group and the attendance fee per meeting shall be that fixed at the AGM for the ensuing year.
  11. Subscriptions may be paid by cash or cheque made payable to KENNET VALLEY WOODTURNERS. Bank charges incurred by cheques not honoured will be paid by the drawer.
  12. All membership renewals must be paid in full within two months of the AGM to maintain membership benefits.
  13. No refunds will be given to any person leaving the group within any membership year.
  14. Members shall not exhibit work that is not of their own manufacture.
  15. The committee shall maintain the right to suspend or terminate the membership of any member whose conduct is considered undesirable.
  16. Any alteration to these rules must be proposed in writing and received by the Secretary fourteen days prior to the AGM or an EGM (emergency general meeting).
  17. All members are responsible for their own safety and that of other members and attendees at meetings and functions arranged by the club. To this end, all members are asked to sign a declaration that they fully understand both the club’s and their personal liability.
  18. Members wishing to use the KENNET VALLEY WOODTURNERS’ equipment may do so entirely at their own risk. Such person will be entirely responsible for their own safety and liable for any damages or loss to the equipment and for its security during and after use. Such persons will be responsible for any charges incurred.
  19. The group may publish a leaflet of rules.
  20. The group may publish a periodical newsletter.
  21. Members may bring a guest to any meeting (paying the appropriate fee). Any guest attending a second meeting will be expected to become a full member. 
  22. The Club is open to junior members ( aged between 13 and 18 years of age ). These members will be admitted with no joining fee, and an annual subscription rate of half the senior level. For those under 16 years of age, they must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian.


Where to find us...

Don't miss...


8th Jan 2019

Paul Howard Demonstration

Goblet with 1 Captive Ring (Novices), 2 Captive Rings (Intermediates), 3 Captive Rings (Advanced)


26th Jan 2019

Saturday Workshop 10am until 1pm

THEME : Square Edged Items