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Notice Board



The prizes for the monthly raffle now include a voucher which can either be used in the club shop, or for the purchase of timber from Brian.

Outstanding Books

Request to all members who have outstanding books and/or DVDs from the club library, to return them as soon as possible in order that other club members can enjoy them

The Royal Berkshire Show September 2018

Club Stand at the Show

KVWT Vice Chairman

Phil Boulter and retirement

Our Vice Chairman, Phil Boulter, has recently retired from a job he has held for many years.

He has wasted no time in finding alternative employment; only a few days later he was spotted in Newbury High Street.

The Club Tool Bank

Ray Brindley administers the tool bank

Members are reminded that the club has a selection of tools available in the "Tool Bank". These items are available to borrow in order to try out more unusual tools at home before perhaps contemplating an expensive purchase. The cost is only £5 for the loan, but a £15 refundable deposit will be required. Tools Available : The Allen Beecham 'Skewigouge' A Henry Taylor large bowl gouge with interchangeable ends(x4), inc. hollowing bit. A selection of thread chasing tools 18 & 20 TPI + recess cutter. A Robert Sorby texturing tool with selection of cutters. A Robert Sorby hollowing tool. A large Roly Munro hollowing tool. An arm rest for supporting various gouges and thread chasers.

Bird Box

Robert Till's Bird Box Plan

The Royal Berkshire Show September 2018

Club Display Stand


Phil Boulter with the Mayor of Thatcham

The club now has its own Facebook Page: A Saturday Workshop

Buddy Scheme

The club has started a "Mentor" scheme for new members and novice turners. With this in mind, a list of club members willing to act as mentors will be posted on the notice board, with their telephone number/email addresses and area of residence. Any new member or novice who may wish to avail him/herself of this opportunity, please contact the volunteer mentor directly. Similarly, if any of our advanced turners wish to join the scheme as mentors, please add their details to the list.

Those Advanced Members volunteering to act as mentors so far: John Austin (Newbury Area) Denis Winter (Newbury Area) Phil Boulter (Thatcham Area)

See the 'Contact Page' for details.


Chairman's Report ( and karaoke act )


The meeting opened at 1930hrs. 41 Members attending

1. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Tony Whitwam, John Millar, David Goss and Peter Hannington.

2. The meeting was asked whether they had read the report of the minutes of the last AGM as recorded on 13th. February 2017. Mike Allen proposed and Phil Boulter seconded a motion that the minutes were accepted. The meeting unanimously gave their approval.

3. The Chairman gave his report for the year 2017:


I am pleased to report that the club has again enjoyed a busy and active year, with some fine demonstrations and great participation by the members both at Tuesday meetings and Saturday workshops. The spirit and enthusiasm of the members continues unabated. We are all grateful for the efforts of those that help at club meetings and participate keenly in the activities. Membership: People come and go, but the membership now stands at 69 paid up members, and 4 honary members, following the 20th anniversary at which founding members Derek Prout and Bryan Clarke were granted honary status. Sadly, I must announce that Bob Morley recently passed away after a long illness. I met Bob many years ago at the Thatcham Discovery Centre where the club ran an educational event for local schools. He inspired me and is the reason I joined the club. He’d be laughing if he knew I was now Chairman!

Monthly Meetings:

Monthly meetings continue to be well supported including the members’ evenings. The monthly competition also continues to be well supported, with a very high standard in all groups but some lack of entries in the Intermediate category. A change to the judging arrangements last year meant that each category now has its own judge to score all entrants in that category; thanks to John Austin for his work implementing the new process, which is seen to be a success. Most of the last year’s novices have moved to the Intermediate category which demonstrates the progression they have made. I would urge all new members to enter the monthly competition as a sure-fire way of enhancing their skills.

The Saturday Workshop continues from strength to strength, and it is good to see so many members taking advantage of the Club’s facilities and learning so much from each other, November 2017 attracted 26 members. Each month, novice members bring their tools in to learn the black art of tool sharpening. Thanks to Derek Prout for his patient tuition here.

Two highlights of the year were:

Autumn Bank Holiday, where we attended the Swallowfiled Show, Two scorching days where we did attract some new members |(although few sales). And

October 2017 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the club, and were visited by Radio Berkshire’s 'Peach Quest', and Annouska Williams posed for photos with Phil and I.


The club did not apply for any grants in 2017, but could do so if a worthy cause can be identified. Let’s discuss this in the forum later.

Outside Events:

The club attended 2 outside events in 2017

1. Swallowfield Show.

This was as an alternative to the Wasing Show. It was a well-attended two-day event, but the cliental were more interested in horse events and entertainments, than exhibits in the craft tent. Sales were disappointing, but we were able to promote the club to a local audience and have since had two members join as a result.

2 The Thatcham Festival of Arts, October 2017.

This was reasonably well attended and we helped raise money for the club, resulting in a donation of £20 to the Mayor’s Fund. As always there was strong interest shown in our demonstrations and displays, and many useful inquiries regarding club membership. Just as the Thatcham event was closing, Nathan from the Newbury Show, appeared and offered us a FREE pitch in the Countryside arena for 2018. He particularly likes our ability to demonstrate and ‘draw a crowd’ and wants to shake up the old traditional organisation. We said ‘yes please’ and he has recently been in touch to progress this. Another two-day event that will take some organising, but with 50,000+ footfall, we should be able to sell significant items of woodturning.

May I say a big thank you to the committee and all those members who helped to set up, man the stands, and help convey equipment between Padworth and the venues. Also thanks to those members who provided items for the displays.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for all their hard work and support throughout the year. Also I would like to thank all those members who have carried out auxiliary tasks, which are a considerable help to the committee, to ensure the smooth running of the club .These include the library, club shop, door attendance, monthly competition, setting up the video, arranging the chairs, and being the welcome member. Thanks also go to Brian Collins for his continued service to the club, in providing a broad variety of wood blanks for sale at such reasonable prices. Also thanks to Ray Brindley who now runs the Club Shop and ensures that we have plenty of interesting items for sale. The alternative Steb centres have proven to be a great success and we plan to stock these again in 2018. A special thanks also to Tony Harvey – the quiet one behind the scenes – who has been our contact with Axminster Tools for demos and discounts and has assisted John Austin in managing the monthly competition. Sadly, Tony has recently had major surgery and must now recover at a leisurely pace. We wish him well.

To Sum up:

2017 has been yet another successful year for the club. Membership is up and growing, and attendance at Club demos, Members’ evenings and Saturday Workshops remain strong. Our Finances are strong but we need to be cautious of the future and guard against rising costs. Demonstrator fees continue to rise; let’s discuss the implications in the forum after the break. Thanks to Phil Boulter for arranging another year of interesting demonstrators, managing to balance their entertainment value against their fees and travel costs. May I remind members that there will be a chance to discuss any Club-related issues in our Club forum after the formal part of the AGM is over. Thank you. *********** 4.

The Treasurer gave his report for the financial year 2017:

The Treasurer, Ian McGuire, presented his report on the club’s finances during the year 2017. He stated that the total income for the club was looking very healthy. The club is doing very well. The hall hire fees and demonstrator costs were still increasing. The shop stock was looking rather well and has a club we are exceptionally healthy. A vote of thanks was given to Ian for his help in producing the accounts. The meeting was asked to accept the accounts for 2017. This was proposed by Derek Prout and 2nd by John Austin.

5. Election of Officers:


Mike Allen was re-elected as Chairman by Phil Boulter and seconded by John Austin.

Vice Chairman.

Phil Boulter was re-elected as Vice Chairman. Proposed by Derek Prout and seconded by Bernie Maggs.


Malcolm White was re-elected as Secretary. Proposed by Mike Allen and seconded by Phil Boulter Treasurer.


JohnAustin. Proposed by Mike Allen and seconded by Ian McGuire.

Members of the Committee.

Nigel Amor, Ray Brindley and Denis Winter were all re-elected. Colin Sims was elected. Proposed by Phil Boulter and seconded by Mike Allen.

6. Review of Subscriptions: The Club committee decided there would be no increase in fees for the coming year. Proposed by Derek Prout and seconded by Phil Boulter.

7. Nomination of other Committee Members.

The full committee now has the following members: Mike Allen (Chairman), Phil Boulter (Vice Chairman), John Austin (Treasurer), Malcolm White (Secretary), Nigel Amor, Denis Winter, Ray Brindley and Colin Sims. Various other members volunteered and were nominated to be responsible for, and assist in organising, the following activities:

Monthly Competition: Nigel Amor Video Equipment: Phil Boulter Denis Winter Mike Reynolds Web Site: Denis Winter Library:

Shop: Malcolm White/ Ray Brindley

 Monthly Raffle: Ray Brindley

Welcome Member: Jim Coombs

Door Attendants: Tony Warner

Refreshments: Vic Popiolek, Ray Stannard, Robin Sadler.

8. Any Other Business:

The Chairman asked for any other topics which members wished to raise. A general discussion ensued embracing such subjects as: Jim Coombs – security issues with the club web site were discussed, switch to Firefox suggested and discussed. . Mike Allen – said he did change the format of the accounts two years ago. John Austin will now draw a line under the previous figures and re access the clubs stock value. Phil Boulter – Remote Demonstrations over the web were discussed. Phil will investigate further. 20th Anniversary Event Open Day – it was decided that it went very well with a lot of interest, could it become a bi-yearly event? Harrogate Wood Show – Phil Boulter suggested the club making a trip to the event.. At the close of formal business refreshments were provided, and members were invited to cast their votes in the annual Reg Bailey Cup Competition. The competition was split into 3 categories and members were asked to judge by skill level. The vote proved in favour of Harry Grimwood and the cup was duly presented to him by the Chairman. The meeting closed at 21.52hrs.

Good sites to visit

The Toolpost

The ToolPost

Unit 7 Hawksworth, Southmead Industrial Park, Didcot, Oxon. OX11 7HR

01235 511101

Sharing Expertise


******************************** for lots of "How to" videos.

The Royal Berkshire Show September 2018

The Club Show Stand and Display

Credit Card Payments

Club Shop and Annual Subscriptions

*The Club Shop now accepts all major Credit/Debit Cards*

St. Michael's Hospice Basingstoke (North Hampshire)

Letter from Daisy Mitchell

After our appearance at the Royal Berkshire County Show in September, John Austin has received the following letter from Daisy Mitchell, the Community Fundraising Manager, of St. Michael's Hospice  :


Dear John,

Thank you very much for the two recent donations from Kennet Valley Wood Turners, we greatly appriciated the fantastic support of the group.

The recent donation of £35.00 and the total of £94.07 raised at the show will both go a long way to support our patients and their families.

Thank you all so much,

Best Wishes


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