The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

Livery Companies competing on the golf course

A team of 4 Turners joined teams from 45 other livery companies to compete for the prestigious Prince Arthur Cup on 19 May at Walton Heath golf club. Over 36 holes were played in a classic foursomes format, our best showing was Les Thorne and Nigel Luson coming 6th on the New Course.


Turners will be at the Becket Pageant for London

Come visit the turners stand at the Becket Pageant in Guildhall Yard on 17th and 18th June, where Amy Leake will be demonstrating the fascinating craft of pole lathe turning.  This is a free event involving a Livery Crafts Fair, open from 11 am to 4 pm.


Royal visit to the Turners stand at the Big Curry Lunch

Royal visitors were welcomed to the Turners stand at the Big Curry Lunch where £2,800 was raised for the Soldiers' Charity. The Princesses were given gifts of a honey drizzler each, turned by Colin Norgate and originally bought by the Company as part of the Turning for Good Lockdown project.


The Cockpit Turners Award 2021 Mike Groves

This Award supported by The Worshipful Company of Turners helps an aspiring or established turner, someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials, to develop their craft practice and business by providing a sponsored place at Cockpit Deptford for a year.


Bursary Awards for 2022, apply now!

In 2022 the Turners’ Company is offering Bursaries to help talented turners develop their skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Applicants need to present a clear plan of how the award will advance their work and raise the profile of the craft.


Turners Award at Cockpit Arts open for applications

An award for an aspiring or established turner working on a lathe in wood or other materials. The Turners Award includes one year of business support and subsidised studio space at Cockpit Studios in Deptford, including use of a lathe and a workbench.


Eleanor Lakelin is one of the 30 finalists for the Loewe Craft Prize 2022

Many congratulations to Eleanor Lakelin who has been shortlisted for her sculpture The Landscape of Memory. Her piece was selected from over 3100 works submitted from 116 countries and regions around the world.


The Platinum Jubilee Bowl

Made by George Shapland, the Platinum Jubilee Bowl was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Turners to be auctioned at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in aid of service charities as part of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


Assistant Jeremy Field New Year’s Honours Recognition

Congratulations to Court Assistant Jeremy Field who has been recognised with an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen's 2022 New Year's Honours for his service to the funeral profession during the pandemic.


A warm welcome at the Patronal Service

The annual service where members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us, was held for the first time since the pandemic on Thursday 25th November.


Wizardry in Wood, it’s a wrap!

A BIG thanks to all who contributed to Wizardry in Wood 2021. Despite the delays and the many hoops that had to be jumped due to Covid-19 and other factors, the exhibition was a huge success.


Prize winners from the Turning Competitions 2021

It was an incredible week at Wizardry in Wood with so many entries to the competitions, we were overwhelmed by the support from the wonderful woodturning community.  With more entries than we have ever had before, extra tables had to be brought in to provide enough space to show the work.


Women in turning at Wizardry in Wood, October 2021

Woodturning has never been so accessible as it is now, but not enough people know about it; we want to shout out about how creative, exciting and fulfilling working with timber and a woodturning lathe can be; with its, seemingly, endless possibilities. Come see for yourself at Wizardry in Wood!


Re-launch of Europe’s largest woodturning competitions – Call for Entries!

The competitions postponed from October 2020, will now go ahead at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London on 12th October 2021. Emerging from over a year of pandemic and lockdowns, this event will be a beacon of hope for woodturners and woodturning enthusiasts alike.


Woodturning at the City Livery Club Lunch in the presence of Royalty

HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO, an Honorary Member of the City Livery Club, was principal guest at their Annual Civic Luncheon. Past Master Turner Nicholas Somers presented Her Royal Highness with the Club’s ‘ Root & Branch 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award’.


Bulletin from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, 7 May 2021

Since I last wrote to you at Easter we had the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a fantastic champion for the UK and the City of London over more than seven decades, and an active supporter of the Livery.


The Cockpit Arts / Turners’ Company Award

This Award is for an aspiring or established turner i.e., someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. The Award will help the selected turner by providing the space and time to grow their business.


Recruitment of Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Turners

Our current Clerk is retiring later this year and we are now seeking applicants to take over this important and multi-faceted role.


Lord Mayor’s Easter Bulletin

Lord Mayor’s Easter Bulletin Read the full bulletin here (PDF) An abridged version is below: Fellow Liverymen The recent anniversary of the start of the first lockdown gave us an opportunity to reflect on the tumultuous year that has passed since then. It is clear that our lives will never be quite the same again. […]


London Green Wood is moving

After almost 10 years at Abney Park Cemetery, we are moving the workshop to Hackney City Farm. This is due to large scale building works at Abney, which would have forced us to shut the workshop again this summer.


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