The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

26
May
2020

Covid-19 resource hub

The office is closed, but the Company remains open for business. We are continuing to support our charities and are a signatory to the London Funders‘ Statement. The aim of this Covid-19 hub is to provide information and resources which may help turners and other craftspeople.

26
May
2020

Cockpit Makes UK Top 100 Again

For the second year running Cockpit Arts has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 social enterprises in the NatWest SE100 Index 2020.

6
May
2020

Coronovirus, lessons from Eyam

Past Master Edward Sawney used to live near the village of Eyam and has shared this fascinating BBC article, which draws comparisons with our current times. The people of Eyam isolated themselves when the plague arrived in 1665 and stopped the spread of the disease.

5
May
2020

Bulletin from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor reports on how the Livery has come together to support the NHS by providing ventilators, making medical scrubs and producing foam for face-masks. The Livery kitchen initiative is providing meals for NHS workers. Read the full report here.

28
Apr
2020

Rev’d Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Reflection Covid-19 and the Great Plague

In 1665, the year of the Great Plague, Peirson was the priest here at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. Faced with the unimaginable horror of the plague, many clergy fled London. Peirson was one of the few who chose to remain.

21
Apr
2020

Lord Mayor to serve an additional year

William Russell, the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London, will serve an additional year in office to ensure continuity of leadership during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

14
Apr
2020

Lord Mayor’s Easter Message to the Livery

I sincerely hope that this message finds you safe and well despite the significant disruption we are facing to our own lives and the lives of the Livery Companies to which we belong. Like many of us, these last few weeks have seen me adapting to a new way of working.

7
Apr
2020

Bishops Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney

Colin Norgate, Member of the Register of Professional Turners (RPT) has recently completed his part of leading a collaboration of highly skilled craftspeople to make a new Crosier for the Bishop of Stepney.

30
Mar
2020

A Message from The Master – Covid 19 Response

In these uncertain and unsettling times, it is entirely natural to retreat to where we feel most comfortable, whether that is to our families, our close friends or to communities with whom we have a common bond.

16
Mar
2020

Young Turners Training & Development Programme

The first ‘Official’ Young Turners Training days (referred by some as ‘Youth Training’) was held in the workshop of Stuart Mortimer in August 2006. Since then Training days have been held in various locations throughout the UK, The latest was held on the 22nd February at the workshop of Les Thorne.

11
Mar
2020

Woodturning and tea at the Hurlingham Club

On Monday 9th March, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Liz Sindall welcomed 60 guests, mainly consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at The Hurlingham Club in London. Over £300 were raised for Youth Turning.

3
Mar
2020

Richard Gardner Williams Banquet – Truth and Lies

At the Richard Gardner Williams dinner this year, Past Master Andrew Neill delivered a sentiment in which he included a series of truths and lies about this principal benefactor of the Turners' Company. Read on to reveal the truths!

18
Dec
2019

The Turners’ Company Livery Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Professor MIchael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward CC to their Livery Dinner held in the stunning Skinners' Hall in the City of London.

4
Dec
2019

Fundraising for the British Red Cross

With kind donations from members of the Register of Professional Turners and various woodturning clubs, the Turners' Company set up a stand at the Guildhall Christmas market in London, and with volunteers from the Company working hard, an incredible £4,200 was raised for the British Red Cross.

4
Dec
2019

Turners at Harrogate

The Turners' Company were at the Harrogate woodworking show in mid November, supporting the Register of Professional Turners. RPT members were not only manning their stand and promoting both the Register and the Company, but were also demonstrating on a number of commercial stands.

14
Nov
2019

Learning to turn

A wonderful weekend of turning took place at the Max Carey Trust in Portishead on 2-3 November, with 15 Company members and friends trying their hand, or honing their skills, under the watchful eye of Stuart Bradfield and his team of volunteers.

30
Oct
2019

Cockpit Arts Award winner Arturo Soto reveals new collection

Arturo won the Cockpit Arts turners award 2019 and immediately started work on his new collection. This new collection was shown at Olympia London at the Top Drawer Exhibition 2019.

29
Oct
2019

Master’s Weekend in Wells

Over a weekend in September a group of 21 members of the Company and their partners joined the Master on a trip to the wonderful City of Wells where his brother in law, Peter, is the present Bishop of Bath and Wells. Upper Warden Melissa Scott gave an impromptu recital which was greatly enjoyed.

1
Oct
2019

Place your bids! Ornamental British Red Cross Box

Liveryman and Master Turner Reg Hawthorne has again kindly donated a beautiful turned box in aid of the British Red Cross. This is available now for bidding on the online auction and will be available to view at the Guildhall Christmas Market on 25 to 26 November 2019.

11
Sep
2019

Ray Key Collaboration Auction ends soon!

Following on from the hugely successful exhibition at the Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester, the 120 pieces from the Ray Key collaboration by turners from five continents, are now available online to buy.  This unique auction is open now, and will end on 13th October 2019 at 8.20 pm.

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