The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Young People The Future of Woodturning

Concerned about the lack numbers of young people in Woodturning, the East Herts Club is taking steps to try to address this. In October, the East Herts club started a junior section for 13-18 year olds, on a different evening to the main club meeting.

Tallows take the Dowgate Cup a Second Time

The Dowgate Challenge is organised by the Skinners’ Company and is an 18 hole Stableford competition held at Worplesdon Golf Club for those Livery Companies with their Hall located in Dowgate Hill. Liveryman Les Thorne was the highest scorer for the Turners' team.

Learning to turn at the Max Carey Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. Max had a lifelong passion for woodturning and when diagnosed with cancer he wished to see the workshop used for the benefit of fellow wood turners.

A Sizzling Summer Reception

At the Company Summer Reception in July, in the beautiful courtyard of Apothecaries' Hall, members enjoyed fine wine and canapés before being enthralled by Carlyn Lindsay, renowned designer and maker in wood, demonstrating her unique skills on a lathe.

Supporting woodturning for young people

As part of East Herts Club’s programme of introducing young people to woodturning, over half a dozen members of East Herts, Cambridge and Middlesex woodturners together with an Orchard Woodturner spent a very hot Friday in an empty marquee converting it to a hands-on woodturning venue. 

Golfing success at Hartley Witney

The Turners’ Golf section posted good results at the annual Ray Jeffs Cup, held at Hartley Witney Golf Course on July 26th.  This is an inter-livery competition held with the primary purpose of raising funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, London Section.

Cockpit Arts welcomes Turners’ Award winner, Rafael Santoliquido

This summer, Cockpit welcomes new makers to their creative business incubator studios. Access to their unique package of support comes via many routes and often, with the funding from Awards sponsors. The Turners' award winner for 2018 is Brazilian-born turner Rafael Santoliquido.

Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot

The annual Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot is an event where Livery Companies of the City go head to head, fielding their best guns in an enjoyable days shooting. The event has been running for over 20 years and has now become an important item in Livery calendars generating friendly rivalry.

Congratulations to Vanessa Swann MBE

Freeman Vanessa Swann, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to British Craft in London. Rightly recognised for her 15 years leading the team at Cockpit, this award has been made as acknowledgement of her outstanding service to this creative community.

Woodturning and Tea at Hurlingham

In April, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Jo Neill, hosted a woodturning demonstration and tea party at the Hurlingham Club for 55 consorts. The guests were entertained by Les Thorne, a member of the Register of Professional Turners, and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners.

2018 Cockpit Arts Award launched

The Cockpit Arts & Turners' Company Award 2018 has just been launched. It provides a comprehensive package of workshop space and support by Cockpit Arts and the Turners’ Company. Targeted at both aspiring and established turners, applications must be submitted by Monday 26 March.

St Paul’s Bells Appeal

The Turners’ Company and its members are contributing £30,000 to the refurbishment of the twelve principal bells of St Paul's Cathedral. This support continues our long association with the bells of St Paul’s and will help preserve this iconic symbol of the City of London for future generations

Congratulations to Paul Ferguson MBE

Liveryman Paul Ferguson has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honour list for services to carving, gilding and conservation. One of the most challenging projects Paul has undertaken was the carving and gilding of one of the Carlton House Trophies for the Windsor Castle fire restoration.

Building Crafts College Awards

Congratulations to two graduates of the Building Crafts College, who received awards from the Turners' Company in November. Michael Pavlou is seen here receiving his award from Guest of Honour at the ceremony at Carpenters' Hall, the architect Mr Ingval Maxwell OBE. 

The Turners Company Livery Dinner 2017

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman and the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Timothy Hailes JP and Alderman Neil Redcliffe JP, to their Livery Dinner held in the beautiful backdrop of Skinners’ Hall in the City of London.

Despite the weather, the Gardner Williams Dinner is on!

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will be held on Wednesday 28th February at Apothecaries’ Hall.  The banquet is held in memory of the Company’s benefactor, Richard Gardner Williams whose legacy in 1931 provided the financial support to enable the Company to build and flourish.

Turning success at the Red Cross

The Turners' Company had a prominent display of turned items at Guildhall as part of the Red Cross Christmas Market at the end of November.  Through the generosity of turners across the country we had a lot of stock to sell, which raised a grand total of £4,300 for the Red Cross.

Lathe gifted to Chesham Grammar School

When Chesham Grammar School approached us to replace their unusable 1960’s lathe we were delighted to know our gift would ensure continuity for a school that leads in technology courses, specifically turning for GCSE Technology course work, and a 'learn to turn' club.

The Magical Taxi Tour 2017

You don’t expect to meet too many celebrities at 5.30 on a Friday morning in damp East London but that is exactly where I met my celebrity, Harry Maceachen. Once more, it was my privilege to drive a cab for the Hackney Carriage Drivers’ Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris.

City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the September 2017 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information. The City Briefings also listed here are aimed at introducing Liverymen and Freemen to the City of London Corporation.

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