The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

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.

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.

Shaun and Emma Stacey make history

New liveryman Shaun Stacey made his 26th international appearance for the England Shooting Team on the 9th September and made history with Emma by becoming the first father & daughter to represent their country in the same England sporting team.

Turners go Clay Shooting

On Saturday 9th September 2017 the morning began circa 9.30 when members and guests began arriving at the Shooting Lodge of  E. J. Churchill’s Shooting Ground situated in the rolling Chiltern Hills, with 40 acres of landscaped grounds.

Sally Burnett becomes a CAA member

Many congratulations to Sally Burnett, who has recently been invited to join Contemporary Applied Arts and was featured in their latest exhibition of new members. To become a CAA member, makers must demonstrate excellent knowledge of their material and exceptional skill in making.

City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the July 2017 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information.

2 Seconds in Shooting!

The annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot has now been running for 20 years and has become an important event in the Livery Calendar. The star of Turners’ Team was without doubt, Freeman Shaun Stacy who, in difficult conditions shot a magnificent 75 out of 80 clays to take 2nd place.

New Designers Exhibition

The Turners' Company were delighted to sponsor the Building Crafts College's display at the New Designers Exhibition, Islington in July. Here, recent graduate Nic James displays a turned magnetic chess board.

Bursary Award Winners

For 2017, the Turners Company offered bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented woodturners to develop their craft skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Following an exceptional standard of entries, the Company are delighted to announce the winners.

Turners Company Golf Day

The Company golf day was held at Woodcote Park Golf Club, Coulsdon Surrey with a turnout of 16 Liverymen and guests all challenging for prizes. Many congratulations go to Past Master Peter Ellis, and guest Marilyn Luson, worthy winners of the Company trophy and guest prize.

The Bodgers Ball

The Bodgers' Ball is a fascinating event but not a Ball in any conventional sense. A three day festival of woodcraft demonstrations, courses and competitions, it is a celebration of all forms of green woodworking. Liveryman Katie Abbott had a particularly successful year and won three prizes.

Lincoln Heritage Skills Festival

For the first time ever the City of London Livery Companies and Lincoln Cathedral joined together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral. In the Turners' marquee crowds marvelled at what can be produced on the lathe.

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