The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

The Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Master welcomed the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Alderman, Masters, Wardens, Clerks and honoured guests at the Company Livery Dinner, in the splendid Skinners' Hall this year.

Ray Key receives his British Empire Medal

On 4th November Ray Key, one of the premier figures in world turning, received his British Empire Medal (BEM) from The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire at the Guildhall, Worcester.

The Magical Taxi Tour 2015

On a chilly Friday morning in September the Clerk and his passengers headed to Winter Gardens, Canary Wharf, for the Big Breakfast where the magic began. Many thanks to the Charity Committee and our Clerk the taxi driver, for giving Raihannah, Tasnia and Hassina a weekend in Disneyland Paris they will never forget.

Cockpit Arts Winter News

Crisp autumn days and a change of seasons has us looking ahead to our winter events. Not to be missed is our Christmas Open Studios, while early November sees us welcoming our external selection panel, giving us the benefit of their experience in shortlisting the latest round of applicants for a place at Cockpit Arts.

Arts and Crafts for Everybody at the Orchard Workshop

The Orchard Workshop in Bristol has recently benefited from the loan of two lathes from the Turners Company.

Turners learn to turn at the Max Carey Woodturning Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. Members of the Turners enjoyed a weekend learning about the Trust, watching demonstrations and having a go at turning themselves.

Gunmakers Rifleman’s Day at Bisley 2015

On a gloriously sunny day this year a team of 'Turners' enjoyed a day's sport with The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers at their annual ‘Rifleman’s’ Day’ at Bisley.

Eleanor Lakelin: Summer News

This Summer sees the opening of a new exhibition, 'Slow Turning' featuring leading contemporary artists working in wood, willow and natural fibres, and the launch of Eleanor's new online gallery at

Recognition for Company Members

We are delighted to announce that Freeman Ray Key, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), and Assistant Bill O'Leary has been awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM). Many congratulations to both.

Liveryman Joey Richardson wins QEST award

Many congratulations to Liveryman and Turner Joey Richardson, who has won this years prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award.

News of St Bride’s

Latest information in from The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, new Rector of St Brides and Chaplain to the Company, on future events from our City church.

National Trust Commission for Turners’ Cockpit Arts Winner

This summer, on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, Eleanor Lakelin will be presenting a collection of beautiful vessels crafted from a great cedar tree planted by the Duke of Wellington in 1827 which had to be felled at the National Trust property, Kingston Lacy.

Ringing the Bells of St Pauls

The trip was well attended and all present seemed to enjoy the itinerary. The cathedral went out of their way to welcome us, and we were escorted both by Mr David Bassford the secretary to the bellringers and Martin their Bell Captain.

Livery Briefing from the City of London Corporation’s Livery Committee

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the latest edition of the bi-monthly Livery Briefing, which you can download in PDF format.

Charity Committee Visit Grately House School

On 26 February the Master Turner, John Bridgeman, master turner Stuart Mortimer and Charity Committee Chairman, Colin Field visited Grateley House School in Hampshire.

Turning Competitions 2014

From the artistic to the incredible, the complex to the classic, The Turners Company held a unique one day exhibition, combining entries to the 2014 competitions of the Turners' Company with curated collections of contemporary and historical woodturning.

Livery Dinner 2014

The Company’s Livery Dinner was held at Apothecaries Hall on Tuesday 16th December 2014.

St Catherine’s Lodge No 3743, 99 not out

In October 2015 St Catherine’s Lodge will be celebrating the centenary of its foundation in the dark days of 1915. As a Lodge it occupies a special place among Freemasons as one of the Sister City Livery Lodges all of which are associated with particular Livery Companies.

Turners’ Golf Society

The golf season to date has been very successful for the Company. The Company golf day was held on a glorious June day at Woodcote Park Golf Club with Bill O’Leary putting in an impressive performance to take first place and a beautifully turned bowl by Mark Baker.

The Max Carey Woodturning Trust Visit

Following the very popular visit to The Max Carey Woodturning Trust in Portishead by members of the Court last year, we are planning a return visit for Company members and their partners/guests (if they wish to come) next March.

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