This report was first published in The Turner Magazine, July 2018
The Turners’ Company Charity continues to support a wide range of charitable activities within the City, the Services and the Craft. It is becoming a welcome theme that the public activities of our Charity at fundraising events illuminate the great traditions and ethos of the Company.
This was evidenced by attendance and fundraising at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry lunches in April 2017 and April 2018.
In the summer of 2017 we represented the Company at a Medieval Crafts Fair at Lincoln Cathedral, which was part of a collective City effort demonstrating ancient crafts.
We ran a stall at the Red Cross Fair in November 2017. All these participations were successful in terms of fundraising and raising our profile.
The City Livery companies have formed a pan-Livery group focussing on maximising the impact of what our collective charities and companies can achieve. We are part of that.
The Committee started work on the St Paul’s Bells Project. This is an extremely exciting venture in which we are one of the co-sponsors of the renovation and rehanging of the Bells.
We are conducting a review of our loans of around forty lathes to schools and other organisations. The reasoning behind this is to ensure that our lathes are well-used and that there is good local support for them. This is part of a proper analysis of our assets but also continues the focus on craft related centres of excellence.
In the current year we continue to support some exciting ventures. In October 2017 we presented a lathe to Chesham Grammar School. We are following this up with further training for the staff. We have also supported the London Green Woodworking Centre at Abney Park and Street Forge in Suffolk.
An exciting new project that we are supporting this year is the Turners’ Consort which is an marvellous blend of real life turning skills, education and long term publicity for the Charity.
I should like to thank my co-Trustees, all my fellow Committee members, the Clerk and Rebecca Baker for their enthusiastic participation and commitment to the activities of the Charity.
Assistant Nicholas Fisher
Chairman, Charity Committee