Club History
Thanks to all who have contributed to History of the Club so far. Note this is not a complete document and will be added to as more information becomes available. If anyone has any information, anecdotes etc., it will be welcomed, please send it to the Chairman.
1987  

AWGB formed. Graham Lovett was an early member.

     
1989   Graham Lovett and 4 others at seminar hosted by Reg Sherwin in early 1989 at Avoncroft start WMWT. First meeting in Spock Morgan’s Alum Rock workshop. ( separate piece from Graham Lovett).
     
1989/90   Dave Wood events secretary from outset to 2001 and possibly later.
     
1990   Phil Stevenson joins WMWT. Secretary 1993-2002, Treasurer 1996-2001.
Woodturning magazine starts quarterly.
Joe Catley joins WMWT. (see separate piece from Joe Catley)
     
1991   Club moves to Church Hall in Alum Rock.
Dave Nash joins WMWT.
Derek Pyatt appears on the membership list.
     
1991-2   Graham Lovett invited to join the National Committee and became West Midlands Regional Rep.
     
1992   Autumn, NEC hosted National Woodturning and Woodworking Show, WMWT became a kingpin in the organising and setting up of the AWGB stand. WMWT involved in this show for 10 years. WMWT provided demonstrators (often Phil Stevenson) for every show. Dave Nash also participated in the NEC shows. (see separate piece from Graham Lovett).
     
1993   Programme for year shows meetings alternating between Alum Rock and Water Orton.
Event in Sutton Park organised by rangers involving pole lathe turning and a double decker bus. see Joe Catley notes plus Club Programme for 1993 shows club’s attendance at this event 27/06/93 described as Turning on a Pole Lathe demonstrator- Phil Hillcocks
     
1994   Programme for year shows all meetings now at Saints Peter and Paul Church Hall, New Road, Water Orton.
Isaac Foden appears on the membership list.
August 1994 Marston Green Horticultural Show Dave Nash, Joe Catley and Graham Lovett win prizes in woodturning class. Joe Catley and Geoff Newman put on the display and demo stand, Les Collett loaned his lathe, Reg Baker thanked for his assistance, Roger Warren-Finding judged the competition.(N.L. Sept 94). Attended the show for at least four years.(see Joe Catley notes)
September Newsletter includes a booking form for a Demonstration by Allan Batty, 16th. October 1994, 9 am. to 5 pm. Fee £11.00 to include cold buffet lunch.
     
1994/5   Gerry Pulcella Joins WMWT.(see Gerry Pulcella notes)
Newsletter Jan 1995 meeting and AGM at Church Hall, New Road, Water Orton. 2pm to 6pm. Dave Nash says this building was later demolished for rebuilding and that’s how we came to be at Water Orton School..
     
1997   Joe Catley moves to Wales.
Marston Green Horticultural Society Annual Show, woodturning class, Dave Nash has certificate for second prize dated 1997. Also see Joe Catley notes.
     
1998   1998 Newsletter May 98 School fair WMWT and Coombe Abbey joint turning demonstrations. Earliest reference found showing the school for our meetings. Phil Stevenson thinks that move to the school was mid 1990’s.
     
1999   Joe Catley misses club and starts Mid Wales Woodturners. Still going strong. Now based in Carno Nr Newtown Wales. 50+ members. (See Joe Catley notes also see piece by Gerry Pulcella)
1999 to 19?? Graham Lovett demonstrated several times for Mid Wales club.
Newsletter April 99. Phil Stevenson announces that, with the help of his son Peter, WMWT are on the internet with our own website. Phil explains that anyone with a suitable computer and who is connected to the telephone system can connect to our pages.
Also April 99. Newsletter announcement of our attendance at Kings Bromley Horticultural Society Show in July. The club had several pieces in the competitions that won prizes. Prize winners have included Peter Hockley, Malcolm Caine and Phil Stevenson. We attended this show annually until 2004. (see Malcolm Caine and Phil Stevenson notes and Newsletter July 05).
Newsletter May 99. Phil Stevenson writes that the purchase of our own video and television equipment was essential but it did cost £170 all-in and has depleted the funds.
Newsletter August 99. WMWT were among several AWGB branches invited to attend a turning event at Coombe Abbey Country Park in July. Graham Lovett won the inter-club competition for the best box.
Also Aug 99 club visit Phil Brownlees workshop in Tenbury Wells. 45 attended including 15 wives. (see article by Gerry Pulcella and Joe Catley's notes).
Newsletter Nov 99. Coach trip to Axminster Show in Devon nearly 50 people make the trip.
     
1999/2000   Brian Gibbs and John Witham join WMWT. ( see separate piece from Brian Gibbs ).
     
2001   Newsletter Feb 2001. Don and Anne Rolfe are relocating to Studley and no longer able to provide catering. Committee announce members will have to bring a cup and also their own lunch for all day meetings, but are hoping to make tea and coffee available, the proposal is to nominate three members for half day meetings and four for a full day meeting to make the tea and coffee.
Roger Warren-Finding was an active member of WMWT for some years before he left to set up Coombe Abbey Woodturners (newsletter Jan 2001 announces that Roger had passed away) see also Joe Catley.
     
2002   AGM Graham Lovett announced his intention to stand down as Chairman and that he wanted to see more members become involved. Brian Gibbs becomes Chairman, John Witham took over as Event Secretary, Peter Hockley becomes Secretary and Geoff Wolverton Treasurer.
NEC show ends due to prohibitive costs.
     
2006   Newsletter August 2006 announces that we have a website 'www.wmwoodturners.org.uk' and thanks Brian Goodall for all his work in setting this up. (see Brian Goodall's notes)
     
2009   Graham Lovett awarded title of President of WMWT, Ray Key made the presentation at the AGM.
WMWT Start attending CBHG and take part in up to three events a year.
     
2010   WMWT Take part in first Tudor Rose show at Daventry Woodworks. we achieve 2nd place overall from 9 clubs. Tim Davies coordinated our attendance.
     
2012   WMWT put on two day show at Hatton Country World, Brian Goodall and Malcolm Thorpe camp out overnight to guard equipment. They had the Club television with them and Brian remembers that the Olympics were on and they watched GB win three gold medals that evening.
     
2014   Invited to attend first Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show in Newark. We had a display of members' work, and demonstrations on a club lathe and Malcolm Thorpe's Ornamental Lathe.
WMWT attend first Coombe Abbey Festival of Crafts, 52 stalls. Woodturning clubs taking part WMWT, Coombe Abbey and Tudor Rose. We had display of work for sale and a club lathe and Malcolm Thorpe's ornamental lathe giving demonstrations to the public.