Woodturners meet every Wednesday at 17.00-21.00pm at the Recreation Centre.
Teesside Woodturners’ Association was established in 1998. After an inaugural meeting in a Middlesbrough pub, premises were found in Darlington, then we moved back to Middlesbrough in 2000.
During the next sixteen years we rented two council owned premises, first in Coulby Newham and then in Hemington, but in 2017 we were obliged to move again owing to changes in Council policy.
With the help of a large £10,000 grant from the Awards for All Lottery Fund and huge assistance from Middlesbrough Council and Tees Valley Community Asset Preservation Trust (who have recently taken over the running of the centre), we have now moved into the main hall of Hemlington Recreation Centre, where we have the use of a hall considerably larger than our last one, our own exclusive storage for all our equipment and loads of car parking space.
We are hugely indebted to Middlesbrough Council for their help over the years and to TVCAPT who have done everything in their power to ensure our club’s survival and to provide us with suitable facilities.
We try to keep the third Wednesday of each month – our original meeting night – as our “main event” night, when we have a guest or “in house” demonstrator or a special theme night. On these evenings, we have recently had up to 65 members present.
All other Wednesdays are basically “do it yourself” nights, when anything goes, although we often have a small “in house” instruction class in the small room on the second Wednesday.
The annual membership subscription is £35, starting on 1st April, or a pro rata payment for anyone joining during the year, with a weekly payment of £1 per attendance, which covers tea, coffee etc.