© Copyright Forest of Bere Woodturners Association 2015
Welcome to the FoBWA
If you are interested in joining or coming as a guest please come along to any of our meetings & make yourself known to a club member.
We are a friendly group of enthusiasts who enjoy the art and craft of woodturning. We have over 80 members, both male and female, of all abilities from absolute beginner to advanced and professional.
Introduction from the Club Chairman
The club meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.15 p.m. at the St. John Ambulance headquarters in Fraser Road, Bedhampton, PO9 3EJ (MAP - Click Here).
We also run a Saturday club once a month where tuition, advice & a warm welcome are available for all levels of turner.
Chairman John Wyatt
Last Update: 14/09/2020
DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO SUSPEND ALL CLUB MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ANY FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE NEW COVID19
We trust you and your families are all staying safe and well during the COVID lockdown. Now the Government is starting to relax the rules, we must continue to be measured in our approach to returning to normal club operations.
Club meetings continue to be on-hold. We shall bring you regular updates on the essential information to help us prepare for our return to Forest of Bere Woodturners Club activities:
St. John’s Ambulance is being very supportive, having waived our hall hire costs during the period of COVID lockdown. This means we can pass-on this saving to our members by extending FOB membership fees renewal to 31st January 2021.
We shall continue to meet on the third Wednesday of every month. As above, we shall follow the Government’s guidance on group meetings. Currently, we cannot advise you of an exact date when we shall be able to re-open the club hall. Regular updates will be posted on the Forest of Bere Woodturners website.
Your Committee has been busy during the COVID period, using the time to think and discuss how we can make the club even better for members and attractive for new members. The impact of YouTube and professional woodturners using video technology to make ‘Live Remote Demonstrations’ to a global audience that generates their income during COVID. We have been discussing ways in which we can use this technology to further improve our club for you.
Before COVID, we updated our AV equipment with HD cameras and LED TVs to give you a better experience from Club Demonstrations. This was successfully tested when Mark Sanger came to demonstrate in March. Building on top of this, the Committee has researched and tested Zoom and Skype software to have video calls from inside our workshops.
We have proven that Zoom video conferencing works very well. We would like to start “Live Saturday Club” with members joining either from your sofa or ideally your workshops! If you are interested in joining in, please contact your Committee and we can help you get started for Live Saturday Club -
Live Remote Demonstrations with Global Professional Turners
We now have the ability to host remote demonstrations with anyone. Whether as a face-to-face group in the club hall or using a members-only login code from your home, we have the technology and knowledge to organise Live Video Demonstrations with professional turners around the world. If there is a professional turner you would like to see demonstrate on our TV, let us know and we can make enquiries -
Thank you to members who have submitted photos of their recent projects. These are displayed on the website. If you have any photos or news you’d like to share with each other, please send it to -
It was proposed by a club member at the AGM in September 2019, that a trophy be made in memory of Eric Waenecke. Phillip Argyle is assisting the Committee in the trophy selection and criteria by which it is contested. More details on this soon.
We have been asked by several members whether we can continue with Club Competition. Is that of interest for you? Please contact the Alan or Dave and we can get this organised for you -
Annual General Meeting
The Committee recently held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 22nd July 2020. Details of the EGM will be sent to members.
It was agreed that the AGM should be rescheduled, we now hope for this to take place in January.
The existing committee will remain in office and current membership extended to 30th January 2021.
We thank you for your patience during this ambiguous time and are looking forward to seeing you all as soon as we are allowed to reconvene at Forest of Bere Woodturners Club.
Forest of Bere Commitee