Diary of Events 2021



The following are the dates and details of specific events which have taken place or are planned for 2021. All Wednesday evening events take place at our club rooms at Hemlington Recreation Centre, Cass House Road, Hemlington, Middlesbrough.TS8 9QW
All Wednesdays, other than those listed here, are club "hands on" evenings.


2021
June

Wed 23: GREAT NEWS!!! Barring further setbacks we intend to reopen on Wednesday 23rd June. We will be starting with caution with PPE and social distancing and probably a limited number initially until we see how it goes.CAN'T WAIT!!!
YES WE DID IT!!!Great to be back. Only 29 members tonight and no-one did any turning, just came to pay their subs, stock up on polishes abrsives etc and chat with their mates. But it's a good start. Hopefully we'll soon get back to normal.

PLEASE NOTE: Until we get back to normal i.e. a decent attendance and members able and happy to sit shoulder to shoulder in the hall we will not be doing any demonstrations. All club nights will be standard "hands on" evenings until further notice.

Our members have been extremely busy duing the long lockdown period. Here are just a few of the items they have produced and posted on our club's Facebook page.





August

Wed 18th: Bring and Buy sale. Many of us have had a a good sort out in our workshops during the lockdown and have found things we didn't know we had and no longer need. Here's a chance to get rid of the stuff you don't want and maybe pick up a bargain at the same time.
September

Wed 1st: Tonight we are trying a new experiment:- on the first Wednesday of each month we will put an instructional video on the screen behind the room divider. We have a large selection of DVD's to choose from and the DVD chosen for the evening will be left running throughout the evening for anyone who wants to watch it. Obviously it will be of interest mainly to our newer less experienced members but I'm sure everyone who cares to watch will learn something new.

Wed 15th: Tonight we are restarting our monthly demos but for the time being we are alternating with past visiting RPT demos from years ago projected onto the screen and the next month hopefully a live 'in house' demo.
This evening's DVD demo will be Jimmy Clewes, a world class RPT who used to live in County Durham and visited us on numerous occasions, including a full day's training course, before moving to America many years ago.
October

Wed 2oth: Tonight will be our first live demo since we restarted and club member Brian Haggath will start the ball rolling.
This attracted the highest attenance so far since we restarted but still only 34.
Brian demostrated a few simple ideas, all wine related, in an attempt to get members to think outside the box and try something new.
We need some more volunteers from our members to stand up and do something.

Wed 20th: OUR CLUB IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR LONG SEVING MEMBER DENNIS WAKE HAS NOW QUALIFIED AS A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL TURNER. CONGRATULATIONS DENNIS.
See also our links page.



November

Wed 17th: Annual Competition. There will be two classes, Novice and Experienced. The dividing line has yet to be decided. Entries must be pieces not previously entered and the entries will be judged by all members present and winners decided by paper votes from the members present. Trophies will be presented to the winners of each class.
December

Wed 15: Club member and recently qualified RPT Dennis Wake will do an IRD (Interactive Remote Demonstration) from his home workshop to our club premises.
This will be our first 'Zoom' demo at the club. We have tested all our gear and will be using Dennis as our 'guinea pig' to check that we can do it succesfully.
Dennis is very experienced in doing these remote demonstrations and he did three for us during the pandemic lockdown which we watched from our homes, so hopefully he will treat us gently and help us sort out any teething problems if we have any.
We look forward to the demonstration and hope for a good attendance to finish off a difficult year at the club.

Dennis did a good informative demonstration for our first attempt at an IRD. We had a few minor technical problems at the start but we learned from our mistakes and we are confident that we can do a better one in the future if we decide to go down that route when our attendance figures improve. We also had 7 members watching from home who are not yet confident enough to return to the club.
Many thanks to Dennis for acting as our guinea pig and providing us with a good night's entertainment.

Wed 22nd: Club closed.

Wed 29th: Club closed.

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