Encouraging Young People to Turn

Friday 30 August 2013

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On one of the hottest days in July, the East Herts and Cambridge Woodturning Clubs, with the support of turners from other clubs and volunteer professional turners, provided hands-on woodturning taster sessions for about 170 Scouts and Guides, over a 10 hour period, at Gilwell Park, the home of World Scouting. They were joined by Ray Key - President of the AWGB - Mark Baker - Editor of Woodturning - and, for the fourth time, by Andy Coates, who is the new Chairman of the AWGB.

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The Kent International Scout Jamboree

Less than three weeks later some of the East Herts Team were setting up a similar activity for the Kent International Scout Jamboree - KIJ - at the Kent County Showground, in collaboration with the Kent Woodturning Club. The hands-on woodturning at the Kent Jamboree took place over five days. More than 570 young people, from many countries, and their leaders experienced woodturning at the Jamboree.

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Building bonds between clubs

These events have been organised on behalf of the AWGB who provided a grant towards some of the costs. The majority of the turners for the woodturning at these events have come from the East Herts, Kent and Cambridge Woodturning Clubs. However, they have been supported by turners from many other clubs and volunteer professional turners. At both events a number of disabled Scouts each successfully made a wooden item with which they were delighted. These events not only draw members of the individual clubs closer together but, they also build strong bonds between clubs.

Our thanks to the Club and volunteer professional turners and to Axminster Tool Centre, JET, Camvac, Henry Taylor Tools, Chestnut Products, Birchanger Wood Trust, Boxley Saw Mill and The ToolPost, for their support. Without this support, these events would not be so successful. Without the strong support at KIJ from the Kent Club, woodturning at the Jamboree would not have been feasible.

The turners taking part thoroughly enjoyed their participation and would recommend others getting involved. In August 2014 there will be Scout Jamborees near Norwich, Windsor, Nottingham and Cheshire. If you are located near one of these areas then why not organise a woodturning demonstration or taster sessions? You will find it very rewarding and will help to support the future of woodturning.

John Leach

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