The Turners’ Company takes a leading role in the renaissance of the craft.
It supports a range of educational, training and professional activities, often through the provision of lathes, tools and training on a long-term basis.
The Company provides bursaries for emerging turners, some working in creative hubs such as Cockpit Arts in London. Bursary winner Eleanor Lakelin, whose workshop is at Cockpit Arts, Deptford is one of the Wizardry in Wood exhibitors. The Turners’ Company is collaborating in the development and promotion of new craft qualifications.
The Company played a key role in establishing the Register of Professional Turners and works closely with the RPT and other turning organisations. The RPT has a display at Wizardry in Wood.
The Objects of the Turners’ Company Charity are for “general charitable purposes and it currently has two principal aims: to support the craft of turning and to promote charities related to the city and the company. Turning support is through competitions and exhibitions, bursaries and other educational training as well as working with the professional and amateur turning associations within the UK”.
To meet these objectives, the Turners’ Company Charity undertakes a wide range of activities, including supporting other charities. These include the Help for Heroes Wood Workshop at Phoenix House, Catterick and the Theodora Children’s Charity.
Help for Heroes / Phoenix House, Catterick / The Wood Workshop
The Wood Workshop of Help for Heros at Phoenix House, Catterick
The Phoenix House Wood Workshop, was officially opened in May 2015 by Col. John Bridgeman, Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners and Chairman of the Recovery Careers Services, and renowned professional woodturner and teacher, Tony Wilson.
“I wish we didn’t have to have Recovery Centres but, as we do, aren’t we glad they are like Phoenix House?” said Col Bridgeman.
“Young, old, man, woman; no matter what your injury, there is something here for everyone. The wood work shop is a wonderful idea and a wonderful concept. We have created a new world for those who come in to use it. It’s a great facility and very therapeutic.”
Theodora / Children’s Charity
Which runs the inspiring Giggle Doctor programme for children in hospitals and hospices.